Birmingham City University

Food and Nutrition Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our practice-based, innovative BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition degree has been approved and praised for good practice. This course, led by Dr Huda Al-Kateb, will provide you with an integrated course focused on applied food science and technology from manufacturing and processing, analysis, quality and safety assessment, biotechnology and innovation in food product development. You will also be able to explore several aspects of applied nutrition and its relation to human health and disease, the physiological, biochemical aspect of public health nutrition, dietary assessments and intervention, the legislation and policies for products quality and safety and its relation to health promotion. There will be opportunities to discover the complexities of the food chain, the demands and needs of today’s consumers globally and the controls and safety features that ensure the food we eat is of high quality, safe and nutritious.

You will be taught in our £71 million City South Campus, filled with state-of-the-art laboratories, nutritional sciences and dietetics laboratory facilities and teaching kitchen. Staff and guest speakers teaching on the course are experts and publish in their respective fields of food science and technology, nutrition and public health, dietetics, food safety and quality, biomedical and biological sciences and analytical chemistry.

Upon graduating, you will have a varied array of global employment opportunities. The food and drink industry is the largest industry globally and food science graduates are needed across the food chain from raw material evaluation, manufacturing and processing through to final product analysis. You may go on to work as nutrition scientists to assess dietary requirements and give recommendations to promote healthy eating practices to individuals, industry and regulatory bodies. You could also progress to postgraduate study on programmes such as MSc Dietetics at Birmingham City University.

We partner with a range of food and nutrition companies and several research institutions nationally and internationally, and there are opportunities to undertake placements in the public, food and nutrition sectors as part of a sandwich year.

Course details

Assessment method

Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, numeracy & literacy tests, interview and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.  We will also be incorporating the completion of a behavioural styles assessment: the Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ) before you are invited to a Selection Day. We are using it alongside the other selection criteria to ensure a fairer and more objective approach to assessing personal readiness for healthcare training.  If your application is successful, we will then be running interviews during January, February, March and April for our September intake


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code DB64
Institution code B25
Campus name City South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus code E

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC Must include one of Biology or Food Technology
Subjects excluded - General Studies,
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

subject excluded Early Years
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology or Chemistry, plus GCSE English Language & Mathematics at grade 4
GCSE equivalencies only from Access Courses achieved prior to 2014, except for 2 Year Part Time Courses started within the 12/13 academic year. 12 Credits must be achieved at Level 2 + and certificate must state 'GCSE Equivalent'
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS AA - EE Must include one of Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Food Technology

subject excluded General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma. Minimum 112 points required
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Not accepted
Extended Project Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE 5 subjects at grade 4 must include Mathematics, English language and science subjects. Must have been achieved at the point of application.

Acceptable equivalent qualifications:

- BTEC Level 2 Diploma - Science, Applied Science
- BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - Science, Applied Science
- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
- Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Math and English
- Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number or Communication
HNC (BTEC) P Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
HND (BTEC) P Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4
Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points
For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted

For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR English Language Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Must include one of Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

Subjects excluded Early Years
Can be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Must include one of Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

(not including Early Years).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must include one of Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

(not including Early Years). Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no subtest below 6.0

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no subtest below6.0 If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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