Nutrition-related issues are becoming increasingly important in public policy and the commercial food sector. Food-related research and concepts relating to new product development are reported regularly in the food industry media.
The consumption of food has wide-reaching effects throughout society and government initiatives attempt to stress the importance of diet and fitness in society. As a result, there is increased demand in food-related employment for graduates with specialised nutrition backgrounds. With this in mind, this course has been designed to explore food science as well as the skills required for food preparation.
The course covers a vast range of core competencies in the sector including science, the food chain, social and behavioural aspects, health and wellbeing and professional conduct. You will be able to apply your knowledge in practical and relevant ways to different areas such as nutrition, public health, food science, food politics and food manufacture. There will be opportunities to increase your employability through work placements, as you are encouraged to undertake a minimum of five days’ work experience in both your second and third year.
This course has been developed in accordance with guidelines from the Association for Nutrition (AfN).
Students studying the FdSc will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BSc (Hons) at the end of year 2.
What our staff and students say
The breadth of topics on my course resulted in me finding my dream profession and gave me the skills and confidence to become a volunteer project leader for FoodCycle.
After university, I would like to become a nutritionist or a menu planner for an airline, hospital or school. The Food and Nutrition course provides knowledge essential for these jobs, such as food science, food safety and, of course, nutrition.
Our Food and Nutrition course will provide a superb grounding for students to go into the food science industry as well as students seeking to continue into the postgraduate specialism of nutrition, sports nutrition and food technology.
Why choose this course?
- Placement experience - You are encouraged to undertake a minimum of five days’ work experience in both your second and third year to gain the essential experience you need to boost your employability
- Specialise your studies - Tailor your studies to develop a specialism relevant to your chosen career through optional modules, such as Sports Nutrition, Nutrition for Performance or International Nutrition
- Employment edge - Give yourself the edge and tailor your degree to suit your own career goals. For example, you might want to focus on functional foods, specialised diets or product development
- Fantastic industry links - We have great links with the food industry so you will benefit from a wealth of opportunities, including guest lectures, industry research and work placements
Our new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Food Science and Innovation Suite comprises:
- Two specialist kitchens
- A bespoke sensory evaluation room
- A pilot plant
- science facilities
All laboratories in the innovation area have been designed with the help of the food industry and replicate the environment that a student will work in after graduation.
As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Uniform and kit costs
This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £243-£288, depending on the particular items you purchase. Please also be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 15 teaching contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 9 hours of lectures in lecture rooms, classrooms and laboratory
- Practical kitchen session - In the second semester of the first year there will be an additional 3 hours of teaching in practical environments for skills development and realistic working practice
- Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials, being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
- Subject advice session - In addition to the above 1 hour a week is timetabled for students to cover a range of topics/modules.
In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 80%
- Practical assessment - 10%
- Written examinations - 10%
Assessment weighting will vary in the second and third year due to optional modules being taken.
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Food and Nutrition BSc (Hons)
A Level: An A level grade profile of CCC
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Food and Nutrition FdSc
A Level: An A level grade profile of CD
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS Tariff points
Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check your eligibility.
Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.
Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2019/20 entry.
For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.
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FdSc students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdSc students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.
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The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
You are encouraged to gain work experience throughout this course because it is a great opportunity to put what you have learned into practice alongside qualified professionals. Over the years we have developed close working relationships with food science and product development industries so that we can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies.
What our employers say
At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.
Blue Earth Foods has supported the placement of students from a range of courses, providing the opportunity to perform a ‘live’ role within product and process development or commercial departments. The calibre of UCB students has been very high, with far greater alignment to the workplace than is the norm.
Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of food industry areas including new product development, the health sector or you can continue your education to postgraduate level in a specialised area such as dietetics.
Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:
- Health education – both at a local and national level
- Hospital laboratories
- Product and menu development
- Advisory work
- Research and teaching
Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies. UCB offer a range of postgraduate degrees and you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.
hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships and apprenticeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps - UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.