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FdSc Health and Nutrition

Be part of this innovative course to learn about how good nutrition enhances wellbeing and can help manage or prevent disease.

Why choose this course?

Through scientific principles, you will analyse the connection between food and health and how this can be applied to individuals, the public and special groups from children to older adults. You will also gain the knowledge and skills to tackle topical issues and understand the effects of nutrition on health.

The course can be tailored to your personal interests and potential career paths through professional placement and research opportunities. Students are encouraged to work as ‘Health Champions’ on a number of community-based projects such as Cornwall Healthy Weight, Stop Smoking Service, Sexual Health and Health Watch Cornwall.

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Start date: 19/09/2022

Course code
Level 5
Penwith College
2 years
Foundation Degree
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Top course highlights

Topical Issues

Small Classes

Placement Hours

Excellent Tutor Support

Outstanding Facilities

Application to health promotion

The Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles module gives learners the opportunity to plan and run their own health or nutrition awareness campaign, and evaluate its effectiveness. The ability to do this, and do it well, is a valuable asset in the healthcare and nutrition industries.

Address current issues in health

Several modules examine the latest changes to the way we provide healthcare and the effects that Government legislation has on them. Alongside this, examining the social context of health allows us to understand some of the barriers people face when trying to improve or maintain their health and nutrition.

Experience field research

Learners are given the opportunity to plan and carry out a research project into an area of their own choice. Critical analysis of existing research will form the background of this project and learners are encouraged to evaluate their own research processes.

What will I learn?


Year 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Nutrition and Health
  • Healthcare Practice
  • Social Context of Health
  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
  • Professional Placement (1)

Year 2

  • Psychology of Nutrition and Health
  • Project
  • Diet, Health and Exercise
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Professional Practice (2)

Optional Modules

  • Food Science and Technology
  • Health Monitoring and Evaluation
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Where will it take me?

Students can go on to work within the National Health Service, Community Engagement, Health Improvement Practice, Health Promotion and the Education Sector.

Graduates experience a seamless transition to institutions that provide an honours programme or postgraduate study. Progression is available to a number of courses including BA (Hons) Education & Training and BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies, BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science and BA (Hons) Applied Sport and Health Science at Truro and Penwith College. Graduates may also progress into the second year of BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health at the University of Plymouth. This top-up provides the opportunity for you to become a registered nutritionist.

The combination of practical and academic skills you will gain from the course will make you the ideal candidate for a wide range of jobs in the field of Health and Nutrition. Professional placements will increase your skills and make you more attractive to employers. It is particularly important if you want to work in Health Promotion, or if you are considering teaching. Take advantage of work placements offered on the course to build up your skills and knowledge.

Please note that nutritionists do not give dietary advice to individual patients or work directly with patients without supervision. This is done by a state registered dietitian.

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Assessment Arrangements

Assessment is 100% coursework including presentations, reports, essays and production of resources.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4/C or above, together with one of the following: A minimum of 48 tariff points at A Level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification.

Access to Higher Education: Considered on an individual basis.

National and Advanced Diplomas in a relevant subject are accepted as a progression to a Foundation Degree and HND. Applications from mature students without academic credentials will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional Information

UCAS Course Code: BB94

Duration: 2 years full time, part-time route available

Location: Penwith Campus

Awarding Body: University of Plymouth

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