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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to Validation

**Subject to approval by the HCPC and the BDA

  • Pursue a rewarding career path where you can help people to make a real difference to their lives through a well-organised lifestyle and healthy eating habits
  • Gain the sought-after knowledge and skills required to work in this rapidly growing profession, benefitting from small class sizes and values based training
  • Acquire valuable hands-on experience with a variety of service users and industry organisations through innovative placements throughout your degree, using an integrated skills based approach to developing professional practice
  • Learn from supportive and accessible lecturers who have experience of working in a wide range of related professional fields

Would you like to influence food and health policy across the spectrum, from government to local communities and individuals?

Train to be a registered dietitian and you will be able to apply the nutritional care process; from developing a nutritional diagnosis to managing a wide range of nutrition related health care problems found in today’s society.

Dietitians use public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

This interdisciplinary course combines the study of nutrition science with dietetic practice. Alongside the scientific topics of nutritional biochemistry and physiology, you will also study communication skills, behavioural change techniques, research methods and ethics.

Time will be given for practical workshops in which you will have experience in analysing diets using specialist software, and obtain practice in analysing and diagnosing nutritional problems and developing nutritional care plans. Some work will be undertaken in our biochemistry laboratory.

During the three-year programme you undertake professional placements throughout the course within a variety of healthcare and commercial settings. This will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical skills alongside industry partners, charities and other health care professionals, such as nurses, physiotherapists and sport scientists. 

As part of the University of Winchester’s growing portfolio of health-related programmes, you will benefit from strong relationships with those teaching and studying nursing, health and wellbeing, physiotherapy and sports-related degrees. 

In Year 1, you study Foundations of Nutrition, Fundamentals of Food Science and Food Technology, Preparing for Professional Practice, Introduction to Nutrition Physiology, Introduction to Human Nutrition, Introduction to Sociology and Health, Fundamentals of Communication Skills and Introduction to Biochemistry. 

With a good foundation in place, in Year 2 you critically explore areas such as Biochemistry and Human Physiology in more depth as well as studying Clinical Dietetics, Health, Disease and Nutrition, Introduction to Scientific Research Methods and Enterprise, , Pharmacology, Behavioural Sciences, Professionalism in Dietetics, Public Health and Epidemiology  including  Healthcare Systems in the UK. Proposed optional modules may include Malnutrition at Home and Abroad, Eating Disorders, and Nutrition Across the Lifespan.

Your final-year subjects include Integrated Nutrition Care Planning – Adults and Paediatrics, and Applied Professional Practice. In addition you undertake an Independent Project in Nutrition and Dietetics in an area that especially interests you.

On completion of the degree you will have the knowledge to be able to educate people about the best ways to eat and drink in order to keep their body fit and healthy.

This degree is currently applying to be accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. It leads to eligibility to apply for HCPC registration (you are required to complete 1,000 hours of clinical placement to be eligible) and follows the core curriculum set out by the BDA. As a graduate of this programme you can enter the profession of dietetics once registered as a dietitian.

Careers

With increasing community interest in food, nutrition and health, there’s a real demand for specialists across a range of industry sectors. You will be able to seek jobs in diverse fields and organisations, including the NHS (specialising in areas such as paediatrics, nutritional support, and sports nutrition), research, media or marketing, consumer groups, food manufacturing or a government agency.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

*Subject to Validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.

**Subject to approval by the HCPC and the BDA

This course is seeking accreditation by the HCPC and the BDA, and is awaiting approval. In the unlikely event that the programme does not receive accreditation, then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year. Three or six month placements can be taken as part of credit bearing modules, allowing you to undertake a work placement and still graduate within three years.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 462 hours
Independent learning: 594 hours
Placement: 144 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 189 hours
Independent learning: 411 hours
Placement: 600 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 462 hours
Placement: 450 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

25% coursework
25% written exams
50%  practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

38% coursework
0% written exams
62% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

55% coursework
0% written exams
45% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2021 Entry: 120-128 UCAS tariff points, to include Biology/Human Biology at grade C or equivalent plus another science (chemistry preferred).

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in GCSE English language, mathematics and a science is required.

International Baccalaureate: 120-128 points to include Higher level IB certificates in Biology and a second approved science at grade 5 or above.

If English is not your first language, Year1/Level 4: IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component below 6.5 is required

Subject to validation

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Additional requirements

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. This will be arranged by the University for candidates accepting an offer for a place on this course. 
  • Occupational health clearance. This will be arranged by the University for candidates accepting an offer for a place on this course.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Biochemistry 15
Fundamentals of Food Science 15
Introduction to Nutritional Physiology 15
Preparing for Professional Practice 15
Introduction to Human Nutrition 15
Introduction to Sociology and Health 15
Fundamentals of Communication Skills 15
Fundamentals of Behavioural Science 15
Practice Education 1 15

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Clinical Dietetics 1 15
Introduction to Scientific Research 15
Pharmacology 15
Behavioural Science 15
Professionalism in Dietetics 15
Practice Education 2A 30
Practice Education 2B 30
Clinical Dietetics 2 15

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Public Health and Epidemiology 15
Research Methods and Enterprise 15
Integrated Nutrition Care Planning - Paediatrics 15
Integrated Nutrition Care Planning - Adults 15
Dissertation 30
Practice Education 3 60

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2021 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 

International*

Year 1 £9,250 £13,800
Year 2 £9,250 £13,800
Year 3 £9,250 £13,800
Total £27,750 £41,400
Optional Sandwich Year** £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £42,785

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2021, the first year will cost you £9,250***. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £115 and a 15 credit module is £1,725.

*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.

** Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

***The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

DBS clearance check is required when applicants accept their offer for a place on the course. Indicative cost is £40.

British Dietetic Association (BDA) Student Membership

British Dietetic Association (BDA) Student Membership is a requirement of the course. Indicative cost is £37 per year from Year 2 of your studies. Membership is free in your first year.

Benefits include: a free subscription to PEN (worth £350 per year), online access to Dietetics Today, insurance to cover you on placements, access to Groups & Branches for events and networking, £30 off the Manual of Dietetic Practice, money saving via BDA rewards, and access to student volunteering opportunities.

Uniform

One uniform will be provided but you are likely to require additional uniforms. Indicative cost: £30.

Placement Expenses

There are placements in each year of the programme that are organised by the University with regional healthcare providers. Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University.

Students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. In some cases there may be costs incurred here for travel and accommodation. 

The University will pay for an occupational health assessment; however, you may need to pay for immunisations if they are not covered by your GP.

Visits

Nutrition modules may include optional visits to specialist healthcare facilities, exhibitions etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

Core Texts

Core texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. These can be bought second hand or as an e-book, which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £70-£299 per academic year.

Printing and binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
B400
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical offer
120-128 points
Location
On campus, Winchester