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Nutrition

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) - BSc(Curtin) - B-NUTR

Health Sciences

The study of nutrition integrates basic science, such as biochemistry and physiology, and research in order to understand how the human body uses nutrients from foods to sustain life. Professionals in nutrition and food science provide expert advice on nutrition, safety and health benefits of foods to individuals, the community and the food industry. Nutritionists may provide advice on:
  

  • the nutrients required by the body at different stages of development
  • the role of nutrients and diet in health
  • the role of nutrients in the prevention of disease.

Nutritionists can be involved in the research and development of new food products and can also research the role of nutrients and dietary patterns in health and disease.

What the course involves:

From your first year you will have opportunities to participate in interprofessional education and integrated learning to enhance your employability.

Your first year is interprofessional and taken with students studying other health sciences degrees. Your second year combines this knowledge with opportunities to experience food and nutrition issues in real-life settings through off-campus field trips.

In your third year you will complete units in nutrition education, science and food science, which emphasise the practical training required for a career as a public health nutritionist and research nutritionist.

The program prepares you for entry into postgraduate courses, including Curtin's dietetic program, which is professionally recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

Fieldwork experience‚Ä®
You are given opportunities for work-integrated learning and to participate in fieldwork, research projects.

You can study this as part of a double degree:

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

Please note: you will need to undertake further postgraduate study to qualify as a dietitian.

In Australia there is a distinction between dietitians and other occupations in the nutrition and food science field, including that of a nutritionist. 

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. 

Potential employers
Employers of nutritionists 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.

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Professional recognition

Upon graduation you can become an associate member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and are eligible to join the Nutrition Society of Australia and the Public Health Association of Australia. 

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. You must also satisfy the course prerequisites
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

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.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

  • Chemistry 3A/3B
  • At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Desirable WACE courses:

At least Mathematics 2C/2D

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

For the July intake there may be restrictions on unit availability and enrolment may be on a part-time basis only, which could extend the course duration.

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees (indicative first year only):

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.
The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Other notes:

Although first and second year are available for study on a part-time basis, second and third year units cannot be undertaken before the completion of first and second years respectively.

Compulsory field trips are conducted throughout the course.

 

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2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

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

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Chemistry.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

For the July intake there may be restrictions on unit availability and enrolment may be on a part-time basis only, which could extend the course duration.

2015 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

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

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Chemistry is required.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Fees for 2015:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

Although first and second year are available for study on a part-time basis, second and third year units cannot be undertaken before the completion of first and second years respectively.

Compulsory field trips are conducted throughout the course.

CRICOS: 003887J
This page was last updated on 25 August 2014

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