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1 BSc (Hons) Dietetics Plymouth University

2 Dietetics A healthcare profession which involves the application of nutrition to groups and individuals and the treatment of disease Requires an understanding of how the science of nutrition can contribute to the health of individuals and communities and to clinical management of disease

3 Course Structure Highly integrated and focused course Course completed over three years, achieved by extending the academic year (45 weeks/year) Sometimes working across traditional summer vacation, but still get holidays of at least 8 weeks a year The course is delivered using both practical and theoretical elements Shared learning with other allied health professionals/ multi- professional groups

4 Course Aims Safe, competent and confident practitioner Accountable and autonomous Life long learning and transferable skills Reflective and clinical reasoning skills Research ethos Non-judgemental and anti-discriminatory EU requirements Eligibility to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council and the British Dietetic Association

5 New Opportunities, New Approaches Academic staff including clinical academics shared with the NHS (bringing back real life) Case studies and problems to solve Psychologists, sociologists, other AHPs, physiologists, pharmacologists teach on dietetic modules

6 Practice/Clinical Placements Clinical placement training in Dietetic Departments integrated into course Three Placements; 3 weeks – introduction 12 weeks – basic Dietetic skills 12 weeks – complex skills Placements likely to be in South West but not guaranteed DoH bursaries, include travel and accommodation for placements – visit our Funding for Health Care Students talk for more info

7 Placements in the South West You may be required to travel for your placements, developing a broader practice experience

8 Course Content Year 1 Evidence based practice Psycho-social studies for health Physiology Nutritional Biochemistry Year 2 Nutrition for Health (PBL) Nutritional Epidemiology Pathophysiology Immunology Year 3 Public Health Nutrition Management & leadership for inter- professional practice Dietetics (PBL) Food Studies (quality & safety) Human Nutrition (food, diet and lifestyle) Placement A Dietetics in Practice 1 Diet, metabolism and Health Inter-professional working Placement B Dietetics in Practice 2 Project Studies 1 Project Studies 2 Placement C

9 Inter-Professional Education Common Foundation programme facilitates an inter-professional approach – Opportunities for shared learning between students on Physiotherapy Dietetics Occupational Therapy Podiatry Pre-Registration Midwifery Inter-Professional modules in all years of course Specialist Allied Health Professions training facilities based near Derriford Hospital

10 Your Application What we look for: Totality of the application Academic qualifications including – Strong GCSE profile: Five grades C and above in one sitting (must include English, Maths and Science) – A Levels: A level grades ABB (320 points). Biology and a further science A level required (preferably Chemistry). Must have at least AS Chemistry. Personal Statement References

11 Your Application What we look for: Non Standard Academic Qualifications BTEC or Diploma in a science related area. Units must include both Biology and Chemistry Access to higher education, to include 15 Biology and 15 Chemistry units at L3 distinction Applications from those returning to education are welcome Evidence of academic study in the last five years is required

12 Personal Statement Demonstrate an interest and knowledge for the profession Evidence of related work experience Demonstrate evidence of good communication skills Ability to empathise with others Problem solving and use of initiative

13 If Offered a Place Commitment to the course Be sure before you start Attend preview day Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check Occupational health screen

14 Also Come to Plymouth if... You want to use the university sailing and diving facilities You want to enjoy a safe, relaxed city life You want access to the finest beaches in the UK You want to enjoy walking, hiking, pony trekking or cycling on Dartmoor

15 BSc (Hons) Dietetics at Plymouth University Any Questions?

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