Well that went by quickly. Next week marks the end of my first year on my four year Dietetics degree with the last of this year’s exams. I’ve had two already, one that went well, one not so well. Revision is so hard – and boring!
I thought I’d update you on how I’ve been getting on over the past year, the modules I’m taking and give an insight into next year.
If you haven’t read my previous posts about my decision to retrain as a Dietitian, please read the below first;
A lot of people ask me how the course is going, and my answer is always ‘meh’. There are parts that I really like, and parts that I really dislike.
In all honesty, I think London Met was the wrong uni for me. I find the course very disorganised, with poor communication between the lecturers and students. It seems that none of the tutors speak to each other, and they seem to make things unnecessarily complicated.
For example, this term we had to do two presentations; one marked for our final grade and one unmarked. Logically you’d think they would do the non-assessed one first to give us some practise and feedback before the real deal, but no. I did my assessed presentation two weeks before the other one.
Similarly, our tutorials for each topic occur just after the lecture, which means we have to do the prep work for them before learning about them in the lecture – so weird.
However, I am grateful that I was only in Uni two days a week this year which enabled me to continue working a lot. I’ve got four days of lectures next year which may take some juggling, late nights and even more weekend work to ensure I can keep earning the dollar while I study. I’m not sure I could have kept up with the work and study at my first choice, Kings – so I guess everything happens for a reason.
I’ve got some lovely friends on my course, plus a lot of nice people on my course which helps a lot when working in groups.
This year our modules have been;
- Human Nutrition (my fave)
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Cell Biology and Biochemistry (urgghhh)
- Sociology and Psychology
My strengths are definitely the less science based Human Nutrition and Sociology & Psychology, whilst I’m struggling with the Biochemistry (I had thought my Organic Chemistry days were behind me after last year’s horrendous exam!)
Next year’s modules;
- Catering and Infection Control
- Food Science and Microbiology
- Clinical Dietetics
- Metabolic Biochemistry
- Techniques in Nutritional Science
You can probably guess which ones I’m most looking forward to/dreading!
The course is so in-depth, and at times part of me wonders why I didn’t take an easier option and go for an online nutrition course that didn’t have so much biochemistry, but then I remember how much the info, science and skills I learn on this course are going to help me in the long run!
According to the Association of UK Dieticians, dieticians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, however only registrants with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) can call themselves a Registered Nutritionist (RNutrs).
I’m hoping I’ll have more relevant nutritional info to share with you guys next year, at the moment it’s all double bonds, labelling reproductive systems and motivational interviewing techniques…