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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
Health education, both at a local or national level
- 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.
- Academic Skills for Food and Nutrition
- Culinary Skills for Nutrition
- Food Manufacture
- Food Science
- Introduction to Nutrition
- Public Health and Nutrition
- 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
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
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 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
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
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.
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Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
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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
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To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.
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Fees and funding
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