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Tuition Fees:$3,128 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Student Intake:35 Students
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Campus:Tygerberg
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The programme includes Therapeutic Nutrition, Community Nutrition and Food Service Administration components. The degree is a selection programme, with only 35 students being selected into the first study year each year. The B Sc Dietetics programme is offered, in its entirety on the University’s Tygerberg campus.

The four-year full-time programme is comprehensive, nationally and internationally relevant and is aligned to the outcomes for registered dietitians as specified by the Professional Board for Dietetics within the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Students are trained and developed within a dynamic, integrated and professional environment and the training consists of a thorough theoretical component and a high-quality practical training component.

Graduates of this degree are equipped to successfully practice as dietitians in any of the areas of dietetics and are afforded the skills to promote the nutritional health and wellbeing of human beings in all stages of the lifecycle.

Graduates from this degree must complete a 1-year remunerated compulsory community service, as stipulated by the Medical, Dental and Supplementary Health Service Professions Amendment Act, No. 89 (effective from 1 January 2003).

Only after completion of this service are they eligible for full registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), allowing for independent practice.

Curriculum

First year
Compulsory Modules
Chemistry for Health Sciences  111(17)
Medical Microbiology  142(7)
Physiological Biochemistry  142(6)
Nutrition  142(29)
Anatomy (AHS) 151(9)
Foods  144(14)
Life-forms and Functions of Clinical Importance  111(17)
Health in Context  111(19)

(Life-forms and Functions of Clinical Importance 111 is a prerequisite pass module for Physiology (AHS) 278; Medical Microbiology 142 is a prerequisite for Food Production and Systems 214 and Applied Food Science 254; Foods 144 is a prerequisite pass module for Food Production and Systems 214; Nutrition 142 is a prerequisite pass module for Nutrition in the Life Cycle 214 and Introduction to Therapeutic Nutrition 244; Nutritional Assessment 144 is a prerequisite pass module for Introduction to Therapeutic Nutrition 244 and Nutrition in the Life Cycle 214.)

Second year
Compulsory Modules
Physiology (AHS)  278(26)
Nutritional Status Assessment  231(12) ​
Therapeutic Nutrition  244(10)
Applied Food Science  254(14)
Food Production and Systems  214(20)
Nutrition in the Life Cycle  214(15)
Psychology for Health Sciences  242(7)
Ethics and Human Rights  241(3)
Practical Training  272(11)
Community Nutrition 244 (7)

Third year
Compulsory Modules
Therapeutic Nutrition  378(35)
Community Nutrition  376(27)
Managerial Principles  377(18)
Research Methodology  312(9)
Biostatistics and Epidemiology  322(9)
Ethics and Human Rights  341(4)
Practical Training  374(22)

Fourth year
Compulsory Modules
Research Methodology  413(16)
Food Service Management  476(37)
Therapeutic Nutrition  478(58)
Community Nutrition  478(37)

Students are also exposed to the division’s clinical infrastructure for 34 weeks, and during this time they receive practical training in the three basic components of dietetics: therapeutic nutrition, community nutrition and food service management.

Admission Requirements

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university admission, endorsed by Umalusi, or an equivalent qualification with an average of at least 50% (code 4)
– Mathematics – code 4 (50%)
– Physical Sciences – code 4 (50%)
– Life Sciences – code 4 (50%)

You are strongly advised to include Afrikaans as a subject for the NSC examination.

American High School Diploma
To obtain a certificate of foreign conditional exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires the High School Graduation Diploma accompanied by a certificate of eligibility for admission to study at any US university with a valid senior college accreditation issued by any of the following accreditation bodies: ACICS, DETC, MSA, NASC, NCA, NEASC – CIHE, SACS – CC, WASC – Sr

O/GCSE Levels:
A candidate who only holds O/GCSE-levels (only symbols A, B and C are acceptable) and no other school-leaving examination is not eligible for admission to the University, unless he/she has attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration and meets the subject combination and grade requirements for mature age exemption.

(Not all Faculties consider mature age applicants for admission).

A-Levels:
To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires two recognised A-level passes (symbols A to E are acceptable) and three O/GCSE-level passes (symbols A to C are acceptable) including English Language and an approved second language.

A foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in two approved A-level subjects and three approved O/GCSE–level subject credits, including English or English Language.

AS-Levels:
To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires four recognised AS-level passes (symbols A to D are acceptable) and one O/GCSE-level pass (symbols A to C are acceptable) including English Language and an approved second language.

A foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in four approved AS-level subjects (symbols A to D are acceptable) and one approved O/GCSE–level subject credit (symbols A to C are acceptable), including English or English Language but no second language.

Please Note: it is important to establish that the A-level, AS-level and O/GCSE-level subjects that are taken are recognised by HESA. Subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, etc. are not recognised by HESA for matriculation exemption purposes.

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma with twenty four (24) points (grades 4 to 7 are acceptable).

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has obtained the International Baccalaureate Certificate (grades 4 to 7 are acceptable) with two higher level and three standard level subject passes including English.

Namibian H- and O-levels
To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires four recognised Higher-level subject passes (grades 1 to 3 are required) and one Ordinary-Level pass including English Language on first or second language Higher Level, and approved Higher or Ordinary Level language on first language level (if English had been taken on the second language level) or a foreign language (if English had been taken on first language level) accompanied by pass marks in two Higher Level subjects selected from two of the following groups:

Group 3: A third language, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Physical Science or Biology

Group 4: Art, Economics, History, Geography or a subject from Group 3 excluding third languages provided offered for one group only

Group 5: Accounting, Computer Studies or Design and Technology provided the subject must be accompanied by a pass mark in Mathematics on at least OL

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in four approved HL subjects and one approved OL subject credit, including English or English Language but no second language.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $6
Application Fees for African Students: $0

**You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/eAansoek2/alg.jsp?Tl=1)
**Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.
**Unlike South African citizens, who are charged an application fee of R100, international students are exempt from paying application fees

Before you apply;
Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za. For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Closing dates for financial assistance:
– 31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

Closing dates for applications:
– International students: Apply by 14 September of the previous year.
– South African students: Apply by 31 January of the year in which you wish to study

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
Private Practising Dietitians
: consult patients/clients with specific nutrition-related conditions or who are in need of nutrition intervention and/or who to need make lifestyle changes to protect their health; patients are often referred by other health practitioners.

Therapeutic Dietitians: work in a hospital setting as part of the medical care team in managing the care and therapy of patients; they assess and individualise nutrition intervention, which may include special diets, feeding via a tube and intravenous feeding.

Community Dietitians: work in the public health sector and usually work for the government, community-based organizations or non-governmental organisations; they work to actively protect and improve the health of the community through nutrition promotion and education, prevention and treatment of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, growth monitoring in children, promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding, nutrition support for specific conditions and empowering people to provide adequate nutrition for themselves and their families.

Food Service Management Dietitians: manage the provision of balanced and healthy diets, as well as specialised diets in institutions such as health care facilities, welfare institutions, correctional services, institutional residences and elderly care facilities; they are involved in planning, costing and developing menus and managing food service systems.

Consulting Dietitians: use their nutrition knowledge in the food, nutrition, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries; are involved in food labeling legislation, nutrition regulations, nutritional analyses, product development and nutrition-related marketing activities; increased public interest in nutrition has led to job opportunities in food manufacturing, advertising and marketing.

Research Dietitians:work in the field of nutrition-related research examining the role of nutrition in health and disease and are usually employed by academic institutions or statutory bodies.

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,128
Tuition Fees for African Students: $5,062

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries, as well as Rwanda and Namibia, pay R60000 without an international tuition fee

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students from Africa (Non-SADC) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R23940
*Students from the rest of the World (outside of Africa) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R50700

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (SADC) – R60000
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Africa) – R83940
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Rest of the World) – R110700

Relevant Contact

 
Nelene Koen
Programme Enquiries
 
Xikombiso Mbhenyane
Departmental Head