Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
094690B
Location:
  • Blacktown
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2020 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Blacktown (58.50)
  • North Sydney (58.50)

Domestic students

Description

Nutritionists promote healthy eating and lifestyles to individuals, communities and populations. Nutritionists create opportunities for people to learn about food and nutrition, design food products to support a healthy diet, influence food systems to foster sustainability, and advocate for a safe and equitable food supply across the globe. Studies in nutrition therefore include the science behind food and nutrition – biology and human physiology and chemistry and biochemistry, food and culinary nutrition science and the role of food and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention.

Nutrition links very closely with the national and global health priorities related to overnutrition and risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, much of which is preventable through a healthy lifestyle.

ACU's program focuses on nutrition for general health, with understanding of the role of food and nutrition in chronic disease management, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition related health and community and public health priorities. ACU is the only university in Australia to offer students the opportunity to focus their study on culinary nutrition, an emerging area for work in the food and nutrition industry. The degree will appeal to anyone interested in a career as a nutritionists in public health and policy, in culinary nutrition science, in food and nutrition education and communication, in food science and technology, and in the research and food product development sectors. Work placement units provide students with eposure to work settings where they may gain employment following graduation and international short term study offers students the chance to enrich their university learning experience.

The program also provides the basis for postgraduate studies in dietetics. Dietitians treat disease through diet and therefore require additional studies and clinical practice in health settings.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Blacktown (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 CHEM105
Foundations of Chemistry
BIOL123
Cells and Tissues
NUTR101
Introduction to nutrition
PUBH102
Foundations of health promotion
Year 1 - Semester 2 CHEM112
Organic and Food Chemistry
(Pre: CHEM105)
BIOL124
Human body in health and disease 1
(Pre: BIOL123)
NUTR102
Culinary nutrition science
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 CHEM204
Biochemistry
(Pre: CHEM106 or CHEM112)
BIOL204
Human body in health and disease 2
(Pre: BIOL123)
NUTR202
Lifespan nutrition
(Pre: NUTR101)
Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2 CHEM206
Advanced metabolic biochemistry
(Pre: CHEM204)
BIOL234
Nutritional physiology
(Pre: NUTR101, BIOL204)
PUBH103
Epidemiology
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 NUTR302
Diet, health and disease
(Pre: BIOL234 and NUTR202)
NUTR303
Food Science in practice
(Pre: CHEM112, NUTR102)
PUBH202
Public health research methods
(Pre: PUBH103)
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 NUTR305
Community and public health nutrition
(Pre: PUBH102)
NUTR304
Food product design and development
(Pre: NUTR303)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Elective

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Blacktown
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9165 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Pre-requisite: English Standard (Band 2) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 3)

Victoria

  • Pre-requisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2020

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.20 98.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 61.65 67.35
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.45 58.60
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.55 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 64.45 69.65
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.90 59.40

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 11 55.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 20 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 11.36%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 25 56.82%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 5 11.36%
International students 6 13.64%
All students 44 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Blacktown), NSW
Apply through UAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for:

  • Culinary nutritionist
  • Community and public health nutritionists
  • Food and nutrition researchers
  • Food and nutrition educators / communicators
  • Food and health policy influencers / makers
  • Food science and technology professionals
  • Food research and produce development professionals
  • National and international health agencies
  • State and federal government health departments
  • Food service and Food science and technology industry

Professional experience

Students may choose to undertake work placement units offering 50-140 hours of work in areas across the food and nutrition industry including food industry, culinary nutrition, sports nutrition, community and public health.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this degree will be eligible to apply for registration as a Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). This degree has been designed to meet the competencies deemed essential by the NSA for registration.

The degree meets the academic qualifications required for Professional Membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). Note: Professional Membership of AIFST also requires three years of relevant professional experience.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Public Health
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions

The course structure of this degree has been designed to meet the entry requirements for a Master of Dietetics program as stipulated by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)

More course information

ACU is the only university in Australia to offer an elective major (8 units) in culinary nutrition science, available on the Melbourne, North Sydney and Blacktown campuses. Alternatively, students on these campuses may choose a Food Science major with students on the Melbourne campus also able to study a Public Health major. Students can also choose from three elective minors (4 units each) in Exercise Science or Sport Nutrition if they are on the Melbourne, North Sydney or Blacktown campuses, or International Development if they are on the Melbourne campus.

Year 1 of the course provides foundation knowledge and skills in chemistry, human biology, food science, and culinary science, and introduces the field of nutrition and its practice, as well as foundation studies in public health.

Year 2 develops greater understanding of the foundation knowledge and skills in bioscience and nutrition with further development of both cognitive and applied skills, in biochemistry, as well as human physiology in the contexts of health and disease, and nutrition. Similarly, foundation knowledge and skills in nutrition-specific and public health units are further explored through epidemiology and Students may choose to undertake work placement units offering 50-140 hours of work in areas across the food and nutrition industry including food industry, culinary nutrition, sports nutrition, community and public health and food and nutrition across the lifespan. Foundation communication skills for nutrition education is introduced. Students studying majors and minors commence related study during this year.

Year 3 provides advanced food/nutrition-specific knowledge, comprehension and applied skills in food science, diet in health and disease, and community and public health nutrition. Cognitive and applied skills are extended through research methods, ethical practice and social responsibility, including integration of community engagement. Students studying majors and minors complete related study during this year.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

International students

Description

Nutritionists promote healthy eating and lifestyles to individuals, communities and populations. Nutritionists create opportunities for people to learn about food and nutrition, design food products to support a healthy diet, influence food systems to foster sustainability, and advocate for a safe and equitable food supply across the globe. Studies in nutrition therefore include the science behind food and nutrition – biology and human physiology and chemistry and biochemistry, food and culinary nutrition science and the role of food and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention.

Nutrition links very closely with the national and global health priorities related to overnutrition and risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, much of which is preventable through a healthy lifestyle.

ACU's program focuses on nutrition for general health, with understanding of the role of food and nutrition in chronic disease management, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition related health and community and public health priorities. ACU is the only university in Australia to offer students the opportunity to focus their study on culinary nutrition, an emerging area for work in the food and nutrition industry. The degree will appeal to anyone interested in a career as a nutritionists in public health and policy, in culinary nutrition science, in food and nutrition education and communication, in food science and technology, and in the research and food product development sectors. Work placement units provide students with eposure to work settings where they may gain employment following graduation and international short term study offers students the chance to enrich their university learning experience.

The program also provides the basis for postgraduate studies in dietetics. Dietitians treat disease through diet and therefore require additional studies and clinical practice in health settings.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
North Sydney
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 CHEM105
Foundations of Chemistry
BIOL123
Cells and Tissues
NUTR101
Introduction to nutrition
PUBH102
Foundations of health promotion
Year 1 - Semester 2 CHEM112
Organic and Food Chemistry
(Pre: CHEM105)
BIOL124
Human body in health and disease 1
(Pre: BIOL123)
NUTR102
Culinary nutrition science
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 CHEM204
Biochemistry
(Pre: CHEM106 or CHEM112)
BIOL204
Human body in health and disease 2
(Pre: BIOL123)
NUTR202
Lifespan nutrition
(Pre: NUTR101)
Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2 CHEM206
Advanced metabolic biochemistry
(Pre: CHEM204)
BIOL234
Nutritional physiology
(Pre: NUTR101, BIOL204)
PUBH103
Epidemiology
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 NUTR302
Diet, health and disease
(Pre: BIOL234 and NUTR202)
NUTR303
Food Science in practice
(Pre: CHEM112, NUTR102)
PUBH202
Public health research methods
(Pre: PUBH103)
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 NUTR305
Community and public health nutrition
(Pre: PUBH102)
NUTR304
Food product design and development
(Pre: NUTR303)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Elective

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3042.00 (2021)
  • Average first year fee: $24336.00 (2021)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $73008.00 (2021)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for:

  • Culinary nutritionist
  • Community and public health nutritionists
  • Food and nutrition researchers
  • Food and nutrition educators / communicators
  • Food and health policy influencers / makers
  • Food science and technology professionals
  • Food research and produce development professionals
  • National and international health agencies
  • State and federal government health departments
  • Food service and Food science and technology industry

Professional experience

Students may choose to undertake work placement units offering 50-140 hours of work in areas across the food and nutrition industry including food industry, culinary nutrition, sports nutrition, community and public health.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this degree will be eligible to apply for registration as a Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). This degree has been designed to meet the competencies deemed essential by the NSA for registration.

The degree meets the academic qualifications required for Professional Membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). Note: Professional Membership of AIFST also requires three years of relevant professional experience.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Public Health
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions

The course structure of this degree has been designed to meet the entry requirements for a Master of Dietetics program as stipulated by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)

More course information

ACU is the only university in Australia to offer an elective major (8 units) in culinary nutrition science, available on the Melbourne, North Sydney and Blacktown campuses. Alternatively, students on these campuses may choose a Food Science major with students on the Melbourne campus also able to study a Public Health major. Students can also choose from three elective minors (4 units each) in Exercise Science or Sport Nutrition if they are on the Melbourne, North Sydney or Blacktown campuses, or International Development if they are on the Melbourne campus.

Year 1 of the course provides foundation knowledge and skills in chemistry, human biology, food science, and culinary science, and introduces the field of nutrition and its practice, as well as foundation studies in public health.

Year 2 develops greater understanding of the foundation knowledge and skills in bioscience and nutrition with further development of both cognitive and applied skills, in biochemistry, as well as human physiology in the contexts of health and disease, and nutrition. Similarly, foundation knowledge and skills in nutrition-specific and public health units are further explored through epidemiology and Students may choose to undertake work placement units offering 50-140 hours of work in areas across the food and nutrition industry including food industry, culinary nutrition, sports nutrition, community and public health and food and nutrition across the lifespan. Foundation communication skills for nutrition education is introduced. Students studying majors and minors commence related study during this year.

Year 3 provides advanced food/nutrition-specific knowledge, comprehension and applied skills in food science, diet in health and disease, and community and public health nutrition. Cognitive and applied skills are extended through research methods, ethical practice and social responsibility, including integration of community engagement. Students studying majors and minors complete related study during this year.

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