Thank you all for so many amazing and positive comments on my blog post about not getting in to my first choice University last week- they all meant such a lot to me!
To become a Registered Dietitian in the UK you need to either complete a 3-4 year undergraduate and master’s course at an accredited university, or an undergraduate nutrition/science degree followed by a Postgraduate degree in dietetics, which usually take 2 years, again at an accredited university.
Surprisingly there are very few accredited universities that offer a Dietetics undergraduate or postgraduate course in England at the moment (only 2 of them are actually in London!);
After getting rejected from Kings, I began thinking about my future. When I originally applied to become a Dietitian I was most interested in Sport’s Nutrition, so had applied to Kingston to do their Exercise, Nutrition and Health course, however over the past few months I have been leaning towards clinical dietetics.
It’s scary having to make a choice now that will affect the next 4 years of your life, so I decided to ring a few of the above universities to see if they had any spaces in clearing- and they did! I was put on the waiting list at the University of Hertfordshire, and given an interview at London Met.
On Saturday afternoon, I was told that I had been given a place at London Met on their 4 year Dietetics course!!!
I am thrilled!
The best bit – the course is funded by the NHS.
That’s right, the NHS pays for all accredited Dietetics degrees for British students, plus bursaries for some too. Saving £45k is definitely a win in my book and takes a lot of stress out of my decision to decline the offer at Kingston (which is not funded) and accept the place at London Met.
If you’re interested then you can find out more about NHS bursaries here. You do need to send off you Birth Certificate and driving licence or passport so this needs to be done well in advance of any trips. Plus I need to send 36 months of payslips/P45s to prove I’ve been self-supporting for the last 3 years to potentially qualify for an extra bursary! Something to think about if you’re planning on applying in future, throw nothing away!!
I start at London Met in September and have already started ordering text books, thinking about which societies and clubs I can join etc. I am so excited to get to do uni all over again, this time doing the things I thought I was too cool to do when I was at Leeds!