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How to become a dietitian in the UK

In order to become a dietitian you’ll need to be properly qualified. You have to register with the HCPC and take one of their courses to get your foot in the door. We’ll tell you how to become a dietitian in the UK and where to look for work once you’re fully qualified.
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Qualifications

A HCPC-approved degree in dietetics or nutrition and dietetics, or an HCPC-approved postgraduate qualification in the field are required. You’ll find that place on undergraduate courses require at least 2 A-levels including biology or chemistry along with 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English of C grade or above. These courses are either 3 or 4 years long and you apply for them via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Post grad courses

You’ll need a sciences degree to get into a postgraduate course. If you get onto the course, you’ll face a further 2 years of studying which will include both theory and practical training. If you don’t get a postgraduate qualification, you’ll only be able to enter the profession as a dietetic assistant. Your employer may support your studies for an approved degree to then become a dietitian.

Skills

Whether you get the qualifications or not, the skills you’ll need to demonstrate include an interest and knowledge of the science behind foods. Excellent written and verbal communications skills are a must and in general your interpersonal skills must be top notch in order to get this sort of position. If you can explain complicated theories in a simple and clear manner, you’ll get a leg up on the competition. Patience, tact and a positive attitude are also attributes that employers look for in dietitians.

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