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BSc (Hons) Nutrition (with Foundation Year option)

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With foundation year: B401

As more and more health issues are linked to diet, the field of nutrition has grown in importance, causing a substantial rise in related career opportunities. The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, so you will be eligible to register as a Registered Associate Nutritionist when you graduate.

Nutrition is a fascinating area of science and on this course you’ll discover the significance behind the relationship between diet and health. Learn about the key areas of nutrition, combining the science with the social, behavioural and lifestyle issues that are present in society today, and influence the food and drink we consume.

Investigate how food can improve and contribute to good health, as well as the impact our diet can have on the wider environment, and consider reasons and solutions to malnutrition, obesity and other nutritional related concerns. You’ll understand the complexity of nutritional science, and also delve into food development, production, legislation and food safety, and the psychosocial concepts of promoting health.

The psychological and sociological concepts of promoting health are blended with a sound understanding of the nutritional challenges in modern society to enable students to gain knowledge and important skills to prepare them for a wide range of career choices on completing their degree. What’s more, we’ve integrated a career-catapulting 30-week placement, which you can complete anywhere in the world, to gain realistic insight into the field of nutrition, nurture professional relationships and ultimately bolster your employability factor.

This course received 100% overall satisfaction rating from our final year students in the latest National Student Survey (NSS), so why not book on to an Open Day to come and meet us, or join us on live chat now to find out more. 

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills needed to prepare you for the Nutrition degree, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. The Foundation Year is based at our Talbot campus. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree and begin your Nutrition study. 

See Course details for more information. 

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus. Foundation Year: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus.


3 years full-time with a 4-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a 30-week minimum placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with a 4-week placement or 5 years full-time with a 30-week minimum placement.


Association for Nutrition

Required subjects:

Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Food Technology, Health & Social Care, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science, other science-related subject.

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 32 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in a required subject. Foundation year: 48 - 72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language, you will need: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

Bringing depth and real-life insight into your teaching, our staff are involved in leading research contributing to societal change today. This includes projects to improve nutritional health and reduce malnutrition in older people and work to transform nutritional care for people with dementia in care homes.

Contact hours and assessment

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods and contact hours for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

The programme offers two opportunities for you to undertake a placement, an optional Placement Learning Unit (20 days or 150 hours) in Year 2 and the Practice Placement (Sandwich option), a 30-week placement taken over the course of a full academic year between Year 2 and your Final Year.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad in locations such as Kosovo or Malaysia where the Department has established links with partners, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically and professionally, and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Your application

For Nutrition, we are looking for students who:

  • Have an interest in Nutrition as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Have a clear understanding of the profession
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course.

How to apply

Entry requirements


Successfully completing a degree in nutrition will open all kinds of doors for you and may lead to some unexpected, but exciting, career paths. Nutrition has an impact on many aspects of our lives, which is why the job opportunities for nutritionists are so varied.

Within six months of finishing their degree, 90% of our students are working or studying. You could find work within local or national government, advising on nutrition policy, or your expertise may help a charity or consumer group concerned with nutrition. You can even travel the world, assisting with emergency relief and voluntary organisations.

Other options include working for food and drink manufacturers and retailers, medical food companies and taking on positions within the marketing, advertising, PR and communications industry.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our pages on funding support for healthcare courses. Our fees and funding section also includes information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

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Hear from our staff

Gill Glasgow

We are highly passionate to equip our students with the right tools so they can deliver best evidence based practice in nutrition and tackle growing concerns we see in our society today, such as overweight and obesity.

What our graduates think

Rebecca Mitchell

The support from lecturers and staff of the Nutrition team has been fantastic. The team are very approachable and helpful and have definitely made my time at university much easier.

Hear from our placement students

Donna Blake

My name is Donna Blake. I am a placement student at DrinkCreate in New Milton and a nutrition student at Bournemouth University.
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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.