You’ll need a first degree (or international equivalent), normally at level 2:1 or above, in a relevant science subject such as biological or health sciences, nutrition or sport and exercise science. Human physiology and biochemistry should be studied to level 5 or equivalent in your first degree and experience of research or knowledge of research methods will be important. GCSE English and Maths C (Grade 4) or equivalent required.
Please see our additional information on prior learning requirements or contact us for a chat about your specific circumstances.
- The course is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and an Occupational Health check.
- Offers are subject to satisfactory references.
- Places on the course are limited and shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview.
As this is a pre-registration programme, we are unable to accept applications from candidates who already have a degree in dietetics (or nutrition and dietetics). The HCPC have information available for international applicants who have completed professional training outside the UK and whose names have not been on the Register before. For more information on this please visit their website.
The Department of Health and Social Care in England has recently announced that all NHS staff will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they wish to be deployed in roles that involve face to face contact with service users. These rules will come into effect, subject to Parliamentary approval on 1 April 2022. At present (November 2021), this requirement only applies to England and not to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
For more information, visit the Medical Schools Council website here.
Supporting statement information
To support your application to our programme, we ask that you include a personal statement, which can be up to 1000 words (rather than 500 as stated on the application form), to demonstrate that your values are aligned with the NHS Constitution and your behaviours support the Values Based Recruitment approach.
Your personal statement must detail:
- Why you want to become a dietitian and your commitment to the profession
- An awareness of the varied roles and duties of a dietitian in different settings, and any experiences you have had of working alongside (or shadowing) dietitians
- An interest in food, including ingredients, recipes and cooking skills and an enjoyment of food in our diverse society
- Evidence of working independently and within a team, including any challenges that were faced and how you overcame them
Candidates who meet our short-listing criteria will then be invited for interview, which will take place virtually. You will be asked questions which will help us to understand your values and behaviours around themes such as professionalism, teamwork, quality care and compassion.
Please ensure that your application is supported by two references, one being academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
The closing date for applications for our September 2022 intake is Monday 31 January 2022.