We are proud to be the only Nutrition degree course in Wales to be accredited by the Association for Nutrition professional body. This means graduates are eligible for direct entry to become Associate Nutritionists and use the letters AssocNutr after their name.
Then after a few years of relevant employment can become full Registered Nutritionist using the letters RNutr after their name. This prestigious quality marker enables graduates to be recognised as professionally trained and regulated Nutritionists.
Learning & Teaching
The course is taught by experienced Registered Nutritionists, Dietitians and Sports and Exercise Nutritionists who have previously worked in primary and secondary NHS care, public health, industry, overseas development and with sports teams and elite athletes. They use these experiences to bring real-life examples to their teaching with plenty of opportunities for case studies and practical tutorial tasks.
We make full use of our consumer kitchen facilities where students regularly work in pairs to produce a days menu for a person with specific dietary, social and health needs. This enables students to gain values skills in meal planning and portion size estimates.
Anthropometry and exercise physiology is taught using the sports physiology laboratories to enable students to gain valuable skills in core practical skills in a professional environment.
Employability & Careers
Nutritionists work in health improvement, with groups or communities to promote health, well being and reduce inequalities.
The role might involve working with low-income groups, pregnant women or in communities requiring specific health interventions related to nutrition. Our graduates have gone onto deliver nutrition interventions in public health teams and for local councils. Others have used their skills of nutritional analysis to improve the provision of school meals.
Other career opportunities are within NHS Trusts, sports nutrition, health promotion or Government Departments. Nutritionists may also work with charities or in the food industry, either with manufacturers or retailers.The programme has been devised to prepare graduates to join the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register. For more information visit www.senr.org.uk
There are also international opportunities for appropriately qualified nutritionists in emergency relief or development projects in low-income countries.
Our graduates have used their skills in New Product Development to secure employment in the food industry while others have joined food-related graduate training schemes. Every year some progress into post-graduate study either in research, teacher training or to train to become an NHS Dietitian.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should have five GCSEs including the English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England).
Typical offers may include :
112 points from at least two A levels to include a grade C at Biology, and a grade C preferably in Food Technology or Chemistry, but another Science will be considered (acceptable Sciences - IT, Maths, Physics, and Environmental Science); Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) DMM
112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grade D at Biology, and a grade C preferably in Food Technology or Chemistry, but another Science will be considered (acceptable Sciences - IT, Maths, Physics, and Environmental Science)
112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include H2 grade in Biology and H2 grade in either Food Technology or Chemistry, but another Science will be considered (acceptable Sciences - IT, Maths, Physics, and Environmental Science)
112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma to include Biology and Food Technology or Chemistry
Or 'Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences'
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.