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Nutrition

BSc (Hons) - single

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition

Nutrition-related issues are reported almost daily in the media, and government initiatives stress the importance of improving diet and fitness levels among the UK population. This is creating a wealth of job opportunities for graduates who understand the science and other issues around food.

Our Nutrition degree at Oxford Brookes is a broad-based subject which examines issues like healthy eating, eating disorders, the politics of food and food production, food poisoning, organic foods and the use of food additives. It is designed to equip you with a special combination of skills useful in many areas of nutrition and health and some aspects of the food industry.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferred subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Food Technology

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: part-time study is possible

UCAS code

B401

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Whether you are just starting out or whether your studies are part of your on-going professional development it is our priority to prepare you for your future career.
  • Nutrition is a vocational course and to this end we have introduced a professional practice module in each year, where you will be able to build on your skills to equip you for working in the area of nutrition.
  • You will be kept up to speed with the latest developments in the food world via regular nutrition seminars. Strong links with local and international food and nutrition organisations also provide potential work experience and career opportunities.
  • There is an active Nutrition Society, led by our students, who organise guest speakers and activities to promote the area of nutrition.
  • We are home to the UK's first Functional Food Centre, set up to research the role of foods in preventing chronic disease. It forms a hub from which active researchers and PhD students feed the undergraduate teaching and provides our students with a strong research ethos.

This programme has been developed around the Association for Nutrition competencies, covering science, the food chain, social/behaviour, health/wellbeing and professional conduct to equip you for a career in nutrition.

The Functional Food Centre at Oxford Brookes University is the UK's first research centre dedicated to functional foods and it forms a hub from which active researchers and PhD students feed the undergraduate teaching and provides our students with a strong research ethos.

This programme is divided into two stages: Stage 1 (the first year, for a full-time student) and Stage 2 (the second and third years). In each full-time year, you will aim to take and pass eight module credits. Over three years, you will then have passed 24 modules, the number needed to graduate with an Honours degree. If you are a part-time student you will normally take 1 - 3 modules each semester, up to a maximum of 5 a year.

Stage 1 of the programme is designed to ensure that by the end of the first year you have reached a sufficient and comparable level of knowledge, understanding and skills development to enable you to be able to proceed into Stage 2, the advanced part of the degree programme. In the third year you will have the opportunity to carry out a nutrition-related project,  providing opportunities to work with staff on current research developments.

Study modules

Professional Practice Modules

On the first professional practice module in Year 1 you will have the opportunity to go on observation visits to different nutrition settings and learn professional skills. This will prepare you for a short field visit in the second year module and to develop further skills such as motivational interviewing. In the third year module you will have the opportunity to consolidate all your learning into a professional portfolio, enabling you to reflect on the implications for your own practice and future career.

Although a choice of visits is given, the observation visits are compulsory, for which you will need to organise and pay for your own travel. Visits are local.

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.

Year 1

Years 2 and 3

Year 2 Modules
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Food Science
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Applied Human Nutrition
  • Motivating Behaviour
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Lifespan Nutrition 
Year 3 Modules
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Functional Foods
  • Professional Practice 3
  • Energy Regulation
  • Global Nutrition
  • Project/Dissertation (2 module credits)
Choice of:
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Work Experience
  • Independent Study

Work placements

There is a focus on nutrition practice in the Professional Practice modules 1,2 and 3. In the first module in year one you will have the opportunity to go on field visits to different nutrition settings and learn professional skills to prepare you for a short placement in Professional Practice 2 (in the 2nd year) in the food industry. In the 3rd practice module in year three you will have the opportunity to consolidate all your learning into a professional portfolio, enabling you to reflect on the implications for your own practice and future career.

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. 

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Additional costs

You will need to buy basic personal protection equipment for laboratory practicals (lab coat), at a cost of around £20.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

Various teaching and learning methods are used, including lectures, seminars, workshops, small group assignments, simulations and independent study. Teaching quality is enhanced by the range of staff activity in nutrition and food science research.

Most modules have a strong practical element, where you will have access to specialised laboratories and equipment in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 21%57%22%
2 25%75%0%
3 17%83%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessment is based on coursework and some examinations. Coursework may consist of practical reports, essays, seminar presentations, class tests, reflective video diaries or numerical problems.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 24%0%76%
2 26%0%74%
3 19%0%81%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £14,000 2019/20: £14,280

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferred subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Food Technology

A-Level: BBC or equivalent - preferred subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Food Technology

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points, to include a science at Higher Level

BTEC: DMM

Students studying more than one science subject may receive a lower offer.

We seek to admit students who have the potential to make good scientists and accept that qualifications are not the only indicator of future potential. Typical offers also include:

  • A-level grades BB plus 2 AS-levels at grade C. Students studying more than one science subject may receive a lower offer
  • 1 12-unit vocational A-level at grade BB plus 1 A-level or 2 AS-levels at grade C
  • other recognised qualifications, eg BTEC Nationals or Scottish qualifications (equivalent to 112 UCAS points, based on September 2017 entry calculation).

If your combination of qualifications doesn't match our typical offer, please contact our admissions officer.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: 5 GCSEs, to include Mathematics, English Language and Double Integrated Science (or equivalent) at grade C minimum

You must have studied science post-16, either at A-level or an equivalent qualification. If you do not have a background in science, we encourage you to consider our Life Sciences foundation year taught at Abingdon and Witney College.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries, which provides you with a host of learning and potential career opportunities.

Because Oxford is one of the world's great academic cities, it is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects. For example, nutrition students can join an inter-university forum looking at the social, psychological and medical issues on foods.

In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Science Library.

Support for students studying Nutrition

Supporting you to become an increasingly active and independent learner is a key aim of the programme team and this includes enhancing your ability to make informed judgements on the quality of your own work. For all modules there will be resources on the Virtual Learning Environment moodle site for you to access and read which will help you in the development of your own views and ideas in relation to the module content.

From day one you will have an Academic Advisor from your programme team, to support you throughout your programme and to provide educational support. They take an overview of your academic progress and primarily monitor, promote and facilitate your academic and professional development. Your Academic Advisor will have at least one contact per semester with you. This is to ensure you are engaged with the programme, are progressing successfully to the completion of the award you are studying and are aware of resources that you may need.

Specialist facilities

As one of the biggest European centres for Glycaemic Index testing, our Functional Food Centre boasts impressive facilities including a dedicated product development kitchen and fully equipped sensory booths.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

This course is currently accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Please note: AfN accreditation is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

Career prospects

Some of our graduates pursue careers as nutritionists in hospital laboratories, health education, international aid and local authorities. Others go into product development in the food industry. You may also opt for teaching, research or further specialised training, in dietetics for example. The variety of opportunities is illustrated by the careers of four recent graduates: a dietician at a London hospital, an aid worker for Médecins Sans Frontières, a product developer at an alcopops manufacturer, and a nutritionist working for Jamie Oliver.

Further study

If you're interested in further study, Oxford Brookes offers a flexible choice of taught and research postgraduate degrees across a wide range of subjects. These include the MSc course in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition and the MSc Applied Human Nutrition.