How can I train to be a dietitian?
There are two ways to qualify as a dietitian:
- Completion of a relevant degree
- Completion of a post graduate qualification
All courses include a period of practical training in the acute (hospital) and community setting, which is approved by the Health Professions Council. The entry requirements for undergraduates vary, but you will normally be expected to have ‘A’ levels in science subjects, preferably chemistry, and GCSE in maths and english. Access courses and BTEC in science may also be acceptable.
Detailed information about allied health professions (Fact sheets): www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/list/working
To search for jobs: www.jobs.nhs.uk
Funding – NHS student bursaries provides financial support to eligible students: www.nhspa.gov.uk/sgu
To apply for university: www.ucas.com
Health Professions council: www.hpc-uk.org
The British Dietetic Association careers advice: www.bda.uk.com/careers/index.html
Unfortunately we are unable to offer work experience owing to the number of requests we receive, as well as the need to ensure patient dignity and confidentially. However, we do hold open mornings every year. These sessions are acknowledged by the universities, and provide a valuable opportunity to gain an insight into the work of a dietitian.