Career Pathway: Dietitian

What are the entry requirements to train as a Dietitian?

To train as a Dietitian, you need to complete an approved degree in dietetics. This is usually a 3 or 4 year BSc (Hons) degree, although there are shortened postgraduate programmes if you already have a relevant first degree.  If you already have a degree in a life science subject, with an acceptable level of human physiology and biochemistry, you can take a postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Dietetics. 

Courses are a mixture of theory and practical work. They cover biochemistry, psychology, nutrition, physiology and communication skills. Practical training is in hospital and community settings.

For an undergraduate degree, you need

  • two or three A levels, including Chemistry, Maths or Biology, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English Language and Maths


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

To access a postgraduate course you will normally be expected to hold an honours degree which contains an acceptable level of human physiology and biochemistry.

A degree apprenticeship in Dietetics has been approved. This will offer an alternative route to registration with the HCPC. There are no nationally set entry requirements for degree apprenticeships – this will be down to the employer offering the apprenticeship – but you will typically need level 3 qualifications as you will be studying at degree level. Apprenticeships will be with employers, with study at university and vacancies will appear on the NHS Jobs website and the Government’s Find an Apprenticeship website.

Once you have successfully completed a programme approved by the HCPC, you are then eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Once registered as a practitioner, you’ll be required to retain your name on the register by keeping your knowledge and skills up to date and paying an annual retention fee.

What courses are available in Yorkshire & Humber?

What support is available for Dietitians working in General Practice in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw?

Please visit the Initiatives/ Support available link at the bottom of this page to find out more. 

Where can the Dietitian role lead? 

Career progression for Dietitians in Primary Care is more closely aligned with the advancement of knowledge and skills in practice, rather than with time.

Dietitians wishing to become a primary care ‘expert generalists’ could undertake relevant training; specialist Masters level modules aimed at post-registration Band 6 Dietitians are currently in development. 

There may be opportunities for Dietitians to undertake a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice, or to upskill to become supplementary prescribers. 

There may also be opportunities to take on education roles (e.g. secondment to university Dietetics/ Advanced Practice programmes or local Training Hubs) or to take on Lead roles within local Federations/CCGs. 

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