Food and Nutrition - New course for 2018/19 - 2018/19 Entry - BSc (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
DB64
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

The design of the BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition course has enabled the development of a suite of modules, which are fit for purpose and aligned with appropriate QAA benchmarks. The educational and scientific ethos of the programme is to provide our students, who wish to work in any part of the nutrition support services or the food supply chain, with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and analyse food in respect of nutrition, quality and safety, and to be able to consider how to protect and promote the health of the global population.

What's covered in the course?

The course encompasses three distinctive themes:

  1. Food science, technology and analysis
  2. Food safety and quality
  3. Nutrition

This enhances the career prospects of our students so they are well placed to consider employment in many aspects of food industry and food and nutrition research.

This will ensure that the needs of the local, national and international communities, food industry and public health sectors are addressed. In addition, our students will be well equipped for a career in the global and applied field of food and nutrition, where they will be required to deliver a professional, effective, innovative, competent and confident service to individuals, populations, industry and the public health sector.

These skills and competencies development are embedded in all the modules and are core to the learning and teaching strategies of this programme. We are placing great emphasis in supporting our students to develop their academic, professional and interpersonal skills in preparation for employment.

Evidence-based practical experience is embedded throughout the programme at all 3 levels. Such practical experience allows students to explore key insights into the discipline and gain relevant experimental and analytical skills important for food and nutrition scientists.  In addition, a range of assessment methods across the programme will challenge and address their understanding as well as help develop a range of communication and professional skills developments.

Why Choose Us?

  • The programme team have the passion, experience, knowledge and understanding to ensure excellence in the student learning journey

  • We are developing overseas links and partnerships which may result in opportunities for students to learn with peers from different countries and to undertake appropriate study abroad opportunities 

  • The course is mapped against professional accreditation bodies such as The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and the Association for Nutrition (AfN)

  • Our graduates will be able to use their skills and competencies portfolio as evidence of practice if they so wish to support their voluntary registration applications

  • We encourage our graduate creativity, passion, commitment to support individuals, the food industry and public health sectors

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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

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This course is open to International students

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements
Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants:

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4 (previously C) or above, must include English, Mathematics and Science.

Acceptable GCSE Equivalents:

  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate 
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy
  • Functional Skills Level 2
  • Key Skills Level 2
Scottish qualifications
A minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:

GCE A/A2 level 
112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one of Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Food Technology. A typical offer would be BBC. General Studies is not accepted.

GCE AS/A1 level 
112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of two AS/A1 Level passes, plus a maximum of two A/A2 Level passes at Grade C or above which must include one of Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Food Technology. General Studies is not accepted.

Access to HE Diploma
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 4.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
DMM in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.
BTEC Diploma (QCF)
D*D* in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)
112 tariff points which must include in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science  Plus two A2.
Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE)
Pass. Must be in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.
Diploma in Higher Education (Dip HE)
Pass. Must be in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
PassMust be in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science. 
Higher National Diploma (HND)
PassMust be in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)
112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Scottish Advanced Higher
112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers). 
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma 
112 tariff points 
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Extra information for EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2018/19
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma  28 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4. 
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

International Students

Entry requirements here

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college. You can apply until 30 June.

Applying through UCAS
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 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
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Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Skills and Competencies Development
Principles of Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
Introduction to Food Production
Principles of Human Physiology and Nutrition
Introduction to Food Safety and Microbiology
Food Chemistry and Analysis

Year two

Applied Human Nutrition
Nutrition and Development
Food Rheology and Material Sciences
Food Microbiology and Safety Regulations
Advances in Food Technology and Processing
Advanced Skills and Competencies Development

Year three

Current Advances in Food & Nutrition Sciences
Industrial Unit Operation - Food Quality and Safety
New Product Development
Advanced Food Technology and Biotechnology
Public Health Nutrition and Policies
Research Project in Food and Nutrition

Your learning is facilitated through an assortment of blended learning and teaching approaches. A mixture of theory and applied knowledge combined with online and web based resources are used to contribute to your overall learning experiences at the university. This will include class room sessions such as lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, PC labs, kitchen, food processing and practical laboratory sessions.

The style and delivery of these sessions will vary and will typically include information delivery, cooperative information gathering, reflective analysis, individual and team-learning activities and interactive online materials on the Moodle site.

We consider learning and teaching on the programme to be a cooperative process and it is expected that you will engage independently in pre-and post-session learning activities such as online quizzes; forum discussions; mathematical calculations, case studies, menu planning’s as well as developing your own e-portfolio of skills.

The knowledge gained in teaching sessions will be applied and enhanced in the food processing and kitchen and laboratory practical sessions. In addition to scientific investigation, you will gain practical skills and competencies to enable you to work safely and effectively in food processing, kitchen and a laboratory environment.Research and independent learning skills are essential and are developed throughout the course.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further studies

The Faculty has a range of postgraduate Masters and doctoral courses available if you wish to continue your studies.

Accreditation

The course is mapped against professional accreditation bodies such as The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and the Association for Nutrition (AfN) for future accreditation of the degree course so as to satisfy their requirements of the knowledge and the core competencies.

Enhancing your employability skills

Transferable employability skills are embedded throughout the programme enabling our students to succeed in their future careers across the food supply chain and beyond. There are modules in the programme that provide the students with opportunities to develop employability skills or as part of the skill modules. 

Stakeholders and employers have been engaged in the early stages of the development of this programme to ensure improved links to practice and enhance the skills, competency and employability of graduates of the BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition programme.

Placements

There is the option of completing a year in work placement opportunity, as part of the 4-year Sandwich Degree option, between Levels 5 and 6. The 60 (level 5) credits offered for this sandwich year are additional credits to the core degree and do not contribute towards the final award of BSc Food and Nutrition. An additional certificate of achievement will be issued in relation to this placement option.

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OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Graduate Jobs

There are a wide range of career opportunities available on graduation. Including  food management and food production and technology. Gradates also can chose to take further training for careers such as food technologist, nutritionist or food scientist. 

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

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Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

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SPACE skills practice model

S.P.A.C.E.

SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.

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Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

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Huda Al-Kateb

Dr Huda Al-Kateb

Programme Leader BSc Food and Nutrition

Dr Al-Kateb is an experienced food and nutrition scientist with over 25 years’ experience of working in a variety of roles and initiatives in agri-food across the supply chain for academia, industry and the public health sectors.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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