Nutrition & Dietetics

Course Description

15373 - Level 5 Food Science Award (5M5267) one year

This programme introduces students to the topical and developing area of nutrition and dietetics.  By combining theory and practice it is aimed to give students broad based, relevant knowledge in this vast area of study.  This course is often used by learners as a preparatory course for progression to third level.   Sarah K. completed the course in 2019/20 and is now studying Health and Physical Activity in Dundalk Institute of Technolgy - " I had this course as my first option on my CAO. . . I was unsuccessful in one subject in my leaving certificate, so I could not progress directly into college after school. But, thanks to Whitehall College, I had the opportunity to go into DKIT & from putting in the work, I made it!  That's one thing I will say, everything will fall in place for you in life. Despite being unsuccessful at times, there is always a back door in; you have to branch out and strive to succeed. Never give up on yourself & always set a goal to reach. That's what I did and what I hope to continue to do in the future".


Course Content

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Communications
  • Dietetics
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Processing
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience

Please note that the combination of components outlined above may be subject to revision.



QQI Food Science Award Level 5: 5M5267

Progression / Employment

Students seeking employment in the nutrition and dietetics area e.g. health food outlets, or outlets in specialist nutrition.  Graduates may also be eligible to apply for places in Third Level Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.  

Check individual third level colleges to see links available as some courses do not have a QQI/PLC Level 5 entry route.  

Links to third level from Food Science 5M5267

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent.  
  • Applicants with an interest in the area of Nutrition and Dietetics who may not have completed any formal education but who have the ability to successfully participate on the programme
  • Applicants who are seeking a new career direction or are unemployed and wish to re-train
  • Applicants will be asked for one written reference, copy EU Passport or GNIB card or Irish Residence Permit or Labour Market Permission letter
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of English language proficiency may be required.  If appropriate, Whitehall College of Further Education will conduct an English language assessment.