This programme enables you to build on an existing Level 5 qualification in nutrition, culinary arts and/or hospitality to achieve a full honours degree. It is for students who want to pursue a career in Culinary Health and Nutrition, and provides the opportunity to examine the impact of nutrition on health and disease, as well as developing culinary arts skills.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of the biomedical effects of food intake on human health and wellbeing within society and will gain valuable insight into the scientific principles of clinical nutrition, exploring the connection between good dietary intake and health. You will also explore the juxtaposition of contemporary food and health issues in both developed and developing societies.
The programme is suitable for those with practical work experience in related fields as well as those wanting to enhance their employability skills, core competencies and experience to work with professionals in nutrition and public health management. The course prepares you for multiple career options in the field of nutrition, including commercial product development, corporate wellness, working with the health sector media, public health, the supplementation industry and sports nutrition. It can also lead towards qualification as an independent nutritional therapist. The programme reflects changes in food manufacturing, where food technologists and chefs work frequently together to develop new products and processes to achieve healthy eating models in line with Healthy Plate and the NHS’s Eatwell guide.
This full-time course is taught over 2-3 days per week. The part-time course is taught over 1-2 days per week.
New job opportunities, together with developments in the global food and supplements markets, have led to increasing movement of qualified personnel between food sectors. The increased demand for skilled nutritionists to work in the health and public sector is a clear indication of the industry’s changing profile. In addition, sectors such as the gut microbiome are in their infancy and show potential as a rapidly growing area of personalised nutrition. Lifestyle medicine is already changing the face of General Practice.
This distinctive degree in Culinary Health and Nutrition coalesces the principles of human nutrition with clinical biology, and lifestyle medicine. Graduates of this degree will have the opportunity to further their careers in the following industry areas:
health foods development
supplements and healthy eating
athletic and sport nutrition
- commercial food development.
Additional study would be necessary for future careers in these respective areas:
obesity and healthy eating in children
registered dieticians and nutritionists
pharmacology, physiology and pathology
- culinary medicine.
You will study 4 core 20-credit modules:
- Sports Nutrition and Diet (Semester 1)
- Contemporary Food and Health Issues (Semester 1)
- Applied Nutrition and Special Diet (Semester 2)
- Introduction to Sensory Science and Organoleptic Assessment (Semester 2)
You will also choose one of the following optional 40-credit modules:
- Consultancy project.
All modules are criterion assessed as Pass, Merit or Distinction. Achievement is recognised through the award of credits, a minimum number of which must be achieved at Level 6. All modules must be achieved in order to successfully achieve the programme.
Compulsory modules help students to build their academic competence by exploring underpinning theories while developing practical and transferable skills. Optional modules are intended to encourage more self-managed learning skills.
Module availability may be subject to change. The timetable will be available in August 2019.
Assessment methods may include:
- Written reports/essays
- Discussion forums/blogs
- Academic posters, displays, leaflets
- Case studies
- Dissertation or work-based consultancy project
- Practical experiment
- Time-constrained assessments.
How to apply
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants must have:
- an appropriate HND PASS, where the majority of modules are Merit or Distinction, or
- an appropriate Foundation Degree PASS with Merit, or
- evidence of studying 120 credits at Level 5, with Merit or equivalent profile.
Overseas Learners will require equivalent qualifications to those specified above, as well as an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each area, or equivalent English qualification for International students.
The equivalence of qualifications from outside the UK will be determined according to NARIC guidance.
Fees and funding
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