Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
Our BSc Nutrition and Dietetics course has been responsible for training dietitians since the University was granted its Charter in 1966. Our food science courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 2nd by The Complete University Guide 2019.
On this four-year course you’ll have the opportunity to take on three placements, preparing you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive as a dietitian.
What you will study
Our BSc Nutrition and Dietetics course has been specifically designed for students with a strong interest in food, people, science and medicine, who wish to use their knowledge to help prevent and treat disease as a registered dietitian.
Dietetics involves translating nutritional science and information about food into practical dietary advice. This may be aimed at the general public to promote health, or in a clinical environment to treat a wide range of medical disorders.
You’ll learn how food intake and dietary requirements can be altered by illness, and how to apply therapeutic diets to treat disease. The course will give you the knowledge and skills to respond to the diverse needs of patients, families and carers within a variety of settings.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||B401||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||B403||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.
The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Nutrition and Dietetics clinical placements
As a student on our BSc Nutrition and Dietetics course, you will complete three placements. They are all within the NHS and could be in either an acute hospital or a community setting. You’ll normally be placed with one of our placement provider partners throughout the south and south-east of England.
Although placements are not salaried, UK students may apply to the NHS for financial assistance with travel and accommodation costs.
The first placement, A, is taken during the first summer break (June – Sept) and usually lasts for four weeks, after passing Year 1 examinations. This will help you to develop an awareness of working in the NHS and understand the role of a dietitian and other health professionals they work with. You’ll also start practising some of the skills required for this role.
After passing Year 2 studies, a second longer placement, B, is carried out for 12 weeks (Aug – Jan). This will give you the opportunity to build up your knowledge, skills and professional abilities in order to become a registered dietitian. Placement B has to be passed in order to progress further.
You will then return to University for a four-week module of study during Feb/March which includes an additional two weeks of distance learning prior to the four-week taught module on campus.
The final 12-week placement, C, (April – Aug) is usually at a different location to B. This placement will enable you to consolidate your learning and complete the clinical training required to be a dietitian. By the end of your placement year you will be managing your own caseload.
The placements are fully integrated with the academic part of your course, allowing you to gain practical experience that enhances your learning. During your placements, trained supervisors will help you to develop and learn.
You will then return to University for your final year of study. There will be no further placements but you’ll have the opportunity to choose a final year project which could involve carrying out an audit or research in a hospital environment.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
BSc (Hons) - Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a dietitian.
BSc (Hons) - British Dietetic Association (BDA)
Accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) as delivering the approved pre-registration curriculum framework. Provides eligibility to apply for HCPC registration as a dietitian.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Most of our nutrition and dietetics graduates start their careers working for the NHS, either in clinical dietetics or health promotion. There are also attractive opportunities in the food industry, such as working for major food and supermarket companies, in research, in education and in the media.
Recent nutrition and dietetics graduates have secured roles such as:
- Band 5 Dietitian, NHS
- Health Promotion Officer, NHS
- Nutrition Project Worker, overseas disaster relief charity
- Nutritionist, Whole Foods
- PhD student, Kings College London
- Community Dietitian, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
- Dietitian, Athlete Mannies.
Additionally, upon graduation you’ll be eligible to register with the Health Care and Professions Council as a registered dietitian.
The BSc Nutrition and Dietetics with foundation has an additional year of study designed to support your transition on to latter years of the course. You will study full-time for one year at foundation level, and after successfully completing it you will be ready to move on to the next three years of the course.
This qualification is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Year 1 (A Placement)
Optional modules for Year 1 (A Placement) - FHEQ Level 4
The A Placement (4 weeks) must be undertaken but is not assessed.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Choose 2 from the 6 listed optional modules.
|NUTRITION & DIETETICS: PLACEMENT B||Core||1|
|NUTRITION & DIETETICS: PLACEMENT C||Core||2|
Optional modules for Placement Year - Professional Training Year
Both B and C Placements (each 12 weeks) must be completed successfully to allow progression on the BSc Nutrition and Dietetics programme.
Students who do not pass their placements may transfer to the B400 Nutrition Degree programme.
There are no options other than the placement offered.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
On average you’ll have 24 hours of contact time each week. A variety of teaching methods are used, including lectures, role play and practicals. You’ll also be expected to take on private study (such as coursework and additional reading).
You’ll also take part in problem-based learning activities and benefit from a range of supporting e-learning materials.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Biosciences and Medicine.
ENGEL B Dr (Biosc & Med)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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 modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Read our admissions process (PDF) regarding selection for this course.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited for a selection day consisting of multiple mini interviews (MMIs) which will be conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas and detailed guidance is provided in your invitation. Your offer may be conditional upon a satisfactory level of medical fitness, and students are screened by Occupational Health at the beginning of the course. Please note that all offers are conditional upon clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), or equivalent.
All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
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.
There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) course:
- 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
- Commuting (local travel expenses): unable to specify amount - Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students studies). Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This can be completed in advance of Applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.
Grand total: £20 plus commuting and accommodation expenses.
These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.
How to apply
Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.
Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.
Join a webinar and speak to our current students
"I completed three placements during the programme to gain clinical experience. They were really enjoyable and allowed me to put the knowledge I gained from lectures into practice."
"I've always been passionate about human physiology, medicine and food. Dietetics caters to all these interests."
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.