Teaching and learning in 2021/22

If government restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are required during the 2021/22 academic year, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning, in order to prioritise the safety of students and staff. For more details on changes to this course, see our planned undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. During the foundation year, you will explore a range of creative disciplines and get a chance to develop in your chosen field, benefiting from workshops in our high-end facilities and working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules within your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Human Nutrition BSc Honours over a further three years study.

On this course, you'll examine how nutrients and eating patterns impact health and well-being, and the role of diet in both health and disease.

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.

We have well-equipped labs 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 informs our teaching, and is reflected in our curricula specialising in both Global Public Health Nutrition and Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Our current research includes, but not limited to, local/global food security issues encountered by families, lifestyle interventions for metabolic health related diseases, and the ability to change nutritional behaviour through the use of technology.

In Years 2 and 3, students on the degree can choose to follow a theme focusing on Human Nutrition or on 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 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 nutrition, diet in health and disease, biochemistry, psychology, health and exercise practices.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Make the most of outstanding facilities – we have well-equipped labs in all bioscience disciplines, including a suite of biochemical test facilities for nutritional analysis, whole-body metabolism and determination of body composition
  • Boost your career – this course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and graduates from this course are eligible to join the Register as an Associate Nutritionist
  • Learn from expert speakers - expert speakers deliver research seminars and ‘academic conversations’, introducing students on the course to cutting-edge research and scientific developments

Course structure

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

Assessment methods include research articles, group projects, oral presentations, in-class tests, practical assessments, report writing and exams.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

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.

  • Biology and Human Biology
  • Bioscience in Action
  • Chemistry
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Introduction to Academic Practice

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and 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.

Studying Human Nutrition with us

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

For general enquiries about the course, please email [email protected]

To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected]

Careers

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Professionally accredited course

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), designed to assist students in developing a career in the nutrition profession.

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A growing industry

Interest in human nutrition has never been greater – this course equips you with the skills needed for a successful career in a growing sector.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Our Human Nutrition BSc course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). As a graduate of this degree course, you are immediately eligible to join the Register as an Associate Nutritionist – assuming a pass mark is achieved in all professional core modules. This accreditation recognises the high standards of training that the course offers. The Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) designation is designed to assist you in developing a career in nutritional science so that you can make a rapid transition to full registration, normally after a period of three years.

The course also capitalises on the benefits that London as a global city and as a major creative, intellectual and technology hub has to offer for the learning environment and experience of our students.

Graduate employers and job roles

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to establish yourself in a range of careers related to human nutrition, including research, education and policy development.

For example, nutritionists can find work in:

  • Consultancy: practitioner giving nutritional guidance to individuals and/or companies
  • Public health within the NHS
  • Industry: food science or product development
  • Development and international public health
  • Sport nutrition, health and fitness industry
  • Charities involved in heart health, diabetes, and obesity
  • Weight management and healthy living initiatives

The course can also form a foundation for further study eg MSc or MPhil/PhD.

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

Dr Jane Naufahu

Senior Lecturer

Jane joined the University in 2010. She is a Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Performance and course leader for Human Nutrition BSc. Her research interests include the effects of diet and exercise on metabolic health. 

She is an Association for Nutrition Registered Nutritionist with the Sports and Exercise specialism and is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Sanjoy Deb

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Dr Amarachukwu Anyogu

Lecturer in Microbiology

Dr Amara Anyogu is a lecturer within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster. Amara is the course leader of the Foundation Level of all courses offered by the School. She is a widening participation educator with expertise and experience in initiating, leading and teaching Foundation year programmes in the Biosciences developed across three UK higher education and further education institutions.

Why study this course?

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Studying with us opens doors

Our students go on to diverse careers, including health and public health services, dietetics, professional nutritional bodies, product development, cancer research, nutritional advice, and the health and fitness industry.

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Digital resources and a supportive environment

We are committed to delivering a blended learning programme of online and face-to-face teaching. Digital resources and a supportive learning environment mean all our students can achieve their best, whatever the circumstances.

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Develop skills and build confidence

Take part in our wide-ranging extra-curricular activities, such as our 'Students as co-creators' initiative, our student-run 'Stay Active this Summer' health programme, or our student-led Westminster Nutrition Society.

Open days

Join us at an open day either on campus or online or information session and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to:

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take an in person virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation
  • Find out more about the courses you are interested in
  • Meet and talk to current students about their experiences

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – DDE to CDD 
  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP 
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM 
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Mature entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

What our students say

Trim, Jolene

Jolene Trim

Human Nutrition BSc

I started this course as I wanted a better understanding of nutrition and how it affects the body, what I got was much more. The lectures were engaging, the lecturers knew what they were talking about and gave great advice and guidance. The practical sessions in the labs were very engaging. I highly recommend this course and this campus.

Biffi, Manuela

Manuela Biffi

Human Nutrition BSc

I really enjoyed my time studying at the University of Westminster. The course is extremely well organised and the learning environment is very open and friendly. The lecturers and guest lecturers are real experts in the field and were very helpful and supportive in so many ways throughout the course. This experience has enabled me to continue my study at a postgraduate level in dietetics.

Hawthorne, Dayna

Dayna Hawthorne

Human Nutrition BSc

The combination of fascinating modules and being able to choose my own learning pathway were the key reasons I chose to study at Westminster. I found the lectures really engaging with a lot of opportunities to discuss the topic and ask questions, no question was ever too silly! The lecturers were all friendly and welcoming and they went out of their way to make you feel that your comments mattered. The student support offered was brilliant and it really helped me when it came time to move on.

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are an international student accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction of £4,500 per year, which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you will find how learning time and assessment types were distributed in the past on this course, through approximate percentages taken from previous cohorts. The graphs below give an indication of what you can expect. Changes to the division of learning time and assessment may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application. Learning typically falls into three broad categories:

  • Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
  • Placement: placement hours normally include placement opportunities, but may also include live projects or virtual activity involving employers
  • Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
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2
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3
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Scheduled hours Independent study Placement

How you'll be assessed

Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.

Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts  
  • Written exams: end of semester exams 
  • Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertation
     
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Written exams Practical Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019-20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring.

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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