BSc (Hons) Dietetics
About the course
With an increased scrutiny on eating and obesity, along with demand from both government and the public for nutritional and dietetic education, the role of dietitians has never been more important. Dietetics is the interpretation and communication of the science of nutrition, which enables people to make informed choices about food and lifestyle. Dietitians work with individuals with special dietary needs, inform the general public about nutrition, evaluate and improve treatments, and educate patients, doctors, nurses and other health professionals. This course covers the broad range of sciences that informs dietetics and is the first of its kind in the UK to award academic credit for practice placements.
Why choose this course?
- The first UK university to award academic credit for dietetic practice placements.
- Opportunities for practice placements in the NHS (acute and community) and, from 2019, in non-NHS settings.
- Offers undergraduate route to qualify as a dietitian in 3 years rather than 4 years.
- We welcome graduates who are changing direction and want to qualify as a dietitian.
- New science labs and dedicated diet laboratory
- Active student-led Nutrition and Dietetics Society (NADS).
- Encouragement to participate in extracurricular volunteering.
- Excellent record of graduates presenting at British Dietetic Association Research Symposia.
- Active research community
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA). On graduation you are eligible to apply for registration.
Dietitians are employed in the NHS in both hospital and community settings. In addition, dietitians work in sports nutrition, food industry, charities, education and research or on a freelance basis. This degree gives you the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience to meet those expectations.
The degree has been developed in partnership with NHS Hospital Trusts and Primary Care Trusts, so you can be confident that your knowledge and skills will be a thorough preparation for your future work and give you the opportunity to advance your career into senior roles within the service.
At the beginning of the programme you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide support and academic guidance throughout your course. Whilst on placement you will be supported by Practice Educators who will supervise and assess you.
You will be taught by a wide range of experienced experts from both within the University and from practice. These include Biochemists, Physiologists and Dietitians.
Teaching is delivered over 3-5 days with 12-25 contact hours a week. In addition up to twenty additional hours a week of self directed study is required.
A variety of teaching approaches are used, including:
- practical laboratory sessions
- small group workshops
- seminars and discussion
Assessment methods include:
- practice placement
- written course work
- lab reports
- poster presentations
- vivas (verbal examinations)
- case studies
- group projects
You will be undertaking three practice placements consisting of a total of 28 weeks over three years. This will give you the opportunity to develop the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to be ready to qualify as a registered dietitian.
Placements are in a variety of stimulating NHS settings such as Acute, Mental Health and Primary Care Trusts, where trained practice educators will support and help you to develop your learning, providing experiences ranging from acute clinical practice in hospitals to GP clinics, visiting clients in their own homes and health promotion activities.
Placements will be in the following eastern counties:
- Foundations in human nutrition - 30 Credits
- Food Science, Safety and Systems - 15 Credits
- Practice Education 4 - 0 Credits
- An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Biochemistry and Metabolism - 15 Credits
- Cell Biology - 15 Credits
- Human Physiology (Nutrition and Dietetics) - 15 Credits
- Behavioural Sciences 1 - 15 Credits
- Practice Education 5a Effective communication in practice - 15 Credits
- Practice Education 5b Integrating Theory and Practice - 15 Credits
- Diet Therapy - 30 Credits
- Behavioural Sciences 2 - 15 Credits
- Research Methods for Nutrition - 15 Credits
- Pathophysiology and Pharmacology - 15 Credits
- Biochemistry and Metabolism 2 - 15 Credits
- Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
- Nutrition Research - 30 Credits
- Practice Education 6b Becoming An Autonomous Practitioner - 15 Credits
- Advanced Diet Therapy - 15 Credits
- Practice Education 6a Patient centred practice - 30 Credits
- Public Health Nutrition - 15 Credits
Fees & funding
- £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £16000 for the 2018/2019 academic year
NHS Funding for UK/EU Students
Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.
The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.
For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
Additional course costs
Whilst studying this course there are a few items of equipment that you are required to purchase*
- Weighing scales: £30 (Compulsory)
- Lab coat and hat: £20 (Compulsory)
- Core Text: £various
- Local field trip in second year: £10 (Optional)
*All prices are approximate. On confirming your place you will be provided with purchasing information.
Accommodation for clinical placements for students who are not eligible for an NHS Bursary includes international and Irish students (figures quoted are top-end and depends upon placement venue and distance travelled). Eligible students can claim all, or part and depends on circumstances £1500 max.
Transport to clinical placements (students can claim if eligible for NHS Bursary and travel costs) £600 max.
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.