Birmingham City University

Food and Nutrition with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Food and Nutrition with Foundation Year

Our practice-based, innovative BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition with Foundation Year degree 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 be 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.

We have recently had a £41 million extension to our £30 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 the programme 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.

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 DB6F
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:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level CDD Must include one of Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Food Technology

General Studies not accepted.
A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

Not including Early Years
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction of which 9 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 AE Minimum 80 points required. Must include one of Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Food Technology
General Studies not accepted
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 80 points required
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 subjects at grade 4 Must include Mathematics, English language and science subjects.

Must have been achieved at the point of application
Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered:
BTEC Level 2 Diploma
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Key Skills level 2
HNC (BTEC) P Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
HND (BTEC) P Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall

Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two Higher Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates "
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H4, H4, H4, H4, H4 Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 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, Chemical Science or Science subject
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma a minimum of 80 tariff points.
Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma a minimum of 80 tariff points.
Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
Not including 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 80 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) a minimum of 80 tariff points.
Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science. Not including Early Years
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 80 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) minimum of 80 tariff points.
Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science subject. 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 80 tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 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 DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Biology or Chemical Science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 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 80 tariff points
Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

More about foundation year programmes

By studying a foundation year in either Health and Life Sciences, Children, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc or BA degree.

So although you are studying a BA or BSc in a specific course – for example, Children’s Nursing, Health Studies, Midwifery among many of possible options – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about foundation year categories (Health and Life Sciences, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science), allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Important Note:

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no subtest below 5.5 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.

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