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Dietetics - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

On this undergraduate course, you’ll learn the skills necessary to become a dietitian – the only qualified health professional that can assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition related problems at an individual and wider public health level.

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We’ll introduce you to the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease. This practical guidance will enable you to help members of the public make healthier lifestyle and food choices.

Throughout your studies, you’ll gain an understanding of the conditions where nutrition plays a significant role in disease management. You'll develop the knowledge to provide nutrition and dietetic care for individuals, groups and populations who have or already are at risk of developing long-term health conditions.

You’ll get hands-on experience through three full-time work placements during the course. There's a two-week placement in Year 1, a 12-week placement in Year 2 and a 14-week placement in Year 3 that normally includes a public health nutrition component. Your work will primarily be in National Health Service (NHS) organisations in London and your performance will be assessed as part of your degree.

Assessment

In addition to lectures and seminars, this degree includes group work, role plays and practical sessions in the laboratory and the technical kitchen. Our internationally renowned teaching staff are actively involved in dietetics practice and research, and will provide consistent support and mentorship.

You'll be assessed through seminar and poster presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), case studies, practical reports, seen/unseen examinations, in-class tests and a compulsory final year dissertation

Professional accreditation

Successfully complete the course curriculum and you'll meet all the standards needed for membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

Dietetics BSc (Hons) is approved by the HCPC, on completion of the degree you'll be eligible to apply for registration.

The course is also accredited by the BDA. When you have the status "Dietitian" on your HCPC registration, you can join the BDA as a full member.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades ABB in three A levels including grade B or above in Biology and Chemistry (or a minimum of 128 UCAS points)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Science foundation and access courses will be considered with a minimum of 60 credits, 45 of which must be at Level 3:

  • 15 credits at Level 3 must be in Biology or related subjects such as anatomy and physiology
  • 15 credits at Level 3 must be in chemistry or related subjects such as biochemistry
  • 15 credits at Level 3 should be in science related subjects (eg physics, maths) or subjects applied to science (eg nutrition, environmental science, psychology)

The remaining credits 15 should be in study skills. Applicants should achieve a distinction or equivalent numerical mark in 75% of the credits taken in Science subjects at Level 3.

If students of the Sciences Extended Degree at London Met want to apply for the Dietetics and Nutrition BSc, they are required to take the following modules in the extended degree: PR3001 Scientific Studies, PR3002 Biology, PR3003 Chemistry and the optional module. They must pass each module at 70% or more without reassessment. You will also need:

  • 10 days or more recent (within the last two years) work experience in a care environment
  • attendance at a dietetics career event
  • an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check for the Adults' and Children's Workforce
  • clearance for non-exposure prone procedures (EPP) by an approved occupational health service

Applicants will be required to pass an interview including those applying from the Sciences Extended Degree at London Met. A demonstration of values that promote compassion, dignity and respect is necessary.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS at level 7.0, with no individual component of less than 6.5. For more information about English qualifications, please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

This is an intensive programme. Accreditation for prior learning can be considered.

The modules listed below are provisional and may be subject to change.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Sociology and Psychology for Dietitians
  • Cell Biology for Dietitians
  • Biochemistry for Dietitians
  • Human Nutrition For Dietitians
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Dietitians
  • Dietary Assessment Techniques for Dietitians
  • Management of Disease for Dietitians
  • Catering and Infection Control
  • Non-credit Bearing Placement 1 – Year 1 summer (two weeks)

Year 2 modules include:

  • Nutrition and Dietetic Care
  • Macro and Micronutrients
  • Metabolic Biochemistry for Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Dietetic Care 2 (30 credits)
  • Systems Pathology for Dietitians
  • Nutrition Through the Lifecycle (Dietitians)
  • Applied Public Health Nutrition for Dietitians
  • Food Science and Microbiology for Dietitians
  • Non-credit Bearing Dietetic Placement Preparation (summer, one-week block)
  • Non-credit bearing Placement 2
  • Non-credit bearing Placement 3

Modules in Year 3 include:

  • Management of Health and Social Care
  • Dietetics Research Project

Graduating from our Dietetics BSc (Hons) course is the start of an exciting and varied career in nutrition, health and disease management.

Many of our graduates now work in public health and health promotion, including NHS management of nutrition related diseases and/or disease related malnutrition, as well as managing dietary needs in long term health conditions in primary care environments.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

Fees and key information

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