Course Introduction:

Are you yearning for a fulfilling career in nutritional health and wellness? 

Do you want to extend your nutritional knowledge and how it aligns to good health?

The way we see ourselves impacts every part of our lives – particularly health and body image – which can influence what and how we eat.   With fad diets on the rise, the need for well-educated and knowledgeable nutritional advisors has become increasingly important to assist people with healthier nutritional approaches.

 

Designed for students with a personal interest in nutrition and diet related fields, or those who want a “taster” before commencing a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, the Diploma of Nutrition will get you on the path to a fulfilling career.  Taught by experienced industry professionals, who are leaders in the field, will benefit those at the start of their journey or those wanting to extend their nutritional knowledge to support their current career in a related field such as fitness, nursing, hospitality, health and wellbeing.

 

The Diploma of Nutrition focuses on health science and provides a strong foundation of the role of nutrition in health.  Gain a thorough understanding of human anatomy, physiology and chemistry, and how this relates to human nutrition, digestion and metabolism.

 

Graduate with a higher education qualification and the knowledge and skills to design specific dietary programs in exercise, weight management, human development and special populations. Make a difference by empowering people to lead healthier lives with the provision of credible nutritional and dietary advice.

 

Torrens University Australia prides itself on being able to meet the needs of those looking to upgrade their skills or move in a different career direction. Our flexible study options and lecturer facilitated online learning platform means that you can study when it suits you best and still receive real-time support from our experienced academic team.

 

The Diploma of Nutrition is the first year of the Bachelor of Nutrition degree or upon completion you can transition to the clinic degree, Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine).

 

Stand out from the crowd with Australia’s only higher education Diploma of Nutrition!


Learning outcomes:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of nutrition and health science
  • Understand a range of nutrition solutions in human development, health and fitness.
  • Explore nutritional science and its application in real life
  • Ability to evaluate and provide advice on individual’s nutritional and diet requirements

Career outcomes:

As a graduate of the Diploma of Nutrition there are a number of career opportunities in the health and wellness industry available to you, including:

  • Nutritional advisor
  • Weight loss advisor
  • Pharmacy assistant
  • Retail sales
  • Sales and marketing for health related pharmaceutical companies

Course Highlights:

  • Only Higher Education Diploma of Nutrition in Australia
  • Fully online course through Torrens University Australia
  • 8 subjects over three trimesters
  • Covers first year of the Bachelor of Nutrition
  • Standalone qualification as a Nutritional Advisor
  • Ideal to complement those with prior qualification (e.g. Fitness, Nursing)
  • Includes science (anatomy, physiology and chemistry), human nutrition, sociology of nutrition and basic dietary planning
  • Non-practitioner qualification

Why study with us

Laureate International Universities

Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students around the world.  This makes our courses unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.

 

The Diploma of Nutrition is offered through Torrens University Australia and brings a fresh, modern, careers-focussed perspective to higher education. Here’s what that means for you:

We FLIP the Classroom

The Diploma of Nutrition is designed around the principles of the ‘flipped classroom’ allowing you to learn through doing, not just through listening.  The flipped classroom model provides you with the opportunity to explore material at your own pace before class.  This might involve reading articles or texts, watching presentations or listening to podcasts. Rather than just listening to a lecturer for an hour or more, you’ll come to class ready having read through or listened to the subject material.  Guided by an expert in the field, you will then then find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to consolidate and apply the things you have learned.

 

We are Career-focused

  • Our students practice in on-campus clinics and/or through industry placement
  • Our academics are current industry practitioners
  • Industry contributes to our course development

We provide a personalized experience

  • Success Coaches: working with our students to increase motivation, improve employability and provide an in-depth understanding of natural talents
  • PASS program (Peer-Assisted Study Scheme): One hour of dedicated time to study – Run by students for students! It is a causal safe environment for fellow students to ask questions, have concepts explained in way you understand, get study tips from experienced students and get some guidance with assessments.
  • Academic skills support: If you need help with assignment writing, referencing, time management, or any other academic-related aspect of your studies then the Academic Skills Support team can help.
  • Technical support: if you have any questions about your online learning management system
  • We care about your success: we value the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore have robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures (as well as all policies and procedures), can be access from your student portal.

Our Academic staff are experienced industry trained professionals

In developing its courses, Torrens is able to draw on the vast experience and resources in education that have been developed within the Laureate International Universities network. Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students.  This makes the courses offered by Torrens University unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.

We have small class sizes

Get direct and personalised access to our industry-experienced lecturers and learning facilitators, through small class sizes and valuable one-to-one interactions, regardless of whether you study online or on campus.

 

We offer Dynamic Online Learning

Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can achieve success in your own time. We provide on-demand access to your course materials and content so you can study whenever it’s convenient to you. At specific campuses, we also offer hybrid courses that combine an online and on-campus study to provide you with yet another option for completing your postgraduate course.

 

Be part of an international network

Torrens University Australia is part of Laureate International Universities, a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education comprised of nearly 70 universities across 23 countries. Torrens’ association with Laureate International Universities gives you the opportunity to leverage the network of over 1,000,000 students around the world – including more than 100,000 online students.

 

Torrens University Australia is here for good

Here for Good is the spirit of Laureate International Universities. As the largest global network of higher education institutions, of which Torrens University Australia is a member, we’re united by a belief in the power of education to change lives. In addition, we’re serious about making an enduring commitment to the communities we serve. To us, this is about purpose and permanence. This is what we mean by Here for Good.

We believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. Our students and graduates are improving lives and making our world better. Our institutions are providing the critical skills, knowledge and support to help make this happen.

At Torrens University Australia, contributing to the community through our student’s learning and development is part of what we do.

 

Access our national campus network

Whether you study on campus or online, you can access state-of-the-art Torrens campuses in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are no more boring classrooms, instead, we have designed our learning spaces to promote collaboration and engagement, and they’re located in convenient and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods.

 

Fast-track your career & professional network

Torrens operates on a trimester system so many courses can be completed in less time than at other institutions. Imagine walking out of Torrens with a Master degree in as little as 12 months, or a Bachelor degree in only 2 years.

 

Torrens runs optional Touch-Point weekend sessions that give you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, converse with lecturers and expand your multidisciplinary network in a face-to-face environment. With a session every trimester at one of our national campuses, you can build your network faster while you study.

 

Feel engaged with industry

Torrens engages in robust dialogue with local, national and global businesses, industries and associations with the goal of creating better graduate outcomes for our students.  We believe education should reflect the realities of industry, as well as the development of critical thinking and global perspectives in the approach we take. Integrating relevant insights and desirable skill sets through our active conversations with industry allows us to remain dynamic and evolve with the needs of the modern workplace.

Develop job ready skills

Through our Careers and Industry advisors and Success Coaches, we provide students with employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range of events and seminars. We assist students in developing current employability skills and help them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. We enjoy many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

 

Develop your academic skills

Develop skills in:

  • Writing essays and reports
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time organisation
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation

Get involved in student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, professional seminars and industry association events both on-campus and online.

Course Overview

Qualification Title DIPLOMA OF NUTRITION
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time

Part-time
Dynamic Online Study

Study options – International students This course is not available to students who require a visa to study onshore in Australia.
Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full Time: 1 year

Accelerated: 2 trimesters

Part Time: Options available

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

 

Course study requirements It is expected that each subject will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week for subjects over 12-week trimesters. Assessment  Assessments vary and include: Essays, reports, case studies, in-class debates, online tests and quizzes, participation in online discussion forums and research projects.
Location Online Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider

 

Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code

(if applicable)

N/A

 

Provider obligations Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia Ltd

 

Course Fees        For details, refer to the website Any other fees For details, refer to the website

 

Admission Criteria

 

Applicants with higher education study

 

·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

 

·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience

 

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

 

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

 

Year 12 or equivalent

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

 

Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5

 

 

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

* Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions

* Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)

* Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.

 

ATAR Profile:

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in T1 2018


(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds)
ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer N/A
Median rank to receive an offer N/A
Lowest rank to receive an offer N/A

Notes:            <5  – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made


Student profile:

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia

 

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake T1 2018

 

Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
17 15.32%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 8 7.21%
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

 

N/A

 

N/A

·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
 

N/A

 

N/A

·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
62 55.86%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
24 21.62%
International students 0 0%
All students 111 100.0%

Notes:   <5 – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

 

Where to get further information:

Torrens University:  Torrens University is Australia’s global university and offers courses including business, design, hospitality, education and more!

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Course logistics

International students

Torrens offers a free, personalised admission process where each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Please contact our International Course and Careers Officer for further information and assistance with your application.

Torrens University Australia is an inclusive institution that celebrates diversity in its student community. We provide international students with assistance in finding accommodation, academic support, counselling services and language assistance.

This course is not available to students who require a visa to study onshore in Australia. However, this course can be studied online.

Please read our International Student information or contact us with any questions about studying at Torrens or living in Australia.

Location and Start Dates

This course is delivered online and has three intakes throughout the year – February, June and September.  Contact your Course and Career Adviser now for upcoming start dates and lecture times.

 

Campus facilities and services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

 

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

  1. Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

  1. FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

Course Structure and Rules

To qualify for the Diploma of Nutrition, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of 8 subjects totalling 80 credit points.

 

Sequence Subject code & Name Prerequisite or Corequisite Credit Points
Year 1 – Study period 1
1 SCIE2001 Anatomy & Physiology 1 None 10
2 NUTR2001 Human Nutrition 1 None 10
Year 1 – Study period 2
3 SCIE2002 Anatomy & Physiology 2 SCIE2001 10
4 SCIE2003 Chemistry Essentials None 10
5 NUTR2003 Nutrition & Society None 10
Year 1 – Study period 3
6 SCIE2004 Biochemistry 1 SCIE2001
SCIE2003
10
7 NUTR2002 Human Nutrition 2 NUTR2001 10
8 NUTR2005 Lifespan Nutrition NUTR2001
Co-requisite: NUTR2002
10
  Total 80

 

Subjects

Subject title, descriptor
Anatomy and Physiology 1

Introduction to the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. The interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis is covered in detail. In addition, this subject covers the structure and function of cells and epithelial tissue, the internal structural anatomy of the human body and key body systems including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular.

Human Nutrition 1

Undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids; and how these relate to human metabolism. Each individual macronutrient is studied in regards to their composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances found in individuals and populations. Students will investigate how the management of these macronutrients contribute to the public health agenda.

 

Anatomy and Physiology 2

This subject continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the, immune, lymphatic and special senses systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body. The structure and function of the digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

Chemistry Essentials

Comprises the study of relevant concepts of general, physical and organic chemistry.  Students will explore atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical compound structure, nomenclature, behaviour and bonding as well as organic compounds and their basic properties and reactions.   This is the foundational subject for the three following biochemistry subjects and is also the level of chemistry necessary for entry into dietetics programs at a postgraduate level.

Nutrition and Society

Gain an understanding of the sociology of food, nutrition and health.  Students will explore the relationships between human behaviour and dietary intake from a public health perspective. Students will be engaged in community-based research, to identify a public health issue which is prevalent in their community society.

Biochemistry 1

Extends on basic chemistry principles comprising an introduction to the basic biochemical compounds within the body. This subject includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids and nucleic acid, DNA and RNA.  The concept of gene expression and regulation is discussed in addition to cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane.

Human Nutrition 2

A detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients which includes water- and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals and how these relate to human metabolism. This subject provides students with underpinning knowledge in relation to the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology.  Each individual micronutrient is studied in regard to structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic doses.  Also included are factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency found in individuals and populations, and how these can be influenced within a public health agenda.

Lifespan Nutrition

Examine the range of nutritional requirements that impact populations, communities and individuals at particular life stages including pre-conception, pregnancy, during lactation, infant, toddler, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations, as well as the specific issues affecting indigenous communities.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Course Credit available?

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.  This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

What are the enrolment dates for the courses?

There are three intakes per year for each Torrens University course. You may enrol anytime during the year and start in the term of your choice. However, please be sure to book early to reserve your place.

Are scholarships available?

Torrens offers limited number of fee-waiver scholarships each trimester, ask a Course and Career Advisor if you’re eligible.

Tuition Assurance

If you’re a domestic student, your investment in your education is protected by Torrens’ membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Higher Education Assurance Scheme. If you are a domestic student, please refer to our Tuition Assurance Statement.

International students are covered by our membership to the Tuition Protection Scheme (TPS), an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.

Can Torrens University help me find work while I’m studying and after I graduate?

Through our Careers and Industry services, we also provide students with technologically advanced employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range specialised of events and seminars in conjunction with leading employers. Torrens assists students in developing current employability skills and helps them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. Torrens enjoys many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Where is the Torrens campus located?

This course is offered only online.  However you can access any of our campuses to use library facilities.

What materials and equipment will I need to provide?

No special material or equipment is required for this course.

How do I become a Nutritionist?

You will need to continue your studies and pathway into either the Bachelor of Nutrition provided by Torrens University or the Bachelor of Health Science Nutritional Medicine provided by ACNT (Brisbane & Sydney) or SSNT (Fitzroy) courses.  On successful completion of a Bachelor degree majoring in Nutrition you will be able to apply to be an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). To become a Registered Nutritionist you will need a Bachelor degree majoring in Nutrition plus 3 years additional study and/or experience.

There is no regulatory or professional body for Nutritionists like there is for Dietitians, for example. However, a voluntary register of Nutritionists has been developed to acknowledge and encourage high standards of competence in the profession. To become an Associate Nutritionist, you must apply for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia. You must be a member, or become a member of the NSA before registration can be applied for. Applications must include a CV, academic transcripts and professional and academic referees. Fees apply. Registrations last for three years, after which re-registration is required. For further details on becoming an Associate Nutritionist, visit the NSA website: http://nsa.asn.au/applying-for-registration/

How can I gain additional nutrition field related work experience?

Volunteer opportunities are a great way to broaden your skills and learn more about the application of nutrition principles across the broader community. Nutrition Australia has local offices in each state to contact and discuss which opportunities may best suite your interests. Visit: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/volunteering-nutrition-australia

There are many other organisations that offer volunteer opportunities. Contact your local council and find out about the local volunteer resource centre. You could also contact;

Contact Us

If you have any further questions, please contact your Course and Career Adviser for additional information.

Email: enquiries@tua.edu.au

Phone: 1300 575 803 (within Australia)

Phone: +61 8 8113 7800 (International)
www.torrens.edu.au