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Human Nutrition & Dietetics - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: B402

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

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

Approved by

Health and Care Professions Council

Brirish Dietetic Association

Blog Post

Nutrition and Dietetics Blog
Melanie Gray - BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics Student.

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 and therefore limited places being available which may fluctuate each year, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.

Course information on this page relates to September 2020 entry​.

Changes may occur to certain credit values of some modules due to a change in University Policy to deliver credits in multiples of 20, which will be confirmed through a modification event.  Applicants will be notified of any changes once the modification has been confirmed.

​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):
  • Biochemistry (20 Credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (20 Credits)
  • Key Skills for Food and Nutrition (20 Credits)
  • Nutrition (Macro and Micronutrients) (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Collaborative Practice (20 Credits)
  • Year Two (Level 5):​
  • Population and Lifecycle Nutrition (20 Credits)
  • Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits)
  • Communication for Dietitians (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Dietetics (20 Credits)
  • Specialist Dietetics (20 Credits)
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology 1 (20 Credits)
  • Research Skills for Dietitians (20 Credits)

Years Three (Level 6):

  • Contemporary Nutrition in Dietetics Clinical Practice (30 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.


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

Applicants should have 5 GCSE passes, including English Language, Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above (or grade 4 or abo​ve for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 120 points from at least 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • 120 points from at least 3 A levels to include a B grade at Biology and Chemistry
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) DDD

  • 120 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include a C grade at Biology and Chemistry
  • 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include Biology and Chemistry at grade H2
  • 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.

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

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. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

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 term 2 modules in Biological Sciences (20 credits) and Chemical Sciences (20 credits) modules, on first attempt, where an application from UCAS has been received.

Experience Days: ​

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

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 Days are:

  • 29th April 2020 - University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
    This date has unfortunately been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. A new date is trying to be arranged, please email for more information. 
  • 10th September 2020 - Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
    This date has unfortunately been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. A new date is trying to be arranged, please email for more information

Dietetic Experience Day Application Form 

To apply to attend one of the days listed above please complete the application form and return it via email to

On the form you will need to specify which Experience Day you are applying to attend.

Please only book a place if you definitely intend to attend. 

If you book a place but cannot attend please let us know as soon as possible so that we can give your place to someone else. A list of those who do not attend without cancelling their place will be provided to the Programme Director to be considered in the allocation of places on the programme.

​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 at


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.

Interview dates for 2020 entry are to be February 1st 2020 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 may cover placements, if undertaken. More information about criminal records procedures can be found at Further information about occupational health checks can be found by visiting by

International Applicants:
As it is not possible to provide placements for students from outside the EU, it is not possible to consider international students for this programme.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

NHS Bursary & Financial Support

The Welsh Health Minister has a responsibility for NHS Wales workforce planning and for the training and development of healthcare professionals in Wales.  As part of that responsibility, the University will be required to provide information on your progress during your studies.  For those students who are not supported by the NHS Wales Bursary scheme, this information is anonymised as part of a statistical report which includes details relating to your progression in your studies and the outcomes that you achieve.  

All healthcare students, including those who have not subscribed to NHS Wales Bursary which provides financial support for tuition fees and for some aspects of maintenance in return for their commitment to work in Wales after graduation, are eligible for support from NHS Wales in the form of reimbursement of clinical placement travel and subsistence expenses which may be claimed through the Cardiff Metropolitan University Student Services Placements Office

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 or tweet us @CMetAdmissions.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Admissions Tutor Hilary Wickett:

 Tel: 029 2041 6883

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting