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NUTRITION BSC (HONS)

UCAS Code: B400|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Accredited|Work placement opportunities|International students can apply
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Entry Requirements
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ABOUT THE COURSE

Nutrition and the health of the nation is a topic that is prevalent in today’s society. Our Nutrition degree is focussed on developing graduates who are able to face the changing environment of contemporary workplaces, especially in consideration with the changes within the NHS. This degree is ideal for those who would like to become a professional nutritionist, or progress to further studies in the area of human nutrition, dietetics, public health or food science.

The Nutrition degree at Liverpool Hope has been designed to develop the essential knowledge, understanding and skills that a nutritionist requires. The curriculum includes a focus on the delivery of five core competencies in nutritional science, food chain, social and behaviour sciences, health and well-being, and professional conduct. You will be taught in our new Health Sciences building, which features specialist laboratories dedicated to nutrition, comprising of purpose-built food and nutrition laboratories that fit into areas of clinical nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, food sensory analysis and food product development.

You will learn from a highly committed team of research-active registered nutritionists with practical experience in nutrition, who are enthusiastic about both the academic subject and the quality of your student experience.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

If you study Nutrition as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 hours in your second and third years. If you study Nutrition as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend approximately 18 hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.

ACCREDITATION

AfN LogoThe Single Honours degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). This means that once you graduate, you are eligible to apply for registration as an Associate Nutritionist directly. If you graduate with Nutrition Major (Combined Honours) you can apply for registration via submission of a portfolio of evidence to meet the requirement of the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as set out by the AfN.

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

During your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments, including written exams, portfolios, case studies, laboratory logs and diaries, and group presentations. In your final year, you will complete a dissertation.

Feedback will be provided for all formal assessments. The feedback can be offered in various forms such as written feedback, verbal feedback in a one-to-one meeting or as general feedback of class performance in tutorial and teaching sessions. The individual feedback on written work will be typically offered within four weeks after submission.

YEAR ONE

In the first year, the curriculum will be focused on an introduction to Human Sciences, the sciences that make the foundations of Human Nutrition, and the principles of Human Nutrition. Topics studied include:

Nutrition

  • Nutritional biochemistry 
  • Gastrointestinal anatomy and physiology
  • Macronutrients and micronutrients 
  • Fluid and Energy balance
  • Alcohol and Non-nutritive substances
  • Food labelling
  • Nutrient composition of foods 
  • Food safety and hygiene 
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of dietary modifications 

Human Sciences (Single Honours students only)

  • From atoms and molecules to cells 
  • General anatomy and physiology 
  • Tissues and organ systems 
  • Protein and lipid biochemistry 
  • Body systems in relation to dysfunction and disease
  • Laboratory methods and techniques

YEAR TWO

In the second year, the focus of the curriculum is on applying and expanding your knowledge gained in the first year. Topics studied include:

Nutrition

  • Assessment of nutritional status 
  • Nutrition and lifecycle 
  • Socioeconomic factors, ethnicity and religion 
  • Genes and obesity 
  • Food enrichment and fortification
  • Nutrient-drug interactions

Human Sciences (Single Honours students only)

  • Basic nutritional epidemiology and public health nutrition 
  • Epidemiology of disease 
  • Metabolic biochemistry
  • Molecular and cellular biology 
  • Disease and Population genetics 
  • Epigenetics 
  • Parameters of Health 
  • Human ageing and drugs 
  • Biochemical lab techniques

YEAR THREE

In the final year, the curriculum will focus on the advanced understanding of the contemporary issues in Human Nutrition and Food Science. Topics studied include:

Nutrition

  • Nutrition, physical activity and sport 
  • Obesity and weight management 
  • Clinical nutrition 
  • Public Health Nutrition 
  • Nutrition in the community 
  • Food choice and behaviour modification of dietary intake 
  • Food supply and formulation 
  • Nutrition ethics & practice

Food Science (Single Honours students only)

  • Food processing techniques 
  • Sensory food evaluation 
  • New product development 
  • Food biotechnology 
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Food toxicity and Food packaging 
  • Contemporary issues in Food Science

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


A-LevelsABB-BBC
UCAS Tariff Points136 - 104
BTECDDD-DMM
Access to HE136 - 104 Tariff Points
IB26
Irish Leaving Certificate136 - 104 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsIn addition, you will need GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, English Language and two sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or double award science equivalents). You also need to have, or be studying towards, an A level in a science discipline.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5

CAREERS

Nutritionists work in a wide range of careers; examples include working for the government, in the food and catering industry, in the NHS, for charities involved in health, in the field of weight loss, in public health roles, in sports, research and academia, and many other areas. Past graduates have gone on to have careers as a Nutritionist, Health Promotion Officer/Specialist, Food Technologist, Health Information Adviser, Assistant Practitioner, Higher Education Lecturer, and Research Scientist (Life Sciences).

Many of our graduates also go on to postgraduate study.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Work Placement Opportunities

Professional placements are a valuable part of our Nutrition degree. Placements provide you with practical experience and is essential to your academic and professional development, particularly in today’s competitive job market.

Placements are unpaid (minimum) two week periods you work full time in areas such as the food industry, community nutrition, and clinical nutrition settings. Placements take place in Summer each year and you work full-time on specific projects or as general support to the work of organisation.

Past students have completed placements at a number of organisations, including the Big Help Project Knowsley Food Bank, Fire Fit Hub Toxteth, Aintree University Hospital, the Nature Remedies Ltd, Southport, West Cumbria hospital, The Larder Project, and Sustainable Food Lancashire.


SALA

The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.


Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

On top of your tuition fees, you also need approximately £300 per year for field trips, textbooks, lab coats and portfolio preparation.

If you graduate and want to join the Register of Nutritionists, there is a fee. Full details about joining the register and the cost can be found on the AfN website.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES

The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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GOOD TO KNOW:
  • Single Honours degree accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN)
  • Taught by experiences registered nutritionists 
  • Opportunities to get involved with local and regional community health initiatives

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