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Enjoy every minute of our ‘interactive distance learning’ study from the comfort of your home!


Tutored and Self Study courses are provided via ‘distance learning’. Course material and outcome is the same, whichever method you choose.


Choose Tutored or Self Study?

When you enrol for a Tutored Course; You will be assigned a Personal Online Tutor. You will be given your Tutors name when your answer

paper, at the end of lesson one, is marked and returned to you. You will receive a percentage mark for each answer paper you submit, along with

any helpful and relevant comments. Your Personal Tutor is there to assist you should you run into difficulties and will answer any study related

questions. Simply email your question with your answer paper.


Our response time for tutored coursework is 3 - 5 working days excluding weekends and public holidays.


When you enrol for a Self Study Course; You submit your work to the Self Study Team three answer papers at a time. Your work is assessed but you are not given a percentage mark. If you are making serious errors you will be asked to repeat the question, but apart from that, feedback

is minimal. If you need 'occasional assistance' a member of the Self Study team will be available to help you by email. However students who are

continually asking questions will be recommended to upgrade to Tutored. Your work is not returned to you with this method.


Our response time for self study coursework is 4 - 6 working days excluding weekends and public holidays.


We recommend this much more economical system to students who are familiar with studying, and require the minimum amount of feedback with

their coursework. In our experience, Self Study students usually have a broad background knowledge of the subject they are studying. They are

also familiar with studying methods in general.

Tutored courses, on the other hand, provide that 'extra pampering' for people who like,

or need additional feedback and support throughout their studies.


Question: Do you have any 'Sample Lessons' I can see before I enrol?


You are very welcome to request 'sample pages' from the courses that are of interest.

Please email


Question: How difficult will it be to understand and learn from the course material?


As our courses are written especially for ‘distance learning’ everyone will find our coursework informative and enjoyable! Topics are covered with easy to understand explanations and where relevant, detailed diagrams accompany our course material.


Question: How do I receive my coursework?


Course work is sent in emailed PDF format which you save to the hard-drive of your PC. You can print out your lessons to study away from your computer, if you prefer.


We send your coursework in Modules of 3 lessons at a time. Our procedures are laid down by the accrediting bodies who approve our courses.

They stipulate that students work must either be marked or assessed, prior to us sending the next module.


Coursework in Hard Copy is only available within the EU, and when payment is made in full on enrolment. Additional Charges are: £29.50 per course.


Question: Will I receive a qualification when I finish my course?


Yes, on successful completion of any of our courses students will receive a 'Practitioner/Therapist level Qualification'.
The diploma is sent to you by email, in PDF format. If you would like to receive a hard copy by post, an additional fee of £10 is required plus £3.50 postage and packing per qualification.


Question: Do I need to do any practical work?


With ALL Hands-On Therapy Courses:

Acupressure; Aromatherapy; Holistic Massage Therapy; Hopi Ear Candling; Hot Stone Therapy;

Indian Face Massage; Indian Head Massage; Kinesiology; Reflexology & Shiatsu


Please arrange your own team of volunteers to coincide with your enrolment for any 'hands-on' therapy subject. We ask you to begin working with

these people as soon as you commence your studies. You will need to put into practise every procedure that you are covering in your lessons. We

advise you to select individuals who are close to you, whom you feel comfortable with, and who have no serious ailments. You will need detailed

feedback from these volunteers to build your confidence, and perfect your techniques. Should you experience any problems during this initial

period, this is the time to ask us for assistance. It is our role as 'professional trainers', to provide support on an on-going basis.


This is your opportunity to gain valuable 'hands on' experience, throughout your course, and, prior to working with your 'paying clients', once you

have graduated.


Case Studies:

We require a minimum of three 'case-studies' from three different volunteers, nine treatments in total. These need to be written up and submitted

to us prior to your final examination (theory). We provide everyone with guidelines, on how to conduct this Practical Work.
If you need additional assistance or advice, our 'friendly team' are at your disposal.


This really is the 'fun part' of your course, working with real people, assessing your own results, and obtaining feedback from your volunteers. Enjoy

this vital part of your training, which will pay dividends later, in your career as a Professional Therapist.


n.b. Students who do not wish to submit a case study programme, for reasons of their own (i.e. disability, illness, etc) will be awarded our

accredited diploma, with the additional wording (Theory) added after the course title.

e.g. SNHS Dip. Indian Head Massage (Theory)


Question: Do I need to study every week?


No, you are free to study when you have the time to devote to your studies.  Our flexible approach gives everyone the opportunity to take time to

produce their best work.  Our courses will not expire!! Students can be comfortable with this approach, knowing if they take breaks away from

studying they can return at any time in the future


Question: How long does it take to complete a course?


We do not impose any time limits on the completion of our courses.

You simply work through the lessons at your own pace, free from the restrictions and pressures of working to deadlines.


On average students take approximately 200 hours to complete a non advanced course and in excess of 300 hours to complete an advanced course,

plus time for 'practical work' with your volunteers for any 'hands-on' therapy.


Many individuals come to us with some knowledge of the subject/subjects they will be studying, whilst others will be starting from beginner level.

For this reason time-scales will vary as every individual has a different threshold for learning. Every student has the opportunity to produce their

best work, under the most 'favourable and relaxed conditions'.


This is 21st Century Adult learning. Many of our students have full time employment, whilst others are juggling with the responsibilities of bringing

up young families. All these variables are taken into account and students can rest assured that their courses will not expire.


Question: Can I contact anyone who has studied with you?


Yes you can! You will find our graduates from the UK and all around the World on the following pages:

UK Contacts >> or Overseas Contacts >>


Question: Do I need to purchase any textbooks to accompany the courses?


Textbooks are only required for the following subjects: Anatomy & Physiology, Homoeopathy, and Child Psychology.

Details of which will be given to you after enrolment.


Question: Do you offer Workshops, Training Days and/or Mentoring?


Workshops and Practical Training Days do not form a compulsory part of our training.
However, they are of great benefit to those who choose to attend. These are provided by Qualified Holistic Practitioners.

Workshops >> for further details


Question: Can I work as a Therapist, once I have completed any of your courses?


Yes you can. On successful completion of any of our courses, you will receive a 'Practitioner/Therapist level Qualification and Diploma'

For Independent Professional Bodies who accredit and approve our courses in the UK and around the World - Accreditation >>


Question: What title would I use after graduating from your School?


How you decide to market yourself is your decision, whether it is therapist, advisor, consultant etc. However, as we train Practitioners,

our graduates will call themselves Therapists in their particular field of specialisation. Some examples would be: Nutritional Therapist,

Aromatherapist, Stress Management Consultant, Meridian Psychotherapist, Colour and Crystal Healing Therapist etc.


Question: Are your courses available everywhere in the world?


We provide our distance learning training all around the world.

Wherever you are located you may study with us, no attendance is necessary. Our coursework is provided by emailed PDF files.


Click here for our International Contacts Page >>


Click here for our UK Contacts Page >>


Question: Do I have to travel anywhere to study these courses?


There is no travelling involved.

Students submit answers, by email, at the end of each lesson and again at the end of each course.
Plus, there is a case study submission required for all practical 'hands on' therapies.


Question: If I enrol for more than one course or a Course Pack, do I have to study all the subjects together?


You may complete your course subjects in any order that you choose. Some students prefer to take their courses one at a time, while others like

to study them all together. The choice is yours.


Question: What is the 'Fast Track' Service?

Students who are able to dedicate 'full time' to their studies may wish for a 'speedier turn-around' of their coursework. To help, we have

 introduced a 'Fast Track Service' especially for you! To apply for this service you need to pay in full for your course/s when you enrol.


For Self Study courses, we have allocated a 'dedicated team member' to monitor this service.

The additional fee is: £25 per course or £100 per Special Course Pack. 


For Tutored courses, the Tutors will give priority to 'Fast Track' students.

The additional fee is: £35 per course  or £150 per Special Course Pack. 


A '24 hour' turn-around is our aim. We work from Monday to Friday, so please send your 'Fast Track' coursework to us in good time, to avoid a delay

over weekends and public holidays.


Question: Is it possible to change my course selection once I have enrolled?


Yes, it is possible. However, there is an administration charge of £17.50 for each course changed, if not started. Or calculated on a pro rata basis if

studies have begun. If you are not sure of all of your courses when you enrol, simply leave a note in the comments box on the enrolment form, to

say that you will be deciding on other subjects at a later date.


Question: What happens if I lose my course material?


We undertake to replace coursework for current students who have mislaid their lessons; that is those studying by email, who have not reached

final exam stage. An administration charge may be applied, this will be advised at the time of application. Current charges are a minimum of £17.50

for each module/part of the course.

We do not undertake to send course material to students who have completed their studies in any subject.


Question: Why are your course fees so much more reasonable than others?


We are passionate about making these courses 'affordable for everyone'. With our marketing strategy it is highly unlikely that you will find

accredited courses of this level, at more reasonable fees. We are simply 'market leaders', providing excellent courses at prices which are affordable

for everyone. We are regarded as the 'leading distance learning school', training our students to 'practitioner level' in the major Holistic Therapies.

Our student following has tipped 30,000, which is a phenomenal achievement in 18 years of operation.


Please visit our Testimonials Page. Here you will see how pleased our students are with the service and coursework

they receive from us. There is no way we would have reached the 'dizzy heights of our success', without such enthusiastic and positive feedback

from everyone. Very rarely will a student come to us for just one course, and never be heard of again. Our success is moulded around the fact

that our students stay with us and continue to enrol for more courses over several years.


Why not visit Our Graduates page. Their success stories abound!


Question: Can I apply for a Student Union Discount Card?


Yes, the card is available to our students aged 18 or over who live within the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland) in full or

part time education. Note: You must have started your course with us before you can apply for an NUS extra discount card.


NUS Card >> for Full Details


Question: How long has The School of Natural Health Sciences been operating?


2015 is our 18th Birthday. We first opened our doors to students in 1997, and in September 2001, SNHS Ltd. was formed.
We now have over 30,000 students studying with us from all over the world.


Question: Is there a minimum age limit to begin studying with you?


Yes, All students must be at least 18 years old.


Question: Do you publish your Terms and Conditions?


Yes we do. The School of Natural Health Sciences is a helpful, friendly organisation which will always do its best to help its students, however the

Terms & Conditions, as set out on this website define our legal position. By applying to become a student, or by using our website, you agree to

be legally bound by our Terms & Conditions.


We also have a Privacy Policy. When using this website, or enrolling on our courses, your privacy is completely protected. Your name, email address,

and personal information are strictly confidential. They will never be shared with or sold to any third party.