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I was wondering is a dietitian a good career I’ve always been into helping people and I like fitness would that be a good job, what gcses should I pick, what a levels and do I need a degree
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I was wondering is a dietitian a good career I’ve always been into helping people and I like fitness would that be a good job, what gcses should I pick, what a levels and do I need a degree
A dietician is a great career. Dietitians diagnose and treat people with nutrition problems, and help people make healthy lifestyle and dietary decisions.
The starting salary is around £24,907, with an experienced dietician earning £37,890. You will typically work 38 - 40 hours a week and may occasionally have to work on weekends.

There are 3 main pathways to becoming a dietician:

A University Course:

You'll need a degree or postgraduate qualification in dietetics or human nutrition, accredited by the British Dietetic Association.
The uni highest on the league table for this subject (Surrey) requires these A-Levels:
  1. Biology
  2. Applied Science, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, Nutrition and Food Science, Physical Education or Geography
  3. A free choice

In terms of GCSE's you need English Language and Maths, however, it would be sensible to take a selection of the subjects listed above.

An Apprenticeship:

You may be able to do a dietitian degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, preferably including biology, for a degree apprenticeship.
In terms of GCSE's, nothing is required, but it would be sensible to have biology.

Working towards this role:

You could work as a dietetic assistant and study part-time for a degree to qualify as a dietitian.

I hope this helps
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I was wondering is a dietitian a good career I’ve always been into helping people and I like fitness would that be a good job, what gcses should I pick, what a levels and do I need a degree
Hey lilyhundre,

I'm glad to hear you're interested and thinking of Dietetics as a career.

I'm a current Dietetic student if you have any questions you would like to ask!

Following on from what faizanarshad360, separate sciences is a good start, with GCSE PE if you're interested! I did Food Tech and PE so I was able to learn about nutrition in both subjects which helped to provide me with some knowledge prior to Dietetics! However, you don't necessarily need to do those exact GCSE subjects. An interest in science would help as this will influence your A-Level options. For instance, I did Biology and Chemistry because they were both acceptable for Dietetics (Food and Nutrition at the time) and then I did Psychology. For some unis, Chemistry is not required while for some it's essential and others it's ideal but not essential. The main course the unis look for is A-Level Biology.
And yes, a degree is essential.

I hope this helps!

Veronica
BSc Dietetics Student
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