Nutrition and Dietetics with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics with Foundation Year

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Biosciences with Foundation Year
DipHE Biosciences with Foundation Year
CertHE Biosciences with Foundation Year

Professional recognition

Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a dietitian.

British Dietetic Association (BDA)
Accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) as delivering the approved pre-registration curriculum framework. Provides eligibility to apply for HCPC registration as a dietitian.

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UCA10006 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

For further information relating to FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6, including learning outcomes, aims and module information please view the BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics.

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Biosciences

Programme Leader

ENGEL Barbara (Biosciences)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Develop key and transferable skills that will help in the assimilation of knowledge and develop autonomy in learning
  • Develop cognitive skills that allow for critical thinking, problem solving and analysis of data and information
  • Develop a sense of belonging to the degree programme and discipline by engaging with the degree teaching team and carrying out a piece of research into a disciplinary topic
  • Educate in the core biological, chemical, and physiological concepts and core scientific skills such that students are comprehensively prepared to progress on to a biosciences degree programme

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Relate principles and concepts to underlying theoretical approaches C
Carry out defined investigative strategies and successfully communicate the result C
Collect information to solve standard problems C
Analyse a range of data using pre-defined principles or criteria C
Have a deeper understanding of biosciences fundamentals K
Demonstrate an awareness of the subject area and current areas of debate in the field K
Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours that support lifelong learning T
Demonstrate skills in communication, interpersonal skills and reflection T
Demonstrate confidence and self-awareness in becoming an independent learner T
Demonstrate an ability to assess own capabilities against given criteria T
Safely perform relevant practical tasks P
Complete complex performance tasks with guidance P
Adapt behaviour to work with others in joint tasks P
Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in the biosciences P
Demonstrate the ability to plan for assignments P
Demonstrate academic integrity through the referencing of suitable sources. P
Provide a deep intepretation of an academic article C
Communicate findings to a variety of audiences T
Investigate a self-selected area of academic interest K
Reflect on personal academic future CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of a Foundation Year and 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are based on a 15-credit tariff
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 0 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester

Module Selection for Year 0 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

For further information relating to FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6, including learning outcomes, aims and module information please view the BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information


Students embark on several components that introduce sustainability and encourage students to investigate this theme. Students design and perform fieldwork that investigates the principles of ecology and carry out a semester long case study into an ecological system.

Global and cultural capabilities

Students investigate international infectious disease and ecology case studies that develop a broad perspective of global issues. The students debate various evolutionary topics, that will raise questions about global and cultural themes. More generally, the philosophy adopted here is that practicing capabilities is a deeper learning experience than being taught capabilities didactically. Teamworking is integrated and assessed throughout this foundation year, such that students are regularly having to utilise and develop their cultural capabilities. Weekly, students will tackle complex tasks with those from different cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds. Students are required to regularly reflect on their capabilities in working with those who are different from themselves and thereby increase their awareness and skillset.

Digital capabilities

This programme includes many sessions dedicated to building digital capabilities, including how to search for literature and information databases, how to use useful software applications, and how to use digital data analysis tools. To authentically reflect modern teamworking, student teamworking involves using online communication and organisation platforms.


The ¿My future discipline¿ assessment develops students¿ self-knowledge around the scope of professional competencies. Through investigation of their programme of choice and an area of interest, students will explore employability themes. Sessions are also provided that directly investigate students' choice of degree and what this means for student future employability. The Teamworking Skills assessment continuously trains students to develop skills associated with employability.

Resourcefulness and resilience

Two of the programme¿s chief aims and several of the module learning outcomes address this theme. The e-portfolio is designed to develop students' resourcefulness through reflective cognitive development. The field and lab reports have challenges that require students to build resilience if they are to succeed. Many components of the programme require students to iteratively try new modes of working (such as problembased learning), such that they can receive formative feedback and improve as they progress.

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.