BSc (Hons) Dietetics

BSc (Hons) Dietetics
Plymouth University
A healthcare profession which
involves the application of nutrition
to groups and individuals and the
treatment of disease
Requires an understanding of how
the science of nutrition can
contribute to the health of individuals
and communities and to clinical
management of disease
Course Structure
• Highly integrated and focused course
• Course completed over three years, achieved by extending the
academic year (45 weeks/year)
• Sometimes working across traditional summer vacation, but
still get holidays of at least 8 weeks a year
• The course is delivered using both practical and theoretical
• Shared learning with other allied health professionals/ multiprofessional groups
Course Aims
Safe, competent and confident practitioner
Accountable and autonomous
Life long learning and transferable skills
Reflective and clinical reasoning skills
Research ethos
Non-judgemental and anti-discriminatory
EU requirements
Eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions
Council and the British Dietetic Association
New Opportunities, New Approaches
• Academic staff including ‘clinical academics’
shared with the NHS (bringing back real life)
• Case studies and problems to solve
• Psychologists, sociologists, other AHPs, physiologists,
pharmacologists teach on dietetic modules
Practice/Clinical Placements
• Clinical placement training in Dietetic Departments integrated
into course
• Three Placements;
• 3 weeks – introduction
• 12 weeks – basic Dietetic skills
• 12 weeks – complex skills
• Placements likely to be in South West but not guaranteed
• DoH bursaries, include travel and accommodation for
placements – visit our Funding for Health Care Students talk
for more info
Placements in the South West
You may be
required to travel
for your
developing a
broader practice
Course Content
Year 1
Preparation for Practice
Psychosocial Issues in Health Care
Genetics and Nutrition
Human Nutrition and Food Studies
Year 2
Pharmacology and Dietetics
Applied Epidemiology/Public Health
Dietetics 1 (CBL)
Year 3
Dietetics 2 (CBL)
Dietetics in Practice 2
Project studies 1
Nutritional Biochemistry
Nutritional Epidemiology
Placement A (3 weeks)
Dietetics in Practice 1
Diet, metabolism and Health
Nutritional Immunology
Placement B (12 weeks)
Pubic Health Nutrition
Project Studies 2
Preparation for Professional Practice
Placement C (12 weeks)
Inter-Professional Education
Common Foundation programme facilitates an
inter-professional approach – Opportunities for
shared learning between students on
• Physiotherapy
• Dietetics
• Occupational Therapy
• Podiatry
• Operating Department Practitioners
• Specialist Allied Health Professions training
facilities based near Derriford Hospital
Your Application
What we look for:
Totality of the application
• Academic qualifications including
– Strong GCSE profile: Five grades C and above in one sitting (must
include English, Maths and Science)
– A Levels: A level grades (320 points - preferably from 3 A levels) to
include Biology and Chemistry. Must have at least AS Chemistry.
• Personal Statement
• References
Your Application
What we look for:
Non Standard Academic Qualifications
•BTEC or Diploma in a science related area (with additional A
level preferred). Units must include both Biology and Chemistry
•Access to higher education, to include 15 Biology and 15
Chemistry units at L3 distinction *
•Applications from those returning to education are welcome
•Evidence of academic study in the last five years is required
*NB it might be necessary to do GCSE Maths, English or Science if insufficiently covered in
Access – please check with your Access provider
Personal Statement
• Demonstrate an keen interest and knowledge of
Dietetic profession (and food/nutrition)
• Evidence of related work experience
• Demonstrate evidence of good communication skills
• Ability to empathise with others
• Problem solving and use of initiative
• Awareness of Values Based Behaviours
Value Based Approach
• This academic year (2014-15), NHS funded
professional courses are required to select and
interview their applicants using a ‘values based’
• UCAS personal statement now requires insight
into importance of NHS values
dges/NHSConstitution/Documents/2013/the-nhsconstitution-for-england-2013.pdf in your chosen
professional discipline.
6 Core Values in the NHS constitution
Working together for patients
Respect and dignity.
Commitment to quality of care
Improving lives.
Everyone counts.
If Offered a Place
• Commitment to the course
• Be sure before you start
• Attend interview and/or APPLICANT day
• Enhanced Criminal
Records Bureau check
• Occupational health screen
Also Come to Plymouth if ...
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trekking or cycling on Dartmoor
You want to enjoy a safe, relaxed city life
You want access to the finest beaches
in the UK
You want to use the university sailing and
diving facilities
BSc (Hons) Dietetics
Plymouth University
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