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Human Nutrition & Dietetics - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

Professionally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and British Dietetic Association, the course 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 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 assessed elements that contribute to the final degree classification.

Year One:

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Food Studies
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition
  • Professional Skills & Studies

Year Two:

  • Public Health Nutrition: lifecycle
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Sociology
  • Communication for Dietitians
  • Principles of Dietteics
  • Specialist Dietetics
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Clinical science for dietitians
  • Research Skills

Years Three:

  • Current Issues in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health Within populations
  • Dissertation Project

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 final year students participate in inter-professional learning.  They 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.

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

Applicants should have 5 GCSE passes, including English Language, Maths and Science, a recent CRB Disclosure check and one of the following:

  • 300 points from at least 3 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include a B grade at Biology, and a B grade in Chemistry
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) Distinction/Distinction/Distinction or 300 points
  • 300 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include Biology at grade A2, and a grade B1 in Chemistry
  • 300 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include a grade B at Biology and Chemistry Sociology and Geography), Core considered as fourth subject.
  • Access to HE Diploma with 48 credits at Level 3 overall to include 15 Distinctions from Biology credits and 15 Distinctions from Chemistry credits, and Merits from the remaining Level 3 units

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

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.

Please note it is a professional requirement that all applicants have GCSE grade C or equivalent in both Maths and English

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 can 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.

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 work experience days will be held on:

Friday 17th October 2014 by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital, Ystrad Mynach Hengoed; Wednesday 19th November 2014 by the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan; Wednesday 6th May 2015 by the Hywel Dda Health Board at Withybush Hospital, Pembrokeshire.
Please complete the attached booking form to reserve a place on one of the Experience Days. The Agenda for the particular Experience Day will be issued to attendees nearer the date which will also include programme and venue details.

If you have any further questions regarding the Health Board Experience Days please contact Robert Roderick –

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:
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a UCAS application form. You will be expected to agree to occupational health screening which includes immunisation to allow you to undertake clinical training in the NHS.

Key Facts

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

UCAS Code(s): B402

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

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

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

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
Tuition fees are paid by the NHS bursary scheme. For further information please visit:

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Denise Parish:
Tel: 029 2041 6878

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

See Also:
Cardiff School of HEalth Sciences Website

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