Diploma of Nutrition

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What is a Diploma of Nutrition?

The Diploma of Nutrition provides foundational knowledge as the first step into a fulfilling career in nutritional health and wellness. It delivers a thorough understanding of how nutrition impacts health, exploring the full spectrum of human anatomy, physiology and chemistry, and how they relate to human nutrition, digestion and metabolism.
This diploma focuses on health science and provides a strong foundation of the role of nutrition in health. You’ll learn to apply the Australian Dietary Guidelines and Nutrient Reference Values to dietary assessments and planning. This diploma promotes improvements in general health and wellbeing at each life stage and for Indigenous communities at the population level. Upon completion, you’ll have the option to begin working or continue studying the Bachelor of Nutrition.


Learning outcomes

  • Gain an introduction to health science and solid foundation in human nutrition.
  • Explore the relationship between nutritional intake, the maintenance of health and the development of disease.
  • Create basic dietary plans for all life stages including fitness and weight loss.
  • Learn about the influence of society and culture on our dietary intakes.
  • Understand and apply evidence-based practice and critical enquiry.
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NA industry body membership

Students studying this course can become members of Nutrition Australia.

Study mode
Campus locations
Course duration
1 year full time, 2 to 3 years part time
Start date
19 Feb 2024
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Designed to fit in with you
With all your learning materials online, you can tailor a schedule to fit your personal needs.

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Learn from specialists in their field
Our academics understand where the industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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Create positive change
A qualification in nutrition can help you improve health and wellbeing in your own community and at a population level.
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Career opportunities

The Diploma of Nutrition produces advocates for promoting optimal health by applying the foundational knowledge of what it means to be healthy and the role of food in health by communicating this it to the community as a Nutritional Advisor. Upon completion, you can begin a career in the professional domain of nutrition or continue studying the Bachelor of Nutrition.

Potential career paths

  • Nutrition Consultant
    Average salary: $113,017 - $123,564
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I moved to Torrens University after hearing glowing reports from other students. The experience was really positive – the support of student services was truly remarkable.
Deb Levey
Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition)

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Core


These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Biological Foundations | BFD105A
  • Human Nutrition 1 | NUTR2001A
  • Nutrition and Society | NUTR2003
  • Human Structure & Physiology 1 | HSP101A
  • Evidence-based Practice | EBP107A
  • Human Nutrition 2 | NUTR2002A
  • Human Structure & Physiology 2 | HSP102A
  • Lifespan Nutrition | NUTR2005A

Industry partners and work placements

When you study with Torrens University Australia, you will benefit from our extensive network of industry partners. You’ll learn from industry professionals, gain invaluable insights and build key industry relationships.

Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent

Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above


Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification

The below is an alternative option.
Work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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