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Nutrition and Health Access module

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This undergraduate level 6 module aims to develop your underpinning knowledge and skills to prepare you to study nutritional therapy at Master’s level if your HE qualification does not meet our entry requirements.     

It is also suitable for healthcare professionals who want to study nutrition and its application to their current practice.

The module will allow you to develop your knowledge of nutrients and their effects on human physiology and cell biochemistry. You will also learn about current dietary guidelines and the implications of selected dietary changes to health.

Key Features

  • Delivered in 5 study days over 3 weeks. 
  • Students submit short pieces of work each week; these can be edited and submitted as the final assessment.
  • Interactive teaching with regular feedback and individual tutorial support.

Please note: the 2018 course dates for the Nutrition and Health Access Module are 6th, 7th, 13th 14th and 21st September. 


Entry requirements

Successful completion of a University undergraduate degree or diploma.

If your previous undergraduate study was not delivered and assessed in English, you will need to have achieved IELTS at 6.0 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in each area before being admitted onto the module. Other English language qualifications will be considered.

For more information visit our page on entry requirements.

How to apply

Please note: applications for our Nutrition and Health Access Module will close on 31st July 2018.

Please apply directly to University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 / 

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application. You may include additional material, such as references etc.

International students

International applicants may benefit from the courses run by the University's Language Centre. There is also an induction programme as part of induction week before the start of the course. This can be discussed with the international team via or +44(0) 01905 542640.


For details of tuition fees etc, please consult the University of Worcester tuition fees document. (see part-time courses, which it is listed as an undergraduate, health/nursing, 20-credit module validated under the CPD Framework)

Career development loans are available for postgraduate study and some students qualify for financial assistance from Access funds. For further information please visit our Figure out Finance pages.

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Miranda Harris
Module leader
01905 542021


Course content

Bowl of broad beansThe module includes a study of:

  • Dietary guidelines and the nutritional health of populations.
  • Human anatomy and homeostasis. Functions of the digestive, cardiovascular and endocrine systems.
  • Cell structure and organelles.
  • Food safety.
  • Macronutrient structure and bioavailability.
  • Satiety, satiation, energy density and energy balance.
  • Metabolic pathways and the effect of diet on metabolism.
  • Diet and cardiovascular health, bone health, eye health, and cancer.
  • Referencing and academic skills; summarising, critique, synthesizing.

Teaching and Assessment

The module is delivered using an intensive blended learning approach. This involves attending University for 5 study days from 10.15-17.15 with directed study and tutorial support in between the lecture days. The study days will involve key lectures, quizzes, group work and discussion. The module will make use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support learning through the provision of online lectures, lecture notes, guided reading, video clips and discussion forums.

The module is assessed by a patchwork text assessment. Four separate pieces of writing on different aspects of the module content are submitted during the course. Feedback on academic skills and content is given on each of these pieces which can then be edited and re- submitted as the final assignment.



This module may be used to access the MSc/PGDip Nutritional Therapy programmes. Passing this module at an appropriate level may be set as an additional entry requirement for the postgraduate Nutrition Therapy or Diet, Nutrition and Health programmes.


Alternatively, the module can be taken on a stand-alone basis as part of the Professional Development for Health Sciences (CPD) programme or as an option module in the BSc Health Sciences.




Frequently asked questions

What are the hours and lecture times?

The  module equates to 200 hours of study with approx 36-40 hours attendance on campus - the rest being work you do at home with support of our Virtual Learning environment (Blackboard). Module blocks normally run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

How long does the course take to complete?

The course takes five days.

What are the admissions requirements?

Admissions Policy
The course team is committed to the University Strategic Plan’s aim of widening participation in higher education. The course actively encourages applications from a wide range of individuals who wish to study at undergraduate level. This includes professionals from the healthcare services and therapists in complementary and alternative medicine, the voluntary sector and others interested in studying nutrition.

Entry Requirements
The entry requirements are:

• Students wishing to access the programme must normally hold a first degree, undergraduate diploma, or equivalent.        
• IELTS at 7 is required for students for whom English is not their first language

When are the Open Days or Open Evenings?

Visit the Open Day page for full details of undergraduate open days.

If you wish to meet one of the course team prior to an Open Day, email We are always happy to talk to you either in person, by phone or email.


To apply or for further information on making an application, visit the taught postgraduate applications page.

Admissions applications are handled by:

Registry Admissions Office
Team C
Henwick Grove
Tel: 01905 855111

Who is the admissions tutor who deals with further enquiries about the course?

The admissions tutor is Alison Benbow 01905 542205

Relevant Reading

If you wish to do some relevant reading, the British Nutrition Foundation web site has excellent resources, especially under 'nutrition science' and 'publications':

Their journal, Nutrition Bulletin has excellent articles that are a good starting point for general reading about nutrition