Proficiency Award 1 Natural Health BSC001

Home Study Course in Natural Health Sciences

  • Learn Health Science, chemistry and biology, at home
  • Study when and where it suits

Where does this course lead?
This course is excellent for people seeking a career in Natural Therapies or Health Support Services; or anyone with a passion for Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Best of all this whole Proficiency Award 1 can be completed online!

Where Can it Lead?
By itself, this course provides a broad based knowledge of human health; that may lead to a support position in a health or medical industry business (anything from front desk or administrative work to laboratory support or marketing). This course can also provide credit toward, and entry into higher qualifications with ACS and other institutions.

The Proficiency Award 1 may also be used to gain significant credits for the Pre Medical Diploma offered by Warnborough College in the UK and Ireland (which has been used in the past to gain entry to medical degrees in a number of overseas countries).

What makes the ACS Proficiency Award unique?

The proficiency awards offer a tiered award system - so you don't have to wait until the end of your qualification to gain an award.

How does that work?

Once you have completed 6 modules, you can receive an ACS Certificate. Complete 8 (plus 100hrs work experience), and receive an ACS Advanced Certificate. Complete 10 and receive a ACS Proficiency Award 1. Complete 14 (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 2. Complete 20 modules (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 3. Complete 24 modules (plus 100hrs Work Experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 4. 

Duration: 1000 hours

Course Structure
The Proficiency Award 1 consists of 10 modules:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology I 
  2. Nutrition I
  3. Nutrition II
  4. Nutrition III
  5. Biochemistry I
  6. Biochemistry II
  7. Biochemistry III
  8. Biology (Cell Biology)
  9. Introduction to Psychology
  10. Counselling Skills I

Outlines for each of these modules can be found searching our web site; or in our handbook

Warnborough College
Modules undertaken here can provide credit in a Pre Medicine Diploma through Warnborough. Warnborough has flow on arrangements that allow their graduates to move into Medical studies at certain universities approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) elsewhere in the world.


Although doing a course may not guarantee you work – it will set you apart from those that have not studied at all and it will improve your personal choices when applying for jobs or give you and your clients more confidence in you if you are looking to set up your own business.

When it comes to applying for jobs - each job listed usually gets a huge amount of response, when employers choose people to interview they will look at a range of factors, what you have studied will be just one of those factors. You need to be able to catch a potential employer’s attention and stand out from the rest.

So what do you need?

  • Great communication skills: verbal, written and also the ability to use a computer. Whenever we are offering people a service (such as health counselling etc. for example) they are looking for someone with a professional approach and who instills a feeling of confidence.
  • Problem solving skills: no matter what profession you work in you need to be able to problem solve – in personal health, coaching this is important so that you can construct programs to suit each individual. ACS courses are based on developing problem solving skills and you do this through your set tasks and assignments throughout the course.
  • Knowledge and skills demanded of the job. In any job that involves people’s health you must know what you are doing – this is something you cannot do without the correct skills and knowledge and the only way to get this is by undertaking a course and gaining personal experience.
  • A passion for the work and willingness to learn.
  • Presentation and grooming - people who present as being well organised and well-groomed will impress.

How Will A Course Help Me To Gain those Skills?

Choosing the right course will help i.e. one that develops knowledge, practical and also your problem solving skills. Not all courses do this. At ACS our courses focus on Problem Based Learning so this enables the student to develop these skills and at the same time using this learning method also improves you knowledge retention and recall.

What Can You do to Improve Your Career Prospects?

  • Choose a course that you are passionate about – be open to learning and use this course to start building your future. Today we are expected to keep learning and studying in order to keep up with a world that is rapidly changing. Learning is a lifelong experience. Study a course that makes you stand out - a qualification that is different to all the other applicants will always catch the attention of a boss, and may be the difference between getting an interview or not.
  • Network with people in the industry, attend conferences and trade shows – make yourself known to people in the industry in general.
  • Try to build a range of skills – multi-skilled people catch the eye of the employer or potential employer.
  • Write a good CV and ask for help if you need it. Tutors at this school will help our students with their C.V.'s if you ask -no cost. Resume Writing services can also be used, but they charge.
  • Recognise your weaknesses and work on improving them - not just academically. And also know your strengths and demonstrate them.

If you're not ready to commit to a Certificate yet, you may want to try reading one of our ebooks! All are available to download onto your android, ipad, notebook or laptop...



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