Undergraduate Dietetics FAQ
How can I find out about being a dietitian and being a nutritionist?
See the following websites to find out further information regarding the role of a dietitian:
See the following websites to find out further information regarding the role of a nutritionist:
A guide providing comprehensive information regarding different nutritional professions can be accessed via the following link:
How many students are accepted onto the course?
- 28 commissioned
- We are currently commissioned by Health Education England to provide 28 graduate places per year.
- The recent government spending review will change the way in which healthcare courses are funded in the future. To find out more information about this please refer to the Council of Deans website.
How many have applied?
What should I do if I do not meet the entry requirements?
If you don’t meet the requirements fully and wish to discuss this further; you can attend an open event.
I have already started Dietetics or another course at different university, can I transfer onto the Dietetics course at London Met?
We do not normally accept direct transfers as the numbers of places are tightly regulated. If you wish to change course you should contact the admissions department to apply as a new student.
Exposure to the dietetic profession.
All successful applicants are required to have attended a Dietetics Career Event or have had exposure to the dietetics profession through other means.
These are half-day events organised by London Metropolitan University, King’s College London and one of London’s NHS Trusts. They are suitable for individuals in the process of applying or who have already applied for dietetics. They take place at a four times a year and provide prospective dietetics students the opportunity to gain insight into the work of a dietitian. They are designed to replace dietetic shadowing. You are therefore advised NOT to contact the individual dietetic departments to arrange dietetic shadowing.
If planning to do this abroad you may want to check that the country is appropriate as dietetic professions elsewhere may be considerable different than the UK.
Exposure to Care Environments
Prospective students will be required to have recent work experience in a care environment (paid or voluntary) for a minimum of the equivalent of ten days or 73 hours work. This can be completed on a part time basis at your convenience. The work experience should normally have been completed within the last two years.
What we would like you to do
We would like you to gain experience of communicating with people who have significant care needs. If possible being involved in meal-time and daily care activities will give you important experience and help inform you of what to expect in this environment.
Suitable settings include hospitals, elderly care homes and hospices. You should approach the voluntary services department if you wish to work in a hospital or hospice, and the manager if you wish to work in a care home.
Examples of suitable roles
An example of a suitable role is at Homerton University Trust.
Below are links to suitable job descriptions.
Whittington Health also have similar roles and opportunities.
Suitable roles here would be dementia, meal-time support and ward volunteers.
Other hospitals and care environments will have similar arrangements. This is just an example of how to seek the experience that we are looking for.
Please be aware that it can take some time to find a placement as these institutions can be busy or have sufficient volunteers. You should be prepared for pre-employment checks such as health clearance or through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This can also take time. You are therefore advised not to leave your application until the last minute and to consider applying to more than one place.
You should ask your employer for a brief reference confirming that you have undertaken this work. It would be helpful to know the types of activities you have completed and the time frame.
Please note that if work experience is a condition on your course offer at London Met you should have sent evidence of attendance by 29/07/2016 to the admissions department for entry in September 2016. If you do not do this by the 29/07/2016 it may not be possible to start the course in September.
Are there any key dates I should be aware of?
- Applications open in September.
- Interview dates are throughout the year until June.
- 31 July - work experience conditions of offer are required to be met by this date.
What are the selection processes?
- UCAS Application
The application form should show that you have the potential to meet the academic and professional demands of the course and have good potential to meet the need for a diverse, world-class NHS workforce for London.
If successful you will be invited for an interview where we will assess your interests in food, diet, health and disease as well as your motivation and the ability to communicate effectively.
If successful you will be offered a conditional/unconditional offer on the BSc Dietetics and Nutrition course. If you do not meet the criteria to be accepted on the Dietetic course then you may be offered an alternative course or receive no offers.
What should I include within my application form?
You should demonstrate your passion for the dietetic career highlighting the key qualities/skills that you have to work as a dietitian. Show passion for food, nutrition, health and disease, highlighting your knowledge and interests in the dietetic field and be able to communicate this effectively on the application form.
What additional documents should I include in my application and why is this needed?
- Complete all sections as requested
- Supporting documentation will be sought; such as academic transcripts, qualification certificates and any other documentation that provides proof that you have completed and been awarded the respective accomplishment.
What will happen at and after the interview?
During the interview
- A brief presentation regarding the course
- Complete a written piece which assesses your values and written English
- 15 minute interview with two members of academic staff. Sometimes placement providers are also involved. This will assess your communication skills, motivation and aptitude for the course
- Tour of the university campus
After the interview you will either be
- Offered an unconditional place on the course
- Offered a conditional place on the course
- Offered a conditional or unconditional place on the reserve list
- Offered an alternative course if suitable
Can I study Dietetics part time?
The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council to run on a full-time basis only. Health Education England currently only commission a full time course. This does not allow us to offer it on a part time basis.
I am an international student, can I apply for the course?
We do not normally accept International students for this course as it is funded through Healthcare Education England as part of their arrangements for NHS workforce planning.
Do I have to pay course fees?
For entry to the course in 2016/17, course fees are paid directly to the University by Health Education England through the local education and training board. However as a result of the Government spending review this arrangement is changing for students enrolling in 2017/18. Please refer to the Council of Deans website for further information.
For entry 2016/17 you will be eligible fora non-means tested grant paid at a set annual amount of £1,000 for full-time students. There are other elements to the bursary that you may be eligible to apply for including: Dependents’ Allowance, Parent Learning Allowance, Childcare Allowance and Disabled Students Allowance.
You can find more information from the booklet Your guide to NHS student bursaries 2016/17
This is changing from September 2017 and there is a link to the NHS business services administration website for further information regarding this.
Can I apply to the course if I have a criminal conviction?
Students will be required to have an Enhanced DBS Check for the Adults' and Children's Workforce which will have checked both the adults' and the children's barred Lists. Students will also be required to have clearance for non-exposure prone procedures (EPP) by an approved occupational health service. Further information on the University’s policy regarding criminal convictions can be found on our web pages. The Health and Care Professions Council website has useful information too.
So I have to have a health check before I start the course?
No, you don’t have to have the health check before starting the course. The University will arrange for you to have your health check once you have commenced the course in the first semester.
We welcome students of all ages as long as the course entry requirements have been met and pass the interview.
Where are the placements usually?
There are three placements
- 1 = 2 weeks
- 2 = 12 weeks
- 3 = 14 weeks
Students are usually placed north of the River Thames in London. Depending on capacity within this region some students may be placed outside of London.
Special consideration is made for carers, disabilities and special circumstances.
Is there much opportunity to do research based work?
In the 4th year the students undertake their dissertation project where there may be an opportunity to be involved with some research.
Are there opportunities to attend dietetics conferences as part of the course?
Some students do attend conferences to present their projects eg BDA The Association of UK Dietitians Research Symposium, and British Association For Parenteral And Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN).
Is there a Dietetics/Nutrition society or group we can be part of?
Yes there is, it is organised by the students for the students.