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What makes Human Nutrition at Worcester special?

We give you the knowledge and skills needed to turn your passion for human nutrition into a vocation. We bring together a blend of scientific evidence from nutrition, biology, sport, psychology and sociology, supported with the development of professional and transferable skills, in a supportive learning environment to turn your passion in to a specialism.

Our nutrition degree is accredited by the Association of Nutrition (AC279) and allows you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the discipline. From farm to fork; mouth to metabolism; and public health to personal wellbeing; you will be given the opportunity to develop the relevant practical skills and science-informed knowledge base to use them appropriately.




Key features

  • A science-based course tailored for the modern nutritionist
  • Staff who understand the concerns of the modern nutrition student, and who seek to foster and support their personal and professional development.
  • Covers the key professional competencies as published by the Association of Nutrition
  • Covers the science-based (section A) competencies published by the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register
  • Develop key practical skills such as the assessment of nutrient status via anthropometry and biochemical testing, computer-aided dietary analysis, food analysis, case studies and work experience. and client & employer engagement
  • Wide range of future careers opportunities, including clinical nutrition, consultancy, industrial nutrition, education, retail, and further study, as well as employment with local and national government agencies

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"The lecturers on my course were fantastic and really helped me to achieve my full potential."

Alexandra Giles, Human Nutrition graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology and A2 another science, maths or statistics.

104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology.

Don't quite meet the entry requirements or returning to education? Consider studying a Biological Science with Foundation Year.

Other information

Mature students
The University of Worcester values diversity in its student body and students over the age of 21 are very welcome. If you fulfil the standards entry requirements as detailed above, please apply through UCAS. Students with few or no formal qualifications are asked to contact the Admissions Office (details above) with details of your age, any relevant experience and/or qualifications gained since leaving school. Alternatively you can contact the course leader, Dr Laurence Trueman, for an advisory chat to discuss possible options (see 'Meet the Team' for contact details).

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or e-mail for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Science and Health & Social Science pathways page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Health and Disease



Year 2


  • Work Experience
  • Systems Physiology I
  • Integrated Human Metabolism
  • The Food Supply Chain
  • Project and Career Development

Year 3


  • Research Project 
  • Systems Physiology II
  • Nutrition through the Human Life Cycle
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition and Disease Management 

I fully enjoyed many aspects of the course. The diversity of modules has given me a huge bank of knowledge on nutrition as a whole, that I can take forward and apply to my future career.

Natalie - Graduate


Study Human Nutrition as part of a joint honours degree

As well as a single honours degree, Human Nutrition is also available as part of a number of joint honours combinations, allowing you to combine it with another subject to match your interests and career aspirations:

Human Nutrition and Psychology BSc (Hons)


Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities and transferable skills that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system, enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition affirming that the content and delivery meets the competencies considered appropriate for a modern Human Nutrition degree.


You are taught via a variety of teaching methods accessible to a range of learning styles. These include lectures, group tutorials and discussions, applied workshops in both the laboratory and field, multimedia content hosted on our visual learning environment, directed reading and research, and formative assessments.

Transferable skill development is integrated into all levels of the course and includes dedicated study skills sessions in the first year. The course has a high level of practical and applied content and the emphasis on the development of 'hands on' practical skills will provide you with useful skills for your future career. These are reinforced by undertaking work experience in the second year and an independent project in your final year.

In addition, regular meetings with your Personal Academic Tutor are scheduled throughout the course allowing you access to tailored advice and guidance throughout your time with us. Tutorials with other members of teaching staff are also available on request to support the Learning Objectives and teaching on your modules if you feel it is needed.

You may also have an opportunity to become involved in staff research through the Vacation Research Assistantship Scheme.

Contact time

In a typical week during semester time you will have around 16 contact hours of tutor-led activities designed to help you learn and explore the theoretical and practical sides of Human Nutrition and its application in the work environment. The precise contact hours per week will depend on the optional modules selected; the activities planned within those modules; and student-tutor discussions on how best to utilise the time. In the final year you will normally have less contact time in order to conduct an independent study (dissertation), although tutor-support is available when needed.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Lectures and seminars/presentations
  • Supervised practical laboratory workshops
  • Supervised skill development workshops (including ITC skills)
  • Mentored group activities
  • Transferable skill development

Independent self-study

In addition to scheduled contact time, you are expected to undertake independent learning, amounting to a typical commitment of between 35-40 hours per week to scholarly pursuits. Typically, this will involve broadening, deepening and clarifying your understanding gained from contact time activities using journal articles, books, online activities, and via group work (study groups). In addition you will need to prepare and produce assignments and presentations; to prepare for tests and examinations; and to reflect on feedback from these course assessments in order to develop strategies to improve your future performance.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and other library resource platforms, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught and mentored by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. You will mainly be taught by senior academics, many of which are recognised by professional bodies such as the Association for Nutrition; but visiting speakers with specialised expertise may deliver some sessions. Technicians support practical sessions.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 93 per cent of course lecturers in the Biological Sciences have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Twenty percent also have Teaching Fellowships from the University of Worcester. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


Each module has two or more formal (summative) assessments which are graded, count towards the overall module grade, and may count towards your final degree classification. Each module also provides opportunities to informally test your progress through the completion of practice (formative) assignments.

There are a variety of assessment formats designed to develop and test your theoretical knowledge of the subject and applied skill set. The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional module combination taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for the Human Nutrition single honours course is presented below:

Year 1
6 x Examination / test
1 x Information table & data analysis report
1 x Poster Presentation
4 x Practical report / file
1 x Practical Test
4-6 other assignments dependent on optional modules selected

Year 2
1 x Action plan
1 x Analytical report
1 x CV and Interview
1 x Data analysis exam
1 x Essay
1 x Evaluative report
2 x Examination / test
2 x Presentation
1 x Practical report
2 x Reflective report
1 x Research proposal
1 x Risk assessment

Year 3
1 x Analytical report
1 x Case study
4 x Examination / test
1 x Grant proposal
1 x Independent study report (Dissertation)
1 x Literature survey
5 x Presentation
1 x Portfolio
2 x Practical report


Feedback will be made available on formative and formal assessments along with suggestions on how to improve future performance (feed-forward). Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with your Personal Academic Tutor, module tutors, and members of your study group as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of submission.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.


Dr Laurence Trueman

Nutrition: Do it well and it can be one of the most powerful ways to maintain your health. Do it badly and it can poison you slowly over the decades.

About 80% of people in the UK die of diseases associated with poor-lifestyle choices. As a registered nutritionist my interests centre on translational education; taking the scientific knowledge on how lifestyle and the modern environment impact on personal wellbeing and disseminating it to the general population through personal projects, but also via a large number of passionate and intelligent students who I have been  lucky enough to teach during my time at the University of Worcester.


Dr Allain Bueno

Dr Allain Bueno is Course Leader for the BSc Medical Sciences course

Dr Bueno joined the University of Worcester in January 2012, after 4 years of Post-doctoral experience at the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition in London, working with Prof Michael Angus Crawford, one of the pioneers in fatty acid metabolism and brain composition.

Dr Bueno investigated in his PhD the effects of dietary fats on adipose tissue metabolism, and how different types of fat can influence disorders such as inflammation and diabetes. In his MPhil Dr Bueno investigated the impact of surgical removal of fat pads on metabolic adaptations in obesity induced by diet and by neurochemical malfunctioning.

Dr Bueno graduated as a Biomedical Scientist – Medical Modality – from Paulista School of Medicine, Sao Paulo Federal University in Brazil. He has extensive experience in clinical sciences, having worked and taught in a leading Tertiary Referral Hospital. His current area of research includes the biochemistry of dietary fats and their role in oxidative stress, brain metabolism and function.

Dr Bueno is a Scientific Advisor of the Food Standards Agency.



Where could it take you?


Our nutrition degree modules have transferable skills development built in. These skills can make the difference between success and failure in any career. Teamwork, public speaking and time management are just a few of the skills we help you develop that are essential for success in the modern world.

There are a wide range of employment opportunities available to human nutrition graduates, including:

  • Research and post graduate study
  • Clinical Nutritionists
  • Nutrition communicators
  • Nutritionists in local and national Government
  • Corporate and individual consultancy
  • Public Health Nutritionists
  • Industrial Nutritionist
  • Education (at all levels)
  • Managers of health food shops

"I loved my degree, especially the 3rd year. It was a gripping course and I enjoyed all the different forms of assessments."

Chloe - Graduate

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Human Nutrition BSc (Hons) - B400

Joint Honours:
Please visit the individual joint honours course pages for UCAS links:
Human Biology and Human Nutrition BSc (Hons) - CBC4
Human Nutrition & Psychology BSc (Hons) - BCK8

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Laurence Trueman

Course leader