Become an associate nutritionist and specialise in public health
What you study
Prepare for a career as a nutritionist helping the public to understand and apply nutritional information on this Association for Nutrition (AfN) accredited course. You gain the knowledge and skills to work in public health and become an AfN associate nutritionist. You can then progress to become an AfN registered nutritionist, highly valued by many employers.
The strong practical focus of the course helps you discover effective ways for people to apply government health messages through what they eat and the lifestyle choices they make.
Key areas of study include
• the links between good diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices and the health of populations
• how to analyse, understand and improve the diets of individuals and populations
• the impact of essential physiology and metabolic concepts on population nutrition
• the public health agenda and how it is conveyed at national, local and individual levels
• the role of diet and nutritional policy in the prevention of non-communicable diseases such as obesity and malnutrition
• the role of public health nutritionists in community projects through to government led initiatives and policy development.
How you learn
Your learning takes place during seminars and lectures, while you apply your knowledge and gain technical skills during practical sessions.
During the course you
• learn how to use nutritional and dietary knowledge to support the health of individuals and communities
• develop an understanding of how research influences public health promotion and nutritional policy
• gain behaviour change skills, such as motivational interviewing, which are used by professionals who work in lifestyle change.
Communication modules enhance your communication skills and introduce you to a range of methods to ensure your public health messages are effectively understood and received by your target audience.
Business and management modules enable you to understand the working world and changing environment of healthcare and public health.
During the course you are encouraged to gain work experience and develop professional skills to build your professional portfolio, which is required for registration with the AfN after graduating.
In your final year, you carry out a research project in your chosen area of interest.
You are taught by an experienced, research-active lecturing team, many of whom are AfN registered nutritionists with expertise in • public health nutrition • community health development • dietetics • GP referral schemes • personal training • research • health promotion. This means you have access to the latest research and sector developments, ensuring your degree is industry-relevant and meets the needs of employers.
There are also opportunities to gain the perspectives of external speakers with specialist expertise during guest lectures.
You develop your practical skills in our modern, purpose-built laboratories and industry standard kitchens, which include the latest sensory and feeding facilities and dietary analysis software. Your practical work is supported by our dedicated technical team.
An extra-curricular programme of activities helps enhance your essential study skills. As a student of this course you automatically become a member of our award-winning food and nutrition society where you meet other students and experts with a passion for food.
Final year students have the opportunity to apply for an additional leadership award. This is delivered by external industry consultants and is a great way to enhance your CV.
This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) which allows graduates to apply for Direct Entry Registration (at Associate Level) with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).
2017 entry requirements
Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language, mathematics and science plus one of the following
• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies
• 96 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.
New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.
We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Three years full-time
Typical modules may include
|Year one modules||
• food and ingredient selection • nutritional physiology and metabolism • food composition and safety • nutrition in context • academic and professional skills • marketing principles
|Year two core modules||
• professional development for nutritionists • physiology and biochemistry of health and disease • introduction to public health • nutrition through the lifecycle • academic research skills • people and organisations in context
|Year three core modules||
• communicating nutrition and health messages • behaviour change • epidemiology of diet and disease • issues in public health • project for food
|Year three options||
• consumer perceptions of food • issues in food and nutrition
We work closely with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and employers in the nutrition, food and fitness industries so that our courses meet sector standards and needs. This ensures you graduate with the skills and knowledge for a range of career choices.
Graduates can develop careers as nutritionists in • local authorities • the community and local partnerships • the Department of Health • the private sector • Public Health England • charitable organisations • the NHS.
Roles include • policy development and implementation • assessing and scoping population or community needs • providing dietary and lifestyle advice to individuals or groups • nutrition consultancy • research • health promotion • community health and wellbeing projects.
For example, previous students have gained employment as • community food workers • researchers • public health officers • healthy eating co-ordinators • weight management advisors • nutritionists within industry.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,500 a year
2017/18 academic year
Typically £12,750 a year
Additional course costs
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