Our practice-based, innovative BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition course will provide you with an integrated course focused on nutrition and health, food analysis and food safety. There will be opportunities to discover the complexities of the food chain, the demands and needs of todays consumers globally and the controls and safety features that ensure the food we eat is safe and nutritious. You will be taught in newly open £45m Life Sciences with state-of-the-art laboratories. Staff teaching the programme are experts and publish in their respective fields of biological and analytical sciences, nutrition and public health. We also boast partnerships with both a range of Food and Nutrition companies nationally and internationally. We have been sending students on placements in the Food and Nutrition sector for well over a decade.
You will be taught in the newly opened life sciences building .This is equipped with state of the art laboratories and kitchens to allow in-depth study of both the chemical content and the preparation of food.
There are also consultation rooms and simulation suites to allow you to practise the skills and competencies required by a nutritionist. The microbiology laboratories will allow you to study the scientific principles of food safety and hygiene.
Our next Open Day for this course will take place in 2018. Register your interest and we'll let you know details as soon as they are available.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, 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.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.
Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.
112 UCAS tariff points including a science (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology or similar), not including General Studies.Other A-level subjects such as Food Technology, Home Economics, Environmental Studies and Applied Sciences will be considered in combination with a science subject. A typical offer will be BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) - DMM - 112 UCAS points.
Access to HE – Full award (60 Credits) of which a minimum of 45 at Level 3 including a 24 at Merit or Distinction, of which a minimum of 18 must be in science (Chemistry or Biology) or health-related subject and 15 at Level 2 which must include Mathematics and English GCSE equivalent if not already achieved.
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A minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C or above, must include English, Mathematics and Science - Biology and Chemistry or Double Award.
Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.
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.
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 years/ 4 years sandwich||£9,250 per year*||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 years/ 4 years sandwich||£12,000 per year|
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.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
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Applying for a course and preparing for an interview can be a daunting process, so we have created a series of films to help you through the process, including what to put in your personal statement.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
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.
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.
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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
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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.
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Complete our expression of interest form and we'll notify you when application opens.
Fees stated are in line with 2016/17 prices, but may be subject to change when the course starts in 2017/18.
Introduction to food science and nutrition
This module covers the major food components (water, fats, carbohydrates and protein and fibre) in terms of their nature and role in foods. It also covers the nutritional principles of fat carbohydrate and protein and how dietary macronutrient requirement values are derived. You will begin to study basic principles of food preparation which will be studied in more detail in the practical module.
Practical skills in food and nutrition (double module)
This module will be studied throughout the whole first year, from a nutritional standpoint you will learn how to analyse both the chemical composition of foods and their calorific values.
You will also look at how different methods of food preparation might alter the nutritional status of foods.
Introduction to Microbiology
This module provides an introduction to microorganisms their cellular metabolism and how their activities may affect both Humans and the environment. You will learn about how microorganisms cause disease but also how they can be exploited for our benefit particularly within the food industry. You will be introduced to the world of the human microbiome.
Human anatomy and physiology (double module)
This module introduces the study of the anatomy of the human body and explains the major physiological systems which are essential for life: the central nervous system, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the renal system and the digestive system. You’ll understand the structures and functions of the major organs and the functions of individual cell types. You’ll have weekly lectures and practical classes.
Studying this module you will gain the foundation knowledge of biochemistry required to study the scientific basis of nutrition and health. On learning of the body’s major metabolic pathways You will develop an awareness of the role of macro and micronutrients in body chemistry.
Food nutrition and health
In this module you will be introduced to the role of diet in a number of western disease and public health strategies in place to try to reduce their incidence. You will follow on from the introduction to nutrition module by studying micronutrients and how they are used in the body.
Food Science preparation analysis and control (double module)
You will build on your understanding of the chemistry of biological molecules and apply this to explaining the behaviour of food macromolecules and how the significance of the method of preparation. The role of food additives and the need for accurate food labelling will be introduced.
Applied physiology ,nutrition and Health (double module)
A well-functioning body contributes to health and well-being so it is important that you understand the interplay of mechanisms that maintain the body in homoeostatic balance and the underpinning physiological changes that alter these homoeostatic mechanisms to cause common pathologies. This will be related to nutrition and again the link between imbalances in the western diet which contribute to the development of common pathologies such as diabetes Coronary heart disease and cancer.
Research methods in food and nutrition
This module will equip you with the skills to undertake scientific research and problem solving .Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, risk assessment and project design.
Professional practice (placement)
You will be offered the chance of an 18 day placement with a nutrition or food science related area . This will be an opportunity to apply your knowledge of food and nutrition in a professional context.
This practically orientated module will introduce you to the hazards posed by microorganisms to food safety. You will develop laboratory based skills which will enable you to identify different types of microorganisms.
Biotechnology and food production.
This module provides an overview of Food biotechnology, you will study traditional methods such as fermentation and also more modern technology such as bioconverts transforming raw materials into a high price commodity e.g. starch into sugar. The role of genetic modification in food production will also be studied.
Research project in food and nutrition (double module)
You will be designing and carrying out a project relating to a current issue in nutrition and food science.
This will allow you to draw together the theoretical principle you have studied during your programme.
Nutrition and Health through the lifespan
In this module you will evaluate how nutritional requirements vary across the lifespan, influencing health and well-being. The physiological impact of altered demand and supply of nutrients will be considered from pregnancy to childbirth, infancy, adolescence, adult and older adulthood. You will also discuss the relationships between physical, social, psychological and environmental factors and health and well-being.
Food security global health and nutrition.
In this module you will study food security, the perspective of sustainable development and social stability. You will study aspects such as food cultures and nutrition, their links to global health in both developing and developed countries. land ownership and other factors affecting food security such as global agriculture and trade and other issues such as global health, climate change, and forced migration.
Food Quality and safety
On studying this module you will learn how food production methods can impact on nutritional quality .In particular you will study food storage supply and preservation. When studying food preparation you will focus on contamination food testing and control and safety in the food industry. There will also be a focus on food and nutrition policies and their impact on public health.
Advances in nutrition nutrients and health
This module will help you appreciate current factors influencing the consumer and how these may affect nutritional status. Looking at current concerns and emerging issues, the module examines local, national and global nutritional developments and role the media plays in influencing our diet and the expansion of the diet industry. A holistic approach will be taken, considering the sociological, psychological and physical influences.
Communicating nutrition food and health information.
You will study how best to communicate scientific information to varying target audiences ,including health professionals and the general public. As our knowledge of the links between nutrition and optimal health increases the ability to communicate this information accurately and effectively will assist in health promotion and our own lifestyle choices which could lead to reducing the risk of chronic diseases with nutritional related pathologies.
You will be able to choose from a suite of modules which are part of the faculties life science provision.
This nutrition and food science course offers a range of teaching methods including taught sessions, presentations, workshops, seminars, tutorials, independent study and research. A blended learning approach is applied, which means you'll sometimes access materials and seminars through a virtual learning environment.
This undergraduate course is full-time and requires attendance for several days per week for timetabled sessions.
During your first year you'll learn the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in higher education, and begin your personal and professional development, including: observing nutritionists and food scientists in practice, biochemistry, human physiology, and understanding macronutrients and micronutrients.
During your second and third year you'll build on the core skills and knowledge of nutrition developed in your first year by continuing your personal and professional development. You'll undertake industry placements at the likes of Mytime Active, Sodexo, Sure Start, The Trussell Trust and the NHS, as well as working alongside food and nutrition teachers.
You'll have an option of taking a year out on placement in the UK, EU or at an appropriate international organisation and will be allowed to complete your course in four years.
You'll also study and practise the application of the core skills and competencies required of a nutritionist or food scientist You'll have the opportunity to design and carry out your own research project on your own topic of interest or contribute to ongoing research under supervision.
Dietary analysis using computer programmes and food diary’s. Laboratory sessions for biochemical analysis of food content. Practical sessions adapting standard recipes for specific dietary requirements eg Gluten free.
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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.
The Faculty has a range of postgraduate Masters and doctoral courses available if you wish to continue your studies.
You will be offered the opportunity to visit local food production plants .There will also be opportunities to visit trade shows related to the food industry.
You'll undertake industry placements at the likes of Mytime Active, Sodexo, Sure Start, The Trussell Trust and the NHS, as well as working alongside food and nutrition teachers.
You'll have an option of taking a year out on placement in the UK, EU or at an appropriate international organisation and will be allowed to complete your course in four years.
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.
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.
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 a s food technology teaching, environmental health officer or dietician’s.
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.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.
The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.
Our staff have incredible industry links and a wealth of experience, and often continue to work in their specialist areas. They are all registered nutrition professionals, enabling all tutors to have a unique understanding of the issues which affect your academic and practical experience.