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University of Reading

Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences with Professional Training

UCAS Code: B4DP

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

One core science subject at grade B. Core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

including relevant science units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

to include one core science subject. Core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Maths.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

One core science subject at grade 5 at Higher Level. Core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics.

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

DDM

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

One core science subject at grade B. Core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved, when studied alongside a core science subject. Core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Maths.

UCAS Tariff

128-147

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Nutrition

Applied psychology

On BSc Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences with Professional Training you will learn about nutrition and the psychology behind food choice and further your professional skills with a year-long training placement.

Consumers are growing increasingly aware of the effects that diet can have on health, and nutritionists play an important role in ensuring that the information available to them is scientifically sound. They help to ensure that food products are nutritionally beneficial and analyse consumer responses to them.

Our course blends nutritional sciences with training in the psychological aspects of cognition and consumer choices. The Department has strong links with industry, and you can gain valuable professional experience through a year-long paid training placement. If you are interested in working at the interface between companies, health professionals, policy-makers and consumers, then this is the degree for you.

The University of Reading is a world authority on human nutrition, food chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology and food law. Our staff are actively engaged in world-class research and will tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector.

During the first year you will study the fundamentals of human nutrition, food chemistry, food microbiology, cell biology, genetics, human physiology, and psychology. You will then be able to build upon your knowledge by exploring areas such as public health nutrition, the psychology of food choice, consumer behaviour and marketing, and new product development.

You will also gain experience of using key technical skills through sensory evaluation, laboratory-based practicals and working in our pilot-scale food processing plant. During your final year you will carry out an original project as part of one of our existing research groups, enabling you to work alongside world authorities in areas such as food and human health.

The curriculum is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), and after graduating you will be eligible to apply to become a registered associate nutritionist with the AfN via the direct entry pathway, providing a clear and respected marker of your status as a nutrition professional. This course is also accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology.

**Placement**

Our courses are designed in collaboration with industry partners who support us through our Industry Advisory Board and provide a wide range of work placements for our students.

Our four-year courses give you the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience through year-long paid training placements, in the UK or overseas, where you can expect to earn between £15,000 and £20,000. Students have taken on a variety of roles, including quality assurance, consumer work, food technologists and product development scientists.

You can choose to carry out your placement at a large multinational organisation or a small independent manufacturing or research company. You will be given advice and support on finding the ideal placement, writing your CV and interview skills by our dedicated placement coordinator.

**Careers**

Food is Europe's largest and most buoyant industry, and nutritionists work at the forefront of product development, packaging design and the communication of health messages to consumers.

Our graduates embark on careers within the food industry or a related sector, working for companies such as PepsiCo, Mondel?z, Nestlé, Marks & Spencer, Mars, Unilever and McCormick. You may decide to take your transferable skills into other areas, such as teaching, accountancy or environmental health. Our degrees are also a stepping stone to MSc or PhD study.

Modules

Samples modules may include:

• Biochemistry and metabolism
• Farm to fork
• Introduction to food microbiology
• Introduction to food processing and engineering
• Introduction to human physiology and nutrition
• Introductory microbiology
• Molecular studies for the life sciences
• The living cell

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,315
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

TEF rating:
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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.

76%
med
Nutrition

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

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

81%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
B

Applied psychology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A*

After graduation


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Nutrition

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
96%
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Employed or in further education
75%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Therapy professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Caring personal services

This is the subject you need to study if you want to become a dietician — an important job in the country’s healthcare sector, and the single most common job for nutrition graduates. We don’t have many graduates in nutrition every year and with the population becoming more aware of health and well-being and with many medical needs being addressed by the application of specific diets, this is likely to be an area of increasing demand in the future.

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

Nutrition

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

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