Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Food with 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. Equip yourself for employment with this dynamic Food with Nutrition degree that fuses academic and vocational learning. Accredited by the IFST, the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology. You'll join a close-knit community of staff and students and be assigned a personal tutor from day one. Graduates have been recruited by companies including Oasis Foods, Kerry Foods and Ferndale Foods. The food we eat affects our health – how we feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. On this course, you’ll explore the complexities of the food chain, the needs and demands of consumers, and the controls that exist to ensure the food we eat is nutritious and safe. Our graduates are in great demand in the food industry, consumer organisations and enforcement agencies. The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing around 400,000 people. It’s responsible for providing safe, nutritious and desirable food while facing the long-term challenge of feeding a growing population. 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


In Year 1 you’ll build a science base,learning the fundamental concepts of human biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. You’ll also learn about consumer perceptions of the food supply chain, and develop your practical, study and ICT skills. Year 2 gives you more detail in the topics covered in Year 1, laying the foundations for your third year dissertation. You’ll investigate the role of diet in normal health, explore food quality and new food product development. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules, and have the opportunity to complete a Work Placement module. Finally in Year 3 you’ll critically evaluate the national and international concepts of risk assessment and their application at all stages of the food systems. You’ll conduct a primary research investigation alongside optional modules, and opt to collaborate with an organisation in the food and nutrition sector for an independent project. For more information please refer to our website.

Assessment method

Many assessments set in the Food with Nutrition programme mimic tasks, ways of working, or reporting that are used by food and nutrition practitioners. We think that you should experience these ways of working as they help you to prepare for employment, be that in industry, as a consultant, teacher, or researcher. Methods are used for assessment on this programme include essays, reports, case studies, seminar presentations, examinations, group work, and independent study projects. There's approximately a 50/50 split between coursework / presentations and exams.

Professional bodies

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  • Food Science and Technology of the United Kingdom, Institute of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants - IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 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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Food with Nutrition (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS