Nutrition

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BSc

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Full Time

| UCAS code: B400
Study the 3-year nutrition BSc programme at Waterloo Campus in the heart of London. The programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, allowing graduates to register as nutritionists, leading to careers in fields such as the food industry, national/international public health, journalism and research. There is the opportunity to go on a paid extramural placement within the food industry or research institution.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Teaching from internationally renowned scientists in a research-led environment
  • Highest ranking Research Division for its discipline in the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
  • 96% of nutrition students are satisfied with the overall quality of their course (National Student Survey 2013)
  • Close links with the food industry and opportunity for students to take an extramural industry or research placement
  • Hands-on research skills development and project work throughout the programme
  • Nutrition profession study days including career advice and guidance from external professionals working in a variety of disciplines in nutrition
  • 'Open-door policy' fosters close working relationships between staff and students
UCAS code
B400
Programme type
Single honours
Duration
Three years (excluding extramural industry or research placement)
Location
Waterloo Campus
Accreditation
Accredited by the Association for Nutrition, allowing graduates to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
School of Medicine
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
King’s College London
Capital House
Guy’s Campus
London SE1 3QD
Email
Tel
020 7848 7966/7967
Fax
020 7848 6510


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

This is a broad-based three-year degree that prepares the student to be a nutrition scientist. The aims of the programme are to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of all key aspects of nutrition within a research-led environment, to foster an understanding of the influence of food intake on human health and to equip students with skills in critical analysis, information technology and communication.

As active researchers in Diet & Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Diet & Gut Health and Mineral Metabolism, the academics in King’s College London instil in students a contemporary evidence-based knowledge of these and other areas of nutritional sciences, from the molecular and genetic through clinical to public health.

Students may be offered the chance to take an extramural year between second and final year, taking up paid employment in an industrial or research establishment in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. On returning to the university for the final year, the student’s performance during the extramural placement will be assessed through a written dissertation and poster presentation. The extramural year greatly expands the student’s work and research experience, and often improves the choice of job opportunities after graduation.

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, which means graduates may register as nutritionists on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, a body which aims to regulate the professional practice of nutrition. Graduates are prepared for careers in a wide variety of fields, including the food industry, product development and consumer advice in the retail sector, national and international public health and health promotion, journalism and scientific research.




ABOUT THE Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

CAREERS

A high proportion of our Nutrition graduates continue to work in the area. In view of the growing public health concerns that relate to diet and lifestyle and public interest in food and health, properly qualified registered nutritionists are highly sought after. Many are employed in food industry, consumer groups, major food retailers, governmental and non-governmental agencies, media, community nutrition in the UK and public health in developing countries. Graduates often continue to study as the BSc Nutrition prepares them for postgraduate education in molecular sciences (eg: nutrigenomics, nutritional immunology), clinical sciences (eg: dietetics) and public health (eg: international health and development).

Throughout the BSc Nutrition programme the ‘open door policy’ means that students can seek career and profession advice from their tutors at any stage. In the final year, Nutrition Profession Study Days are held, whereby students are given specific career advice and guidance for the nutrition profession from academic tutors, the Careers Services at King’s College London and from external professionals working in a variety of disciplines in nutrition.


TEACHING STYLE

Teaching is based on lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, directed reading and supervised research. There is ample scope for students to pursue their own lines of interest in course work, research protocol design and project choice. The Franklin Wilkins Building library facilitates literature based and electronic work. The Metabolic Research Unit in the Department facilitates the running of small human clinical trials.

The Dietetic Kitchen in the Department facilitates the preparation of food-based nutrition interventions. The laboratories in the Department and the Franklin Wilkins Building Genomics Centre facilitate state-of-the-art molecular nutrition research. You will also be assigned a Personal Tutor who can advise on academic or personal issues you may be experiencing.


STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Examination and assessment for the programme is by formal written examinations, essays, coursework, practical reports, and seminar and poster presentations. The balance of assessment methods varies with each module.


LOCATION
Our library has the most extensive collection of nutrition books and journals in the UK. The department, located in new purpose-built facilities, is well equipped with sophisticated analytical equipment, such as gas-liquid chromatographs, mass spectrometry and High Performance Liquid Chromatography. There is a metabolic unit for conducting human research studies and a food preparation laboratory for teaching the practical aspects of diet therapy. Computers and software are available for nutritional and statistical analyses. The thriving Student Nutrition Society offers an exciting programme of outside speakers and there are opportunities to attend meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Food and Health.

In view of our central London location, there are a wide range of different practice placements that students can take part in (clinical, community, public health) working with a range of diverse populations.


SPECIAL NOTES
The Health and Care Professions Council requires that all applicants for registration complete a self-declaration of health. This is a statement confirming that their health will not impair their ability to give safe and effective care. Therefore, students undertaking the Nutrition & Dietetics BSc (B401) will be expected to inform academic staff and occupational health of any relevant issues (this includes health issues such as eating disorders that may influence the student's judgement in clinical practice).
Students accepting a place on B401 will also be required to obtain occupational health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) clearance at the enhanced level.

 

King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change.

Currently, students study the following core and optional modules.



YEAR 1
Six core modules.



YEAR 1 CORE
  • Biochemistry 
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Introduction to Food Science & Technology
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology
  • Physiology for Nutrition Students
  • Social and Psychological Studies


YEAR 2
Three core modules plus up to four options, which must include physiology and biochemistry.

YEAR 2 CORE
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Food Habits
  • Research Methods for Health Sciences


YEAR 2 OPTIONS
Up to four optional modules to the value of 60 credits, which must include at least 15 credits of Physiology and 15 credits of Biochemistry and may also include Immunology, Microbiology and Genetics.

YEAR 3
Four core modules plus two options.

YEAR 3 CORE
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Public Nutrition Research Project
  • Specialised topics in Nutrition


YEAR 3 OPTIONS
Two optional modules to a total value of 30 credits chosen from final year courses. A modern language may be chosen as one of the options in either year two or year three.

EXTRAMURAL YEAR IN INDUSTRY OR RESEARCH PLACEMENT
Through a competitive system, students may be offered the chance to take an extramural year between second and final year, taking up paid employment in an industrial or research establishment in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. On returning to the university for the final year, the student’s performance during the extramural placement will be assessed through a written dissertation and poster presentation. The extramural year greatly expands your work and research experience and often improves the choice of job opportunities after graduation.




ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
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Belgium
Certificat D
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Brazil
Brazil
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Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
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Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
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Chile
Chile
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China
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
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Cyprus
Apolytirion
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Czech Republic
Maturita

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Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen

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Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

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Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
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France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
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Germany
Abitur

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Ghana
School Leaving Certificate

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Greece
Apolytirion

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

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Hungary
Erettsegi

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India
School Leaving Certificate
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Iran
School Leaving Certificate
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Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)

Six subjects at Higher Level with grades of A2 A2 B1 B1 B1 B1. including Chemistry & Biology. English and Maths at Ordinary Level grade B if not taken at Higher level.

Italy
Esame di Stato
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Japan
School Leaving Certificate
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Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
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Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
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Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
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Malaysia
Malaysia
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Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
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Mexico
Mexico
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Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
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Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
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New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
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Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
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Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
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Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
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Poland
Matura
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Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
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Romania
School Leaving Certificate
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Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
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Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
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Singapore
Singapore A Level
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Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
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Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
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South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
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Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
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Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
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Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
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Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
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United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
Chemistry and Biology. Also, English and Mathematics requirements.

A levels

ABB including Chemistry & Biology. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
Access to HE Diploma

Access to with Science Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction and 12 Level 3 credits at Merit. including Chemistry & Biology . Selectors will be looking for a substantial amount of Level 3 study at Distinction focussed on Chemistry (15-18 credits) and Biology ( 15 credits).
GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 M2 M2 including Chemistry & Biology. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Level 3 Diploma - with Distinctions - is likely only to be considered when offered in combination with other qualifications such as A-levels in Chemistry & Biology (A/B).
GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

BB in Advanced Highers in addition to AABBB in 5 Highers including Chemistry & Biology.

Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2/N5  in English and Mathematics grade B also required if not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher.

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 34 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 655 including Chemistry & Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

European Baccalaureate
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USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
See our Entry Requirements for applicants  from the USA and/or Advanced Placement qualifications. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Selection for interview is based on your UCAS application. Candidates will be short-listed and invited to attend a department open day between January and March which will include a tour, a lecture, an interview and lunch.

In addition to academic entry requirements, we are keen to ensure that applicants for the Nutrition & Dietetics BSc (B401) have had some experience working, volunteering or shadowing in a health or social care environment that is relevant to nutrition and dietetics. This could include a nursing or residential home, children’s play group, catering kitchen or hospital.

Applicants who live in London who wish to shadow a dietitian are requested not to contact clinical departments directly, due to the current constraints on NHS resources within London. Instead, you should attend one of the Careers in Dietetics open days organised by local dietitians. For further details please visit http://www.londondietetics.co.uk. Once you have attended one of these open days you will be provided with an attendance certificate. If you are shortlisted for an interview for the Nutrition & Dietetics BSc at King's, you should bring a copy of this certificate with you and give it to your interviewers.

Applicants from outside London may be able to organise an opportunity to shadow a dietitian working within a hospital or community setting. If you are able to shadow a dietitian you will need to complete the “Shadowing a dietitian” form available at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/medicine/study/ug/Record-of-shadowing-a-dietitian.pdf

If you are shortlisted for interview then you should bring this form with you and give it to your interviewers.

Student profiles

Nutrition BSc
I've chose King's because of its prestigious reputation and its location in the heart of London. The Nutrition course at King's is very well organised and I have enjoyed being taught by experts in nutrition. I particularly like attending practical sessions, which have given me an opportunity to explore topics in a hands-on manner.

I am a member of the Nutrition Society, and attend meetings because I find it very interesting to integrate lecture material with seminars, by nutritionists and dietitians working in different fields.


My campus is very well equipped and I have access to the library, computer rooms, canteens and bars whenever I need them. The extra-curricular experience at King's has been fun. I used to live in halls of residence and met many people that I still go out with even now that I have my own flat.


Living in London means you can do something different everyday because the city is full of places to have fun with your friends. Even the College offers bars and clubs where students can mingle. London is an expensive city, but there are many student discounts that help to keep finances under control.