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  • About this subject
  • Is this the course for me?
  • Careers prospects
  • Studying Health and Nutrition
  • Where to study?
Nutrition and Health

Nutrition and health is the study of nutrients within different food groups and the impact that this has upon the human body. While for the most part humans require similar vitamins and nutrients, it is important to recognise that each body differs slightly from the next. Some people have quick metabolism rates whereas others may struggle to break down certain food groups.

Is this the course for me?

Are you fascinated by the human body? Are you interested in the scientific principles behind food and its impact upon the human body? If so, then perhaps a health and nutrition is the perfect course for you.

If you’re planning on studying this particular course at University then it is important that you have a natural aptitude for biology and human sciences. The majority of the course content will be based upon this knowledge so it is essential for the completion of the course.

As part of the course, students will not only be expected to attend lectures and practical teaching sessions, but also to conduct their own research in their own time. As such self-motivated individuals who are organised and time efficient are most likely to gain the most from this course.

Careers prospects

For those with qualifications in nutrition and health, there are a wide range of careers available that utilise the knowledge that you acquire during your course of study. Many graduates with knowledge of nutrition are employed by food development companies in order to participate in product development work or promoting healthy living initiatives.

Many graduates often find themselves employed by the NHS or by private healthcare providers as nutritionalists or as dietician working with a wide range of clients who have specific dietary requirements from those suffering from medical problems such as diabetes to those wishing to maximise their fitness levels such as athletes.

Similarly, there is also the option for graduates to take on further post-graduate qualifications such as the PGCE which offers teaching opportunities within Primary and Secondary schools. With a starting salary of £21,588 in the UK this is a popular option for many graduates, although this salary may differ depending upon geographical location.

Studying Health and Nutrition

The entry requirements for health and nutritional courses will differ depending upon the educational establishment. Most courses will expect a minimum of 3 A-levels or equivilent before considering your application. Post-graduate applicants should not only have a 2:1 degree classification but also have relevant work experience.

The majority of health and nutrition courses are taught through lectures and practical tutorials. Students will be assessed through written assignments and the completion of individual projects.

Most undergraduate courses will take place over the period of 3 – 4 years depending upon whether or not students opt to do a work experience placement. Those wishing to do post-graduate qualification will study for a minimum of a year, although this will depend upon the level of study or whether the course is full or part time.

Where to study?

It is also important that you not only examine the University, but that you take a close look at what it is you will be learning on the course. While most universities will offer the same core modules, most courses require that students take at least another two optional modules. If this is the case, take a look at which modules are available to study and whether they appeal to your interests.
You should also carefully consider the fees and the cost of living while you are studying. To help make your decision easier, work out how much financial support you will be getting while you study. Are you entitled to any scholarships or grants?

Given the broad range of career opportunities available to those studying degrees in Health and Nutrition, the networking potential of different Universities will have a significant impact upon where you ultimately decide to study. While it is imperative to have a strong degree, many recruiters look for graduates who have previous experience and connections working for prestigious companies. Universities spend years cultivating strong relationships with industry leaders, allowing their students  to not only access the top placements available in their fields.

Your personality will also have an impact upon where you choose to study. With all of the statistics and academic information you receive, it is easy to forget that for the next three years your choice of academic institution will dictate where you live. If you are planning on attending any university open days before you make your application, then make sure you investigate the local area to see if it is somewhere you could envisage yourself living.

What Nutrition and Health courses are there?


Nutrition / Dietetics

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