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Dietetics

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-A,B,B

To include Biology and 2nd Science, preferably Chemistry but will consider Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology and Environmental science. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Science, Combined Science, Medicine) with at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 30 must be at distinction level with 15 credits in biology and 15 credits in a second science (preferable chemistry, but others might be considered including maths, physics, psychology, sociology, geography, environmental science). The remaining 15 level 3 credits must be at merit.

considered in combination with other qualifications but must be studying Biology and 2nd relevant science subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

31 points must include HL 5 in both Biology and 5 @ 2nd Science: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology and Environmental science. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

Obtain H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 (all at Higher level) Must include Biology and 2nd relevant science subject: Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology and Environmental science. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

considered in combination

considered in combination

considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

Science related. Must contain Biology and 2nd Science, preferably Chemistry modules, but will consider Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology and Environmental science.

considered in combination

112-128 UCAS points to include Biology and 2nd science. Preferably Chemistry but will consider Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology and Environmental science. Mathematics and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

112-128

To include Biology and 2nd Science, preferably Chemistry but will consider Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology and Environmental science. Excludes General Studies.

considered in combination

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Dietetics

The **BSc (Hons) Dietetics** is a three-year, full-time programme. This programme produces graduates with a specialist core knowledge of applied nutrition and practical skills in therapeutic dietetics, enabling application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a dietitian. Core elements of the programme are supported by an appropriate range of biological sciences such as; biochemistry, food science, physiology, genetics, pathophysiology and immunology. There is a strong element of public health and the social sciences of sociology and psychology to underpin models of behavioural change for individuals and groups.

The curriculum uses Enquiry Based Learning which comprises of Case-based Learning using real patient scenarios, group projects and research projects, alongside practical skills, lectures, seminars, workshops and distance-learning resources to develop clinical reasoning skills and self-directed learning. Vertical integration is key to this programme with key themes integrated throughout the programme. This helps to develop greater understanding and incremental skill progression.

The programme is committed to inter-professional collaboration in both education and practice promoting intellectual skills of critical appraisal, reasoning, and future career planning for dietitians. Opportunities for inter-professional learning occur with a wide range of Health Professions including; occupational therapy, optometry, paramedicine, physiotherapy, podiatry, social work, nursing, dentistry and medicine.

Sustainability is championed throughout the programme with a focus on digital interventions and assessments. The leadership roles and sustainability module in the year 3 provides students with a unique set of skills around leadership, marketing media and business planning which will allow students to adapt proactively to an ever changing health care environment.

The process of undertaking research projects equips students with the necessary skills of planning, organising, data collection and analysis. It deepens understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice and develops the concept of generating evidence in the form of research. The research output is presented in a suitable format for publication, enabling graduates to have confidence in becoming research active in the future.
Practical placements occur in years 1 to 3, with the option of a 2 week voluntary industrial placement outside of the NHS setting, during the summer of the first academic year.

The introduction of online nutrition clinics is a novel approach and one designed to support skill attainment. Online nutrition clinics will be used to support student’s communication and clinical reasoning skills, professional behaviour, time management and ability to reflect on practice. Online nutrition clinics will run alongside placements and academic study providing opportunities for students to attain competency in practice based learning outcomes.

Modules

In your first year, you'll study psychosocial studies, biochemistry, physiology, food science, microbiology and human nutrition to underpin modules in dietetics and applied nutrition in subsequent years. Sharing teaching with other health professions during part of the year helps you to understand the need for multi-professional working. Spend two weeks in your first supervised placement.

In your second year, you'll work on an integrated and innovative series of problem-based learning exercises which will enable you to extend the depth and breadth of your knowledge in nutrition, dietetics and clinical sciences. You’ll undertake 12 weeks of supervised clinical practice to enable you to develop the confidence and personal skills required to work as a dietitian. We’ll introduce you to the concepts of professional studies in further shared learning with other health professions.

In your final year, your 12-week supervised clinical practice will have a strong patient focus. Learn how to develop the management and leadership skills required to work in an inter-professional healthcare environment. Work on an in-depth research project in an area of personal interest related to dietetics or nutrition. Your final clinical placement will have an emphasis on the professional mastery and fitness for practice required for employment and registration as a dietitian with the HCPC.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

36% of assessment is by exam, 55% by coursework and 9% practical assessment

Extra funding

The Government is issuing Health Professions students on courses from 2020 a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not have to pay back. A further £3,000 of funding a year is available for eligible students. Find out more about the bursary at www.gov.uk/government/news/paramedic-students-will-get-5000-support-payment-each-year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Health Professions

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Dietetics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Nutrition and dietetics

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
64%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Nutrition and dietetics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
81%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

57%
Health professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
4%
Therapy professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Allied health

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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