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Dietetics
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Dietetics

Overview

Dietitians strive to provide the best possible nutritional care for clients with acute and chronic health conditions. Learn to interpret and communicate the science of nutrition and how to use dietary manipulation and food to treat disease and optimise health. You will gain practical experience in our state-of-the-art health science, clinical skills and catering laboratories. On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a dietitian with the Health & Care Professions Council.

Funding
From 1 August 2017 there will be a new funding system for new students on nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses in England, with the system moving from NHS grants to student loans. Download the University Funding PDF below for more information.
University Funding PDF
You will undertake practice placements within Nutrition and Dietetics departments across Yorkshire and the North East of England - these occur at the end of Year 1 (three-week placement), at the end of Year 2 (13-week placement), and during Year 3 (12-week placement).

These placements are a requirement of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) curriculum framework and will take place in quality assured practice settings. You will be given the opportunity to apply the theories and evidence you have acquired during academic study into the practical work completed by dietitians throughout diverse areas of the health service on a daily basis.

You will be given time to critically reflect on and enhance your skills and academic knowledge before moving onto the next placement, which will demonstrate continuous development.

93.8%
Student Satisfaction
Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2017

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 100% of students said their course provided them with opportunities to apply their learning, were able to contact staff when they needed to, and felt they received sufficient advice and guidance (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 100% of students felt they had the right opportunities to work with other students (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 100% of students said they had the right opportunities to provide feedback on the course (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry Requirements

BBB
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: BBB points required. (Minimum from three A Levels (excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies), to include Chemistry and one other Science subject. Other science subjects accepted are Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Maths or Physical Education. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
BTEC National Diplomas:
Must include at least 40 level 3 credits in Chemistry or be offered alongside GCE A level Chemistry. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: Applied Science (Applied Chemistry) - Distinction will be considered equivalent to GCE A level Chemistry Grade B.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points. Must include at least 15 Distinctions in Chemistry and 15 Distinctions in other science subjects.
Scottish Awards:
Advanced Highers - Grades BBC to include Chemistry and one other Science subject. Other science subjects accepted are Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Maths or Physical Education.
Highers - Grades ABBBB to include Chemistry and one other Science subject. Other science subjects accepted are Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Maths or Physical Education.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
5 subjects at Higher Level at Grade B2 or above of which at least 2 must be at B1. Must include Grade B1 in Chemistry and one other Science subject. Other science subjects accepted are Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Maths or Physical Education.
Foundation Course:
Foundation courses must include the equivalent of Chemistry GCE A Level and another science A level, we require you to achieve the equivalent of Grade B at A Level in these subject areas.

This course is not suitable for applicants with a degree that would enable them to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics. Other graduates need to clearly justify why they are making a career change to Dietetics.

Selection Criteria:
Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview. Your personal statement should show evidence of how you have researched the profession of dietetics. This should include shadowing a hospital dietician, if at all possible, and may include attending dietetics information days and research using other media. You need to provide evidence of your ability to work for the good of others, for example voluntary work, or work in a caring environment. You need to demonstrate good written and interpersonal communication skills and an ability to work with others. You will have a strong interest in food and be able to undertake basic food preparation and cooking skills. You will be required to attend a selection day as part of the selection process.
Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 26 including 6 from HL Chemistry Points
English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:BBB points required. (Minimum from three A Levels (excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies), to include Chemistry and one other Science subject. Other science subjects accepted are Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Maths or Physical Education. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
BTEC National Diplomas:
Must include at least 40 level 3 credits in Chemistry or be offered alongside GCE A level Chemistry. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: Applied Science (Applied Chemistry) - Distinction will be considered equivalent to GCE A level Chemistry Grade B.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points. Must include at least 15 Distinctions in Chemistry and 15 Distinctions in other science subjects.
Scottish Awards:
Advanced Highers - Grades BBC to include Chemistry and one other Science subject. Other science subjects accepted are Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Maths or Physical Education.
Highers - Grades ABBBB to include Chemistry and one other Science subject. Other science subjects accepted are Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Maths or Physical Education.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
5 subjects at Higher Level at Grade B2 or above of which at least 2 must be at B1. Must include Grade B1 in Chemistry and one other Science subject. Other science subjects accepted are Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Maths or Physical Education.
Foundation Course:
Foundation courses must include the equivalent of Chemistry GCE A Level and another science A level, we require you to achieve the equivalent of Grade B at A Level in these subject areas.

This course is not suitable for applicants with a degree that would enable them to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics. Other graduates need to clearly justify why they are making a career change to Dietetics.

Selection Criteria:
Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview. Your personal statement should show evidence of how you have researched the profession of dietetics. This should include shadowing a hospital dietician, if at all possible, and may include attending dietetics information days and research using other media. You need to provide evidence of your ability to work for the good of others, for example voluntary work, or work in a caring environment. You need to demonstrate good written and interpersonal communication skills and an ability to work with others. You will have a strong interest in food and be able to undertake basic food preparation and cooking skills. You will be required to attend a selection day as part of the selection process.
Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 26 including 6 from HL Chemistry Points
English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
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Careers

Lynsey Tarr

Careers

Lynsey Tarr
Diabetes Dietitian Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

BSc (Hons) Dietetics

“"I really benefited from the three placements I did on my course. I experienced a hospital environment first-hand and a variety of services that link with dietetics. I also built loads of contacts, which helped me land my first job."

Modules & learning

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Personal Development & Communication Skills for Dietitians

Nutrition

Human Physiology

Nutritional Biochemistry

Food & Society

Food & Food Science

Practice Placement A

Nutrition Support

Genetics & Lifestyle Related Conditions

Professional Development for Dietitians

Human Metabolism

Research Methodology, Statistics & Evaluation

Social Sciences

Applied Clinical Dietetics

Practice Placement B

Mental Health in Practice

Research Project

Paediatrics in Practice

Clinical Effectiveness & Outcomes

Nutrition Strategies

Competent Practitioner

Practice Placement C

Linsey King
Linsey King
Course Director

Linsey is a registered Dietitian and Senior Lecturer within the Nutrition and Dietetic Group. She is the current Undergraduate Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Dietetics Course. Linsey has worked in various settings within clinical practice and has expertise in Nutrition Support and education and training for support workers.

Studying Dietetics here at Leeds Beckett is a pathway of education and training that will result in you being eligible to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a dietitian. Understanding the impact that dietetic intervention can have on the wellbeing of an individual alongside the clinical and nutritional outcomes will be important for your practice. In addition you will develop a keen awareness of your own personal and professional development and develop lifelong skills to enable your effectiveness as a practitioner.
BSc (Hons) Dietetics - Laura Clarke & Alan Archer, Students

Fees & funding

The Undergraduate fee rates for 2018/19 are still subject to government approval at the current time. Early indications from the Government suggest that the rate will be set at approximately £9,250 per year for full time students. Part time students will pay a pro-rata of this based on the number of modules studied and the credit load of those modules.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Clinical Skills Suite Kitchen
    Clinical Skills Suite Kitchen

    Make use of our well equipped community living area allowing you to practice first hand the application of your skills and knowledge.

  • Nutrition Laboratories
    Nutrition Laboratories

    Our nutrition labs will allow you to develop your practical nutritional skills.

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