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Nutrition & Dietetics BSc

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Overview

The Nutrition & Dietetics BSc degree is an interdisciplinary course that combines the study of nutritional sciences with dietetic theory and practice. This specialist course encompasses the core biomedical sciences of physiology, biochemistry and the professional practice of communication and ethics.

Join us to our Dietetics Taster Day to find out about our Nutrition & Dietetics BSc on Wednesday 24 October.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits:

  • We are Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education.
  • You will gain practical experience through research, development, placements and project work.
  • 90 per cent student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017).
  • Unique opportunities to attend meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Food and Health via the thriving Student Nutrition Society, which offers an exciting programme of outside speakers.
  • King’s is ranked 17th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2018 subject ranking).
  • On completion, you will be eligible to apply for Registration as a Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Key information

UCAS code B401

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations Accredited by the British Dietetic Association and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Graduates may apply for Registration as Dietitians.

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Description

Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems in society. They translate public health and scientific research on food, health and disease into practical guidance enabling people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

The Nutrition and Dietetics BSc is a four-year course where you will study modules totalling 510 credits. Part of the course programme is spent in clinical practice through placements, and will provide you with unique opportunities to develop your clinical skills.

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements 

Year 1

26%

74%

-

Year 2

22%

67%

11%

Year 3

18%

52%

30%

Year 4

8%

49%

43%

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. 

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essays, written examinations and oral presentations.

Course stage

Percentage of Assessment by Written Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Practical Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Coursework 

Year 1

68%

6%

26%

Year 2

58%

13%

29%

Year 3

38%

34%

28%

Year 4

18%

43%

39%

 

Course accreditation

Accredited by the British Dietetic Association and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Graduates may apply for Registration as Dietitians.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus with some teaching at Guy’s 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.

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 510 credits.

 

Required Modules
  • Introduction to Nutrition (30 credits)
  • Introductory Food Science & Technology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Physiology for Nutrition Students (30 credits)
  • Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Social & Psychological Studies (15 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Nutrition & Health (30 credits)
  • Food Habits (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Health Sciences (15 credits)
  • Food Service & Catering Management (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology & Reproduction (15 credits)
  • Metabolism (15 credits)

You are also required to take a 15-credit placement (two-weeks) between Years 2 and 3.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Physiological Control: Exercise & Environment (15 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (15 credits)

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.

Year 3

Required Modules
  • Applied Nutrition (30 credits)
  • Diet Therapy (30 credits)
  • Principles of Clinical Science & Therapeutics (15 credits)
  • Communication & Health Promotion (15 credits)

You are also required to take a 45-credit placement (12 weeks) between Years 3 and 4.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Nutrition & Genetics (15 credits)
  • Biology of Ageing (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology of Diabetes (15 credits)

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.

Year 4

Required Modules
  • Advanced Diet Therapy & Medicine (15 credits)
  • Dietetics Research Project (30 credits)
  • Public Health & Healthcare Systems (15 credits)

In your final year of study, you are also required to take a 45-credit placement (14 weeks) in the second half of the year.

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.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in year four

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Must meet minimum requirements in English and Maths

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

All candidates for this programme must have obtained both GCSE English Language and Mathematics with grade B or 6

A-Level 

AAB

including Chemistry and Biology 

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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. 

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology)

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science (or similar subject) 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 12 Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

including Chemistry and Biology.

 Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

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

AAB at Highers

and

AB in Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with HL Chemistry and HL Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Desirable): We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities (Desirable): We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General activities/interests: We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricular activities will be particularly recognised. King's aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

General (Compulsory): As well as being a scientific and practical discipline, dietetics is a caring profession that requires important key values. These are best described using the six NHS values contained within the NHS Constitution. The six NHS values have been developed by patients, the public and NHS staff and are as follows:

  • Working together for patients

  • Respect and dignity

  • Commitment to quality of care

  • Compassion

  • Improving lives

  • Everyone counts

All students studying dietetics at King’s are expected to demonstrate these values and this will be assessed during the admissions process. 

Further details of the NHS values and the NHS constitution can be found here:www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/about/Pages/nhscoreprinciples.aspx

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have a realistic understanding of what a career as a dietitian involves. We would normally expect applicants to have undertaken some work shadowing or observation with a dietitian, or attended an NHS dietetics open day.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): We look for applicants who have made a voluntary contribution to their community, e.g. volunteer in a care home. We also look for evidence that applicants have worked in a setting where they can interact with the general public e.g. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviews

Are interviews offered? Yes.

Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected.

Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes.

What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. In some circumstances, overseas applicants may be invited to interview by Skype. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview. 

What is considered at interview? Communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related. the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

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, childrens 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 email  dietetics@kcl.ac.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 www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/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.

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. Details of these procedures will be supplied at the appropriate stage of the admissions process.

Fees and funding

New funding arrangements for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education

In the Government’s Spending Review of November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced changes to the funding of education for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education over the next two years. From 1 August 2017 new students in England on most nursing, midwifery and allied health professional pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. 

Students who already have a degree and are planning to undertake a nursing, midwifery or allied health profession subject as a second degree will now also have access to student loans through the student loans system.

More information and guidance on funding for studying allied health professions in England can be found here: http://www.thefundingclinic.org.uk/

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government���s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

 

Additional costs

 
 Item  Description 
Disclosure and Barring certificates/clearance

Students have to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance check. This is payable on induction and an annual update is available.

Estimated cost: £50.

Health checks/immunisations/vaccinations

Students will be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to commencing clinical placements.

Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost: £10-30 per vaccination.

Travel and accommodation for clinical placement

Students will need to pay for travel and accommodation for clinical placements over the duration of the course. A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs.

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs around London and between campuses. 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Graduates from the course are eligible to apply for registration as a dietician with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC). Registered Dietitians are qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems.

Most of our graduates go on to work within the NHS, either in hospital or community health services. Former graduates have also found employment in a range of organisations including research institutes, consumer groups, food retailers and government departments and agencies. Some graduates have become successful food and health journalists or developed careers in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Other graduates have continued their studies in key areas of:

  • Nutritional Epidemiology PhD
  • Public Health MSc
  • Management MSc

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