Food, Culture and Human Nutrition

Short Course - 30 credits at SCQF level 8
Food, Culture and Human Nutrition SCQF level 8 | SCQF 30 points

This course provides students with an understanding of the food matrix, macro- and micro-nutrients, energy balance, and the relevance of history, geography, psychology, sociology and economics in understanding food patterns and food choice.

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This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

16 weeks
The food matrix will be deconstructed to understand the chemical properties of nutrients in foods enabling a comprehensive understanding of their structure and role in human health.  You will learn about nutrients under the two umbrella terms; macro- (protein, carbohydrate and fat) and micro- (vitamins and minerals) nutrients and the scientific recommendation of each nutrient for health.  You will gain skills in dietary and food analysis enabling you to recommend a nutritionally balanced diet depending on the demographics of an individual.  You will learn how to interpret diets and possible deficiencies and excess in the diet.  You will also examine food and allergy labelling and their legal requirements.  Finally, you will explore food patterns and the factors influencing food choice a various groups and cultures.  
The learning outcomes are:
  • Describe the classification of the major food groups and explain their contribution to a healthy d
  • Explain energy balance, including methods of its measurement and estimation.
  • Explain the sources and structure of nutrients, and their digestion, absorption, storage and metabolism in the human body2
  • Understand nutrient requirements in health and the scientific principles of food-based dietary guidelines.
  • Describe and explain food patterns and food choice in groups and cultures.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

Directed study activities will be given each week over the duration of the course.  In addition, online ‘live’ tutorials will take place, supplemented by online discussion forums.


  • Written exam

Independent Study

Independent study is expected throughout.  In addition to reading around the topic to enhance your knowledge, you will be directed to do particular tasks and submit your findings.  A full brief of what you are required to do, and when, will be provided at the start of the module.

Staff Delivering This Course

All staff delivering on the course are either Registered Dietitians (HCPC) or Registered Nutritionists (AfN).


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


This ‘top-up’ module in nutrition is appropriate for those, who have completed relevant previous studies, who wish to progress to undertaking a PDGE in Home Economics teaching.


Previous study at level SCQF Level 7.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. 


For Session 2021/2022

  • All students: £520

Some students may be eligible for funding via SAAS.  For more information, please see:  

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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