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Nutrition and Health BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLSU150

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015)

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Overview

This exciting degree explores the physiological, biochemical and psychosocial aspects of nutrition as well as food science and food safety.

A diet that provides adequate nutrients is central to human health and development. Poor nutrition is associated with a wide range of health problems. Nutritionists are needed to work with individuals, groups and communities, the food industry, regulatory bodies and policy makers to promote healthy diets and food.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

This course aims to cover the relationship between nutrition and human health. We will cover the dietary requirements of individuals from pre-pregnancy to old age, the psychosocial factors affecting food choice in modern society and the science of behaviour change, as well as how good nutrition enhances wellbeing and can help manage or prevent disease.

You’ll gain hands-on experience of a wide range of scientific techniques, such as sample extraction, purification and analysis. Assessments are designed to mimic real life scenarios, such as analysing nutrient intake from food dairy, developing dietary interventions and designing health promotion campaigns.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Introduction to Nutrition

  • Skills in Biomolecular Sciences 1 and 2

  • Physiology and Biochemistry for Nutrition

  • Introduction to Food Production

  • Introduction to Public Health

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Nutrition across the Lifespan

  • Food Microbiology

  • Nutrition and Health

  • Public Health Protection and Policy

  • Psychology of food and behaviour change

  • Contemporary skills for Food and Nutrition

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Professional Experience Sandwich Year

  • Study Abroad

  • Post Placement Perspectives

Overview

Modules

  • Public Health Nutrition

  • Research Design for the Biomolecular Sciences

  • Independent Project in Biomolecular Science

  • Integrated Topics in Nutrition, Food and Public Health

  • Optional modules (2 from the following):

    • Sports Nutrition 
    • Public Health Promotion 
    • Product Design

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

In more detail...

  • the opportunity to apply for a work placement;
  • practical sessions in our purpose built kitchen;
  • upon successful completion of the course, graduating as a qualified nutritionist.
  • free access to specialist computer software for assessing the nutritional adequacy of dietary intake;
  • an experienced and well qualified teaching team with a wide range of expertise and research interests;
  • the opportunity to apply for registration as a Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) by submitting a portfolio of evidence after graduation;
  • lecturers with experience in areas such as food safety and public health to make sure you get up-to-date information and examples and to help you begin to establish your professional networks;

This course is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the relationship between nutrition and human health. Throughout your course you will develop an understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition, including the sources, functions and metabolism of nutrients. You will also delve into human physiology and biochemistry and the role of nutrition in the prevention of disease. You will learn dietary requirements throughout the lifecycle from pre-pregnancy to old age, the psychosocial factors affecting food choice in modern society and the science of behaviour change.

You will also be taught methods of assessing intake, measuring body composition, microbiology, food science, product design, sustainability and food safety regulations.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures with associated seminars, workshops and practical classes. You will also have a personal tutor who will review your progress and guide you through your course.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework such as tests, essays and case studies: 50%
  • Presentations and posters: 18%
  • Practical or project work: 15%
  • Formal examinations: 10%
  • Group work: 7%

Where possible assessments are designed to mimic ‘real life’ skills, such as case studies, carrying out a food safety inspection or designing a public health intervention.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

50% assessed by coursework

In a typical week you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of workshops/online tutorials each week
  • Medium-group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes or skills workshops each week
  • Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week

Additionally, you will be expected to complete 18 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Coventry University is committed to developing global graduates. Throughout the course, students will explore international, national and local food and nutrition practices along with policies. You will study alongside students from many different countries, giving all students a more varied and fulfilling environment in which to learn.

The University runs a number of specific schemes to allow students periods of overseas study or work experience. To help you along the way the University offers numerous grants to subsidise costs. A number of students in our School have been successful in securing places via these schemes, for example in Spain, France, Canada and the United States of America.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU150
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include Biology or Chemistry or Food Technology. Excludes General Studies. DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Chemical Science related subject. 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Mathematics, English Language and two Sciences.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

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 A*-C.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Laboratory coat and safety spectacles provided for use
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Refundable deposit for turning point handset
  • Any optional field trips or visits

Career prospects

Graduates from this course should be well equipped with a variety of skills that will be attractive to an expanding number of employers in the field of nutrition and health. The need for nutritionists is growing with the increasing incidence of diet-related health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Nutritionists are experts in the scientific basis of nutrition and they have the skills and knowledge to advise people on what to eat in order to be healthy. Many large food manufacturers employ nutritionists to give advice on their products and packaging.

Nutritionists are employed to advise policy-makers, regulatory bodies and are involved in initiatives to target dietary intakes of specific groups such as: pregnant women, school children and the elderly. They may also work on emergency relief projects in low-income countries or as self-employed consultants in research, education or the media.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.