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

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)

  • ID:CPIT640169
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$23,030.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,400.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • OtherFee/Year:$333.33
  • TuitionFee/Year:$23,030.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,400.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • OtherFee/Year:$333.33

* textbooks, travel to work placements

Estimated Total/program:
$121,389.99
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Admission Requirements

Entry 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)
  • OR Successful completion of New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)
  • OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Applied Science Pathway or equivalent

Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

OR

  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 6.0 academic: speaking 5.5, reading 5.5, writing 5.5, listening 5.5.

Course Information

Gain an in-depth understanding of nutrition and the dietary influences that impact on the health of individuals.

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).

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Pathway Courses

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

Career Opportunity

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

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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