University College Birmingham

Food and Nutrition University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course snapshot

Nutrition-related issues are high on the public policy agenda and our Food and Nutrition 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, accredited by University College Birmingham, has been designed to explore food science as well as the skills required for food preparation.

Why should I study the course?

  • Teaching and individual study covers a vast range of core competencies in the sector including science, the food chain, social and behavioural aspects, health and wellbeing and professional conduct.

  • You will be able to apply your knowledge in practical and relevant ways to different areas such as nutrition, public health, food science, food politics and food manufacture.

  • You will have the opportunity to progress to the BSc (Hons) degree on successful completion of the two-year foundation degree course.

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, industry research and work placements.

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 placement opportunities alongside your studies. Our hired@UCB team will make sure you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

What about the future?

You will be able to move into a wide variety of food industry areas including new product development, the health sector or you can continue your education to postgraduate level in a specialised area such as dietetics.

Graduating with this degree 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

  • Academic Skills for Food and Nutrition
  • Culinary Skills for Nutrition
  • Food Manufacture
  • Food Science
  • 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

Teaching

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 15 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching - 9 hours of lectures in lecture rooms, classrooms and the laboratory
  • Practical kitchen session - In the second semester of the first year there will be an additional 3 hours of teaching in practical environments for skills development and realistic working practice
  • Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials per week, being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
  • Subject advice session - In addition to the above, 1 hour a week is timetabled for students to cover a range of topics/modules

Individual study

In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Assessment

Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, so a variety of assessment methods are used.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 80%
  • Practical assessment - 10%
  • Written examinations - 10%

Assessment weighting will vary in the second year due to optional modules being taken.

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.


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 BD65
Institution code B35
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://public.dataharvesting.com/ucb/io/aps/1255/v1/index.php Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their course mapped for entry and the conditions of entry will be stated on UCAS track. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form, particularly your personal statement, reference and the qualifications you have taken or are in the process of taking. In most cases, a decision to make an offer can be based on this information alone, however we may need to make further enquiries, particularly relating to your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 56 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.
A level CD UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact admissions@ucb.ac.uk 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

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 BA/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 Test BA/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


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 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

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2019/20, 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 or EU 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/EU Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/fees-funding-and-scholarships/full-time-tuition-fees-and-finance/full-time-tuition-fees.aspx. 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

Provider information

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University College Birmingham
Summer Row
Birmingham
B3 1JB


Course contact details

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UG Domestic Home and EU Admissions

0121 604 1040


International Admissions

0121 232 4447