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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more common questions that people ask both before and after they have enrolled in one of our holistic therapy courses.

Don't forget we are always available to answer any of your questions if they are not included here.



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FAQ's Section


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.


Tutored Method

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 repeat 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



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 module.


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



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?

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

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 Practitioner Insurance?

All our UK Graduates: May obtain their Public Liability Insurance Policy through leading insurance providers, specialising in insurance cover for Holistic Therapists.  Please refer to the International College of Holistic Medicine -  'Practitioner Insurance' listing on the left hand menu.


All our non UK students: May refer to our Accreditation page for various 'Professional bodies' who provide membership packages to include insurance referral, where you are located.


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

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 foundation course, plus

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

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?

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?

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 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?

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: Do I have to travel anywhere to take my Final Examination?

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?

You are very welcome to request one or two sample pages from the lessons. Please email and let us know

which courses you are interested in.


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

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?

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 Practitioners.

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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.


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 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 26,000, we are currently training that number of students from around the world, which

is a phenomenal achievement in 17 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?

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:


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.


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.


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