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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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 stiplulate 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: Do I have to complete any Assignments or Exams?
Lesson Assignments: There is a question paper for all students to complete and return to us at the end of each lesson. This usually comprises 10 questions. Answers to these are typed into an ordinary email, and submitted to us for evaluation. The information needed to respond to these questions will be found in the previous lesson, or lessons already studied.
Final Examination: At the end of each course the student is required to revise the entire course material, before requesting the final paper. We ask that this is returned to us within 1 week of receiving it, so please allocate your time prior to requesting. As these are open book exams, you may refer to your notes for your answers. We are not asking you to memorise the course work at this stage, this will come later once you are proficient and confident with your knowledge, and begin working with your 'paying clients'.
Once all the above have been completed successfully, students will be awarded their accredited diploma.
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
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!
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.
Visit our Workshops page for further details.
Question: Can I work as a Therapist, once I have completed any of your courses?
On successful completion of any of our courses, students 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 - See our Accreditation page.
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.
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 26,000, which is a phenomenal achievement in 17 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.
For Full Details, visit the NUS Discount Card page.
Question: How long has The School of Natural Health Sciences been operating?
2014 is our 17th Birthday. We first opened our doors to students in 1997, and in September 2001, SNHS Ltd. was formed.
We now have over 26,000 students studying with us from all over the world.
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.
and personal information are strictly confidential. They will never be shared with or sold to any third party.