We are all increasingly aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the benefits this brings to individuals and communities. As a nutritionist you could play a vital role in promoting good health, preventing disease and helping individuals achieve their own health goals.
The BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice course at the UCO is uniquely designed to integrate evidence-based nutrition science with extensive training and practical experience in becoming a client-focused nutrition professional.
This approach will give you psychological tools and interpersonal skills to apply your nutrition knowledge to a variety of real world settings, from working with individual clients to help them reach their goals, to providing small and medium sized food businesses with advice on improving the nutrient profile of their products and menus.
Unlike most other nutrition degrees which cover this in a self-contained module or placement year, professional practice is embedded throughout your degree at the UCO, drawing on our considerable experience of providing integrated professional training in clinical practice. From year one of the BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice course, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge through clinical skills-based practical sessions, and to work within our established teaching and community clinics, which deliver around 35,000 appointments each year and serve a diverse population including children, older adults and sports people.
You will gain an understanding of professional practice frameworks, advanced client-care skills and methods to enhance behaviour change, as well as science communication skills, coaching and media training to effectively develop, promote and disseminate healthy dietary advice in public health settings.
While the course may be of particular interest if you are interested in working directly with clients, it is also suitable for those interested in working in research, the food industry, Government, non-government organisations, public health and education, where nutritional knowledge is often applied at a product, institution or population level. It also provides the foundation of evidence-based nutrition science for students intending to progress to postgraduate qualifications such as MSc Dietetics or MSc Sports and Exercise Nutrition.
Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice course will enable graduates to apply for Registered Associate Nutritionist status on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) held by the Association for Nutrition. See Careers & Employability for more information
The UCO has been granted a Silver Award as part of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).
Key course features
- Study nutrition science in depth, including the foundation of nutritional biochemistry; fundamental food science and applied nutrition to investigate the nutrient content of foods, how nutrients are affected throughout the food chain and how nutrients affect human physiology to influence health and disease; public health nutrition and recent advances in nutrition research.
- Benefit from integrated professional practice throughout the course to develop skills to convert your scientific knowledge and understanding into approaches to modify health outcomes.
- Gain extensive professional practice experience, starting in the first year of your studies, via the UCO’s clinics where you will gain experience of providing nutritional advice and guidance to a broad range of service users.
- Extensively and critically evaluate the benefits, shortcomings and practical implications of evidence-based nutritional approaches to support individuals in meeting their health goals.
- Learn science communication and media skills to engage the public with science and effectively develop, promote and disseminate healthy dietary advice in public health settings.
- Develop an inquisitive and explorative approach to learning, understanding and applying the theories and methods taught to become a highly adaptive nutrition professional.
- Learn from a passionate and dedicated faculty consisting of expert Registered Nutritionists, nutrition scientists and health professionals who bring together a diverse and extensive range of specialisms and experiences.
- BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice follows the academic framework set out by the Association for Nutrition. The course is rooted in a science-based tradition with a rigorous approach to evidence, the sharing of best practice and lifelong learning.
- Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C in the previous grading system), including Mathematics and English Language.
- Three A Levels (or equivalent qualifications - see the Course Information Form for more details, available to download from this page following course approval process) which should include a suitable science subject. A typical offer is three A Levels at grades BBC, normally with a B in the science subject.
- Students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate fluency in written and spoken English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, with no individual component below 6.0.
Additional entry requirements
All students will be required to complete:
- a health questionnaire at the point of registration to identify potential student support and reasonable adjustment needs.
- an enhanced DBS registration check at the point of registration, in line with the UCO’s Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Policy & Procedure
The UCO is committed to a policy of inclusion, actively seeking to widen participation and to increase opportunities for high-calibre students with the aptitude and potential to undertake a degree in nutrition. Students from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, UCO leavers, mature ‘second career’ applicants and students with a range of seen and unseen disabilities are all warmly welcomed. Every application to the UCO is considered on its own merits.
Careers & employability
- The demand for high-quality nutrition professionals with a strong scientific understanding and who have the appropriate skills to work within and alongside traditional healthcare professionals is growing exponentially.
- The unique structure and content of the UCO course ensures graduates will be particularly well adapted to work within multidisciplinary healthcare teams, supporting a diverse cohort of clients with complex needs.
- Graduates will also be well equipped to work as self-employed nutrition professionals; within the food industry developing nutritional products; as employees of the NHS; as researchers; as advisors to Government and public health organisations.
- Graduates may also choose to progress on to further study at postgraduate level (for example, MSc Dietetics or MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition), pursue areas of specialism, or move into teaching at higher education level.
- Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice course will enable graduates to apply for Registered Associate Nutritionist status on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) held by the Association for Nutrition. This would entitle you to use the letters ANutr after your name. The UKVRN is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers.
- Registered Associate Nutritionists can progress to full Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) status after an appropriate period of professional experience in nutrition. Whilst working with individual clients, Registered Associate Nutritionists must have support/mentoring from an appropriately qualified nutrition professional such as a Registered Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian. Graduates from the BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice course will automatically have access to a supervision and mentoring support network.
Course structure & delivery
The BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice course is a three-year course where you will study units totalling 360 credits. Lectures, seminars and group tutorials are used to deliver most of the academic content of the units on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. Lecturers, researchers and practitioners are used deliver high-quality, research-based teaching. A detailed overview of the course structure, including the level and credit weighting of each unit as you progress through the course, will be available in the Course Information Form available to download from this page shortly.
More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download from this page shortly.
Assessment & feedback
The assessment strategy aims to ensure the course is robust, reliable, valid and fair, and has been designed to ensure that the learning outcomes of the course are comprehensively achieved and that students become safe and competent nutrition professionals. The ability to combine theoretical and practical skills is essential and so the assessment tools chosen reflect the type of knowledge or skills nutrition professionals require, helping students to build confidence in applying their learning effectively. The assessment programme reflects this with a mixture of academic and practical assessment tools and examinations.
The course is assessed through both summative and formative assessments including:
- report writing
- online assessments
- case study interpretation
- academic examinations
- practical assessments
More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download from this page shortly.
Mode of study
Dates & duration
September start, three years.
The course will mainly be delivered across our teaching and clinic sites:
University College of Osteopathy, 275 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JE
UCO Clinic, 98-118 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0BQ**
Teaching may on occasion be delivered at other sites as required.
** As a result of fire damage to our Southwark Bridge Road site, the UCO Clinic is currently operating from our teaching site on Borough High Street. We are considering a number of alternative locations for the UCO Clinic and applicants will be kept informed.
Relocation plans for the UCO
The UCO is currently in the planning stages of a relocation to a new, purpose-built site in Canning Town, East London.
The relocation, which will include both our teaching facilities and clinic, is an exciting opportunity for the UCO and is intended to provide an improved learning and clinical environment for our students in a vibrant new neighbourhood.
We currently anticipate that this move will take place in Autumn 2023, but will keep all applicants and students informed of any developments as the project progresses.
Award & awarding body
Bachelor of Science (BSc), University College of Osteopathy
Professional body accreditation
This course is pending approval from the Association for Nutrition, which would allow graduates to apply for direct entry as a Registered Associate Nutritionist on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).
Facilities & resources
Students have access to a variety of resources at the UCO to support learning. These include a recently refurbished library, an ergonomic IT suite, spaces for group and independent study, practice rooms, a student union and common room, and the UCO Clinic. Students also have access to our virtual learning environment (VLE) and Anatomy TV.
Read more about our facilities and resources.
Support for students
The UCO has a dedicated Student Support team who are on hand to provide advice and guidance on a range of issues, including learning and welfare, budgeting and finance, disability and dyslexia, pastoral care, bereavement and personal issues, as well as counselling. Find out more.
Costs & financial support
The tuition fee for Home/UK students for the 2021-22 academic year (2021 entry) on this course is £9,250; for Overseas/EU students it is £11,250. More details on course fees, discounts and payment plans for this course, as well as a copy of our Tuition Fee Policy, can be found on our course fees page.
Students should be aware that there may be some additional costs to consider when budgeting for the course.
There may be financial support available to you depending on your circumstances. Details can be found on our Financial Support page.
How to apply
Applications for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice course must be made online via the UCAS website.
To apply you will need to do the following:
- Register with UCAS (make a note of your login details)
- Complete your application form. Filling in the application form is not a difficult process but it may take some time to complete - there is a save and return option which allows you to complete your form in stages.
- Specifiy your course choices. To apply for the UCO's BSc (Hons) Nutrition course you will need to provide our institution and course code as follows: Institution code: B87, Course code: B400
- You can apply for more than one course. The UCAS application fee for courses starting in 2021 is £20 if you’re applying to just one course, or £26 for multiple courses, and for late applications sent after 30 June.
- Submit your application.
- Once you have submitted your application UCAS will forward it to us.
For more information about how to apply and to read a copy of our Admissions Policy & Procedure (including our Complaints Process) visit our How to Apply page.
If you have any further questions please contact us at email@example.com or call +44 (0)20 7089 5316.
Please note that while the University College of Osteopathy makes every effort to run courses as advertised, courses that are in development are subject to approval, and courses that are approved are subject to change or cancellation if enrolment targets are not met.
Courses are typically approved for a period of five years from the point of approval to the point of periodic course review. During this period, it may be identified that modifications to a course would enhance the provision. As part of this process current students shall be consulted on any proposed change and current and prospective students shall be notified of any change.
*Please note that this course is subject to approval by the Association for Nutrition. The Association for Nutrition hold the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, which is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers.
Subject to successful validation by the Association for Nutrition, upon graduation students will be able to register as a Registered Associate Nutritionist.