BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Human Nutrition and Dietetics is the application of the science of nutrition to the prevention and treatment of disease and the promotion of health.

GCU has the longest running Dietetics programme in Scotland. It provides an in-depth understanding of nutrition and metabolism, gained from the study of physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and food science, with recognition of the influencing aspects of psychology and sociology.

The programme's strong practical focus centres around problem-based learning in the classroom, nutrition laboratory and clinical simulation lab as well as on placement.

The programme is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It leads to eligibility to apply for HCPC registration (students are required to complete 1000 hours of clinical placement to be eligible) and follows the core curriculum set out by the British Dietetics Association.

Your career

Most graduates seek employment in the NHS, specialising in areas such as paediatrics, nutritional support, sports nutrition, oncology, renal, critical care and community dietetics. Others move into research, work in the media, publishing, private practice and the food industry.

Year 1

Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Foundations of Practice in Healthcare, Essentials of Nutritional Science, Introduction to Psychology, Cells and Biomolecules, Introduction to Nutrition & Dietetic Practice.

Year 2

Introduction to Microbiology, Nutrition through the Lifecycle, Energy Expenditure and Body Composition, Research Methods in Psychology, Food Science, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Placement.

Year 3

Applied Clinical Studies, Counselling Skills, Fundamental Pharmacology, Therapeutic Dietetics, Nutrition and Public Health.

Year 4

Placements and Honours Project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs for fee paying students

Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:

  • Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
  • Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
  • Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.  New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.

Additional costs for all students

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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  • 2019/20

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
B400
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1

SQA Higher
BBBB including English, Chemistry and one other science, plus Nat 5 Maths and English at B
A Level
BCC including Chemistry plus GCSE English and Maths B/6
ILC Higher
H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry, English and one other Science at Higher and Ordinary level Maths at Ordinary 01 or 02
IB Diploma
28 points including Chemistry and one other science at Higher level grade 6
Level 3 Extended Diploma
DMM in relevant subject including Chemistry and one other science plus GCSE Maths and English at B
College
SWAP Access to Dietetics/Science at Kelvin College at BBB. HNC Science Qualification must include sufficient coverage of chemistry.

Additional requirements

Applicants will be expected to show evidence in their application of their interest in Dietetics and any skills and abilities gained from life and work experience which would be advantageous for a future career in dietetics.

We do not expect all our applicants to have visited a dietetic department but if you are fortunate enough to have experience of speaking with a dietitian or visiting a dietetic team, then it is appropriate to include this in your personal statement.

Disclosure Requirement

Students are required to undergo an enhanced criminal disclosure procedure with Disclosure Scotland prior to placement.

Additional information

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an academic IELTS test of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element.

International pathways

The programme is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.