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University of Reading

Nutrition and Food Science

UCAS Code: BD46

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Two core science subjects. Subject to relevant work experience, we may accept just one core science and one non-core science. Acceptable core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics. Acceptable second science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology, Food Technology, Home Economics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

including relevant science units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2-D3,M2,M2

to include two core science subjects. Subject to relevant work experience, we may accept just one core science and one non-core science. Core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Maths. Second science subjects: Food Technology, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology, Home Economics.

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

34-32

Two core science subjects at grades 5,5 at Higher Level. Subject to relevant work experience, we may accept just one core science and one non-core science. Acceptable core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics. Acceptable second science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology, Food Technology, Home Economics.

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

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3-H2,H3,H3,H3,H3


to include two core science subjects. Subject to relevant work experience, we may accept just one core science and one non-core science. Core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Maths. Second science subjects: Food Technology, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology, Home Economics.

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

DDD-DDM

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B-A,A,B,B,B


Two core science subjects. Subject to relevant work experience, we may accept just one core science and one non-core science. Acceptable core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics. Acceptable second science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology, Food Technology, Home Economics.

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 two core science subjects. Subject to relevant work experience, we may accept just one core science and one non-core science. Acceptable core science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics. Acceptable second science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology, Food Technology, Home Economics.

UCAS Tariff

128-153

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

87%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Nutrition

Food science

Explore the chemistry of food and its effects on health and qualify as a registered nutritionist with the BSc Nutrition and Food Science.
The role of nutritionists within the food industry is increasingly important, as consumers grow more aware of the importance of healthy eating. Our BSc Nutrition and Food Science course will help you to understand the processes of food production and how these can be amended to create healthier products. It combines training in the science of nutrition with areas of food science and consumer studies. Additionally, the course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. After graduating you will be eligible to apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition via the direct entry pathway, providing a clear and respected marker of your status as a nutrition professional.

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 this knowledge by exploring areas such as public health nutrition, food choice and regulation, and the development of new products.

You will also gain experience of using key technical skills through sensory evaluation, laboratory-based practicals and work 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.

**Careers**

Food is Europe's largest and most buoyant industry, and nutritionists with food science training work at the forefront of product development and package design.

As a graduate of this course, you can become a registered nutritionist. You can work within the food industry and related sectors, for companies such as Kraft, Mars, Marks & Spencer, and GlaxoSmithKline. Alternatively you could use your degree for a career in nutrition education and promotion, or work for a government department concerned with public health.

Additionally, you may choose to move into other areas, such as teaching, accountancy and environmental health. This degree can also be a stepping stone for an MSc or PhD in the area of food and health.

Modules

Samples modules may include:

• The living cell

• Food choice and regulation

• Composition and properties of foods

• Genes, lifestyle and nutrition (nutrigenetics)

• Diet and disease

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
£19,815
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.

72%
low
Nutrition
79%
low
Food science

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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

66%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
31%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Food sciences

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
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
77%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
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
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
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
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Agriculture, food and related studies

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
67%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Engineering professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Managers and proprietors in agriculture related services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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.

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

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.

Food science

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

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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