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Human Nutrition

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full-time. Four years full-time (with year placement). Part-time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: B400; or 70W5 (with year placement)
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A Level grades BCC - CCC preferred with a Grade B in Biology plus a related science subject e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Physical Education or Food Technology.

View typical offers for more information.

Explore the science behind nutritional requirements throughout life, in health and disease.

  • Accredited by The Association for Nutrition.
  • Developed in consultation with potential employers – we equip you for employment.
  • Option to gain industry experience through work based placements.

Human Nutrition at Bath Spa University is an exciting course that challenges views. Having great experience in the subject, we give you thorough and up-to-date specialist knowledge in an ever growing area.

There’s an increasing demand for multi-skilled graduates with knowledge of nutrition and health; we provide you with the skills needed for employment in both the private and public sector. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible for Associate Nutritionist status, as the course is accredited by The Association for Nutrition.

What you'll learn

Overview

This course provides an approach to nutrition that is based on the scientific and academic principles of biology, biochemistry, social and public health aspects of human nutrition as well as observing the principles of food resources, food development and safety.

By studying human nutrition, you’ll understand the scientific principles underlying nutritional requirements throughout life, in health and disease.

Course structure

Year 1
You’ll be introduced to a broad range of subjects underpinning the study of nutrition. Emphasis is given to key skills including communication (both written and oral), problem solving and the use of a range of laboratory and ICT techniques, including specialist diet analysis software.

Year 2
You’ll build on your knowledge from Year 1 and apply it to aspects of human nutrition investigating the role of diet and physical activity in health and as a risk factor in health disorders. Importantly you’ll gain an understanding of the ethical and professional framework you‘ll work within as a graduate of a human nutrition degree. You’ll be trained in research methodology, and increasingly you’ll become an independent and autonomous learner.

You’ll explore future careers through an optional, but encouraged, work placement in Year 2.

Year 3
In your final year you’ll critically explore the complex nature of issues related to dietary intake, exercise and the acquisition of human health. You’ll also build upon the food modules in Years 1 and 2. The primary research investigation is an important part of your studies in Year 3 and this will enable you to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of diet, nutrition and ethics.

How will I be assessed?

Many assessments set in Human Nutrition mimic tasks, ways of working, or reporting that are used by professional practitioners. We think that you should experience these ways of working as they help you to prepare for employment, be that in industry; the health sector; as a consultant; teacher; or researcher. Methods are used for assessment on this programme include:

  • Dietary analysis
  • Reports
  • Diet and physical activity evaluations
  • Developing food products
  • Designing a business plan
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Seminar presentations
  • Examinations
  • Group work
  • Literature reviews
  • Dissertation

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught by a core lecturing team, as well as a number of visiting experts who take lectures and seminars on their areas of expertise. You’ll learn through participation in: lectures; seminars; case studies; practical workshops; and educational visits.

We place emphasis on independent study. Each week you’ll be given a clear indication of the follow-up study and preparation you are expected to undertake.

Opportunities

Human Nutrition with a year in professional practice (UCAS code: 70W5)

Subject to approval, you can opt to take a year in professional practice ('sandwich year') between your level 5 (year 2) and level 6 (year 3) studies.

This placement will enable you to put theory into practice, build professional networks and meet and work with potential employers. It will also help with work management and give you experience to bring back to your studies in your final year.

Your degree title will include the phrase “with a year in professional practice”, so it is clear to all employers that you have this experience as part of your degree.

Study abroad

In addition to any work placements, all Human Nutrition students have the opportunity to participate in either the Erasmus or Exchange programmes. These allow you to spend one semester studying abroad in either a European University or in one of our partner institutions further afield.

Field trips

Factory visits are part of the optional second year module Food Product Development. Visits have included trips to:

  • Marshfield Bakers
  • Marshfield Ice Cream
  • Bath Brew House
  • Wyke Farms

We encourage our students to attend external events such as:

  • The Bath Science Fair
  • The Bristol Science Fair
  • IFST career launchpad event at Campden BRI
  • The Nutrition Society conferences
  • Food Matters Live event
  • IFST annual lecture

We also encourage our students to attend as many endorsed events or activities that they can e.g. Nutrition Society training events and IFST endorsed activities.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have undertaken work experience and voluntary work with organisations including: MEND; NHS; Sirona Health Care; School Food Trust; schools; youth groups; The Stroke Association; British Heart Foundation; Julian House; local charities; and action groups.

In the third year you can take the (optional) Food and Nutrition in Practice module where you’ll work on a brief developed with an external organisation/industry. Project providers for this module include Marshfield Bakery, BirdsEye Foods, NHS, Heart UK, and Food and Nutrition Live.

Careers

Example graduate destinations include:

  • Dietetics (after a postgraduate dietetics programme);
  • Working in the Food industry – new product development, technologists, sensory analyst;
  • Secondary schools teaching Biology (after Postgraduate Certificate in Education);
  • Masters programmes in specialisms such as nutrition and sport or physical activity;
  • PhD study and post-doctoral research;
  • Working in public health for councils or local organisations;
  • Self-employment.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Our specialist facilities give you access to some of the latest technologies and learning resources, including a wide range of industry standard specialist food and nutrition software. You'll have access to:

Resources

The laboratories and workshops are fully equipped with a mix of general and specialist equipment, appropriate for modules taught in them, student dissertations and staff research. Students have personal on-campus access to dietary analysis software, which is used frequently in lectures and seminars.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

UK and EU students part time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and excited about human nutrition. You’ll be motivated and willing to participate in the course, as well as take advantage of what Bath Spa University has to offer its students.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below (for entry from September 2018 onwards):

  • A Level - grade BCC - CCC, preferably with a Grade B in Biology or Biological Sciences.
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a science related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 27 points required with evidence of study of sciences at higher level.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Access courses that include sciences and numeracy preferred.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

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Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Tracey Lewarne
Email: t.lewarne@bathspa.ac.uk 

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