Question: Should I take a Tutored or Self Study Course?
We offer you a choice of two different methods of study - "Tutored" or "Self Study".
The course material, and the outcome is the same,whichever method you choose.
When you enrol for a Tutored Course, you will be assigned a Personal Online Tutor. Your Tutors name will be given to you once
your answer paper at the end of lesson one is marked. 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 questions that you may need assistance with during your studies. Simply email your question with your answer
paper. Our response time for tutored coursework is 3 - 5 working days excluding weekends.
Self Study Method
With Self Study, you submit your work to the Self Study Team, three assignments 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 redo the assignment, but apart from that,
feedback is minimal. Your work is not returned to you with this method. You will hear from us usually within 4 - 6 working days
(excluding weekends) with your next lessons.
We recommend this much more economical system to students who are familiar with studying, and require the minimum amount
of assistance 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.
How we send your lessons
We send your coursework in Modules of 3 lessons at a time. Our procedures are laid down by our accrediting body, The International
College of Holistic Medicine. The ICHM stiplulate that students work must either be marked, or assessed, prior to us sending the next
Course work is sent in emailed PDF format. This you save to the hard-drive on your PC, then print out your lessons to study away
from your computer.
To take advantage of any 'Special Offers', coursework is supplied in emailed PDF format only.
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: 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 administration
fee is: £25 per course or £100 per Special Course Package.
For Tutored courses, the Tutors will give priority to 'Fast Track' students. The additional administration fee is: £35 per course
or £150 per Special Course Package.
A '24 hour' turnaround 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 statutory holidays.
Question: Do I need to do any practical work?
WITH ALL HANDS-ON THERAPIES: 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 movement procedure, which 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 to guide you. 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: What if I fail my Final Exam?
The coursework is not difficult, because all of our material has been written especially for distance learning. If any of your
answer papers do not reach our accepted threshold, you will be asked to repeat your work. There is no additional cost for
doing this, and the final outcome of your course will not be affected.
Question: How long has The School of Natural Health Sciences been operating?
2013 is our 16th Birthday. We first opened our doors to students in 1997, and in September 2001, SNHS Ltd., was formed.
We now have over 22,000 students studying with us from all over the world.
Question: Can I work as a Therapist, once I have completed any of your courses.
Answer: Yes, we provide practitioner/therapist level diplomas for all courses that are successfully completed. Our courses
are accredited by The International College of Holistic Medicine, (ICHM). This accreditation appears on all our Diplomas.
Question: Will I be able to obtain Insurance?
Answer: Students are recommended to apply for membership of the ICHM. Part of the membership package includes referral
to Professional Insurance Companies. This insurance is to cover you for working as a therapist in your specialist field.
All non UK students may refer to our Accreditation page for the various Professional bodies who will apply in your location.
Question: How long does it take to complete a course?
Answer: We do not impose any time limits on the completion of any of our courses. You simply work through the assignments
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. 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: Are your courses available everywhere in the world?
Answer: We provide our courses all around the world. Wherever you are located you may study with us. We provide our
coursework by emailed PDF files. Many students like to print out their lessons, and study them away from their PC's. To make
things simple you can email your assignments to us for assessment. So there are no geographical barriers whatsoever.
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Question: If I enrol for more than one course or a Course Package,
do I have to study all the subjects together?
Answer: 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: Is it possible to change my course selection once I have enrolled?
Answer: Yes, it is possible. However, there is an administration charge of £17.50 for each course changed. If you are not
sure of all of your courses, when you enrol, simply make 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?
Answer: We undertake to replace coursework for 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.
Question: Do I have to travel anywhere to take my Final Examination?
Answer: No attendance is required for your Final Examination. We do not ask students to memorise their coursework,
we are simply assessing that the course material has been understood.
Question: Do you have any 'Sample Lessons' I can see before I enrol?
Answer: You are very welcome to request one or two sample pages from the lessons.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which courses you are interested in.
Question: Do I need to purchase any texts books to accompany the courses?
Answer: Text books 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 or Mentoring?
Answer: 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. We have Workshops covering the majority of our courses. These are provided by Qualified Holistic
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Question: Do you publish your Terms and Conditions?
Answer: 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.
email address, and personal information are strictly confidential. They will never be shared with or sold to any third party.
Question: Why are your course fees so much more reasonable than others?
Answer: We are passionate about making these courses affordable for everyone, with our marketing strategy, it is highly unlikely
that you will find an accredited course of this level, at a more reasonable fee. We are simply market leaders for providing excellent
courses, at prices which are affordable for everyone and not just the chosen few. We are regarded as the leading distance learning
school training to practitioner level in the major Holistic Therapies. Our student following has tipped 22,000, we are currently training
that number of students from around the world, which is a phenomenal achievement in sixteen years of operation.
Please visit our Testimonials Page Here you will see the emails we receive regarding 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 our students. 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: Please can you tell me what title I would use after graduating from your School.
Also what sort of salary would an advisor/therapist expect to earn, and where would I
begin to find work?
Answer: Basically how you decide to market yourself is your decision, whether it is therapist, advisor, consultant etc. However,
as we train to Practitioner Level, our graduates will call themselves Therapists (in their particular field of specialisation) This is a
personal thing to decide once you have graduated. Some examples would be: Nutritional Therapist, Aromatherapist, Stress
Management Consultant, Meridian Psychotherapist, Colour and Crystal Healing Therapist etc.
Often our graduates will begin by working alongside other therapists who are qualified in different fields. This gives you the
immediate advantage of being able to share a ready made client base, without encroaching on the business of other therapists.
For example you may decide to work with Counsellors, Aromatherapists, Reflexologists or indeed work from local Gyms and Spas.
To learn more about Networking in this way, please visit the Reading Room on our website. One of our workshop leaders has
written a particularly relevant article about how she got started through 'Networking'. Her name is Sue Pash.
This idea has proved so successful that Sue has set up her own Therapists Network: http://www.thetherapistnetwork.com/
Treatment Charges: It is a good idea to collect price lists from other therapists where you live, for lists of their charges.
We recommend that you start by making your prices competitive, but not too low, as this may create a non-professional image.