BSc (Hons) Dietetics
About the course
Dietetics is the interpretation and communication of the science of nutrition to enable people to make informed and practical choices about food and lifestyle in both health and disease. Dietitians promote good health through appropriate nutrition. They 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. The role of the dietitian is changing rapidly with increasing emphasis on working in the community as well as in hospitals. Dietitians also have a role in research, education, industry and the media where there is an increasing demand for good quality nutrition and dietetic education. Dietetic practice is based on a range of academic disciplines which are required to ensure that graduate dietitians have the level of skill required to deliver excellent nutritional advice and care.
"I found the dietetics course at Hertfordshire varied and well organised. Studynet, the University’s intranet is an excellent tool which the lecturers use to good effect to communicate with the students about all the key aspects of the course so that things run very smoothly and any changes are known promptly."
Jo Grey, BSc (Hons) Dietetics
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.
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.
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.
120 UCAS points
GCSE – normally 5 grade 9-4 including Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
- Standard A Level offer –to include Chemistry at grade B and Biology at grade B and a further 40 UCAS points from other AS and/or A2 subjects excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. A pass in the practical element of the science A Level is required.
- Standard IB offer - 120 points with a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 5 or above to include biology and chemistry (with remaining points to be made up from HL, SL and Core)
- Standard Access Diploma to Science – Pass access diploma with a minimum of 60 credits to include 15 L3 credits in chemistry at Distinction, 15 L3 credits in biology at Distinction, 15 L3 credits in one other science subject at merit and 15 ungraded credits at L2. Standard Science Foundation / Extended Degree – A pass of 60% in all individual subjects and a pass of 70% in biology and 70% in chemistry.
- Standard BTEC offer – one of the following:
BTEC National Extended Diploma in a science subject DDD and grade B in GCE A2 chemistry
BTEC National Diploma in a science subject DD and a grade B in GCE A2 chemistry
BTEC national Subsidiary Diploma D and a grade B in GCE A2 Biology and grade B in GCE A2 Chemistry
- Standard Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) – 5 subjects at higher level to include chemistry and biology at a minimum of B grades
- Relevant science undergraduate / postgraduate qualifications – Typically a 2.2 level of achievement in a relevant subject i.e science, nutrition, health or sports science
- Apolyterion – 18/20 with not lower that 17/20 for any core subjects including biology and chemistry.
For all applicants – satisfactory interview and numeracy test. Occupational health and DBS check.
A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 6.5 in each band is required for those for whom English is not their first language with no additional component less than 6.5.
If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.