Human Nutrition & Dietetics - BSc (Hons)

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Course Overview

​Professionally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and British Dietetic Association, the BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree at Cardiff Met contains two major elements: The academic component based on campus and clinical training, which occurs in three separate places within the course. 

Both elements are essential for the achievement of the course objectives and award of the degree with eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a dietitian.

Due to this programme being NHS funded, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry

​Course Content​

The BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics requires completing and passing three clinical placements.

Placement 1 for six weeks during year 2 of the programme (May - June).
Placement 2 for 8 weeks at the start of year 3 of the programme (September - October)
Placement 3 for 14 weeks during year 3 (Jan - April).

All placements require students to show competencies in specific dietetics skills. Placement 2 and 3 have level 6 assessed elements that contribute to the final degree classification.  Placement 2 has 20 academic credits and placement 3 has 40 academic credits incorporated.

All modules are core with no options

Year One (Level 4):

  • Introductory Biochemistry (20 Credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (20 Credits)
  • Food Studies (20 Credits)
  • Public Health Nutrition (20 Credits)
  • Nutrition (20 Credits)
  • Professional Skills & Studies for Dietitians (includes hospital / catering visits) (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Collaborative Prcatice (10 Credits)


Year Two (Level 5):​

  • Public Health Nutrition: lifecycle (10 Credits)
  • Health Psychology (10 Credits)
  • Health Sociology (10 Credits)
  • Communication for Dietitians (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Dietetics (15 Credits)
  • Specialist Dietetics (15 Credits)
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology 1 (10 Credits)
  • Clinical Science for Dietitians (10 Credits)
  • Research Skills for Dietitians (20 Credits)

Years Three (Level 6):

  • Current Issues in Nutrition and Dietetics (20 Credits)
  • Public Health Within Populations (10 Credits)
  • Dissertation Project ​(30 Credits)

Learning & Teaching

The BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics employs a range of teaching methods throughout the programme. We begin to build skills in dietetics from the first year with an emphasis on nutritional assessment and reflective skills.

Visits into the professional NHS setting during this year will help learners to develop a professional understanding of the role. In the second year we use case studies and kitchen practicals to teach dietetics therapy.

In addition we simulate consultations and group teaching sessions in order to build communication skills. During the first year students participate in inter-professional learning. They also undertake in depth research into a chosen topic to complete their dissertation, which they disseminate in a poster presentation at the end of the course.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by assignment and/or examination. There is more of an emphasis on assignments as the course progresses with fewer examinations. Practical assessment includes Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and assessed group teaching. All modules in year two and three are externally assessed. All year two and three modules contribute to the final degree classification including the credit bearing assessment completed in placements 2 and 3.

Employability & Careers

Dietitians normally begin their career in the National Health Service where they progress to the main clinical grades. The opportunity exists for specialisation in various aspects of dietetics by means of post-registration education. In addition there are opportunities for dietitians to be involved in health education/promotion, education, research and journalism.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.​

Applicants should have 5 GCSE passes, including English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (or grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), a recent Enhanced DBS Disclosure check and one of the following:

  • 120 points from at least 3 A levels to include a B grade at Biology and Chemistry
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) Distinction Distinction Distinction
  • 120 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include a B grade at Biology and Chemistry
  • 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include Biology at grade A2, and a grade B1 in Chemistry
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: to include 15 Distinctions in both Biology and Chemistry credits, and Merits from the remaining level 3 credits

Please note it is a professional requirement that all applicants have GCSE grade C or equivalent in both English Language and Mathematics. Applicants who speak English as a second language must have adequate command of English, with an IELTS score of 7, with at least 6.5 in all elements.

If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements.

In terms of the personal statement we would be looking for evidence of work experience and knowledge of the work of a dietitian, together with evidence of communication skills.

Unfortunately, due to limited numbers, applicants who choose the university as an Insurance choice cannot be guaranteed a place.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the 'Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences' is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that may be considered for progression to the degree upon successful completion. Consideration would be given to any applicant who had achieved at least 70% overall to include a minimum of 65% from the Biology and Chemistry modules, where an application from UCAS has been received.

Experience Days: ​

​Health Boards in Wales are currently working together to provide Experience Days for locals who frequently enquire about work experience days. As this is a requirement in applying for the BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics and MSc/PG Diploma in Dietetics programmes, Experience Days have been set up to accommodate this.

For those outside of Wales please contact your local Health Boards/Trusts who may have a similar system, or are able to provide work experience/voluntary posts. You won't need to attend an Experience Day in Wales if you have already received Dietetic experience elsewhere as the same information will be covered.

The Health Boards aim to provide two/three every year.

The next experience day will be:

8th September 2016 at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham

If you want to reserve a place, please complete the attached booking form.

The Agenda for the particular Experience Day will be issued to attendees nearer the date. ​Details for the other sessions will be available at a later date.

If you have any further questions regarding the Health Board Experience Days please contact dieteticsplacements@cardiffmet.ac.uk

​Please note, these are not university open days. Details on open days run by the university which cover course and university information can be found atwww.cardiffmet.ac.uk/opendays.

Selection Procedure and Interviews​

Admission to this programme is subject to applicants being successful at interview.

Selection for interview is based on the information submitted on the UCAS application form. Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to undertake a structured interview, which is designed to assess the values of a future NHS employee. In addition, an assessment of applicants’ communication skills and their understanding of the profession will be made.

Interviews dates for 2017 entry are to be January 28th 2017 with an one alternative date to be provided for those unable to attend. Early applications are encouraged in order that interview invitations can be processed effectively.

DBS and Occupational Health Checks

All students must undertake appropriate immunisation and health checks prior to entry and a completed Enhanced DBS disclosure is required. We also recommend applicants register with the Update Service, so the DBS disclosure remains up to date for the duration of studies and covers placements, if undertaken. More information about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs. Further information about occupational health checks can be found by visiting by www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/ohq.

NHS Bursaries

Our intake numbers are decided by the NHS in Wales.
Allocation is made on the basis of academic achievement and interview outcome. On occasions, when there are more applicants that meet our entry requirements than places, we will consider the interview scores when allocating the bursaries. Unfortunately, due to the limited numbers of bursaries available, applicants who choose us as Insurance cannot always be guaranteed a place.

For more information on the NHS Bursary scheme and how to apply please click here.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

UCAS Code:
B402

Key Facts

Accredited by:
Health and Care Professions Council and British Dietetic Association.

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:
Three years full-time (four week holiday between year two and three).

International Applicants:
Unfortunately as this course is funded by the Welsh Government it is only open to applicants from within the EU.

Tuition Fees, Financial Support and NHS Bursary Scheme
​Tuition Fees are currently fully paid via an NHS bursary for those who successfully gain a place on this course.

For further information about the NHS Bursary Scheme, please click here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk or tweet us @CMetAdmissions.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Denise Parish:
Email: dparish@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6878

Key Information Sets

 
 
Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms