Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition) .xml Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)

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Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

University Entrance (specific subjects apply). If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 7.0 listening/speaking, 6.5 reading/writing).

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Detailed requirements

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Duration

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Tuition Fees

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Student Success

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National Graduates Outcomes

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Content

In our full time three year programme you will study theory and develop the practical skills needed for working in sports, health and wellness sectors.

Nutrition is a science with real-life applications, providing a range of transferable skills and leading to a variety of careers. Nutrition involves the study of nutrients in food, how the body absorbs and uses these nutrients for growth and maintenance, and the relationship between diet, health and disease.

Nutrition is increasingly relevant in today's society due to its impact on the health of individuals, communities and populations. This specialisation will provide you with expertise in nutrition, and an awareness of what influences the nutrition of individuals and groups in New Zealand and globally.

As people are starting to take more responsibility for their own health to prevent illness, they are faced with a confusing range of often conflicting nutrition information. This programme will equip you with the ability to identify good sources of nutrition information in an ever-changing environment to empower people to make healthier food choices and make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

A sample of areas covered within the degree includes:

  • Metabolic processes and how nutrients in food affect the human body
  • Application of nutrition science to enhance the health of community groups
  • Effects of major nutrition-related factors on non-communicable diseases that impact on the health of developed nations
  • Identification of reliable sources of up-to-date nutritional information
  • Communication of nutrition principles in a range of contexts using awareness of psychological, cultural and environmental influences on eating behaviour
  • The use of genetics, physiology, culture, environment and social issues to assist in the management of body composition and nutrition choices
  • Work placements with nutrition education programmes, health promotion organisations (governmental and non-governmental), nutrition consultancies, community initiatives, workplace wellbeing programmes and school holiday programmes

In our most recent graduate survey, 85.7% of 2016 Bachelor of Applied Science graduates were in employment (Ara Graduate Outcome Survey, 2016).

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of:

    • biology or human biology or physical education
    • another subject, preferably core health/health education, physics, statistics, mathematics, chemistry, geography, home economics and psychology. (Human Nutrition specialisation applicants must have a minimum of 14 credits in Chemistry at Level 2)
    • one other subject from the list of approved subjects*
    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

  • Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4 Ara Pre Health Pathway OR Ara Certificate in Fitness AND NCEA Level 2 credits in chemistry or equivalent.

Additional requirements
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee reports.

  • Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer also to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart which includes credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

7.0

READING

6.5

WRITING

6.5

LISTENING

7.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

All applicants must meet the academic entry criteria for the identified Bachelor of Applied Science specialisation. Should the number of applicants exceed the available places a wait list will be maintained. Applicants may be invited for interview by phone or face to face if further information is required. Final selection is based on both academic and other entry criteria, such as knowledge of and previous experience within the specialisation areas, and effective organisational and communication skills. Provisional entry does not apply.

Applications close on 2 December each year but late applications will be considered where spaces are available.

PROGRAMME CODE: CH3981
LEVEL: 7
CREDITS: 360
COMMENCES: February. July start may be available, please enquire.
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: 2 December, late applications may be considered
International: Please enquire
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $6,400 - $7,100
International: $21,270
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street
PART-TIME AVAILABILITY:
ADDITIONAL COSTS: $1000 textbooks, travel to work placements

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an applied science domestic application pack or an applied science international application pack.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme you will have a qualification that enables you to work with people to set goals, improve their diet and exercise regimes.

  • Public health and private nutrition consultancies
  • Health science research
  • Health promotion
  • Product development

Study pathways

Add to this qualification with our Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Chemistry