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

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 an Associate Nutritionist when you graduate.

On this course, you'll discover the key areas of nutrition, combining the science with the social, behavioural and lifestyle issues that are present in society today. You’ll understand the principles of nutrition, and also delve into food development, production, legislation and safety, and the psychosocial concepts of promoting health. What’s more, we’ve integrated a career-catapulting 30-week placement, which you can complete anywhere in the world, to gain a more realistic insight into the field of nutrition, nurture professional relationships and ultimately bolster your employability factor.

This course received 96% 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. Additionally, you can also watch an online presentation about the course delivered by the Programme Leader.   

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

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.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in November, 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years Full-time, including a mandatory 20-day placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Accreditations:

Association for Nutrition

Required subjects:

Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education, Food technology, Design Technology (food).

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104 - 112 tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 32 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in a required subject. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

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

We have specialist nutrition labs in Bournemouth house, which are home to state-of-the-art equipment to support practical teaching in nutrition, human physiology and food safety. You will also have access to a well-equipped food processing and development unit and simulation skills facilities, giving you the opportunity to learn and improve your competency-based skills in nutrition assessment. Find out more and view photos of our labs. 

Our nutrition course is part of the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme at BU. This scheme provides a friendly, supportive environment whereby second year students mentor first years to help them integrate into university life, improve their learning and study skills, prepare better for assessments and gives first year students a better insight into what's required on them from the course. We also starting to have third year students mentor and guide students throughout their second year of study.   

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.3mb)

Placements

A placement should be a highly rewarding experience for you and the employing company and we do our best to ensure that everyone involved feels that they have got the most that they can from the experience.

Placements provide a great opportunity to make your first career steps and enhance your employability while you’re completing your studies. You’ll get the opportunity to:

  • Put the theory learnt throughout the course into professional practice
  • Enhance your study and help you decide on subject options (where appropriate)
  • Learn a wide range of skills such as time management, problem solving and team work (all of these are important to succeed in any career)
  • Make contacts, as it is not uncommon for our students to be offered permanent positions to return to after graduating
  • Gain a real insight into how the industry operates in roles that would be almost impossible to achieve for an outsider
  • Many of our students, during their placement, are given responsibilities normally associated with graduate trainees.

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

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.

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.

Course changes

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.
Read more about Donna's story