I have an offer from UWIC for Human Nutrition and Dietetics for Sep 08 start. I was hoping someone already on the course could give me some info on what the course is like Ė and specifically how much and what sort of practical work is involved. I visited the open day and it came across that there is hardly any practical / lab work and that it is mainly academic lecture time. Is this the case? I am really keen on going to UWIC but would love a course that offers both practical and academic work as thatís how I learn best!
P.S. I canít believe how much the courses vary from Uni to Uni. I have visited UWIC, Chester & Plymouth and they all adopt a different style of learning Ė How do you decide where to go?!
uwic is a great place to study - yes i went there when it was called something else!
they do work you hard but I think they still do practicals in subjects and still include cooking which I think is a vital part of the course. If u cant cook u shouldnt be doing nutrition! my opinion!!!
Actually I am teaching a module there starting monday so i will check it out.
On a different theme cardiff is a great place to study - livly and fun. in fact my own kids want to stay around here and live in halls so i am sure you will have a good time. mail me if u want more info!
I'm a second year student studying Human Nutrition and Dietetics in UWIC.
To answer your question there is alot of practical work. In year one we spent a lot of time in labs doing biochemistry and there was also a cooking module. Obviously its quite academic too. In year two we did a little bit of lab work at the start of the year and are cooking every week all the way through the year. I did hear that they are reducing the practical cookery for one of the modules in year two but not sure which one. There is still plenty to do this year. If you like cooking you will enjoy it. Being honest sometimes I wonder why we have cookery practicals because they seem a little pointless but you get to sample loads of different dishes so its not all bad
The course itself is enjoyable. The subjects are very interesting. Library is pretty rubbish but you learn to live with it its not a bad university and is being improved all the time.
I hope this answers your questions for you. If you need any more info just shout
the cooking is not pointless - you need it to understand food. Other students have questioned its value before but dietetics and nutrition is a very practical subject when dealing with people. I remember I wondered if it was of any value but it is believe me .
I agree that cookery - particularly learning about food and adapting recipes is vital to being a good dietitian.
The only thing I would say is that dietetics isn't necessarily a good career for someone that loves food and cookery although it's a common reason for doing it. It's very much a people job rather than a food job.
mm - might depend what u are doing - my work with sportsmen involves a lot of food and atrategies to get enough fodd in, in a day! I also run cooking workshops for different sports - a grat opportunity to talk about diet!