University of Hertfordshire Dietetics

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University of Hertfordshire Dietetics

University of Hertfordshire Dietetics

BSc (Hons) Dietetics

About the course

Dietetics is the interpretation and communication of the science of nutrition to enable people to make informed and practical choices about food and lifestyle in both health and disease. Dietitians promote good health through appropriate nutrition. They work with individuals with special dietary needs, inform the general public about nutrition, evaluate and improve treatments and educate patients, doctors, nurses and other health professionals. The role of the dietitian is changing rapidly with increasing emphasis on working in the community as well as in hospitals. Dietitians also have a role in research, education, industry and the media where there is an increasing demand for good quality nutrition and dietetic education. Dietetic practice is based on a range of academic disciplines which are required to ensure that graduate dietitians have the level of skill required to deliver excellent nutritional advice and care.

“I found the dietetics course at Hertfordshire varied and well organised. Studynet, the University’s intranet is an excellent tool which the lecturers use to good effect to communicate with the students about all the key aspects of the course so that things run very smoothly and any changes are known promptly.”
Jo Grey, BSc (Hons) Dietetics

You can read a graduate story here and listen to final year student testimonials here.

Why choose this course?

  • The only university that awards academic credit for practice placements.
  • More weeks spent on practice placements than any other UK university.
  • One of the few universities in the UK offering Dietetics over 3 years rather than 4 years.
  • We welcome graduates who are changing direction and want to qualify as a dietitian.
  • Dedicated facilities and Diet Laboratories 
  • Active Nutrition and Dietetics Society (NADS)
  • British Dietetic Association Research Symposiums
  • British Nutrition Foundation Annual Lectures
  • Attendance to Food Matters Live

Download the course leaflet for BSc Dietetics 

Find out more about our Dietetics staff

Entry requirements…

2017 entry 

UCAS have introduced a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

120 UCAS points

GCSE – normally 5 grade 9-4 including Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).


  • Standard A Level offer –to include Chemistry at grade B and Biology at grade B and a further 40 UCAS points from other AS and/or A2 subjects excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. A pass in the practical element of the science A Level is required.
  • Standard IB offer – 120 points with a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 5 or above to include biology and chemistry (with remaining points to be made up from HL, SL and Core)
  • Standard Access Diploma to Science – Pass access diploma with a minimum of 60 credits to include 15 L3 credits in chemistry at Distinction, 15 L3 credits in biology at Distinction, 15 L3 credits in one other science subject at merit and 15 ungraded credits at L2. Standard Science Foundation / Extended Degree – A pass of 60% in all individual subjects and a pass of 70% in biology and 70% in chemistry.
  • Standard BTEC offer – one of the following: 

BTEC National Extended Diploma in a science subject DDD and grade B in GCE A2 chemistry
BTEC National Diploma in a science subject DD and a grade B in GCE A2 chemistry
BTEC national Subsidiary Diploma D and a grade B in GCE A2 Biology and grade B in GCE A2 Chemistry

  • Standard Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) – 5 subjects at higher level to include chemistry and biology at a minimum of B grades
  • Relevant science undergraduate / postgraduate qualifications – Typically a 2.2 level of achievement in a relevant subject i.e science, nutrition, health or sports science
  • Apolyterion – 18/20 with not lower that 17/20 for any core subjects including biology and chemistry.

For all applicants – satisfactory interview, numeracy and literacy test. Occupational health and DBS check.

A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 6.5 in each band is required for those for whom English is not their first language with no additional component less than 6.5.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

Professional Accreditations

This course is accredited Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On graduation you are eligible to apply for registration.