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About the course

This three year degree (four year with placement) is the ideal preparation for careers in the growing nutrition and wellbeing sector. By working with a range of clients and learning how the food we eat can prevent disease, enhance wellbeing and improve performance, you’ll graduate well positioned for careers in food and health promotion, sports nutrition, government policy making, public health and postgraduate research.

Our applied human nutrition curriculum will provide you with a thorough grounding in both scientific and applied human nutrition. Core topics of study include food science, food chains, social behaviours, wellbeing, exercise, weight management and professional conduct. There are also opportunities to tailor your studies, choosing from career focused optional units before using an independent research project in the final year to specialise your knowledge further. Solent's applied human nutrition degree is also accredited by the Association for Nutrition.

Practical working and industry experience will become a key part of your studies. Strong partnerships with primary, community and acute health and social care organisations provide a strong platform for real world learning. You’ll be encouraged to take full advantage of these links by taking part in placements, client briefs and case studies.

You’ll also benefit from a range of real-world learning opportunities available right here on campus. These could see you working alongside the award-wining Solent Health initiative, the High Performance Academy (HPA) or the Southampton Talented Athlete Scheme (STAS). This experience of supporting athletic performance and leading healthy change within large organisations can go a long way towards improving your employability and helping you transition into the workplace after graduation.

Additional qualification Professional accreditation Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Sandwich year

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.

What does this course lead to?

The skills you’ll learn on this course can open doors to a range of professional careers a registered associate nutritionist or a registered nutritionist. This includes work in food and health promotion, sports nutrition, government policy making, public health and postgraduate research.


Who is this course for?

BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition is well suited to students from a range of academic backgrounds, particularly those who have previously studied biosciences, physical performance or health.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry BB40
  • 4 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year C6B4

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry B40B
  • 5 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year C64B
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 costs were:

Essential costs

  • Southampton Solent University kit (t-shirt or polo shirt). 2016/17 prices available here.
  • Apron - £14.95 (as of 2016/17)
  • Lab coat - £27.95 (as of 2016/17)
  • Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate - £15 +VAT (as of 2017)

Optional costs

  • Students who undertake a work placement with children or vulnerable adults will need to pay £55 for a DBS check.
  • Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • For programmes in the UK, admission requirements should normally include GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade C and above, or 4 + on the new GCSE structure (England only) in English Language, Maths and two sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or double science equivalents) (England and Wales only), and at least one appropriate science subject at A-Level, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, or equivalent.
  • For international students attending programmes in the UK, academic and professional entry requirements must be broadly equivalent to those expected of UK students. At admission, students whose first language is not English must have English Language requirements appropriate to an AfN Accredited programme, which must not be less than 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent), with no individual section less than 6.0.
  • Academic and professional entry requirements for mature students attending programmes in the UK must be explicit and may take account of equivalent prior qualifications (BTEC, HNC/D, access courses, etc) and experience.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each individual component.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition

BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition with a placement year

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year route:

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year with a placement year

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Introduction to Food Science
  • Introduction to Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • Physiology and Assessment of Health Status
  • Introduction to Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Research and Academic Skills for Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Year two

Core units
  • Research Skills for Sport, Health and Exercise Science
  • Practical Skills in Human Nutrition
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Obesity and Weight Management
  • Food Chain and Sustainability
  • Health and Exercise Psychology

Year three

Core units
  • Professional Practice in Human Nutrition
  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Applied Skills in Human Nutrition


One of:

  • Project
  • Work-based project

One of:

  • Applied Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Ali Hill academic profile Ali Hill Course Leader View profile
Kevin Busuttil academic profile Kevin Busuttil Lecturer View profile
Phil Godfrey academic profile Phil Godfrey Lecturer View profile
Kara Buckley academic profile Kara Buckley Lecturer View profile
Chris Dunn academic profile Chris Dunn Lecturer View profile
Luke Evans academic profile Luke Evans Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students will have access to a wide range of resources during their time here at Southampton Solent University. These include modern IT suites and a variety of sports and entertainment facilities. These are available to all Southampton Solent students on an extracurricular basis.

The University also provides excellent learning resources, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and personalised academic support.

Nutrition students benefit from access to subject specific resources. These include the exercise physiology laboratory and professional biochemistry equipment.

Students learn from industry experts and veteran academics, ensuring a desirable blend of industry insight and scientific studies. Strong industry links and a focus on applied theory prepares students to succeed in a range of roles after graduation.

Your future

Built-in optional units allow students to specialise in a specific area or gain a broad understanding of the industry.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • registered associate nutritionist,
  • registered nutritionist,
  • food and health promotion,
  • sports nutrition,
  • product development,
  • policy making,
  • public health, and
  • postgraduate research.

Industry links

Strong partnerships with local primary, community and acute health and social care organisations provide a strong platform for real world learning. You’ll be encouraged to take full advantage of these links by taking part in placements, client briefs and case studies.

Where possible, industry qualifications are embedded into the course or are made available for an additional fee. Additional industry qualifications available to previous students have included the Basic Food Hygiene qualification.

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, the leading accreditation body for the nutrition and food science industry. This enables graduates to apply for direct entry onto the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists at associate level. This is the first step on the way to becoming a Registered Nutritionist.


In-house opportunities are numerous. Working with Solent Health could see students supporting a range of health improvement interventions within the University, as well as the provision of consultations to staff and students. Students working with Solent’s High Performance Academy will have the opportunity to provide nutrition advice to student athletes competing in a variety of sports at national level or above. Students working with the Southampton Talented Athlete scheme will work with young athletes to help them improve their performance and break into national competition.

As well as working on in-house placement opportunities, students are encouraged to seek optional work placements outside of the course. This will help to increase understanding of workplace practices and give the opportunity to put scientific knowledge into practice. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placements, although support in finding placements will be available if required.

BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition is also available as a four year course with an embedded placement year.

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