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BSc (Hons) Nutrition (with Foundation Year option)

Discover the significance behind the relationship between diet and health. 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.

  • Clearing
  • UCAS Code:
    B400
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

With foundation year: B401

Places still available to study this September with flexibility in our entry requirements.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

Why study BSc (Hons) Nutrition at BU?

  • This course received 100% overall satisfaction rating from our final year students in the latest National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Choose to undertake a 30-week placement anywhere in the world, to give you invaluable opportunities to gain industry experience and build a professional network 
  • Our established networks with industry over the years provides great placement opportunities
  • On this course you’ll gain practical skills and knowledge in food processing, product development, food safety and microbiology
  • Our specialist nutrition labs, which are home to state-of-the-art equipment, support practical teaching in nutrition, human physiology and food safety 
  • The nutrition teaching team include award-winning staff who are involved in leading research contributing to societal change today. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

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. 

Course accreditation  

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, so you will be eligible to register as a Registered Associate Nutritionist when you graduate. Please note that the Foundation Year part of the course is not accredited. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

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

Duration:

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.

Accreditations:

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:

Places still available to study this September with flexibility in our entry requirements.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 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.

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.

Placements

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, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically and professionally, and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Entry requirements

This course requires 104–120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*CC, ABC, BBB or BCC, BTECs DDM or DMM. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

If you do not meet these you may want to consider our Foundation Year, a one-year course that will prepare you for degree-level study.

Calculate your UCAS tariff points

2021 and 2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs)

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all of the equivalencies.

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.
Excluded subjects General Studies (unless accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent in appropriate subjects).
A-level and AS levels 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Access to HE Diploma 102–112 tariff points from any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades. This must include 15 level 3 graded credits in one of our 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. An Access to HE Diploma contains 60 credits overall, with 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits.
BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)
  • Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 104–112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects, including 36 points in a required subject.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit in a required subject (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: 104 tariff points (grade D*D) in a required subject
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Extended Project Qualification We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
International Baccalaureate Certificates 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) An overall score of 28–31 points.
Scottish Highers 104–120 tariff points from Scottish Highers including 32 points in a required subject.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable). 

Foundation Year entry requirements

Numeracy and literacy requirements There are no GCSE requirements. The Foundation Year will cover these skills in preparation for degree study.
For September 2021 and September 2022 entry 48–72 UCAS tariff points.

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2021 and September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 61-71%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,3 to 4,4,4 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 60-70%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 60-70%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 6 or 7. Grade depends on the course

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement.

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

Careers

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.

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.

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.

Course changes

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