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:


What are the entry qualifications?

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or above (or equivalent) in an alternative qualification. The University Mathematics test will be considered in some instances with an individual score of 70%. Consideration will be given to Mathematics subjects being studied at Level 3 within an Access qualification at a distinction grade. Level 2 Mathematics without GCSE Mathematics grade C or above is not accepted.

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or above (or equivalent) in alternative qualifications. If English is not the first language, IELTS at level 7 with no individual component of less than 6.5, will be considered. The University English test will be considered in some instances with an average score of 7 and no individual component of less than 6.5. Consideration will be given to English language subjects being studied at Level 3 within an Access qualification at a distinction grade. Level 2 English without GCSE English grade C or above is not accepted.

A-levels, including Biology and Chemistry and another subject grade B or above:

Dietetics and Nutrition BSc (Hons) 4-year course:

Grades BBB or above.

Dietetics BSc (Hons) 3-year course (accelerated): 

Grades ABB or above. 

Dietetics and Nutrition BSc (Hons) 4-year course:

Average grade of 65% or the majority of modules at merit (majority defined as 75% or above).

Dietetics BSc (Hons) 3-year course (accelerated):

Average grade of 75% or the majority of modules at distinctions (majority defined as 75% or above).

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with DDM/DDD or a relevant Foundation/Access course with a minimum of 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 will also be considered.

You must pass an interview where you will be required to demonstrate an interest in, aptitude for and knowledge of the field of health, dietetics and nutrition.

Have recent (within the last two years) work experience with vulnerable groups (paid or voluntary) for a minimum of five days full-time work. 

Attend a dietetic career event. You are required to have completed these two experiences before the end of July for entry in September.


How many students are accepted onto the course?

28

Although the course is no longer funded by the Government, Health Education England comission our dietetic placements which limits the number of students we can accept on the course.


How many have applied?

We receive about 200-300 applicants per year.


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 day.

See details of upcoming undergraduate open days  


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.


Work experience and expsoure 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. They are suitable for individuals in the process of applying or who have already applied for dietetics. They take place 3-4 times a year and provide prospective 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 considerably different to those in the UK.

Minimum requirement:

Prospective students will be required to have recent (within the last 2 years) experience of working with vulnerable groups (paid or voluntary) for a minimum of the equivalent of five days full-time work. This can be completed on a part-time basis at your convenience.

What we would like you to do:

We would like you to gain experience of communicating with people who are in a vulnerable position such as those 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 locations:

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. We also accept roles in other locations and organisations such as charity organisations like The Food Chain or Shelter.

Examples of suitable roles

An example of a suitable role is at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation 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 would be ideal.

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 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 the end of July to the admissions department for entry in September of that year.


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.

Interview

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 your ability to communicate effectively.

Offer

If successful you will be offered a conditional/unconditional offer on the Dietetics and Nutrition BSc (Hons) 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. You should 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 have 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 up to two people, one will be a member 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?

Yes, we do accept applications from overseas countries.


Do I have to pay course fees?

Health Education no longer provide funding for this course but you will be able to apply for a means-tested loan.

You can find more information from the booklet Your guide to NHS student bursaries 2016/17

The funding clinic is a good place for financial advice.


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.


Mature student?

We welcome students of all ages as long as the course entry requirements have been met and the interview has been passed.


What is the structure of the course, how is it taught, what are the days of the week and hours?

This varies depending on the year in which you are studying. It is a full-time course but there may not be face-to-face teaching every day.

  • There is a mixture of long modules (30 weeks - 30 credits) and shorter modules (15 week - 15 credits).
  • All modules are core
  • Each module has 3 hours a week of teaching time

Further information about the modules and the days they will be taught can be found below:

Please note these may change and should only be used as guidance at this stage.

You can find out more information about the different modules by searching them in the module catalogue.


How is it assessed, via coursework or exams?

There is a variety of assessments:

  • Verbal/visual presentations
  • Essays and group project work
  • Practical reports
  • Problem solving exercises
  • Examinations
  • In-class tests
  • Online formative assessments

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 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 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 a Dietetics society, it is organised by the students for the students.