Both of our nutrition courses are accredited by the Association for Nutrition. When you graduate, you’ll have the right to apply for direct entry at Associate level to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
Our nutrition courses help to prepare you for a variety of opportunities within the field of food and nutrition, from public health and product development to working with sports teams. Some of our current students have gained work experience with Nestle and Cooperative Food.
You have the option to complete a placement during year three if you choose the four-year sandwich degree route. The day-to-day demands of an industry placement are challenging and inspirational, and the experience is invaluable for both your final year of study and your employment prospects. It gives you an advantage when you begin looking for your first job upon graduating.
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These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.
UCAS tariff points/grades required
112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM) to include a Science subject at A2/AS, we do not accept Health & Social Care. BTEC's with a significant science focus may be considered.
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff Points to include a minimum of 24 credits at Merit in a hard Science i.e. Physics, Chemistry or Biology
International Baccalaureate points
6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any part
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
Some Science knowledge is required at either A or As level. Alternatively Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma or BTEC Diploma in Sport Science.
From September 2015, applicants undertaking A-levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology will be expected to pass the Science Practical assessment.
Nutritional sciences gives you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge and skills in food science and manufacturing so you are able to advise on diet, evaluate treatments, write health reports and analyse food.
Year one develops the knowledge and skill base necessary to start a career in nutrition and succeed in higher education. Areas of principles of nutrition, food composition and analysis of food, overview of function of human body systems and their involvement in processes relating to food and nutrients are delivered. Alongside these, aspects of food choice as well as current local and global nutrition issues are explored.
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Nutrition 21 is a unit that is changeable, hybrid, interconnected to technology and social media, relevant to fast pace changing local and global food conditions, student centred, active and flexible.
The Chemistry of Food
This unit covers the molecules and chemical behaviour of nutrients in food. You will analyse a food of your choice and report on its composition.
Physiology and Health
Physiology and Health provides understanding of food safety, monitoring and controls of microbiological, physical and chemical risks of food and the relevance of human physiological systems to health and nutrition.
Principles of Food and Nutrition
This unit introduces food nutrients, food ingredients and their changes occurring in processing. It also covers the principles underpinning food processing and sensory testing for quality evaluation.
In your second year of study, the core units will allow you to develop and synthesise the knowledge assimilated in your first year, exploring research in nutrition, developing critical skills and further progressing the skills required to practice successfully and confidently in the nutrition and food sector. Structured and assessed work-based learning will be embedded into the course in order to provide you with work experience and the ability to articulate your transferable skills.
Optional units will allow you to select an area of specialism for future practice in particular areas of human nutrition or food and nutrition.
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Applied Nutrition and Dietary Assessment
Dietary Assessment introduces you to practical solutions to determine the nutritional status of individuals. Applied nutrition explains the link between nutritional intake and common nutritional disorders.
You will undertake a work-based learning experience within an external organisation.
This unit will enable you to gain a practical understanding of the sector and apply this to academic learning and to develop professional and personal skills.
This unit explores the relationship between nutrition, health and lifestyle through the lifespan. It considers nutritional demands at each
stage of the lifespan and the maintenance of positive dietary health.
To enable you to develop key skills in nutritional practice with emphasis on research methods, professional practice and communication, thus enabling development of your career plan.
In your third year of study, you can opt to complete a sandwich year with one of our industry partners. This will allow you to apply your theory and understanding of nutrition in a work environment, enhancing your employability once you have graduated. Some of our previous students have completed their placements at Nestlé and Cooperative Food.
During your placement year, the company you work for will supervise you but you will also have the support of an academic tutor. Your tutor will provide guidance, assess your progress, and monitor your welfare while you are away from Manchester Met.
In your final year of study, the core units will equip you with confidence to independently assess and utilise the evidence base for nutrition and reinforce your transferable skills relating to research project management and enable your transition to become an independent nutrition practitioner. Furthermore, optional units allow the development of skills in chosen areas of public health, health promotion, clinical nutrition or aspects of food science depending on your career ambitions.
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Dissertation. You will be expected to conduct a piece of individual research on an appropriate topic relating to your degree. This unit incorporates a range of research methods with a final written submission.
Nutrition in Health and Disease
Epidemiology and metabolism based unit examining the research evidence linking diet and health issues.
Public Health Nutrition
This unit will enable you to recognise the key concepts in health promotion and develop an understanding of the theories which
underpin health interventions and their practical application in public health.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
110 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
- Year 1 75% coursework; 25% examination
- Year 2 75% coursework; 25% examination
- Year 3 75% coursework; 25% examination
If you choose the sandwich year degree route, you will spend year three of your studies on a placement in industry. Placement learning is a key element of the course as it allows you to apply university based knowledge, skills and understanding to the real world of work.
UK, EU and Channel Island students
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The university offers computers with access to Adobe software that we use for teaching.
There is also a laptop loan service so whilst a personal laptop (preferably mac) is beneficial, it is not essential. Many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.
Students may also need to print some of their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.
Level 3 CIEH training and assessment (£75) offered within the Physiology Health unit is optional. There are no other costs in first year. In second year, optional HACCP training (£75) is offered to Nutritional Sciences students. In final year, dissertation printing and binding will be required.
For the placement year, costs vary hugely between countries and areas, so it is very important to research costs well ahead of time and budget accurately. The Level 6 field trip (£50) is entirely optional. Attendance at Food Matters Live for one day is optional and the cost is the cost of the travel to and from London.
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