If you’re a relatively new reader, you may not know that I have been studying this year as the first step to retrain as a dietician.
I know there’s a lot of confusion out there about what the difference is between a nutritionist and a dietician. 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).
There are a lot nutrition courses out there, some great and some pretty average, and it can be hard to tell the difference. I wanted to take a course that I knew was legit, and that would allow me to work in a hospital, private practise or sports club when I have qualified.
This year I’ve been taking some of my prerequisite classes at evening school, studying for my Certificate in Higher Education: Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine. I was taking 3 hours of Chemistry on a Monday evening, and 3 hours of Biology on a Tuesday evenings from September-May at Birkbeck university. I didn’t do a science A level so needed to complete these two subjects to get onto a serious dietetics course.
My exams were on the 1st and 8th June- 3 hours in each subject! The last few weeks have been tough with revision every evening after work and all weekend!
The course was tough, there’s an option to take the two classes over one year or two. There was a lot of topics to cover with plenty of homework, quizzes, and Saturday classes. Some of topics we covered;
- Cell Biology
- Gas Exchange
- Atoms and molecules
- Organic Chemistry
- Volume analysis and titrations
- Acids and bases
- Oxidation and reduction
- Electromagnetic radiation
I applied to a couple of universities this year, and was thrilled to get into my top two choices- one with a conditional and one unconditional offer. I’ll find out in August how I did in my exams, and which uni I’ll be going to, so I’ll keep you posted!