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Claire Gardiner
Postgraduate course
PG Dip

Dietetics

Dietetics

Dietetics

Applications for September 2018 for Home/EU places are now closed. International applications are expected to be open until Wednesday 30 May 2018.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Dietitians can make a vital contribution to people's health and wellbeing. We will provide you with the knowledge and professional skills required to become a qualified dietitian.

You will learn to interpret nutritional science and its application in health and illness, and you will draw on biochemistry, physiology, food science and social science perspectives to develop an evidence-based and critical approach to dietetic practice and the effective management of therapeutic conditions.

The combination of academic and practice-learning activities will enable you to develop a patient-centred approach and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a professional dietitian working in acute and primary care settings. You will also develop effective teamworking and communication skills, enabling you to lead on group education and nutritional interventions to influence the health and eating behaviour of individuals and communities.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and is accredited with the British Dietetic Association.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

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Our course reflects the changing nature of dietetic practice and the demands of the new entry practitioner within health and social care. Academic staff are recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise in dietetics, and the course retains a national profile for postgraduate provision in the UK. You will be able to meet professional competencies through a range of practice learning opportunities provided in the NHS.

Our course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and you will be eligible to register and practice as a dietitian in the UK once you've successfully completed our course.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

PG Dip Dietetics Lisa Sengupta
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PG Dip Dietetics Lisa Sengupta
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PG Dip Dietetics Student Lindsay Simpson

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a cognate subject. A list of courses previously accepted can be found at this link. Your degree must contain the study of biochemistry and human physiology to level 5 as well as research skills and methodology. Please see our UK/EU FAQ or international applicant FAQ for information on this course. A supporting statement forms part of the selection process and is assessed by local NHS dietitians. It should not exceed 1000 words and should cover the following:

  1. Commitment to dietetics and working as a dietitian in the NHS.
  2. Awareness of the varied role and duties of a dietitian.
  3. Developing communication skills and evidence of experiences where communication skills have been used or adapted for people from a range of backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrating an interest in and ability to work with people in a care setting and recognise own strengths and weaknesses for working in this environment.
  5. Basic food preparation and cooking skills and exposure to the diversity and enjoyment of food in a multi-cultural society.
  6. Evidence of overcoming obstacles or challenges in your personal or professional life.
Further guidance on writing a supporting statement can be found in the Application Information Booklet at this link. 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) and if selected will need to attend for interview. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience. The interview is part of our pre-offer selection day. It will include a discussion based on the core values of the NHS Constitution. International students will undertake their interview via Skype. All applications should be supported by two references; a template can be accessed at this link, references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly from the referee. It is the applicant's responsibility to request references from their referees. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, see further details here.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

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.

ENHANCED CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Satisfactory 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.

SELF DECLARATION:

You will be required to undertake a Self-Declaration prior to acceptance on the course

HEALTH CHECKS:

Satisfactory health checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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.

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a cognate subject. A list of courses previously accepted can be found at this link. Your degree must contain the study of biochemistry and human physiology to level 5 as well as research skills and methodology. Please see our UK/EU FAQ or international applicant FAQ for information on this course. A supporting statement forms part of the selection process and is assessed by local NHS dietitians. It should not exceed 1000 words and should cover the following:

  1. Commitment to dietetics and working as a dietitian in the NHS.
  2. Awareness of the varied role and duties of a dietitian.
  3. Developing communication skills and evidence of experiences where communication skills have been used or adapted for people from a range of backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrating an interest in and ability to work with people in a care setting and recognise own strengths and weaknesses for working in this environment.
  5. Basic food preparation and cooking skills and exposure to the diversity and enjoyment of food in a multi-cultural society.
  6. Evidence of overcoming obstacles or challenges in your personal or professional life.
Further guidance on writing a supporting statement can be found in the Application Information Booklet at this link. 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) and if selected will need to attend for interview. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience. The interview is part of our pre-offer selection day. It will include a discussion based on the core values of the NHS Constitution. International students will undertake their interview via Skype. All applications should be supported by two references; a template can be accessed at this link, references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly from the referee. It is the applicant's responsibility to request references from their referees. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, see further details here.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

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.

ENHANCED CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Satisfactory 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.

SELF DECLARATION:

You will be required to undertake a Self-Declaration prior to acceptance on the course

HEALTH CHECKS:

Satisfactory health checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Barry Cullen

Careers

Teaching and learning

Download 2018/19 Course Spec Download

You will explore the dietetic care of service users with acute and chronic long term conditions, specifically nutritional assessment, requirements and justifying care plans to meet individual needs. You will also consider the ethical dilemmas faced in applying diet therapy.

A life course approach to Public Health Nutrition and contemporary issues integrated with sociological perspectives, health promotion, epidemiology and enterprise. This module equips you for strategic working and delivery of effective nutrition interventions in the health and social care sector.

Knowledge, application and evaluation of evidenced based dietary guidelines are studied. This informs progression of practice skills and the development of patient centred care plans to manage lifestyle conditions relevant to care pathways and settings.

You will explore the principles of nutrition and nutritional science underpinning nutrient requirements, whilst developing the food skills required to apply theory to practice. You will develop a broader understanding of how sociological and psychological factors influence food intake and health.

Personal and professional development, communication skills, and inter-professional learning integrated with NHS practice placements will enable you to start applying theory to practice and build professional skills. You will work towards the development of competent professional practice.

You will continue to build, critically reflect on and consolidate knowledge and professional skills to deliver competent practice. You will learn to work strategically in teams to innovate and lead service improvements, enhancing patient outcomes to deliver safe and effective nutritional care.

Placements 1, 2 & 3

PG Dip Dietetics Lisa Sengupta
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PG Dip Dietetics Lisa Sengupta
PG Dip Dietetics Student Lindsay Simpson
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PG Dip Dietetics Student Lindsay Simpson

Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Work placement travel expenses - Upto &£163;250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed if student is eligible for bursary.

Sandwich Year

You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be given a full tuition fee waiver.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £13440. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Work placement travel expenses - Upto &£163;250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed if student is eligible for bursary.

Sandwich Year

You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be charged a reduced fee of £2625.

Facilities

  • Nutrition Laboratories
    Nutrition Laboratories

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

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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