Human Nutrition Extended Degree - BSc (Hons)

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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.

More about this course

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

Assessment consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports and presentations.

Professional accreditation

This course qualifies you for admission to the Register of Associate Public Health Nutritionists, on successful completion.

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code B402
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Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 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) or above (or equivalent). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) 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.

Modular structure

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
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition and Sports Science

Modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 can be found on the Human Nutrition BSc (Hons) course page.

After the course

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.

What is an extended degree?

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.

Additional costs

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

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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