Dietitians can make a vital contribution to people's health and wellbeing. We will provide you with the knowledge and professional skills required to become a qualified dietitian.
You will learn to interpret nutritional science and its application in health and illness, and you will draw on biochemistry, physiology, food science and social science perspectives to develop an evidence-based and critical approach to dietetic practice and the effective management of therapeutic conditions.
The combination of academic and practice-learning activities will enable you to develop a patient-centred approach and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a professional dietitian working in acute and primary care settings. You will also develop effective teamworking and communication skills, enabling you to lead on group education and nutritional interventions to influence the health and eating behaviour of individuals and communities.
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and is accredited with the British Dietetic Association.
Applicants should normally have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a cognate subject. Your first degree must contain the study of biochemistry and human physiology to level 5 as well as research skills and methodology.
A supporting statement forms part of the selection process and is assessed by local NHS dietitians. It should not exceed 1000 words and should cover the following:
- Commitment to dietetics and working as a dietitian in the NHS.
- Awareness of the varied role and duties of a dietitian.
- Communication skills and evidence of experiences where communication skills have been used or adapted for people from a range of backgrounds.
- An interest in and ability to work with people in a care setting and recognise own strengths and weaknesses for working in this environment.
- Basic food preparation and cooking skills and exposure to the diversity and enjoyment of food in a multi-cultural society.
- Evidence of overcoming obstacles or challenges in your personal or professional life.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
Our course reflects the changing nature of dietetic practice and the demands of the new entry practitioner within health and social care. Academic staff are recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise in dietetics, and the course retains a national profile for postgraduate provision in the UK. You will be able to meet professional competencies through a range of practice learning opportunities provided in the NHS.
Our course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and you will be eligible to register and practice as a dietitian in the UK once you've successfully completed our course.
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Last updated October 27, 2017