Nutrition BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

My main reason for choosing Surrey was because it offers a placement year as part of the course, which I knew would give me a better insight into the nutrition industry in the UK.

Why Surrey?

Our Food Science programmes are ranked number one in the UK by both The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and the Complete University Guide 2018. We are ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in Nutrition in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is home to an innovative teaching and learning environment.

Programme overview

Our Nutrition degree offers a range of optional modules and is available as a three or four-year degree, depending on whether you choose to undertake a Professional Training placement.

It is designed for those who wish to pursue a commercial, public health or research-orientated career, and instils the core skills and competencies required of the modern nutritionist. The programme has an active application across a range of health and professional industries and will equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise required to excel.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Professional recognition

The Nutrition programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Upon graduation, students can apply to become an Associate Nutritionist, and then a Registered Nutritionist after three years of experience.

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Teaching

On average you will have 24 hours of contact time each week. A variety of teaching methods is used, including lectures, role play and practicals.

You will also be expected to undertake private study (such as coursework and additional reading). You will also take part in problem-based learning activities and benefit from a range of supporting e-learning materials.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

Our international exchange programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of your degree. As a Nutrition student, it might be possible for you to spend your full second year at one of our partner institutions in the USA (for example North Carolina).

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country and earn credits that contribute towards your Surrey degree, without paying additional tuition fees.

In doing so you will broaden your horizons, meet other exchange students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have also travelled to Canada, Australia, Brazil and many European countries, and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution. 

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if undertaking an unpaid research placement in a foreign university laboratory. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience, but also to improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Professional Training placements are usually paid and may be in the food industry, government research establishments or the NHS.

Our Professional Training tutor will help organise your choice of placement and you will be visited by academic staff, normally three times, during your placement. Companies and institutes offering placements include Nestlé and Kellogg’s.

Students who do not wish to take a Professional Training placement follow the three-year programme.

Graduate prospects

Our Nutrition graduates have attractive career prospects in the food industry and health service, as well as in research, education and the media. A considerable number return to their Professional Training placement company/organisation.

Recent graduates from Nutrition have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Department of Health, Public Health Nutritionist
  • Baby food manufacturer, Nutrition Marketing Assistant
  • Unilever, Nutritionist
  • Sainsbury’s, Nutritionist
  • Danone, Nutrition Graduate Scientist 

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment

Grand total: £20

 

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: Biology and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required Subjects: This must include 15 credits in Biology and 15 credits in a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC).

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths grade C (4).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required Subjects: Biology with at least a 7.5 and at least a 7.5 in a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or Equivalent: English 6 (Language 1/2) or 7 (Language 3), and Mathematics 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required Subjects: HL5/SL6 in Biology and a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required Subjects: Biology and a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language and Maths Scottish National 5,C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required Subjects: Biology and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years B400 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years B402 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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