Professionally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and British Dietetic Association, the BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree at Cardiff Met contains two major elements: The academic component based on campus and clinical training, which occurs in three separate places within the course.
Both elements are essential for the achievement of the course objectives and award of the degree with eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a dietitian.
Due to this programme being NHS funded and therefore limited places being available which may fluctuate each year, unfortunately, deferred applications cannot be considered.
Learning & Teaching
The BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics employs a range of teaching methods throughout the programme. We begin to build skills in dietetics from the first year with an emphasis on nutritional assessment and reflective skills.
Visits into the professional NHS setting during this year will help learners to develop a professional understanding of the role. In the second year, we use case studies and kitchen practicals to teach dietetics therapy.
In addition, we simulate consultations and group teaching sessions in order to build communication skills. During the first year, students participate in inter-professional learning. They also undertake in-depth research into a chosen topic to complete their dissertation, which they disseminate in a poster presentation at the end of the course.
Employability & Careers
Dietitians normally begin their career in the National Health Service where they progress to the main clinical grades. The opportunity exists for specialisation in various aspects of dietetics by means of post-registration education. In addition, there are opportunities for dietitians to be involved in health education/promotion, education, research and journalism.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should have 5 GCSE passes, including English Language, Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above (or grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 120 points from at least 3 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:
120 points from at least 3 A levels to include a B grade at Biology and Chemistry
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) DDD
120 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include a B grade at Biology and Chemistry
120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include Biology and Chemistry at grade H2
Access to Higher Education Diploma: to include 15 Distinctions in both Biology and Chemistry credits, and Merits from the remaining level 3 credits
Please note it is a professional requirement that all applicants have GCSE grade C or equivalent in both English Language and Mathematics*. Applicants who speak English as a second language must have an adequate command of English, with an IELTS score of 7, with at least 6.5 in all elements.
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.