Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition

Do you want to understand how food can be used to improve people's health and wellbeing? This program develops knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of nutrition science. It's designed for professionals working in the allied health, fitness or wellness industries, as school teachers, or in hospitality, community health or physical education, who want to upskill in the field of nutrition. It's also the perfect starting point for a career pathway in human nutrition and food science.

In this program you will:

  • Learn the science behind food and anatomical uses, paddock to plate, the science of eating to fight disease, food composition and nutritional needs across the lifecycle
  • Develop skills to assess sources of nutrition information
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Location

Entry threshold

55 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2023 fees ($AUD)

A$4,148 - 2023 Fees CSP
CSP

QTAC code

013651

Start

  • Semester 1

Start
  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
4
Total units
48
Duration
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
SC019
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (4) 48 units

LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
NUT101 Introduction to Nutrition
NUT102 Food in Society
PUB112 Public Health Foundations

Student profile

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 55

Additional entry information

Standard English language requirements apply.

Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • The Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition provide a pathway into the Bachelor of Nutrition.
  • Completing this program within the specified (part-time) duration is based on studying 24 unit points per semester (normally 2 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

Career opportunities

  • Food industry
  • Private practice
  • Public health nutrition
  • Sports nutrition
  • With further study – Clinical dietetics

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$4,148 - 2023 Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to USC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013651
Pathway to the Bachelor of Nutrition
Complete in twelve months part-time
Flexible learning options
Samantha Harvey Graduate

Student story

“The lecturers were super-supportive, always patient and had so much knowledge to share. I especially loved the real-world examples from their experiences in many different areas of practice.”