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Nutrition and Health BSc (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18.

A diet that provides adequate nutrients is central to human health and development. Poor nutrition is associated with a wide range of health problems. Nutritionists are needed to work with individuals, groups and communities, the food industry, regulatory bodies and policy makers to promote healthy diets and food.


Nutrition is an expanding field that offers a wide range of career opportunities. This exciting course aims to enhance your understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition, with an emphasis on human health. 

If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • an experienced and well qualified teaching team with a wide range of expertise and research interests;
  • the opportunity to apply for a work placement;
  • practical sessions in our purpose built kitchen;
  • lecturers with experience in areas such as food safety and public health to make sure you get up-to-date information and examples and to help you begin to establish your professional networks;
  • free access to specialist computer software for assessing the nutritional adequacy of dietary intake;
  • the opportunity to apply for registration as a Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) by submitting a portfolio of evidence after graduation;
  • upon successful completion of the course, graduating as a qualified nutritionist.

Note that from February 2016 a £200 registry fee applies to applications which would be payable directly to the AfN by applicants; please see the Association for Nutrition website for up-to-date information about fees.


This course is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the relationship between nutrition and human health. Throughout your course you will develop an understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition, including the sources, functions and metabolism of nutrients. You will also delve into human physiology and biochemistry and the role of nutrition in the prevention of disease. You will learn dietary requirements throughout the lifecycle from pre-pregnancy to old age, the psychosocial factors affecting food choice in modern society and the science of behaviour change.

You will also be taught methods of assessing intake, measuring body composition, microbiology, food science, product design, sustainability and food safety regulations.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures with associated seminars, workshops and practical classes. You will also have a personal tutor who will review your progress and guide you through your course.


Our Food Science courses are ranked 7th by Complete University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

coursework such as tests, essays and case studies 50%;

presentations and posters 18%;

Practical or project work 15%;

formal examinations 10%;

group work 7%.

Where possible assessments are designed to mimic ‘real life’ skills, such as case studies, carrying out a food safety inspection or designing a public health intervention.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of workshops/online tutorials each week.

Medium-group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes or skills workshops each week.

Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 18 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Mathematics, English Language and Science, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: BCC to include Biology, Chemistry or Food Technology. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a Biological or Chemical Science subject.

Access:  The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology or Chemistry, plus GCSE English Language & Mathematics at grade A*-C.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 27 to include a minimum of 5 points in Biology or Chemistry at Higher level.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here. 

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Graduates from this course should be well equipped with a variety of skills that will be attractive to an expanding number of employers in the field of nutrition and health. The need for nutritionists is growing with the increasing incidence of diet-related health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Nutritionists are experts in the scientific basis of nutrition and they have the skills and knowledge to advise people on what to eat in order to be healthy. Many large food manufacturers employ nutritionists to give advice on their products and packaging.

Nutritionists are employed to advise policy-makers, regulatory bodies and are involved in initiatives to target dietary intakes of specific groups such as: pregnant women, school children and the elderly. They may also work on emergency relief projects in low-income countries or as self-employed consultants in research, education or the media.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


Included in the fees

  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Specified core textbooks;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Laboratory coat and safety spectacles provided for use;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children;
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Refundable deposit for turning point handset;
  • Any optional field trips or visits

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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Coventry University is committed to developing global graduates. Throughout the course, students will explore international, national and local food and nutrition practices along with policies. You will study alongside students from many different countries, giving all students a more varied and fulfilling environment in which to learn.

The University runs a number of specific schemes to allow students periods of overseas study or work experience. To help you along the way the University offers numerous grants to subsidise costs. A number of students in our School have been successful in securing places via these schemes, for example in Spain, France, Canada and the United States of America.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

Doctor Helen Flaherty

What our academics say – Dr Helen Flaherty

The field of nutrition is growing in importance and graduates from this course will have access to a wide range of career opportunities.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152