So how do I become a dietitian?

Ok, so this post will be a long one, but I am trying to cover all of the stuff I would’ve found useful when I wanted to apply to university, and a nice explanation of which university offers what, what you need to get in and for how long the course is would’ve been useful to me. I have tried to integrate everything useful for a first glance at where and who offers what, including links to each website.

All courses are 4 years, with the exception of Plymouth and Hertfordshire which are an accelerated 3 years (very full-on! you don’t have a placement year, all of your placements will be within holiday times instead).

All courses in England are funded by the NHS, who pay tuition fees if you are a UK or EU national, and will also provide a means-tested bursary for the duration of the course. They also help with travel and accommodation costs during the three compulsory placements if you are eligible. None of which you will have to pay back. Just the student loan if you choose to take one out to help with living costs (which you probably will need…)!

  • Leeds Metropolitan University – BSc (hons)Dietetics (4 years). GCSE English language and maths, grade C. BBB at A-level (including Chemistry and one other science subject). BTEC Nationals, which must include at least four, 60 guided learning hour specialist units in Chemistry. National Award Applied Science (Applied Chemistry) Distinction will be considered equivalent to GCE A level Chemistry grade B. National Certificate Applied Science (Laboratory and Industrial) Distinction, Merit plus a GCE A level at grade B or equivalent. National Diploma Applied Science (Laboratory and Industrial) Distinction, Distinction, Merit. Foundation courses must include the equivalent of Chemistry GCE A level and another science A level.
  • University of Chester – BSc (hons) Nutrition & Dietetics (4 years). 280-300 UCAS points at A-level (including biology plus one other science). BTEC national diploma/certificate (merit/distinction). Irish/Scottish highers , B in 4 subjects (including biology and chemistry). International baccalaureate, 28 points (including 4 in biology and chemistry). 
  • University of Plymouth – BSc (hons) Dietetics (3 years). Five GCSEs (C or above) including English, maths and science. Minimum 320 UCAS points from 3 A-levels to include biology and chemistry. Other qualifications such as BTEC and Access to HE (A pass of 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Must include 15 credits at level 3 in Biology and 15 credits at level 3 in Chemistry both at distinction) will be considered.
  • University of Hertfordshire – BSc (hons) Dietetics (3 years). GCSE x 5 at grade A-C, including maths, english and science. 300 UCAS points at A-level, to include chemistry and biology (grade B). Standard access diploma to science (minimum 60 credits, including chemistry and biology). Science foundation (60% overall with 70% in biology and chemistry).
  • University of Ulster (N. Ireland) – BSc (hons) Dietetics (4 years). GCSEs English Language, maths, chemistry or double science at grade C. A-level BBB (including 2 science subjects). Irish leaving certificate (B2,B2,B3,B3,B3, including 2 science subjects). BTEC national diploma (DMM).
  • Queen Margaret University (Scotland) – BSc (hons) Dietetics (4 years). Scottish higher BBB/195 UCAS points. A-level BB/200 UCAS points. Irish leaving certificate BBB/195 UCAS points. International baccalaureate 26 points. Needs chemistry, biology and one other science.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (Wales)– BSc (hons) Human Nutrition & Dietetics (4 years). 5 GCSES, including english language, maths and science. 3 A-levels/300 UCAS points (biology and chemistry grade B). BTEC QCF Extended Diploma in Science (covering Biology and Chemistry) Distinction/Distinction/Distinction or 300 point. 300 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include Biology at grade A2, and a grade B1 in Chemistry. 300 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include a grade B at Biology and Chemistry Sociology and Geography), Core considered as fourth subject. Access to HE Diploma with 48 credits at Level 3 overall to include 15 Distinctions from Biology credits and 15 Distinctions from Chemistry credits, and Merits from the remaining Level 3 units.

Those Universities offering post-graduate courses are:

  • King’s College london
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • University of Chester
  • University of Ulster
  • Queen Margaret Univeristy
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University

An application to a university usually means writing a personal statement, tailored to the course you wish to study (perhaps another subject for a future blog!). Dietetic courses also really like you to have some prior work experience in the field, it is tricky to be able to get this as there can be obvious problems with patient confidentiality. However doing voluntary work, even if it is just some office work for a dietetic department would look great. Plus it means you get to chat to the dietitians about their job! You are also likely to be asked to interview, either on your own or within a group…another blog topic!

Hope you found this useful 🙂

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