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Higher Diploma Programmes

Higher Diploma in Applied Nutritional Studies

Programme code AS114208

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2022. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2023/24 will be announced later.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full-time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Kwai Chung)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma of Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; OR Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Applicable to holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) (students admitted to DVE in AY2017/18 or before are required to complete prescribed further studies modules).
  4. Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to higher diploma programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results. Applications will be assessed individually by the departments concerned.
  5. This programme is only applicable to applicants with HKDSE Chinese Language qualifications.
Programme Aims
Click here to view the programme highlights video (narration in Cantonese)

This programme aims to provide professional knowledge, practical training and management skills in the area of nutrition and health food industry. It nurtures students to pursue a career in the nutrition and health related field and further study to become a registered dietitian. It covers a spectrum of modules including nutritional assessment and therapy, nutrigenomics, sports science and nutrition, menu planning and healthy food service management, health food products development, public health education and promotion, and Chinese food therapy. The programme is suitable for students who have enthusiasm in promoting healthy eating concept with the applications of innovative technology to improve human health.
 
This programme is also designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Graduates can be employed as nutritionist / dietitian assistants, health advisors, health promotion instructors and patient care assistants in nutrition, health promotion, health food products and food service settings, such as medical groups, community health and nutrition centers, wellness centers, health food companies and catering groups.
Articulation
Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes :
  1. Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Hons) offered by the Queensland University of Technology, Australia;
  2. Bachelor of Nutrition Science offered by the Queensland University of Technology, Australia;
  3. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Human Nutrition offered by the University of Ulster, United Kingdom;
  4. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Food and Nutrition offered by the University of Ulster, United Kingdom;
  5. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition (Reg No.: 251919)# offered by the Northumbria University, United Kingdom (in collaboration with SHAPE);
  6. Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Food Science and Safety offered by the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)^;
  7. Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Nutrition and Healthcare Management offered by the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)^; and
  8. Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Testing and Certification offered by the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)^.

# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE.
^ Students may be required to take different additional core modules
Professional Recognition
Hong Kong Food Science and Technology Association Limited :​ Graduates are eligible to apply for Full Membership.
Notes
Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.