Public Health Nutrition - BSc (Hons)
The course is the only one in Wales to be accredited by the Association for Nutrition professional body. This means graduates are eligible for ‘direct entry’ to become Associate Public Health Nutritionists and use the letters AssocPHNutr after their name. Then after a few years of relevant employment can become full Registered Public Health Nutritionist using the letters RPHNutr after their name. This prestigious quality marker enables graduates to be recognised as professionally trained and regulated Nutritionists. For more information visit http://www.associationfornutrition.org/.
The course offered provides the appropriate background for this wide ranging professional qualification.
- Introductory Biochemistry
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Professional Skills and Studies
- Nutrition (Macro and Micro Nutrients)
- Introduction to Public Health Nutrition
- Food Studies
- Food preservation and sensory analysis
- Nutritional Assessment
- Research Methods
- Public Health Nutrition A
- Food Quality and Legislation (Recommended for Emplyment in the Food Industry)
- New Product Development 1
- Health Sociology
- Health Psychology
- Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology
You will also be encouraged to undertake a period of relevant work experience, either for 12 weeks or for 12 months between Years 2 and 3. This can be counted towards the degree on a proportionate basis.
- Contemporary Nutrition
- Global Nutrition
- Health Promotion
- Nutrition and the Consumer
- Independent Study
- Public Health Nutrition B
- New Product Development 2 (Recommended for Emplyment in the Food Industry)
- Nutrition in Sport and Exercise
- Sustainable Food Issues
Public health nutritionists work in health improvement, with groups or communities to promote health, well being and reduce inequalities.
The role might involve working with low income groups, pregnant women or in communities requiring specific health interventions related to nutrition. These activities could have developed from surveys or policy development initiatives, which are also the remit of public health nutritionists. All public health nutrition activity is underpinned by a research base, and is therefore scientifically evidenced.
Other career opportunities are within NHS Trusts, health promotion or Government Departments. Public health nutritionists may also work with charities or in the food industry, either with manufacturers or retailers.
There are also international opportunities for appropriately qualified nutritionists in emergency relief or development projects in low-income countries.
Applicants should have five GCSE passes, including English Language, Maths and Science, and one of the following:
- 240 points from at least three A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grade C at Biology, and a grade C preferably in Chemistry, but another Science will be considered (acceptable Sciences - IT, Maths, Home Economics, Physics, Food Technology and Environmental Science). General Studies excluded
- BTEC QCF Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) Merit Merit Merit or 240 points
- 240 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 4 x B2 grades within Biology, preferably Chemistry, but another Science will be considered (acceptable Sciences - IT, Maths, Home Economics, Physics, Food Technology and Environmental Science)
- Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include Biology and Chemistry
- 240 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include a grades C at Biology A level, and preferably in Chemistry, but another Science will be considered (acceptable Sciences - IT, Maths, Home Economics, Physics, Food Technology and Environmental Science), Core considered as a fourth subject
If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.
For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.
This course offers the following pathways of study and the relevant UCAS Code, shown below, should be used on your application:
B490: BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
BB49: BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition (inc Foundation)
School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
B490: Three years full-time
BB49: Four years full-time
Each module is assessed by assignment and/or examination. All modules at years two and three are externally assessed and contribute to the final degree classification.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at http://www.ucas.com/
For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and occasionally an interview.
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships