Become a registered associate nutritionist and focus on a specialism.
What you study
Study a course designed to give you the knowledge and skills to become an associate nutritionist recognised by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). You can then work towards becoming a registered nutritionist, highly valued by many employers.
The essential practical, communication and analytical skills you gain enable you to work in health improvement, community health promotion, sports nutrition, the food industry or private sector.
Key areas of study include
• the key physiological links between good diet, nutrition and lifestyle (especially physical activity) choices on health and well-being
• how to analyse, understand and improve the diets of individuals and populations
• how non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes or heart disease develop, and the role of diet, nutrition and lifestyle factors in their prevention
• behaviour in relation to diet and physical activity and approaches to helping change behaviour.
How you learn
You build theoretical and real-world practical skills through a combination of lectures, seminars, and practical sessions. Some of these are laboratory based and some classroom based.
During the course you
• build transferable skills which you can apply to employment, research and further study
• develop expertise in areas including ingredient choice, dietary analysis of individuals, athletes and populations
• gain practical skills such as measuring body composition, nutritional biomarkers and athletic performance
• learn behaviour change skills such as motivational interviewing
Behaviour change skills are key methods used by professionals who work with lifestyle change such as weight management, public health and health coaching. Experienced lecturers guide you through a range of skills and approaches which are evidence based and essential for working in this sector.
You also take business and management modules, enabling you to understand the working world and changing environment of healthcare, the food industry, and exercise and sports nutrition sectors.
During the course you have the opportunity to work on real life projects. You are encouraged to gain work experience and develop professional skills to build your professional portfolio, which is required for registration with the Association for Nutrition (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 who have contributed to internationally recognised research in areas such as obesity, behaviour change, diabetes and pregnancy. Many are AfN registered nutritionists with expertise in health and wellbeing, sport and exercise, dietetics, product development and consumer behaviour. This means you have access to the latest research and sector developments, ensuring your degree is industry relevant and meets the needs of employers.
You build you practical skills in our modern, purpose-built laboratories and industry standard kitchens. This involves using the latest equipment including specialist sensory and feeding facilities, and equipment to analyse physiology and exercise performance. 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 the 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. There are also opportunities to gain the perspectives of external speakers with specialist expertise during guest lectures.
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||
• understanding food and ingredient selection • nutritional physiology and metabolism • food composition and safety • nutrition in context • academic and professional skills • marketing principles
|Year two modules||
• professional development for nutritionists • physiology and biochemistry of health and disease • nutrition through the lifecycle • academic research skills • people and organisations in context
|Year two options||
• food product development • physical activity and health
|Year three modules||
• behaviour change • epidemiology in health and disease • issues in food and nutrition • project
|Year three options||
• consumer perceptions of food • issues in sport and exercise • communicating nutrition and health messages • nutrition for sport
We work closely with the AfN and employers in the nutrition, food and fitness industries so that our courses meet sector standards and needs. This ensures that you graduate with the skills and knowledge for a range of career choices.
Graduates can develop careers as a nutritionist in • local authorities • the community and local partnerships • the Department of Health • the private sector including the food industry • sports and exercise agencies • charitable organisations • the NHS.
Roles include • nutrition support workers • weight management professionals • personal trainer roles and community nutrition jobs: providing dietary and lifestyle advice to individuals or groups in community projects • nutritional consultancy • researchers and research assistants on public health nutrition projects • health promotion • food industry consultancy • elite athlete support.
Previous students have gained careers such as sports and activities advisers, research nutritionists, food industry advisers and nutritional advisers for professional sports teams.
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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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