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The Nutrition BSc degree is a research-led programme that provides students with an in-depth knowledge of all key aspects of nutrition and fosters an understanding of the influence of food intake on human health. This course will also equip students with fundamental skills in critical analysis, information technology and communication.
UCAS code B400
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Course accreditations The course is accredited by The Association for Nutrition, which means graduates may register as associate nutritionists on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, a body which aims to regulate the professional practice of nutrition.
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
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.
A-levels: ABB including Chemistry & Biology. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. 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): DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with ten Distinctions in Applied Sciences and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with four Distinctions in Applied Sciences and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades BB or M and two A levels at grades AB, including Chemistry and Biology. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required. Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be 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.
Application deadline: January 15 2017.
34 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 655
45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction, and 12 Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 M2 M2
Further information below
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
The Nutrition BSc degree is a three-year course where you will study modules totalling 360 credits. You can also apply for a paid extramural placement within the food industry or research institution that will provide you with unique opportunities to develop your research skills. The Royal Society of Biology offers accreditation to programmes incorporating an extra-mural year.
In your first year of study, you will study introductory modules covering physiology for nutrition students, fundamental areas of biochemistry, nutrition, food science and technologies as well as genetics and molecular biology.
In your second and third years, you will focus on nutrition and health, food habits and research methods relating to health sciences. We also offer a broad range of optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests.
In year two you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at either a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. We utilise practitioners, researchers and lecturers to deliver high-quality research-based teaching.
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Percentage of time in guided independent study
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You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment as below:
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Percentage of Assessment by Practical Exams
Percentage of Assessment by Coursework
The course is accredited by The Association for Nutrition, which means graduates may register as associate nutritionists on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, a body which aims to regulate the professional practice of nutrition.
The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus with some teaching at Guy’s Campus and Denmark Hill Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study. Some projects may take place at non-campus locations.
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King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
This is a three-year BSc course with the option to take an additional extra-mural year between years two and three.
There are no optional modules in year one.
You are required to take at least one biochemistry module of at least 15 credits from a range that may typically include:
Additionally, you are required to take at least one physiology module worth 15 credits from a range that may typically include:
You will also choose 30 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:
You can study one 15-credit modern language module in either the second or the final year, but not both.
Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Programmes incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.
Placement companies and establishments in the past have included:
You will also choose a further 30 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:
King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
Graduates may also continue to study, as the Nutrition BSc is good preparation for postgraduate education in molecular sciences like nutrigenomics and nutritional immunology; clinical sciences like dietetics; and public health, for instance international health and development.
In the final year, Nutrition Profession Study Days are held, whereby you will receive 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.
A significant proportion of our Nutrition graduates now work in a disciplines related to nutrition. With growing health concerns that relate to diet and lifestyle and public interest in food and health, suitably qualified registered nutritionists are highly sought after. Many of our graduates are now employed in the food industry, consumer groups, major food retailers, governmental and non-governmental agencies, media, community nutrition in the UK and public health in developing countries.
"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."
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Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£22,800 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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