We are committed to developing competent, compassionate dietitians who are equipped with the skills, knowledge, values, and attitude necessary to be effective health care practitioners.
The University offers an attractive and friendly environment, close to the city centre, with access to a wide range of learning resources.
Once you’ve graduated, you will be eligible to apply for registration in Dietetics with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Why Study Nutrition and Dietetics with us?
The University of Chester is the only provider of pre-registration dietetic training commissioned by Health Education North West. We actively engage with local dietetic departments to provide you with a course that has an ethos of research and evidence-informed practice, fostering your professional development.
Our teaching staff bring a wealth of expertise to the course including nutrition, the food industry, public health, biosciences, sport and exercise, and of course, dietetics. Through service user participation, and our innovative approaches to teaching and learning, it brings the real world of dietetics into taught sessions.
Dietetic Student Shadow day event
To be held on 18th October 2017 10am-4pm at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Interested individuals should phone 0151 706 2120
|Typical Entry||120 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BBC/BBB. The department requires Biology as essential to entry, plus one other science which should include Chemistry, Biochemistry or Physics, but may include Geography/Environmental Science, Sociology, Psychology or Sport Science/Physical Education
BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma: merit/distinction profile plus GCE A Level Biology and Chemistry
BBBB including Biology and Chemistry
28 points, including 5 in Biology and Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma (Science) must include 15 level 3 credits in Biology at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry at Merit
OCR National Diploma: merit profile plus GCE A Level Biology and Chemistry
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
Candidates must also:
Candidates will normally be required to attend a personal interview, and applicants with qualifications other than those outlined above may be interviewed to clarify their application. Applicants offered interviews for NHS training programmes must now undertake a values based recruitment (VBR) process.
Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge.
For details about the cost of the DBS and for further information please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
Information about accreditation or prior credited/certified or experiential learning (APCL/APEL) is available here.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will explore the core biological sciences which underpin normal nutrition, including a focus on food, nutrients and the consumer.
What will I learn?
Year 2 (Level 5) takes you through the processes and systems that are essential to identifying the need for treatment or management of nutrition-related health issues. The first period of experiential learning takes place at the end of this year (Practice Placement A).
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) considers health care delivery, incorporating public health, clinical medicine, and diet therapy. You will develop the ability to apply knowledge, understanding, skills and attitude to client-based situations.
What will I learn?
In Year 4 (Level 6), practical experience continues through Practice Placements B and C, which are supported by short periods of reflection and consolidation.
" This is a vocational course with a strong emphasis on personal development. We care about our students and are passionate about training dietitians for the future."
How will I be taught?
There is a mix of formal lectures; small seminar or tutorial groups; practical experience in laboratories; e-learning; and workshops.
Active learning (‘having a go’) is encouraged, with an emphasis on wider exploration of subjects through independent learning using online, library and research facilities.
Contact hours range between 18 and 24 hours per week, and it is expected that you will have six to eight hours of work per module each week in addition to this.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by coursework and examinations. Coursework can include practical or case study reports, essays or presentations, and may be based on collaborative/team working. Portfolio assessment is integral to the practice placements.
‘Live’ assessments such as food demonstrations and health promotion events, will enable you to further demonstrate your skills.
Work Based Learning
Over the duration of this course you will be involved in three periods of practice placement, which will take place in dietetic departments across the North West. These placements are designed to develop the knowledge, communication and professional skills required to become an effective dietitian in clinical practice. The placements, in part, fulfill requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council to enable successful candidates to become Registered Dietitians.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email email@example.com if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.
Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.
Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.
Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".
The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October