Dietetics BSc (Hons)Study level: Undergraduate
Professionally Accredited Programmes
Registered dietitians use their passion for working with people to promote healthy lifestyles, optimise health, manage and prevent diet-related diseases.
Year of entry
Coventry University (Coventry)
3 years full-time
Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Dietetic Association (BDA)1.
- All home students on this course can apply for a minimum payment from the Government of £5,000 per year, with additional payments for students incurring childcare costs6.
- Strong links with local NHS trusts and other healthcare providers, such as private hospitals, hospices and community settings.
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Why you should study this course
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems. This course is designed to enable you to use your expertise to promote a healthy lifestyle and offer nutrition advice. It aims to enable you to translate the latest nutrition science into understandable, practical information about food and provide education and support to enable people to manage their health and treat nutrition-related disease.
- Upon successful completion of the course you will have a thorough understanding of the physical and psychological components of nutrition, and importantly how to enable behaviour change. You’ll understand the barriers people face and the strategies which can be used to overcome those barriers which prevent successful adoption of healthier lifestyles.
- Through our innovative approaches to teaching and learning, you will have the opportunity to experiment, innovate and experience immersive situations as you learn in a safe, secure and inspiring environment. Simulated real-life scenarios will aim to utilise contemporary, innovative and authentic assessments, which embed service user involvement throughout. By working collaboratively across multi-professional groups in simulation facilities, you will have the chance to enhance your professional identity, knowledge and behaviours.
- Our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building features a range of mock healthcare settings, including hospital wards, ambulance, therapy suites and community houses, giving you the opportunity to replicate real-life situations before you go on placement4.
- You will undertake four periods of practice education (placements)5 in a range of NHS and non-NHS settings - predominantly in the West Midlands region - supported by experienced and trained educators.
- Innovative and varied assessments offering a range of assessment methods aimed at providing real life skills. Use of creative and innovative teaching approaches with an emphasis on applying the learning to dietetic practice.
- Our highly qualified academic staff and experienced practice team will support and challenge you to make a difference in practice. Current staff are active and influential members of the profession, for example sitting on committees and boards within the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and other national organisations (please note that staff may be subject to change).
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Health and Care Professions Council
This course is accredited1 by the HCPC for the 2023/24 intake.
British Dietetics Association (BDA)
This course is accredited1 by the BDA for the 2023/24 intake. In addition, through completing the Food and Food Production module you will qualify for a Level 2 food safety certificate accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
What you'll study
Year one aims to give you a foundation in nutrition, introducing key dietetic skills such as nutritional assessment and, behaviour change in readiness for an introductory placement in clinical practice. You will also have opportunities to work inter-professionally with other health care professionals, reflecting the environment you will work in when you graduate.
Human Nutrition and Metabolism - 20 credits
This module provides you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science of human nutrition, and a basic understanding of the principles underlying human metabolism relevant for the study of dietetics. You will consider the role of individual nutrients in the achievement and maintenance of good health and principles underpinning the development of dietary guidelines, and current dietary guidelines for the UK population are explored. The module supports the development of skills that you will need to use food composition tables, dietary analysis software and dietary reference values. Practical workshops will enable you to develop a working knowledge of food portion sizes, recipe modification, nutrient-modified foods and food labelling.
Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice - 20 credits
This module is designed to enable you to become an independent, evidence-informed, life-long learner. You will be introduced to the principles of gathering, appraising, interpreting and applying evidence to support your learning and professional development. In addition, you will also study the principles underpinning research and evidence-informed practice in the context of dietetics.
Food and Food Production - 10 credits
During this module you will be introduced to the major categories of food and food products available. Food production and preparation methods will be explored with impacts on nutrient content, food quality and wider issues, such as sustainability, considered. It is designed to give you an appreciation of the practical considerations of large- and small-scale food preparation in a commercial context.
Food microbiology will be taught through the delivery of a basic food safety award separately accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The innovative delivery of this module will provide the opportunity for you to learn large-scale catering, off-campus at a specialist catering college and to develop knowledge within student led kitchen laboratory session on campus.
Nutrition, Physiology and Eating Behaviour - 30 credits
The overall aim of this module is to provide you with a sound knowledge of various factors influencing eating behaviour and nutritional status. You will be introduced to the normal structure and function of a range of physiological systems and principles of immunology and genetics that underpin the biomedical science pertaining to dietetics. You will be introduced to the Model and Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice and examine the assessment of nutritional status and nutrient intakes for adults.
Health and Wellbeing in the Community - 20 credits
Upon successful completion of this module, you will have developed your knowledge and understanding of the social, politico-economic, cultural and environmental factors that influence individual and community health and wellbeing. You will examine key international, national and local initiatives to support learning and examine the inter-professional context of dietetics.
To achieve this aim, you will explore concepts of wellbeing, disability, disease and illness, health inequality and inequity. In addition, you will examine key health and social care initiatives that will enable you to understand the importance of person-centred approaches to wellbeing, prevention, care and support. As you progress through the module you should develop inter-professional capabilities of communication, role clarification, decision making and team working, designed to enable you to practice and promote healthy conversations about lifestyle.
Foundation in Dietetic Practice (Including Placement A) - 20 credits
This module introduces you to some of the fundamental skills required for effective dietetic practice. Topics addressed fall within the HCPC’s competency framework for registered dietitians. The module introduces you to the dietitian’s role, skills and attributes in supporting clients to make dietary change. Theories of communication and health behaviour change will be considered and applied to the role of the dietitian in supporting clients making behaviour change. The module aims to develop the communication and professional skills you will require to work effectively with individuals. The module includes a 2-week practice placement5 in relevant settings which is sourced by the university.
Neurology and Ethical Decision-Making - 30 credits
This module aims to develop and integrate knowledge and skills you learned in year one. You will explore the medical and dietary management of patients with brain-based disorders and diseases. You will have the opportunity to study epidemiology, aetiology (including the influence of genetics), biochemistry, diagnosis, treatment, and management, including pharmacological management, and the required dietary modification. This module also introduces you to the principles of ethical decision-making, and to the legal and ethical aspects of professional practice.
Lifestyle Management of Diseases - 20 credits
With the rise in non-communicable diseases globally, and the emphasis on prevention of disease and self-management of long-term conditions, during this module you will explore the dietary modification and medical management of a range of diseases including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
You will investigate the role of lifestyle in the prevention and management of diseases in adults and consider how lifestyle changes may be implemented. As part of the module, you will consider how education regarding lifestyle changes will be considered in group settings using educational theory and principles of behaviour change.
Gastrointestinal and Excretory Systems - 30 credits
This module explores the principles of the medical management of patients, including diagnosis and treatment of disease including the required dietary modification. You will apply the principles of the application of dietetic practice and explore issues of professionalism and professional practice.
Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics - 20 credits
This module aims to develop your scope of practice to include the nutritional assessment and implementation of evidence-based interventions for the management of infants, children and young people with common nutritionally related problems or diagnosis.
Through engagement with this module, you will learn how to assess and commence diet therapy / behaviour change / nutritional counselling in a paediatric case load. These skills are designed to enable you to incorporate paediatric cases to your scope of practice in placement and after graduation could enable you to pursue these skills further.
Critical Care and Hypermetabolism - 10 credits
In this module you will explore the metabolic response to injury and resulting effect on nutritional parameters. You will also examine the nutritional management of patients on critical care. You will also be introduced to the principles of emotional intelligence and clinical prioritisation and explore use of these principles to support dietetic practice.
Developing Evidence-Informed Practice - 10 credits
This module aims to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge, ethical principles and evidence-informed skills developed in the year one module Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice, to clinical settings. You will explore how to design and justify your own empirical or literature-based study, relevant to dietetics and human nutrition, demonstrating the application of sound ethical reasoning.
In order to achieve this, you will be introduced to a diverse range of approaches to research, reviews and audits (qualitative, quantitative and participatory) and relevant health and social care policy and legislation. This module will encourage you to explore how your profession specific core values and beliefs can complement those of other health and social care professions, drawing on differing research traditions.
Year three consolidates your skills and knowledge and prepares you for the workplace. The third year also consists of two mandatory 12-week clinical placements and a 2-week public health placement, which are all sourced by the university.
Developing Dietetic Practice: Placement B - 30 credits
This module includes preparation for placement classes and a 12-week placement5 (sourced by the university) in a range of approved environments where registered dietitians work.
The placement aims to enable you to develop the confidence and skills needed to: translate theory into practice, obtain, record and interpret relevant information and advise service users accordingly, communicate effectively with service users and multi-disciplinary team members, manage your time and workload efficiently, and demonstrate professionalism.
By the end of the placement you should, with supervisory support, be able to lead full and well-structured dietetic consultations for service users having different medical conditions.
Consolidating Dietetic Practice: Placement C - 30 credits
This module includes preparation for placement classes and a further 12-week placement5 (sourced by the university) in a range of approved environments where registered dietitians work.
Placement C aims to enable you to build on the confidence, knowledge and skills developed through Placement B in order to become competent in: translating theory into practice, obtaining, recording and interpreting relevant information and advising service users, justifying decisions made, communicating effectively with service users and healthcare professionals, managing time and workload efficiently, and demonstrating professionalism.
Upon successful completion of this placement, you will be able to competently and independently carry a dietetic caseload comparable with that of a newly qualified registered dietitian.
Dietetic Practice in Workplace Settings: Placement D - 20 credits
The module aims to enable you to develop and apply your knowledge of evidence-based nutrition, non-communicable disease, factors influencing food choice and behaviour change to groups and communities in a variety of settings.
With dietitians working across a multitude of sectors, the profession has representation in almost all nutrition related fields, including social care, industry, medical nutrition, food manufacture, research, community education and sport.
Throughout this module you will develop an understanding of food politics and policy, and gain insight into carrying out needs assessments, planning and evaluating projects and interventions that impact on the health of groups and communities in a variety of settings.
This module incorporates a two-week placement5 (sourced by the university) in a setting which may be tailored to your career aspirations and interests.
Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals - 20 credits
This module aims to support the development of the leadership behaviours and management skills required to function effectively as a newly qualified registered healthcare professional working within the multi-professional team in the delivery of high-quality care. You will examine clinical leadership and followership models and the concept of empowerment and distributed leadership, to gain understanding of ethical leadership, culture and values within the delivery of care. You will also explore the concepts of service improvement and gain experience of leading and participating in projects, using relevant management tools and techniques.
Evidence Based Research Project - 20 credits
This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth exploration in an area of professional interest. Using an appropriate method of enquiry, you will systematically investigate the research question and analyse the information generated. On completion of this module, you will have an enhanced understanding of the research process (either literature based or empirical) and the potential of informing your future practice.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
How you'll learn
Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated tutorials, seminars, kitchen practicals, online discussions and simulated healthcare environments. You will also have a personal tutor who will guide you through your course.
Teaching contact hours
In a typical teaching week you will have around 15-20 contact hours of teaching. The majority of this will be either seminars or practical workshops, supplemented with some lectures and online activities. In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 15-20 hours minimum of self-directed study each week.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods include:
- written coursework/case studies
- self-assessment quizzes
- objective structured clinical examinations
- presentations and posters
- formal examinations and practical projects
- group work
- development of a clinical portfolio.
Our innovative and varied assessments offer a range of assessment methods aimed at providing real life skills. Use of creative and innovative teaching approaches with an emphasis on applying the learning to dietetic practice.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
International experience opportunities
Throughout the course you will explore international, national and local food and nutrition practices and policies.
You may also have the opportunity to undertake international experiences including a collaborative online international learning (COIL) project where you can gain an insight into global challenges in public health and the roles of dietitians in other countries. Optional field trips may also offer you the chance go abroad. to attend international conferences. In recent years, students have been to Poland, Malta and Spain2.
Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.
Fees and funding
2023/24 tuition fees.
|UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man||£9,250 per year||Not available|
|EU|| £9,250 per year with EU support bursary**
£19,850 per year without EU support bursary**
|International||£19,850 per year||Not available|
A non-repayable grant of £5,000 and extra payments worth up to £3,000 may be available to eligible home students for each year of study. Read more about this in the NHS Learning Support Fund information booklet.
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see the university’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.
*Irish student fees
The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.
**EU support bursary
Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in-line with that of UK students. Students studying a Degree with a Foundation Year with us are not eligible for the bursary.
How do you know if you need to pay UK or international tuition fees?
We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.
If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.
Our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building features a range of mock healthcare settings, including hospital wards, ambulance, therapy suites and community houses4, giving you the opportunity to replicate real-life situations before you go on placement.
Alison Gingell Building
Our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features mock ambulance, hospital wards, critical care settings and therapy suites.
Our two full-size community homes can be used for sessions simulating working with patients outside of a hospital setting.
You’ll have access to a suite of analytical and biological laboratories and a kitchen where you can gain hands-on experience.
Careers and opportunities
This course aims to prepare you for a range of rewarding possible careers in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings including large, medium and small acute hospital settings, community settings, public health, industry, the media, research and Non-Governmental Organisations to name a few.
On successful completion of this course, you will also be equipped with the skills to undertake further study both nationally and globally using a problem-based learning approach.
You will have the opportunity to experiment, innovate and experience immersive situations as you learn in a safe and inspiring environment. Simulated real-life scenarios will enable you to put the theory in to practice to embed your understanding.
We have strong links with local employers and professional bodies to ensure that the course content and delivery aims to meet current and anticipated future employer needs.
Becoming a registered dietitian can provide you with a gateway to a range of diverse and exciting career opportunities including: the media, food and pharmaceutical industry, public health, freelance dietetics, private health care and consultancy, sport and leisure industry, research and academia, working for government and non-governmental organisations.
Successful completion of this course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (additional costs may apply). It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register.
Where our graduates work
Many of our graduates get their first job as a dietitian working within the public sector, usually in the National Health Service (NHS).
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from 6 September 2022. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
Part-time students should apply directly to the university.
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Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
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Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
Satisfactory health clearance and enhanced criminal record disclosure is also required. As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. You will also be required to provide information about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We therefore recommend that you are fully vaccinated including the COVID-19 vaccine. The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility to go on placement(s). Placements are provided at the placement provider’s discretion. The University is therefore unable to guarantee the provision of placements or the location and type of placement offered.
The rules may be subject to review by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in the future and as a result may change. Please therefore check the NHSBSA website for up-to-date information before applying.
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