La Trobe University

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition


Start dates
See additional information 2018
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. This course may be completed in less than three years with enrolment in more than two study periods per year.
Fees and costs
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*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition aims to give you a thorough understanding of food and human nutrition, and prepare you for a career in various fields related to the promotion of health at individual and community levels. You'll study biosciences, principles of nutrition, food science and food skills, nutrition and disease, nutritional needs over the lifespan and for sports performance, and social and public health aspects of nutrition.

This course is delivered online in partnership with Open Universities Australia. For more information please visit the Open Universities Australia website.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements


To be eligible for entry into this course, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- successful completion of two of the four open enrolment units: HBS101, DTN101, (SCI18 or CHM101), PHE102
- a Tertiary Entrance Ranking of 65.85 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)*
- acheive a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English)
- successful completion of at least the equivalent of 1 semester of higher education full-time study with a minimum grade of 65% *

* Ranking scores must also have been within the past five years. If the period has been longer potential students are encouraged to complete a STAT.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, and animal and human nutrition, or in the biological science field. Employers may include government bodies, community health centres, food companies, food manufacturing and processing, animal health companies and sports clubs.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition may apply for membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Enrol in single subjects and apply for entry to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition at the Open Universities Australia <Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page.

How to apply for an undergraduate degree

Additional information

This course is delivered via Open Universities Australia. All enrolment and application enquiries should be directed to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page at Open Universities Australia. Open enrolment (i.e. no entry requirements) is available for four units: HBS101, DTN101, CHM101, PHE102. Successful completion of two of these four units meets the entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. Open Universities Australia offers four study periods each year. Subjects run for 12 weeks with study periods commencing in March, June, September and December. Refer to the La Trobe University Handbook entry for the course structure.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: