What is it like to become a Dietitan?

Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food and advise people on their food and nutrition choices.

You’ll work in hospitals or in the community and with individuals and communities with both healthy and sick people. You could, for example, work with people who:

  • have digestive problems
  • want to lose weight
  • need to put on weight after an illness
  • have HIV
  • have an eating disorder
  • want to improve their sports performance
  • have an allergy.

You must first successfully complete an approved degree in dietetics, usually at undergraduate level. You’ll need

  • two or three A levels, including chemistry, maths or biology, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C or 4-9), including English language and maths

Or equivalent qualifications:

  • BTEC, HND or HNC which includes science subjects
  • relevant NVQ
  • science-based access course
  • equivalent level Scottish or Irish qualifications

Skills: – academic qualifications aren’t everything. You’ll need to be interested in science and food and people’s lifestyles. You’ll need excellent communication skills and be able to explain complex things simply.

NHS Roles – Dietitan