Food and Nutrition Science BSc (Hons)





About the course

The core subjects of this highly relevant new course include human anatomy, physiology, microbiology and the principles of food and nutrition, as well as specialised areas such as clinical nutrition, immunology, food microbiology and biotechnology.

As you study and progress, you will develop a number of transferable skills including: independent thinking, planning and problem solving, observation and analysis, and communication.

These will enable you to seek career opportunities in hospitals, government departments, academic organisations, charities, the publishing industry and a range of other public and private sector organisations.



Food and Nutrition Science - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - D610
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Food and Nutrition Science with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Food and Nutrition Science with foundation year

    This course is available with a Foundation Year from academic year 2018/19.





Why choose this course?

  • Learn a number of transferable skills including independent thinking, planning and problem solving, observation and analysis, and communication
  • Study the burden of over-consumption on national health systems in the economically developed nations, and how under-nutrition affects millions of people in under-developed countries
  • Develop your knowledge relating to food spoilage, safety and quality control, nutraceuticals and public health nutrition
  • Gain an understanding of microbial and chemical contamination of food, analysis of nutrition content, and the effect of nutritional supplements
  • Explore current and emerging problems that affect food production
  • Challenge yourself with practical training that includes the latest biochemical and molecular experimentation
  • Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our School of Life Sciences staff, and our recently refurbished purpose built laboratory facilities.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Chemistry And Molecular Genetics (BHS006-1) Compulsory
  • Essential Skills In Food And Nutrition Science (BHS009-1) Compulsory
  • Human Anatomy And Physiology (BHS004-1) Compulsory
  • Microbiology And Biochemistry (BHS002-1) Compulsory
  • Food Microbiology And Biotechnology (BHS016-2) Compulsory
  • Metabolism And Human Nutrition (BHS017-2) Compulsory
  • Physiology And Immunology (BHS018-2) Compulsory
  • Skills And Food Analytical Techniques (BHS019-2) Compulsory
  • Clinical Nutrition And Immunology (BHS023-3) Compulsory
  • Food And Nutrition Science Research Project (BHS025-3) Compulsory
  • Food Security (ANI006-3) Compulsory
  • Public Health Nutrition And Nutraceuticals (BHS024-3) Compulsory



Discover the School of Life Sciences

The University of Bedfordshire has been teaching degrees in the Life Sciences for more than 30 years.

Our teaching received a rating of excellent in the last Government assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

We offer a broad range of degree programmes which reflect the skills and expertise of our staff.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment types are used across this course.

  • Practical reports are a key assessment type used throughout the course as they reinforce professional standards of presenting scientific reports, practice your ability to interpret data and to place experimental results within a broader scientific context, develop your ability to relate experimental results to theory, and teach you to apply the scientific method.
  • End of year exams are also included in most units with an emphasis on knowledge retention at Level 4; short essay questions demonstrating understanding and application at Level 5; and long essay questions focussed on integration and evaluation of understanding at Level 6.
  • As you become practiced in these core skills we begin to introduce other assessment methods including oral presentation to small groups or to examiners in a viva voce setting; scientific research/business proposal (reflecting research development or commercialisation of science); poster presentation (a standard style of scientific conference presentation); and a research dissertation (to develop and evaluate your own novel hypotheses).

Case studies are used within assessments where appropriate to provide real-world and employment-centred context to the assignments.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)

A level 3 qualification in science is preferred.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The majority of lecturing staff are actively engaged in scientific research, and have previous experience in academic, government, charity or industry research laboratories. Our teaching and the course are therefore directly informed by our research knowledge and activities. Some key aspects of the course that emphasise employability of our graduates include:

  • Training in key laboratory techniques relevant to employment within the Biosciences, including awareness of relevant health and safety, legal and ethical considerations
  • Training and practice in the scientific method that underpins all scientific research (developing novel hypotheses, testing these by experiment, accurately interpreting data and understanding error, and drawing valid conclusions)
  • Practice in professional standards of reporting including laboratory reports using the standards of professional research publications, preparation of scientific conference posters, and written and oral presentations
  • Maintenance of laboratory diaries and research diaries following standard practice within the field
  • Guest lectures from employers including employer-facing representatives from academia, industry and practice-based organisations, PSRBs, and from the Universitys careers service
  • These opportunities will be provided at every level from year 1 through to year 3, with presentations and the opportunities to engage with a wide range of career specialists to gradually develop your skills and capabilities applicable in different career fields as well as perspective of wider career opportunities open to graduates in bioscience subjects including food and nutrition. Planned developments in this context include curricular and co-curricular activities such as visits to and/or placements in external locations as well as career fairs and networking events particularly during years 2 and 3 working in partnership with the Universitys careers service and the departments liaison board.
  • Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition Science course may seek employment within the food and nutrition industry, academic or government research laboratories, or within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Relevant science jobs outside of laboratory work include teaching, scientific equipment sales reps, scientific journalism or media, and public awareness of science. Furthermore, the training our students receive includes information sourcing, data analysis, and presentation skills which are relevant and important to a broad range of non-science careers from managerial posts to politics.

Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition Science course may also pursue further scientific training through a variety of Masters programmes or PhDs related to biosciences.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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Food and Nutrition Science - Bachelor of Sciences with Honours

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