University College Birmingham
Food and Nutrition Top-up BSc (Hons)
University College Birmingham

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25866 £27832 £33315
25-75 percentile range £22786 - £28487 £22921 - £34054 £26366 - £43222

Course Description


Nutrition issues have become increasingly important in the commercial food sector, with food-related research and product developments now being regularly reported in the media. With growing demand for graduates with specialised nutrition backgrounds, our Food and Nutrition top-up degree course is a great option for anyone with existing knowledge of this field to help you get into the industry.

This Food and Nutrition top-up course is designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5) and has been developed in accordance with guidelines from the Association for Nutrition (AfN) with the aim of becoming an accredited course. Expanding upon your current knowledge and skills, your studies will cover core competencies for the sector, including nutritional science, current issues in food and nutrition, supply and sustainability.

To help support your learning, you will have the chance to work in our cutting-edge Food Science and Innovation Suite as well as our industry standard kitchen facilities at University College Birmingham. Thanks to our celebrated links with the food industry, you will also benefit from a range of guest lectures and the latest industry research.

  • Specialise your studies – Develop a specialism relevant to your chosen career through optional modules, covering subjects including food technology and food education
  • Practical application – Get hands-on working in our state-of-the-art facilities featuring the latest food testing and diagnostic equipment
  • Enrichment – Our industry connections provide you with guest lectures from experts and additional work experience opportunities, as well as the latest research from the industry


University College Birmingham is renowned for its outstanding food industry training facilities. As a student on our Food and Nutrition course, you will have access to our professional standard kitchens which are used regularly for prestigious competitions, as well as our Food Science and Innovation Suite. Designed with the help of the food industry, this multi-million pound suite features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology, state-of-the-art development kitchen facilities and a bespoke sensory evaluation room.


We encourage students on our top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.

Employers we have worked with include Ritz Carlton Naples (Florida), NHS England, Holland & Barrett (Coventry), Food Cycle (Birmingham) and Sandwell Council (Birmingham).


Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:

  • Nutritionist
  • Food technologist
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Nutritional therapist
  • Secondary school teacher (food technology)

You could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham.

- **Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course**

Recognised by the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Food and Nutrition Top-up BSc (Hons) at University College Birmingham

20% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Customer service occupations
10% Process, plant and machine operatives
5% Caring personal services
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Elementary occupations

Grading & Study Time

****Note:** Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website:** ****ASSESSMENT**** Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course (weighting may vary depending on optional modules): - **Coursework** – 80% - **Practical assessment** – 10% - **Written examinations** – 10% Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

ALL applicants must possess a Level 5 qualification, such as an HND or FdA in a relevant area in order to be considered for this course. A copy of your HND/FdA module transcripts will be requested, and the original required to be seen at enrolment.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected] EU/international students Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer) If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email EU: [email protected] International: [email protected]

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 5.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Food and Nutrition Top-up, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Food and Nutrition Top-up BSc (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £13500 year 1
International £13500 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information


If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625.

This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise).

If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year.

If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England.

UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements

More information about UK Fees please go to our website here -

EU and International:

More information about International Fees please go to our website here -

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University College Birmingham

University College Birmingham (UCB) is a university located in Birmingham, England, which specialises in vocational courses for both the higher education and further education sectors. The majority of UCB’s undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are officially accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the highest ranked academic institutions in the world.

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