Human Nutrition with Foundation BSc Honours

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UCAS code: B408 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

Our 2016 undergraduate courses feature some exciting new changes based on student feedback, which include providing more opportunities for you to broaden your knowledge and skills while here. See full details about the changes to our undergraduate courses.

Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 4 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Home/EU: £6,000.00
Overseas: £12,250.00

Public and media interest in what we eat has never been greater. Emerging as one of the most popular sciences, human nutrition integrates knowledge from diverse areas of science to present a unified view of this dynamic discipline and its applications. You will examine how nutrients and eating patterns impact on health and well-being, and the role of diet in both health and disease.

We have well-equipped laboratories in all bioscience disciplines including a suite of biochemical test facilities for nutritional analysis, whole-body metabolism and determination of body composition. A lively research culture is reflected in current studies into metabolic features underlying obesity and diabetes mellitus type 2, nutritional intervention in over- and under-nourished populations, chronic disease nutritional epidemiology, and exercise and nutritional interventions for metabolic health.

In Years 2 and 3, students on the degree can choose to follow a theme focusing on Human Nutrition or can select the theme of ‘Human Nutrition with Exercise Science’, which focuses on the role that exercise and nutrition play in all aspects of human health and disease. The course will equip you with the skills needed for a career as a nutrition adviser or consultant in regulatory and organisational bodies, and in teaching and research, or to go on to postgraduate study.

Course content

The course presents you with an understanding of the molecular and physiological basis of the relationship between nutrition and human health and performance. You will study modules which cover the relevant aspects of human nutrition, physiology, public health, biochemistry and psychology.

The learning and teaching of the course relies on a mixture of face-to-face teaching and tutorial sessions, laboratory-based practicals, research seminars, and independent study, with classroom-based activities supported by online study material.

Assessment methods include open and closed examinations, essays, laboratory reports, literature reviews, oral presentations, in-class tests, dissertations and portfolios. 

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 0 (Credit Level 3)

The Foundation year is available for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for the courses offered in nutrition. It is a well-established route of access into higher education for mature students (those aged over 21) without formal qualifications, and is also suitable if you have completed A Levels in non-science subjects.

(Foundation students only)

  • Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • Introduction to Physiology and Anatomy
  • Maths and Physics for Life Sciences
  • Perspectives in Healthcare
  • Processes in Biology
  • Study Skills for Life Sciences

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Exercise, Nutrition and Health
  • Human Physiology
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Science: History, Philosophy and Practice

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Nutrition
  • Diet in Health and Disease
  • Health and Exercise Practices
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise
  • Research Methods
  • Research Techniques in Nutrition and Exercise

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied and Clinical Nutrition
  • Global Challenges in Food and Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Research Project
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Work Experience and Career Management Skills

Professional recognition

Our recently updated Human Nutrition BSc Honours is accredited by the Association forafn-logoNutrition(AfN); graduates from this course are eligible to join the Register as an Associate Nutritionist. The AfN recognises the high standards of training offered on our accredited courses at ~undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) designation is designed to help you make a rapid transition to full registration, normally after a period of three years, and develop a career in nutritional science.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. For more information visit Kaplan International College.

The Association for Nutrition (AfN) accredits the BSc Honours Human Nutrition. The AfN is the recognised professional body for the regulation and registration of nutritionists, it embraces those involved in public health, care, food, exercise and policy. One of the Association’s responsibilities is running the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).

This accreditation recognises the high standards of training that we offer on our course. The Associate Nutritionist (A.Nutr.) designation is designed to assist the recent graduate develop a career in Nutritional Science so that they can make rapid transition to full Registration, normally after a period of three years. For more information: contact the course leader (Dr Ihab Tewfik, email

Graduates from this degree course are immediately eligible (Fast-Track) for addition to the Register as Associate Nutritionists.

What is a Registered Nutritionist?

A Registered Nutritionist will be registered with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), the competency-based register of individuals qualified in nutritional science and practice, maintained by the AfN.

What do Registered Nutritionists do?

Registered Nutritionists provide evidence-based information and guidance about the impacts of food and nutrition on the health and wellbeing of humans (at an individual or population level) or animals. Nutritionists have a good understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition and work in a range of settings, including research, education and in policy development. For example, nutritionists work in:

  • health promotion
  • within the NHS
  • charities involved in heart health, diabetes and obesity, or international development
  • sports nutrition
  • weight loss
  • in industry, e.g. food science or product development
  • self employed consultancy, giving nutritional guidance to individuals and/or companies

Registered Nutritionists:

  • have specialist competencies in nutrition or public health nutrition
  • follow the Code of Ethics and Statement of Professional Conduct work within their own scope of practice
  • keep up to date through Continuing Professional Development and continuously improve their knowledge, skills and application of the science based practice of nutrition
  • know how to recognise the highest standards of scientific evidence in nutrition and apply these standards safely and effectively in their practice of nutrition.


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We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

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Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.


After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

09 November 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
07 December 2016Media, Arts and Design Undergraduate Open DayHarrow
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