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Undergraduate

Nutrition and Health Promotion Double Degree

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) - BSc(Curtin), BSc(Curtin) - BB-HPRNTR Health Sciences
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. *STAT alone is not accepted for entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus, mixed on- and off-campus and partially online
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

This course is designed to equip you with the theoretical and practical skills required for a career in public health nutrition. You will learn how to identify the health and nutritional needs of individuals, groups and communities, develop people’s skills and knowledge in health and nutrition, advocate for policies and laws that support healthy choices and plan, implement and evaluate health promotion and public health nutrition activities.

In your first year, you will learn the foundations of health promotion and nutrition, and study interprofessional core units with students from other health disciplines.

In your second, third and fourth years you will specialise in health promotion and nutrition. You will also undertake an on-campus health promotion campaign, provide a school-based nutrition education session and a 100-hour professional public health nutrition placement in a public health/health promotion organisation.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • attained a mark of 60% for Foundations For Professional Health Practice; and
  • met the Chemistry prerequisite.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry with a grade of 60% or higher; or
  • CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with a grade of 70% or higher.
Other higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed a unit assessed as meeting the chemistry prerequisite, with a grade of 60% or higher; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR
  • Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$9,190*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

On graduation, you are eligible for professional-level membership for the Australian Health Promotion Association, the Public Health Association of Australia, and the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Nutritionist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Nutritionist
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Health/Nutrition Project Officer
  • Health/Nutrition Policy Officer
  • Health Research Officer
  • Community Development Officer.

Employers may include government, non-government and community-based organisations such as:

  • Department of Health
  • Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Council of WA
  • Diabetes WA
  • local government
  • divisions of general practice
  • welfare agencies such as Foodbank and the Australian
  • Red Cross.

Please note: In Australia there is a distinction between dietitians and other occupations in the nutrition and food science field, including that of a nutritionist. To qualify as a dietitian you must complete further postgraduate studies. 

If you wish to enter into the Master of Dietetics as a Health Promotion and Nutrition graduate you will need to study additional undergraduate nutrition units to satisfy the Master of Dietetics entry requirements.

Nutritionist

Nutritionists study the science of human nutrition and provide advice, deliver nutrition education and undertake research on dietary habits to encourage the achievement of a healthy lifestyle

Dietitian

Dietitians apply the science of human nutrition to help people understand food and health relationships, make dietary choices, promote and maintain health, and prevent and treat illness and disease. They typically have one more year of training in a Postgraduate Diploma of Dietetics, which includes substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.

Why Nutrition and Health Promotion Double Degree?

  • This is the only course of its kind in Western Australia.
  • There are work-integrated learning opportunities.
  • The course has a practical emphasis.
  • You can develop your knowledge and skills in planning and evaluating health promotion programs.
  • The combined health promotion and nutrition content will develop your knowledge in the core studies of human biology, behavioural sciences, research methods and epidemiology.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.