Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: B401 4 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: B403 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
Our BSc (Hons) 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 second in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and second by the Complete University Guide 2021.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences is home to an innovative teaching and learning environment. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for Nutrition in the National Student Survey 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 (Hons) 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.
Our BSc Nutrition and Dietetics course is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
"Going on placement has been such a beneficial experience for me. It was confirmation that I had chosen the right course and it allowed me to put into practice what I had learnt in my first and second year and apply it to real patients and situations.” Laura Dobson, student
"Although it was only a short placement, I gained so much knowledge on how dietitians operate in a clinical setting and how vital their role is for so many.” Georgina Puchowski, student
Recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the highest accolade for any academic institution, was awarded to the University of Surrey in 2017 in recognition of our excellence in the field of food and nutrition.
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.
Required subjects: Biology at grade B and one of Applied Science, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, Nutrition and Food Science, Physical Education or Geography.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).
Foundation year: A-level CCD (or equivalent) to include 1 Science A-level.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.
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 annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
Nutrition and Dietetics clinical placements
As a student on our BSc (Hons) 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 – September) 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 (August – January). 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 – August) 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.
Allocation of placements
Prior to each placement, you will be given the opportunity to select three preferred trusts/settings from a given list of approved placement providers.
We do our best to accommodate your preferred choices. Students responsible for the care of a child 16 years or under or those that are the main carer will be allocated one of their three preferred choices for each placement.