University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Food and Nutrition

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Nutrition-related issues are high on the public policy agenda and our Food and Nutrition foundation degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the commercial food sector. Who’s the course for? There is increased demand for graduates with high-level food skills and specialised nutrition backgrounds. This course, developed in accordance with guidelines from the Association for Nutrition (AfN), has been designed to explore food science as well as the skills required for food preparation. Why should I study the course?

  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Develop a specialism relevant to your career aims through optional modules covering subjects such as sports nutrition
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your training into practice working in our cutting-edge Food Science and Innovation Suite and professional kitchens
  • ENRICHMENT – Our great links with the food industry provide you with an array of enrichment opportunities including guest lectures and industry research
Great. Tell me some more We have fantastic links with the food industry, which means a wealth of opportunities for students with regards to guest lectures and industry research. You will need to buy a uniform and specialist equipment for this course - UCB can help cover the costs for this through our Kick Start scheme. What skills will I gain? As well as the comprehensive knowledge and skills you will acquire at university, you will be encouraged to gain work experience as a great opportunity to put what you have learned into practice alongside qualified professionals. We have developed close working relationships with food science and product development industries and can offer you a wide range of work experience opportunities alongside your studies. What about the future? You will be able to move into a wide variety of food industry areas including new product development or the health sector. Completing this course will enable you to pursue a career in:
  • Product and menu development
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Health education, both at a local or national level
  • Advisory work
  • Research and teaching
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of the full BSc (Hons) degree at the end of year two.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Culinary Skills for Nutrition
  • Food Manufacture
  • Food Science
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Public Health and Nutrition
YEAR 2
  • Contemporary Eating Practices
  • Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Legalities
  • Nutrition in Context
  • Food Product Design Development
  • Research for Food and Nutrition
Plus one option from:
  • Dietary Research in Culinary Development
  • International Nutrition
- Sports Nutrition

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 9 hours
  • Practical kitchen session – up to 3 hours in first year
  • Tutorials – 2 hours
  • Subject advice sessions – 1 hours
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course (weighting will 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.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
BD65
Institution code:
B35
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
100%
Student satisfaction
80%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-fees/ EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx
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