DegreeFull-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 6 years
Annual Fees(indicative 2019)
Course related costs$1000 textbooks, travel to work placements
Domestic Applications due
|Received all year|
International Applications due
|Christchurch - Madras Street|
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).
If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.
To complete this Degree you are required to complete 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.
To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.
New Zealand University Entrance: 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)
Successful completion of New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Pre Health 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.
* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/
- 14 credits at Level 3 in each of:
Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?
If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
In addition you need to:
- Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee reports.
- Consent to Disclosure of Information. Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent by Ara to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Department. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.
What if English is not my first Language?
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 .
- 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, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination 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.
What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.
OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS
All applicants must meet the academic entry criteria for the identified Bachelor of Applied Science specialisation. Should the number of applicants exceed the available places a wait list will be maintained. Applicants may be invited for interview by phone or face to face if further information is required. Final selection is based on both academic and other entry criteria, such as knowledge of and previous experience within the specialisation areas, and effective organisational and communication skills. Provisional entry does not apply.
Applications close on 2 December each year but late applications will be considered where spaces are available.
To apply for this programme please:
- complete an applied science domestic application pack or an applied science international application pack.
If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.
Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .
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
Add to this qualification with our Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education.
Recommended school subjects
- Physical Education
Anatomy and Physiology
Bioscience in Industry 2
Chemistry for Applied Science
Health Promotion 1
Introduction to Nutrition
Lifestyle and Health
People, Food and Environment
Professional Development for Industry
Te Kākano 1
Bioscience in Industry 3
Event Planning and Management
Global Challenges; Sustainable Futures
Health Promotion 2
Industry Practicum 1
Macronutrients and Health
Micronutrients and Health
Research Design and Statistics
Clinical Skills in Nutrition
Industry Practicum 2
Industry Project in Applied Science
Nutrition and Disease
Phytonutrients and Health