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Dietetics and Nutrition - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

The Dietetics and Nutrition BSc degree will help you develop the relevant knowledge and skills to become a dietitian. You'll study life and nutritional sciences, exploring the role of diet and nutrition in disease prevention and treatment. Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply to the register of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 96% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months. In the National Student Survey 2016 this course scored an impressive 95% overall student satisfaction.

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On this undergraduate degree course, you’ll learn the skill 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.

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.

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 get hands-on experience through three full-time work placements during the course. There's a two-week placement in Year 2, a 12-week placement in Year 3 and a 14-week placement in Year 4 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.

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).

Assessment

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

The course is approved by the HCPC. Successfully complete your degree, and 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 BBB in three A levels including grade B or above in Biology and Chemistry (or a minimum of 120 UCAS points)
  • 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
  • 10 days or more recent (within the last two years) work experience in a care environment
  • attendance at a dietetics career event
  • an enhanced DBS Check for the Adults' and Children's Workforce
  • Clearance for non-exposure prone procedures (EPP) by an approved occupational health service
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
  • 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

For further information and support on how to prepare your application and meet our entry requirements, visit our undergraduate Dietetics FAQ.

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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of human anatomy and physiology in health and disease. It is designed for life-science students with an interest in human biology, but particularly for those wishing to pursue advanced studies in forensic science, biomedical science, nutrition, dietetics, and other health related sciences.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    A core module which provides students with an understanding of basic cell structures and an awareness of different cell types and relates the structure and activities of cell components to their functions and to cellular activities as a whole.
    The second half of the module is concerned with biochemistry focusing on the properties of key biochemical molecules and their role in biochemical function.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module will develop an understanding of nutrition science which includes the role and function of energy and the major nutrients in human metabolism. It introduces knowledge of the nutritional composition of foods and the importance of diet in health and disease, in humans. In addition, social, economic and environmental factors influencing the food choice of individuals, groups and populations are explored.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    Through successful completion of the module, students will develop a broad understanding of psychology and sociology in relation to health and nutrition behaviour. Students will also begin to develop skills in professionalism.

    Restricted to BSc (Hons) Dietetics & Nutrition

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module provides students with knowledge of the principles of catering management within the public sector. This includes methods of food provision, preparation, distribution and quality control. Constraints on menu planning and the development, implementation and evaluation of nutritional standards for catering services are discussed. This foundation of knowledge is then applied to the management of malnutrition with a specific focus on the professional and ethical issues associated with food provision and the application of microbiology to dietetic practice. This module also prepares students for Placement 1.


    Notes: Restricted to BSc (Hons) Dietetics & Nutrition

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module focuses on the medical, surgical, pharmacological and dietary management of a range of conditions including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, allergic diseases and mental health. It also covers methods of nutritional support and infant, childhood and adolescent nutrition. Students will learn how to undertake a nutritional assessment and devise treatment plans. Students will also learn how to deliver group education sessions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module looks at the microbial world and how microorganisms could cause food spoilage, foodborne diseases as well as contribute towards preservation of our food. The major microorganisms will be discussed, focusing on intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting their growth in food. Also how microorganisms are controlled through food preservation and food processing methods will be discussed in detail. The module also focusses the effects on nutrients of processing and preservation. In addition, the basics of proximate food analysis techniques and measuring food energy will be discussed in food labelling context.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module focuses on understanding key principles of metabolism and nutritional metabolism. These principles are illustrated through study of the major metabolic pathways, the measurement, transport, storage, metabolism and excretion of macro and micronutrients and the application to health and disease.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    Placement 1 is a 2 week placement providing the opportunity for students to observe and begin to develop core skills in implementing the dietetic care process with individuals in a variety of settings.
    Students should normally attend 100% of the placement. If sickness results in absence from placement, students will be expected to make up an agreed number of hours or repeat the placement, subject to discussion between the HEI and lead practice educator. This will take into account current performance and potential effects on future progression. Any occupational health requirements related to prolonged sickness absence should be managed through the HEI provision.

    Brief Guidance Notes:

    • Students will work the same hours as a full time member of staff. Some flexibility may be required to allow for out of hours work. Students should normally have 3 hours per week as dedicated study time.
    • Students should normally attend 100% of the placement. If sickness results in absence from placement, students will be expected to make up an agreed number of hours or repeat the placement, subject to discussion between the HEI and lead practice educator. This will take into account current performance and potential effects on future progression. Any occupational health requirements related to prolonged sickness absence should be managed through the HEI provision.
    • Where significant health problems have arisen an occupational health assessment will be required at any time prior to or during the placement.
    • Student services are available to provide counselling and other support mechanisms as required. Students will have to take action on advice from their placement and university staff.
    • If students have additional learning needs identified on placement such as a requirement for maths study skills or have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia they will be required to take appropriate remedial action prior to their next placement placement. Guidance and support will be offered by the university through the Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and placement tutor.
    • Students who have requirements which impact on their ability to take up placements in particular locations (due to a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act (2010)) should register with the university’s Disability and Dyslexia Service as recommendations relating to reasonable adjustments made by this service will also be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation. Placements have experience of managing additional needs and reasonable adjustments will be put in place.
    • Students have the opportunity to indicate on their placement application form any carer responsibilities which may impact their ability to take up specific placements. Students must provide details of their carer responsibilities and provide supporting evidence to their Placement Tutor prior to the point of allocation. Students should outline clearly how their carer responsibilities impact on their placement selection and what features are required of the placement. Providing this information will not guarantee that the student will be allocated to one of their preferences but the student’s circumstances will be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation.
    • This module does not provide academic credit but successful completion is an essential requirement of the course to ensure that students are eligible to apply to the register of health and care professionals on completion of BSc (Hons) Dietetics and Nutrition/PG Diploma Dietetics and Nutrition.
    • Students are not usually eligible for a repeat attempt of Placement 1. If an individual student fails to achieve the learning outcomes of placement 1 the student should be counselled and advised on an alternative course route.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module focuses on the concepts and techniques used in nutritional science and research. It covers dietary assessment methodology, principles of epidemiology and research methodology in the context of nutrition and dietetics. The module supports on-going development of professional skills.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module teaches and consolidates learning of all areas of nutrition and dietetics to develop and consolidate learning on campus and during placements. Students will be required to apply clinical measurement data and the physiological abnormalities of specific case studies to formulate an assessment and dietetic care plans as well as demonstrate knowledge and skills in undertaking public health nutrition strategies.
    Students will be required to demonstrate an ability to practise within the ethical and legal boundaries of the dietetic profession.

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  • This module aims to explore the fundamental interplay between genetic, physiological, environmental and nutritional influences on human growth and development throughout the lifespan. Students will develop an awareness of the short and long-term consequences for growth and development if these factors are not optimal.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module provides an opportunity for students to further develop their understanding and practice of the dietary management of diseases in both adults and children. It also enables students to develop their skills in undertaking one to one consultations.

    This module forms an essential part of placement preparation. Students must obtain at least 40% to pass this module. In addition students must normally obtain at least 35% in each component of assessment within this module. A mark of between 35% and 39% may be compensated by other components.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module allows students to integrate the knowledge and skills gained at throughout the course, such as information gathering, written and verbal presentation of information and critical analysis. Students will undertake a laboratory or field-based investigation in a subject area of the student’s choice. There will be an emphasis on gaining experience and skills which are relevant to the Dietetics profession, particularly in project report writing and presentation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module provides students with an understanding of the organisational infrastructure of public sector organisations. Context is provided through relevant local, regional and national social and administrative policy for both employment as well as for the provision of healthcare and social services. Management structures relevant to the dietetic professions are explored. The module aims to develop learning and practical tools to support experiences encountered during employment. It complements theory of government policies relevant to healthcare covered in modules such as Clinical Dietetics 1 and 2 and Public Health.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    Placement 2 provides the opportunity for students to build on their academic knowledge of nutrition and dietetics for individuals and groups in a range of environments. They will experience different ways of communicating with a variety of people and practice skills that they will use throughout their careers. The students will also establish links with practising dietitians in the area. They will acquire and demonstrate a range of skills which will be assessed against the British Dietetic Association (2013) Curriculum Framework

    Brief Guidance Notes:

    • Students will work the same hours as a full time member of staff. Some flexibility may be required to allow for out of hours work. Students should normally have 3 hours per week as dedicated study time.
    • Students should normally attend 100% of the placement. If sickness results in absence from placement, students will be expected to make up an agreed number of hours or repeat the placement, subject to discussion between the HEI and lead practice educator. This will take into account current performance and potential effects on future progression. Any occupational health requirements related to prolonged sickness absence should be managed through the HEI provision.
    • Where significant health problems have arisen an occupational health assessment will be required at any time prior to or during the placement.
    • Students should not normally take re-assessments during the placement period but may take a maximum of one reassessment component with the prior agreement of the practice educator and placement tutor.
    • Student services are available to provide counselling and other support mechanisms as required. Students will have to take action on advice from their placement and university staff.
    • If students have additional learning needs identified on placement such as a requirement for maths study skills or have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia they will be required to take appropriate remedial action prior to their next placement placement. Guidance and support will be offered by the university through the Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and placement tutor.
    • Students who have requirements which impact on their ability to take up placements in particular locations (due to a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act (2010)) should register with the university’s Disability and Dyslexia Service as recommendations relating to reasonable adjustments made by this service will also be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation. Placements have experience of managing additional needs and reasonable adjustments will be put in place.
    • Students have the opportunity to indicate on their placement application form any carer responsibilities which may impact their ability to take up specific placements. Students must provide details of their carer responsibilities and provide supporting evidence to their Placement Tutor prior to the point of allocation. Students should outline clearly how their carer responsibilities impact on their placement selection and what features are required of the placement. Providing this information will not guarantee that the student will be allocated to one of their preferences but the student’s circumstances will be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation.
    • This module does not provide academic credit but successful completion is an essential requirement of the course to ensure that students are eligible to apply to the register of health and care professionals on completion of BSc (Hons) Dietetics and Nutrition/PG Diploma Dietetics and Nutrition.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    Placement 3 is a 14 week placement providing the opportunity for students to observe and develop core skills in implementing the dietetic care process with individuals, groups and organisations/ communities in a variety of settings. They will experience different ways of communicating with a variety of people and practice skills that they will use throughout their careers. The students will also establish links with practising dietitians in the area. They will acquire and demonstrate a range of skills which will be assessed against the British Dietetic Association (2013) Curriculum Framework.

    Brief Guidance Notes:

    • Students will work the same hours as a full time member of staff. Some flexibility may be required to allow for out of hours work. Students should normally have 3 hours per week as dedicated study time.
    • Students should normally attend 100% of the placement. If sickness results in absence from placement, students will be expected to make up an agreed number of hours or repeat the placement, subject to discussion between the HEI and lead practice educator. This will take into account current performance and potential effects on future progression. Any occupational health requirements related to prolonged sickness absence should be managed through the HEI provision.
    • Where health problems have arisen an occupational health fitness for placement assessment will be required.
    • Student services are available to provide counselling and other support mechanisms as required. Students will have to take action on advice from their placement and university staff.
    • Students should not normally take re-assessments during the placement period but may take a maximum of one reassessment component with the prior agreement of the practice educator and placement tutor.
    • If students have additional learning needs identified on placement such as a requirement for maths study skills or have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia they will be required to take appropriate remedial action whilst waiting for the repeat placement. Guidance and support will be offered by the university through the Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and placement tutor.
    • Students who have requirements which impact on their ability to take up placements in particular locations (due to a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act (2010)) should register with the university’s Disability and Dyslexia Service as recommendations relating to reasonable adjustments made by this service will also be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation. Placements have experience of managing additional needs and reasonable adjustments will be put in place.
    • Students have the opportunity to indicate on their placement application form any carer responsibilities which may impact their ability to take up specific placements. Students must provide details of their carer responsibilities and provide supporting evidence to their Placement Tutor prior to the point of allocation. Students should outline clearly how their carer responsibilities impact on their placement selection and what features are required of the placement. Providing this information will not guarantee that the student will be allocated to one of their preferences but the student’s circumstances will be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation.
    • This module does not provide academic credit but successful completion is an essential requirement of the course to ensure that students are eligible to apply to the register of health professionals on completion of BSc (Hons) Dietetics and Nutrition/PG Dip Dietetics and Nutrition.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module builds on the experiences from Placements 1 and focuses on consolidating the skills and knowledge developed in preparation for undertaking Placement 2 and 3.

    Brief Guidance Notes: This module does not provide academic credit but successful completion is an essential requirement of the course to ensure that students are sufficiently prepared for the demands of placement 2 and 3.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module aims to develop knowledge and skills of public health nutrition and how the theory of public health relates to epidemiology. Students will learn the theory and application of public health and will understand the process of planning and evaluating a public health project.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module characterises the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical investigation and treatment of selected systems diseases that make a significant contribution to morbidity and mortality within healthcare. Aspects covered begin with an overview of pathology, followed by a systems approach to disease, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune disorders, obesity, diabetes, inborn errors of metabolism, nutritional deficiencies, and cancer

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Dieticians
  • Cellular and Molecular Systems for Dieticians
  • Dietetic Professional Practice
  • Human Nutrition for Dieticians
  • Sociology and Psychology for Dieticians

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Clinical Dietetics 1
  • Catering and Infection Control
  • Food Science and Microbiology for Dieticians
  • Metabolic Biochemistry for Dietitians
  • Techniques in Nutritional Science and Research for Dieticians
  • Placement 1

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Aetiology, Pathology and Management of Disease
  • Clinical Dietetics 2
  • Public Health and Nutrition for Dieticians
  • Placement 2

Year 4 (Level 7) modules include:

  • Applied Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Management of Health and Social Care
  • Dietetics and Nutrition Research Project
  • Placement 3

"The lecturers have been helpful throughout the course. You can tell they are passionate about what they do and this helps us to learn in class. Their feedback is very prompt, which is useful for our studies."
National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

"The course has been brilliant, I have definitely learnt a lot from it. The guest lectures have been inspirational too. I feel very excited to be preparing for work in this field."
National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Graduating from our Dietetics and Nutrition 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.

The funding arrangements for pre-registration Health Care Courses are changing from September 2017. Please refer to The Funding Clinic and the UK government website for more information.

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 2017. 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.

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.

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

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must 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.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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