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University of Reading

Nutrition and Food Science

UCAS Code: BDK6
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

128-136

% applicants receiving offers

77%

Subjects
  • Nutrition
  • Food & beverage studies
Student score
87% MED
83% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£22k HIGH
£22k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAB

Two core science subjects at A Level required.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

32-34 points overall, including 5, 5 in two core science subjects at higher level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

77%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

If you are interested in the production of safe, nutritious and convenient food products, then our Food Science courses will give you the scientific and technical skills and knowledge base you need. This degree course provides multidisciplinary academic training covering areas of science including chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and human nutrition. It is designed around a thematic structure that runs through each year of your degree. On graduation our graduates are recognised as professional food scientists by the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Modules

Year 1: Fundamentals of human nutrition; human physiology; cell biology and biochemistry; genetics and molecular biology; foundation chemistry; selected topics in food science; physical aspects of biological systems; mathematics and computing for life sciences; fundamental microbiology. Year 2: public health nutrition 1; introduction to human disease; food choice and regulation; consumer behaviour; fundamentals of food chemistry; food processing; microbiological hazards in foods; statistics for life sciences; optional modules. Year 3: professional experience in industry. Year 4: human nutrition in health and disease; public health nutrition 2; bio-availability diet and gut health; sensory evaluation; food product development; research project; optional modules.

University of Reading

Wantage Hall

The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
44%
56%

Year 1

30%
70%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

30%
70%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
35%
60%
5%

Year 1

42%
53%
5%

Year 2

60%
40%

Year 3

30%
51%
19%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 87% MED
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

64%

Feedback on work has been prompt

45%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

64%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
26% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
84% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
414 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
96% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Graduates who are therapy professionals

59%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

5%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This is the subject you need to study if you want to become a dietitian – an important job in the country’s healthcare sector, and the single most common job for nutrition graduates. The population is becoming more aware of how important a good diet can be for wellbeing, and many people have special dietary needs, from individuals with food allergies to others with serious illnesses who need carefully-planned diets. So that's where graduates in nutrition come in – and we're likely to need more in the future.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

60%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

76%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
42% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
75% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
14% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
389 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% MED
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

35%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

4%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

25%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Unemployment rates for these disciplines were well below the average in 2012, and the most common jobs for first degree graduates were roles as food scientists or in quality assurance – with jobs in all parts of the food and drink industries, as well as in hospitality and retail. There are jobs for graduates from this discipline all around the country and London only took a relatively small share in 2012.
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