ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2019. More about ATAR
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face
Start date:
24 February 2020
Application due dates:

Overview

Contribute to a more equitable world through better food production and supply, with a Bachelor of Human Nutrition.

This health-focused degree gives you a solid foundation in nutrition, food science, and related science subjects.

You'll progress to more targeted study, choosing a specialisation in your third year from the following:

  • Food Science (major)
  • Food Service (major)
  • Biomedical Nutrition (minor)
  • Public Health Nutrition (minor)
  • Analytical Chemistry (minor).

You'll graduate ready for nutrition-related work in healthcare institutions, the public-health sector, aid programs, or food production and services.

We offer extensive practical and industry experience. You'll complete a workplace or research-based project in your final year.

You'll also take part in:

  • industry visits
  • laboratory exercises
  • computer simulations
  • case studies
  • interaction with community nutrition initiatives
  • industry-based projects.

Choose a career in the diverse food and nutrition industries, or undertake post-graduate study to specialise further:

Careers in human nutrition

Career options are diverse and dependent on your specialisation. Each fills an industry demand for qualified specialists in their area.

Our Public Health Nutrition (minor) focuses on:

  • government programs
  • humanitarian assistance
  • international development work.

Graduates from the Food Service major will be uniquely prepared for work in food service systems. These systems are found in public and private hospitals, aged care and other institutional facilities.

Aim for one of the following roles:

  • diet monitor, in hospitals and aged care residences
  • food service assistant
  • supervisor of meal systems and staff in institutional kitchens
  • supervisor in community services such as Meals on Wheels.

A Food Science major prepares you to work with your knowledge of food safety, food quality or product development.

Organisations employing food scientists include:

  • food-processing industries
  • education and research institutes
  • government food laboratories
  • food wholesale and retail industries
  • food safety and regulation bodies
  • product marketing
  • food quality assurance.

Salaries

The following are average Australian salaries on the government website, Job Outlook; graduate salaries are usually lower:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Human Nutrition, students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of First Year core studies;
  • 144 credit points of Professional core studies, and;
  • 96 credit points of either Option A or B

Option A: (Only available to students who commenced the course by 2018)

  • 96 credit points of Major studies (listed below);

OR

Option B:

  • 48 credit points of Food Science Minor OR Sport and Exercise Nutrition Minor;
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies (listed below).

Note: If undertaking HMIFSC Food Science Minor, students are advised to choose the following units to complete the Professional Core:
AHE2006 Exercise Interventions for Healthy Populations instead of HFS2001 Properties of Food.
SLC3001 Exercise, Health and Disease instead of HBM2105 Medical Microbiology and Immunity.

College Core Units

Professional Core Units

Majors

Minors

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and integrate the science underpinning food and nutrition across populations and food systems;  
  2. Critically review, analyse and synthesise current scientific literature related to food, nutrition and health using a wide evidence base;  
  3. Evaluate evidence to investigate and propose solutions to contemporary, emerging and future-oriented food and nutrition issues;  
  4. Effectively communicate food and nutritional science at an appropriate level with both specialist and non-specialist individuals and groups; using written, oral and technological techniques appropriately;  
  5. Contextualise the role of culture, values, ethics and economic, social, regulatory and environmental factors in developing solutions to food and nutrition problems; and  
  6. Apply a broad knowledge base and solid foundations in scientific design and experimental methods to analyse predictable, unpredictable and sometimes complex problems, for the development of more equitable and sustainable global nutrition and food systems.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
PLUS:
A study score of at least 20 in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Health & Human Development, Mathematics (any) or Physical Education.

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of two units of Higher Education studies.
OR:
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Health Services, Training & Development or similar.
OR:
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
AND:
A study score of at least 20 in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Health & Human Development, Mathematics (any) or Physical Education.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

Students choosing the minor, HMIPHN Public Health Nutrition, may be required to obtain a ‘Working With Children Check’ prior to undertaking the unit, HHB2402 Health Program Planning and Evaluation.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply through VTAC

You should apply through VTAC if you:

  • are applying for more than one course
  • are completing Year 12 in 2019
  • have an existing VTAC application to study in 2020.

VTAC course code: 4301010921

VTAC late applications are due 1 November 2019.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

You can apply for consideration of your life circumstances during the application process by submitting a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

You should apply direct to VU if you are:

  • only applying for this course; and
  • not completing Year 12.

If you have already applied through VTAC you must not apply directly to VU.

Direct applications are due on 16 February 2020 for our next intake which starts on 24 February 2020.

Apply direct to VU

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