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 careerMost 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.
Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Foundations of Practice in Healthcare, Essentials of Nutritional Science, Introduction to Psychology, Cells and Biomolecules, Introduction to Nutrition & Dietetic Practice.
Introduction to Microbiology, Nutrition through the Lifecycle, Energy Expenditure and Body Composition, Research Methods in Psychology, Food Science, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Placement.
Applied Clinical Studies, Counselling Skills, Fundamental Pharmacology, Therapeutic Dietetics, Nutrition and Public Health.
Placements and Honours Project.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*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.
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.
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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Standard entry requirements
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
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in relevant subject including Chemistry and one other science plus GCSE Maths and English at B
SWAP: Dietetics/Science at Kelvin College at BBB.
College HNC: Science qualification must include sufficient coverage of chemistry.
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
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.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
English languageStudents 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.
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.
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.