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Human Nutrition (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Human Nutrition (including foundation year) BSc course is designed to enable you to enter an undergraduate degree if you don’t hold traditional qualifications or can’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard three-year degree. On completion of this four-year programme you’ll graduate with the same academic title and award as students who enter the standard human nutrition course.

The mix of broad scientific perspective and in-depth examination of human nutrition will prepare you for academic study at undergraduate level, as well as a career in nutrition within the public or private sectors.

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More about this course

Our Human Nutrition (including foundation year) BSc degree will open up opportunities for you to work in public health and nutrition. On the course you’ll address how lifestyle, diet and physical activity contribute to health and wellbeing.

Throughout the degree you’ll receive support to improve your skills and help you succeed academically. You’ll receive one-on-one support from your academic mentor and tutor, with whom you’ll be able to address any concerns and discover your strengths. If you find yourself needing extra support in improving your academic skills or polishing your interview technique there will be opportunities to attend specialist workshops to help you succeed.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other disciplines within the School of Human Sciences, which will prove the perfect opportunity to meet students from other courses and learn about different areas of science. During this year you’ll gain fundamental knowledge of human sciences, which is vital for successful study at undergraduate level. The topics you’ll study will include biochemistry, biology, chemistry, nutrition and sports science, so you’ll gain an understanding of how scientific reasoning and methods are used within each discipline.

In the subsequent three years you’ll join students who are starting on the traditional three-year human nutrition course. You’ll also study the same course content and get the same choice of modules. To find out more about the subsequent three years of study visit our Human Nutrition BSc course page.

If you find that you’d like to specialise in a different discipline of science by the end of your foundation year, there will be some flexibility to allow you to do this.


Assessment consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports, presentations, essays, posters, examinations, online multiple-choice tests, scientific reports, individual and group research projects and a final year dissertation.

Professional accreditation

On completion of this four-year degree you’ll be able to join the Association for Nutrition as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr).

Fees and key information

Course type
UCAS code B405
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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.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition and Sports Science
  • Scientific Studies

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Nutritionists
  • Biochemistry for Nutritionists
  • Cell Biology for Nutritionists
  • Human Nutrition
  • Sociology and Psychology

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Food Science and Microbiology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry for Nutrition
  • Nutrition Science 1
  • Nutrition Work-related Practice
  • Techniques in Dietary Assessment
  • Techniques in Nutritional Research

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Applied Public Health Nutrition
  • Diet and Disease
  • Global Health Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition Research Dissertation
  • Nutrition Through the Lifecycle
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition
  • Creating a Winning Business 2
  • Energy Metabolism and Endocrinology

After the course

You'll complete the course equipped to pursue a career in public health nutrition in the academic, charity, private or public sectors.

Previous graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as

  • Nestlé Health Science
  • The NHS
  • The Nutrition Society
  • World Obesity Federation

This course is also excellent preparation for further research or postgraduate study.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

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

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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