Teesside University Nutrition

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Teesside University Nutrition

BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition

UCAS code: BD46 BSc/FN

This BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition degree develops your understanding of the complex interactions between food composition, metabolism, diet, health and behaviour – all vital in the drive to reduce the incidence of long-term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. How we go from ‘basic science to changing behaviour’ is key to the development of nutritional strategies.


This course reflects the range of skills and knowledge required by professionals in the very diverse food and nutrition sector. You are equipped for further study, or for a wide variety of career opportunities, including teaching, nutrition, food science, food safety, environmental health and new product development.

The need for professionals with knowledge in food and nutrition is reflected in the employability data for degrees related to food, nutrition and health science* – 100% of respondents to the Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education surveys (2012-13 and 2013-14) indicated they were in work or study within six months from completing their programme. This consistent exceptional employability performance reflects the high level of knowledge and skills our graduates acquire from our food degree programmes, and the value employers place on these.

Our food degrees are also highly regarded overseas. We train academic staff from overseas partner universities delivering food degrees, and you will be studying alongside other UK, European and overseas students who have come to Teesside University to study for their food degree.

*Our BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition degree was previously entitled Food, Nutrition and Health Science.


In Year 1 you study the essential skills needed to be a scientist in an applied science context, including practical methodologies, techniques, and analytical tools to enable you to draw conclusions and present them appropriately. You also learn about health and safety, scientific ethics and entrepreneurship.

You do a series of relevant practical investigative projects in Year 2 to enhance your practical knowledge and skills.

In Year 3 you develop your independent learning skills by investigating an area of food and nutrition for an extended period. You develop key skills in research and applying and creating knowledge.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules
  • Biochemistry and Chemical Science
  • Cell Biology and Microbiology
  • Core Skills in Food Science
  • Food and Health Investigations
  • Food Chain and Sustainability
  • Food Science and Nutrition
Year 2 core modules
  • Food Safety and Law
  • Food Science and Chemistry
  • Human Diseases and Immunology
  • Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Science Research Methods and Proposal
Final-year core modules
  • Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Product Development
  • Functional Food
  • Science Research Project
  • Sports Nutrition

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry
If you live in the UK you may be invited to attend an interview. The interview helps us tailor your offer to your individual circumstances. The interview process also enables us to consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and those with non-traditional qualifications, including individuals who may be returning to study after a period of employment.

When you visit the University for your interview you will be offered a tour of our fantastic campus, a visit to our excellent laboratory and teaching facilities, and an opportunity to meet our staff. You will also learn more about your course and the range of scholarships, bursaries and grants you might be eligible for.
If you can’t come for an interview, we will consider making you an offer based on the information you provide in your application.

Eligibility for entry to Year 1 of this programme requires previous study of any of the following subjects at Level 3:
• biology
• chemistry
• nutrition
• environmental science
• applied science
• food technology

The most common acceptable Level 3 qualifications are (typical minimum grades are shown in brackets):
• A levels (grades BBC)
• BTEC Extended Diploma (grade DMM)
• Acess to HE Diploma (with 30 Level 3 credits from science units awarded at merit or higher)

You also need to have numeracy and literacy skills equivalent to at least GCSE grade 4.

If the qualification you are studying for is not listed, please contact our Admissions Office for advice. We accept many alternative UK and international qualifications.

If you don’t meet the entry criteria for Year 1 entry, you can be considered for one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year. The recommended extended route for this course is BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition (Extended).

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Guaranteed Place Scheme (for UK/EU students only)

If you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) and have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics, you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an Extended degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements.
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Direct entry to later years
Applicants qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level may request direct entry to Year 2 of this degree. Applicants qualified to BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level may request direct entry to the final year of their degree. To be considered for advanced entry you must provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application.

English language requirements
Entry to a degree programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English. An example of an acceptable qualification is GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Course information

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 years with work placement)

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  • 6 years if entering Year 1; 4 years if entering Year 2

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