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 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

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

Additional costs

Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks and uniforms. However, while on practice education placements, you will need to meet any additional costs for accommodation and travel. You may be able to apply to SAAS for additional expense support to help meet these costs. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms.

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £220.
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements

Additional costs

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 million per year.

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Clearing 2020

UCAS Clearing is open! We're able to help you fast-track to offer holder position in good time for a September 2020 start. Let us guide you through this, our clearing explained guide tells you everything you need to know, whether you've applied already via UCAS or not, plus we have a range of courses with places still available for September. Let's get started with UCAS clearing.

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

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UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
B400
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
B400
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBB (incl English, Chemistry and one other Science) Nat 5: B (English and Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: BBCC (incl English, Chemistry and one other Science) Nat 5: B (English and Maths)
A level: BCC (incl Chemistry) GCSE: B/6 (English, Maths and one other Science)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl Chemistry, English and one other Science) O1/O2: (Maths)
IB Diploma: 28 points (incl Chemistry and one other Science at H6)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip (incl Chemistry and one other Science) GCSE: B/6 (Maths and English)
SWAP: Dietetics/Science - BBB (incl Chemistry)
College HNC: Science qualification - graded unit B (incl sufficient coverage of Chemistry)

English language IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent)

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

Additional requirements

Applicants will be expected to show evidence in the 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 dietician 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.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

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

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.