Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Consumer Science

Qualification stream: Food and Nutrition
Qualification code: 98005 - FNU
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62424
APS/AS: 20
The B degree Consumer Science (Food & Nutrition Stream) aims to train Consumer Scientists knowledgeable in nutrition. This qualification will not enable students to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a dietician or nutritionist. The practical sessions will be conducted in Gauteng.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the degree is to provide the student with knowledge, understanding and competence in any of food, clothing and textiles, hospitality services, or nutrition, with business management to enable them to set up their own businesses; to work in the retail sector; or to act as advisors or facilitators. The qualifying students are able to manage and work in a variety of contexts in the fashion, food, hospitality or nutrition field, dependent on the stream selected.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

While you are deciding on the modules for which you will be registering, write down the module names and codes so that you have something to refer to when completing your registration.

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level

Second level

Students who have completed MNM2601 are not required to register for HPM2601.
Students who have completed MNM2602 are not required to register for MNM2615.
Students who have completed MNM2606 are not required to register for GGH3708.

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
FOO2601 - Food Preparation II
FOO2602 - Food Preparation Practical II Pre-requisite:FOO1602
FOO2613 - Food Safety and Hygiene Practices
GGH3708 - Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
HPM2601 - Food Service Organisation and Management
HPM2602 - Meal Management Co-requisite:NUT1501
MNM2605 - Consumer Behaviour Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501
MNM2615 - Marketing in Africa Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1502 or MNM1501 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501
NUT2601 - Nutritional Care Pre-requisite:NUT1501
NUT2602 - Nutrition in the first 1000 days Co-requisite:NUT1501 & NUT1602

Third level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
FOO3701 - International Cuisine
FOO3702 - Food and Beverage Management
FOO3703 - Beverage Studies
FOO3705 - Food Preparation Practical III Pre-requisite:FOO2602
FOO3714 - Food and Beverage Service
NUT3701 - Nutrition During the Life Cycle Pre-requisite:NUT2601
NUT3702 - Chronic Lifestyle Diseases Co-requisite:NUT2601
NUT3703 - Nutrition and the Immune System Co-requisite:NUT2601
NUT3704 - Nutrition and Health Promotion Co-requisite:NUT2602, NUT3701, NUT3702 & NUT3703
NUT3705 - Nutrition and Alternative Medicine Co-requisite:NUT3702