Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Human Nutrition (Professional Placement Year)

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Course summary

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This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year. Explore the scientific principles behind human nutrition, food, health and disease.

  • Gain additional letters after your name on graduating from this Association for Nutrition accredited course.
  • Tailor your degree through module, dissertation and work placement choices relevant to your aspirations.
  • Join our close-knit community of staff and students and experience support that students have described as "exceptional".
Developed in consultation with industry employers, Human Nutrition at Bath Spa has been designed to equip graduates for careers in diverse industries, ranging from health and food to education and clinical nutrition. When you graduate from this externally accredited programme, you’ll be eligible for Registered Associate Nutritionist status, allowing you to use the letters A. Nutr. after your name. With expert advice from our dedicated tutors, you’ll be able to tailor your degree through your module choices, dissertation, and work placements that are relevant to your career or further study aspirations. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Course details


Year 1 will introduce you to a broad range of subjects underpinning the study of nutrition. Emphasis is given to key skills including communication, problem solving and the use of a range of laboratory and ICT techniques. In Year 2 you’ll build on this knowledge and apply it to aspects of human nutrition, investigating the role of diet and physical activity in health and as a risk factor in health disorders. You’ll gain an understanding of ethical and professional framework, and be trained in research methodology and learn to work independently. Year 3 - Professional Year Finally Year 4 will see you critically explore the complex nature of issues related to dietary intake, exercise and the acquisition of human health. You’ll undertake a primary research investigation that will enable you to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of diet, nutrition and ethics. Please refer to our website for more information.

Assessment method

Many assessments set in Human Nutrition mimic tasks, ways of working, or reporting that are used by professional practitioners. We think that you should experience these ways of working as they help you to prepare for employment, be that in industry, the health sector, as a consultant, teacher or researcher. Some examples of methods used for assessment on this programme include:

  • Dietary analysis.
  • Reports.
  • Diet and physical activity evaluations.
  • Developing food products.
  • Essays.
  • Case studies.
  • Seminar presentations.
  • Examinations.
  • Group work.
  • Literature reviews.
- Dissertation.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants - IELTS 6.5 with a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Human Nutrition (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS