ATAR:
Lowest selection rank*: 85.95
*Offers made in 2021. More about ATAR
Duration: 
4.5 years full time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Block
In person
Workplace
Start date:
21 February 2022
Application due dates:

Overview

Become a dietitian working to improve the health of individuals and communities, with a Bachelor of Nutritional Science/Master of Dietetics from Victoria University.

Our 4.5-year dual degree will give you the food-related knowledge and clinical skills needed to work in private practice, care settings and public programs.

Through coursework and hands-on experience in professional settings, you will become adept at delivering strategies that help people and populations make better food choices to prevent and manage disease and illness.

You will graduate with highly developed knowledge to inform your practice, in these complementary, interacting areas:

  • human biosciences
  • food and nutrition science
  • nutrition and diet in health and disease
  • food service management for vulnerable populations.

Your health-science knowledge will be underpinned by well-honed interpersonal skills that allow you to translate the scientific research on nutrition, health and disease into practical advice for clients and colleagues.

The University has received Program Qualification from the Dietitians Australia (DA) and has sought advice regarding the processes for the accreditation of the dietetics program. The University is planning to submit an accreditation application within the required timelines, and aiming to achieve accreditation prior to graduation of the first cohort of students.

A graduate of an accredited program is eligible to become a member of DA with dietetics qualifications, and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. Full details of the stages in the DA accreditation process are available on the DA website. All inquiries regarding the progress of the program’s accreditation review should be directed to the University’s Dietetics Program Coordinator.

In your third year of study, you'll get hands-on experience developing and delivering group nutrition education sessions to the public.

In the final year of the course, you'll also complete at least 100 days of professional practice placement with our partner organisations, in medical nutritional therapy, community and public health nutrition and food service, meeting the competencies required to practise as a dietitian.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice – online and in-person – and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Careers in dietetics

A graduate of an accredited program is eligible to become a member of DA with dietetics qualifications, and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. Dietitians practise in a range of areas including:

  • private clinics
  • public health care
  • health promotion
  • nutrition education 
  • research positions.

Course structure

To attain the double award of Bachelor of Nutritional Science / Master of Dietetics students will be required to complete:

  • 432 credit points of core studies

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

Year 5, Semester 1

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. Demonstrate safe, effective and professional practice in line with the Dietetic National Competency Standards, and within ethical and legal frameworks including the Dietetic Code of Professional Conduct, and Statement of Ethical Practice;  
  2. Apply an evidence-based and highly developed knowledge of human biosciences, food and nutrition science, health and disease, food and food preparation methods to develop and deliver, client-centred strategies and recommendations to improve health and food choices of individuals, groups and/or populations across a range of practice settings;  
  3. Apply the principles of scientific inquiry and critical evaluation to review the literature, obtain and apply information for effective evidence-based dietetic practice;  
  4. Apply appropriate methodologies in research, evaluation and quality improvement to undertake a project relevant to nutrition and dietetics, and disseminate the results;  
  5. Collaborate with and empower clients and stakeholders, using a range of communication and other interpersonal skills necessary for effective dietetic practice and the translation of scientific research on nutrition, health and disease into practical advice for clients and colleagues;  
  6. Demonstrate the ability to build relationships and work collaborative with colleagues within and across disciplines in a range of settings, acting as a resource and promoting the profession of nutrition and dietetics; and  
  7. Demonstrate reflection on, and learning from practice, and recognise the need for continued professional development.  

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 for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

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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 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
PLUS:
A study score of at least 25 in two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health & Human Development, Mathematics (any) or Physical Education.

Subject adjustments

A study score of 30 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English (any except EAL) Mathematics (any), Health and Human Development, Physical Education or a study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 5 aggregate points. Overall maximum of 20 points.

ATAR profile

VU course code: HCND

VTAC course code: 4301011121 (Footscray Park)

Campus: Footscray Park

ATAR profile of people who received an offer for the Bachelor of Nutritional Science/Master of Dietetics.
  ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer 85.65 95.10
Median rank to receive an offer 81.85 90.25
Lowest rank to receive an offer 75.70 85.95

 

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) in Health or Human Sciences (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

Completion of at least two semesters of Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) in Health or Human Sciences.
OR
Completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) in any discipline
Second year entry:
Completion of at least two semesters of Bachelor of Human Nutrition (HBNT) at Victoria University.
Note: Meeting the minimum requirement for entry to second year does not guarantee entry. Places are limited and applicants will be competitively ranked based on their course WAM in their first two semesters of study.

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

Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
PLUS:
A study score of at least 25 in two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 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 will be required to complete a National Police Records check prior to practice placements, and on an annual basis thereafter. All students must also have a Working with Children check prior to placements.

Students must be prepared to declare their fitness to practice which will include physical and psychological health and have relevant immunisations prior to commencing placements.

Students must notify the university immediately of any changes to their status in relation to these.

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 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 chair 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.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

Apply through VTAC

Apply through VTAC if any of the following apply to you:

  • you are applying for more than one course
  • you are completing Year 12 in 2020
  • you have an existing VTAC application to study in 2021

VTAC course code: 4301011121

VTAC timely applications are due 30 September 2021.

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

Apply directly to VU if any of the following apply to you:

  • you are a current VU student
  • you are only applying for this course and are not completing Year 12 in 2020

Direct applications are due on 13 February 2022 for our next intake which starts on 21 February 2022.

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