FOOD AND NUTRITION

BSc (Hons) Top-up

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Course Award

BSc (Hons)

Duration

1 year FT

UCAS Code

DB64

Placement

Opportunities available

Entry

September (2021)

Fees

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Engage with the food industry through guest lectures and the latest research

Nutrition issues have become increasingly important in the commercial food sector, with food-related research and product developments now being regularly reported in the media. With growing demand for graduates with specialised nutrition backgrounds, our Food and Nutrition top-up degree course is a great option for anyone with existing knowledge of this field to help you get into the industry.

This Food and Nutrition top-up course is designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5) and has been developed in accordance with guidelines from the Association for Nutrition (AfN) with the aim of becoming an accredited course. Expanding upon your current knowledge and skills, your studies will cover core competencies for the sector, including nutritional science, current issues in food and nutrition, supply and sustainability.

To help support your learning, you will have the chance to work in our cutting-edge Food Science and Innovation Suite as well as our industry standard kitchen facilities at University College Birmingham. Thanks to our celebrated links with the food industry, you will also benefit from a range of guest lectures and the latest industry research.

Why choose this degree course?

  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Develop a specialism relevant to your chosen career through optional modules, covering subjects including food technology and food education
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Get hands-on working in our state-of-the-art facilities featuring the latest food testing and diagnostic equipment
  • ENRICHMENT – Our industry connections provide you with guest lectures from experts and additional work experience opportunities, as well as the latest research from the industry

Our facilities

University College Birmingham is renowned for its outstanding food industry training facilities. Studying our Food and Nutrition course means you will have access to our professional standard kitchens and state-of-the-art food development facilities, including our Food Science and Innovation Suite.

Course breakdown

  • Modules

Core Modules

Current Issues in Food and Nutrition

You will study current issues and trends in food and nutrition by reading press articles and scientific reports, paying particular attention to the science of weight loss. In addition you will study buyer behaviour to see if it affects the popularity of certain market products.

Food Supply and Sustainability

You will learn more about the various functions and job roles in different sectors of the agri-food supply chain including agriculture, manufacture, distribution, food services and retail. This will broaden your knowledge of the food industry and enable you to investigate food resources, climate and seasonal effects, food waste and environmental control.

Nutritional Science

You will consider the different clinical measures for testing the nutritional status of an individual by examining the chemistry of different micronutrients as well as analysing methods of data collection.

Choose 1 optional module

Applied Food Project

You will be required develop a new product with a 6,000 article supported by a poster presentation. You will be supported throughout this project with regards to key research by an appointed tutor.

Research Project

You will have the opportunity to engage in an independent research project of your choice. You will have support with preparing your proposal and understanding the competent characteristics of good research. An appointed tutor will help guide you through this important and rewarding process.

Choose 1 optional module

Food Technology

You will study the principles, control and optimisation of processing systems, food handling, hygiene, refrigeration, mixing and blending. You will also investigate scientific principles and food preservation methods including heat treatments, chilling, drying, fermentation and chemical preservatives.

Nutrition at Key Life Stages

Focusing on the specific area of childhood nutrition, you will be studying the requirements and legislation surrounding pre-natal, infant, toddler, child and teenage nutrition. You will also pay attention to both policy and practice and how the ultimately impact young individuals.

Nutrition for Performance

You will explore advanced concepts in sports nutrition and look at the application of diet in response to individualised sport specific needs through the assessment of anthropometry and caloric assessment. You will analyse the use of contemporary and emerging diets within sport such as the Palaeolithic diet, ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting practices.

Principles for Teaching and Learning with Food

Food education is important and many food graduates take their knowledge and skills to the teaching environment. You will be introduced to the principles of teaching and learning and explore the theory behind it. You will also critically evaluate the practice of teaching, giving you a deeper understanding of the skills you need to be able to teach.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Food, Food and Nutrition or Food Technology, with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email direct@ucb.ac.uk

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or send an email:

EU: euadmissions@ucb.ac.uk

International: International@ucb.ac.uk

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

In light of COVID-19, we have made some changes to the way we deliver our teaching. We are continually following the guidelines and measures put in place by the UK Government to ensure our students and staff are safe on campus, whilst remaining committed to providing high-quality education. The information below explains how teaching will take place in semester 2 (or semester 1 for those joining us in January).

Assessment

Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course (weighting may vary depending on optional modules):

  • Coursework – 80%
  • Practical assessment – 10%
  • Written examinations – 10%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Uniform and kit costs

You may require a uniform and kit costing up to approximately £300, depending on the items you purchase and the modules you select. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)

Kick-Start

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). This 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.

Tuition fees

UK/EU students

If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250 per each full year. A half year tuition fee is £4,625. UK/EU students do not pay tuition fees for any placement periods.

International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £11,500 per year.

If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half-year placement.

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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

We encourage students on our BSc Food and Nutrition top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Ritz Carlton Naples (Florida)
  • NHS England
  • Holland & Barrett (Coventry)
  • Food Cycle (Birmingham)
  • Sandwell Council (Birmingham)

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel abroad for placements, project work or residential trips may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please visit our updates and FAQs page for information.

The course covers a wide range of interests. For instance, you can study personalised diets, which appeals to me. The group is great too – like a big happy family - and there is a relaxed atmosphere even while you are learning. And if you need support, it is always there.

Natasha Lee Food and Nutrition BSc (Hons)

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Health promotion specialist

£24,907 – £44,503

Product/process development scientist

Average salary: £32,000 - £40,000

Nutritionist

Average Salary: £42,500

Nutritional therapist

Variable

Food technologist

Average Salary: £35,000

Secondary school teacher (food technology)

Average Salary: £29,364

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