Human Nutrition Extended Degree - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
This extended degree in Human Nutrition includes a foundation year (Year 0), which provides an alternative route to higher education if you don’t have the traditional qualifications. You’ll go on to gain an excellent grounding in scientific and applied nutrition, preparing you for a career in public health.
Your foundation year will provide you with the fundamental knowledge of biology and chemistry required to begin more specialised studies. This year will also help you gain a better understanding of what academic study involves.
Throughout the four-year extended degree, you’ll study all aspects of public health, including the socio-cultural aspects, nutritional science and political and global issues. This broadened perspective is designed to prepare you for a career in nutrition in either the public or private sector.
Some teaching takes place in our £30 million Science Centre, where you’ll get hands-on experience in food technology laboratories. This is complemented by an optional work placement module, which helps you get real-world experience.
Assessment consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports and presentations.
This course qualifies you for admission to the Register of Associate Public Health Nutritionists, on successful completion.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or 32 or more UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3 from 2017) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas
Other applicants may have level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas eg Biology and Chemistry, which are required to study for BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.
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. 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) - Wednesday morning
- all year (January start) - Tuesday morning
Assessment: Coursework 1(a series of in-class tests) 75% + Coursework 2 (a presentation) 25% [Pass on aggregate]
This module introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
- all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
- all year (January start) - Wednesday morning
This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
- all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon
This module will introduce important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
- all year (September start) - Monday morning
The module introduces students to the application of the science of nutrition and sport in health and disease. It intends to offer a general insight into each area; students will discover the key concepts of nutritional and sport science.
The module will provide a greater understanding thereby allowing students with little or no sport or nutritional science background to progress to undertake a degree in Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Sport Science or Sports Therapy at level 4.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
- all year (September start) - Friday morning
- all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon
This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of minitests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
The first year of this extended degree (Year 0) is a modular course that runs over two semesters. In each semester, all full-time students enrol on four modules. Year 0 can also be studied part-time over two years.
Year 0 (Level 3) topics include:
- Scientific Studies
- Nutrition and Sports Science
Modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 can be found on the Human Nutrition BSc (Hons) course page.
On completion of this course, you’ll be eligible to become a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) – a career which offers a number of opportunities in both the private and public sectors.
Local and national government, health departments and sectors are all keen employers of Human Nutrition graduates, as are health promotion units and charities.
Many students also opt to continue on in further study, or join the research sector.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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.
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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How to apply
Applying for January 2018
You could start this course as soon as January 2018.
To begin a course starting in January you can apply directly to the University online (simply click the apply now button), make an application via UCAS or call our January hotline on .
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.
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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