Our course is mapped to the curriculum of the Association for Nutrition (AfN). When you graduate, you can apply for Associate Nutritionist accreditation. We will be supporting you to do this through the development of your portfolio throughout your three years of study.
Nutritionists work in a huge range of places in numerous different roles, for example as public health life style advisors, in the food science industry, supermarkets, labelling, in the media, or even in marketing and branding. Nutritionists and food scientists work across the human lifecycle, covering all ages, life stages and the diversity of the population. Previous graduates from the course have chosen careers paths in wine making, teaching, clinical trials and gastronomy.
“The Applied Nutritional Science degree provides students with a good underpinning scientific knowledge of nutritional science. The course focuses on the effect of the various aspects of nutritional science and the effects of these on the health of our nation – overall the course content is appropriately challenging.
Students are supported with progression to postgraduate study, and developing graduate skills to support a variety of careers within nutritional science ranging from the food industry to clinical nutrition and public health.
Students are encouraged to become Student Members of the Nutrition Society to help further develop their skills from the Society’s training workshops, in addition to providing important opportunities to network with peers and experts within the field of Nutritional Science. The Nutrition Society looks forward to seeing students excel and succeed on the programme, and welcoming them into the nutrition science workforce.”
I have enjoyed the variety of subjects in the course. In the first year, a good foundation is created that is built upon in the following two years. I really enjoyed the Clinical and Public Health Nutrition module as well as the Food Science modules as they gave us a variety of skills and allowed us to look at real-life examples. The use of case studies in modules has been very helpful and a multitude of different assignments have helped my learning. In the second year, I very much enjoyed the work-based learning module as this gave me transferrable skills that I can apply in other areas.
Why did you choose this course?
I choose the course as I had Nutrition as a subject in school and felt very passionate about it. I spotted ARU offering the course and visited the campus. I was very impressed with the available facilities and heard many positive comments beforehand about the quality of ARU.
What work experience have you had on the course?
The work experience was part of the Work-Based Learning module, where I spent nine weeks working at the Sanctus homeless charity in Chelmsford. I learnt many transferable skills in my time at Sanctus, such as cultural sensitivity, the ability to talk to people from different backgrounds and management skills, as I was later put in charge of a project. I stayed with Sanctus for another year to help where I could, but had to leave recently due to other responsibilities.
What are you doing now you have completed the course?
At a Job Fair event at ARU I spoke to representatives from a teacher training alliance, and after much consideration, applied to these alliances. Earlier this week I got places offered with all of them and I am starting my teacher training in September at Mid-Essex ITT.
Why did you choose this course?
I chose this course because I have a passion for health and nutrition. I enjoy learning about the effect nutrition can have on physiology, and how it can effectively improve health. I take a lot of satisfaction from learning skills that can help others.
What work experience have you had as part of the course?
I’ve worked and will continue to work with Provide CIC, a company that promotes health in the community. I enjoy the variety and social aspect. I’ve also secured work experience with a Physiotherapy team on the NHS in West Sussex; studying this course allowed for me to access this opportunity.
What do you plan to do when you finish?
After I’ve completed this course I plan to study a pre-registration Masters in Physiotherapy, with the plan to work within the NHS. In the long term, having degrees in Nutritional Sciences and Physiotherapy will (hopefully) allow for me to run my own business within these elements of health successfully.