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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:BC46
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

Make the most of our high-spec facilities and equipment, world-leading research team and strong employer connections to become an expert in understanding the impact nutrition and exercise can have on health and fitness.

We know eating well and taking exercise are key factors in promoting good health. For this degree, you explore the science that lies behind this, covering specialisms such as physiology; nutrient metabolism; health psychology; and the prescription of nutrition and exercise. Other study areas include nutrition across the lifecycle; public health nutrition; exercise and behaviour change; and exercise and fitness testing.

You learn about the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge working with these patient groups within our clinics.

AfN Accredited Programme: Accreditation No. AC277

Why choose this course?

  • Study with a world-leading research team in community and other settings as well as in our sport and exercise science laboratories, with their state-of-the-art equipment
  • Benefit from our well-established employer links with the NHS and local community health programmes, which allow you to put your learning into practice and ensure the course stays ahead of the curve with current practice
  • Gain accreditation by the Association for Nutrition, which allows graduates to apply for direct entry onto the Register of Associate Nutritionists
  • Develop transferable skills in communication; research methods; and researching, preparing and producing your own projects
  • Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year in industry (see below), gaining experience and making contacts for the future
  • On graduating, your career path could take you into the food, health or fitness industries; health promotion; lifestyle education; and public health

 

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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

Accreditations

  • Association for Nutrition: Accreditation No. AC277
The campus where this course is taught

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


Units

  • Academic Writing Skills (SPO048-1) Compulsory
  • Applied Exercise Practice (SPO082-1) Compulsory
  • Human Physiology (SPO084-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Health Psychology And Counselling (SPO039-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Research Methods (SPO052-1) Compulsory
  • Lifecycle Nutrition (SPO066-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Nutrition (SPO024-1) Compulsory
  • Advanced Applied Exercise Practice (SPO092-2) Compulsory
  • Dissertation Preparation (SPO095-2) Compulsory
  • Nutrient Metabolism (SPO048-2) Compulsory
  • Professional Development And Employability (SPO053-2) Compulsory
  • Public Health Nutrition (SPO049-2) Compulsory
  • Quantitative Research Methods (SPO099-2) Compulsory
  • Applied Health Psychology And Public Health (SPO038-2) Optional
  • Physical Activity And Health Interventions (SPO063-2) Optional
  • Dissertation For Sport Science And Physical Activity (SPO051-3) Compulsory
  • Exercise & Fitness Testing For Clinical Populations (SPO085-3) Compulsory
  • Nutrition For Metabolic Health And Related Conditions (SPO107-3) Compulsory
  • Nutrition In Clinical And Special Populations (SPO100-3) Compulsory
  • Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour And Health (SPO015-3) Compulsory
  • Work Placement Project (SPO057-3) Compulsory

The strategies adopted for learning and teaching in Health, Nutrition and Exercise reflect the diverse nature of the subject. The course employs practical activities in the lab and field, lead lectures, seminar discussions, workshops, on-line activities, and individual and small group tutorials. Practical sessions or discussion seminars will enable you to apply theories taught during lectures and gain a deeper understanding of their use and contexts. Laboratory work and computer-based learning activities will provide opportunities to practise and develop research skills and techniques in preparation for conducting your own research and facilitate your understanding of research-based literature. You will examine case studies and receive invited lectures from professionals in the field to learn from their expertise and reflect upon how your learning can be transferred into real life workplace settings. you will also be able to learn from the research being undertaken by the members of ISPAR, many of whom are on the course teaching team. Throughout the degree, small group sessions require you to engage in problem-solving exercises and analytical discussions with your peers. You will learn to locate, evaluate and synthesise information from a variety of sources and be given opportunities to learn, practise, and develop communication and presentation skills, including a topic specifically designed to develop professional skills used by healthcare professionals.
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Our students say our courses, teaching and support are a winning combination, that’s why we are 51st out of 122 for Sport in the Guardian University Guide 2022.

We’re 12th for employability because our courses get you a degree-level job.

We have more one-to-one time for you which is why we are in the top 10 for staff/student ratio.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

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As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

Extra entry requirements

  • A levels in sport science, physical education, natural science or psychology (preferred)
  • GCSE Maths, English and double science/2 sciences at grade C/4 are required.
  • IELTS 6.5 overall required for International students with no less than 6.0 in any area.

Opportunities for career development within the health, fitness and nutrition sectors have been expanding in recent years. In the light of an increasing recognition of the importance of physical activity and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease within government health reports there are significant opportunities for graduates within Primary and Secondary Care, for example:

  • Health Improvement Practitioner (e.g. Obesity/Physical Activity or other e.g. mental health, cardiovascular disease, the elderly)
  • Healthy Schools Specialists
  • Exercise Referral Specialists
  • Obesity and Diabetes Specialists
  • Lifestyle Advisor
  • Health Improvement Specialist
  • Community Physical Activity Worker
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Professional
  • Public Health Specialist

There are numerous career paths in nutrition - view career profiles at the Association for Nutrition 

Nutrition career paths include:

  • Nutrition consultant (following further study e.g. PgDip/Masters in Dietetics)
  • Nutritionist
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition Therapist
  • Food Safety
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Food and drink manufacturers
  • Food Service Provider
  • Food Ingredient Supplier

For those who wish to pursue a career in Public Health and/or Health Promotion and Education this course provides a foundation of knowledge that will be useful in acquiring the competencies through the Faculty of Public Health (Department of Health) required to join the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR).

This is a register which provides the regulation of public health specialists with a background in areas such as social science, medicine, nursing, health promotion, pharmacy, psychology and dentistry. Completion of this  this course will also allow you the opportunity to apply as a member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.

Further study paths

There are a range of postgraduate study opportunities open to you for career paths in clinical, counselling, educational, health psychology, physical activity, nutrition, health promotion, business and personnel, research training, teaching and the Health Service.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student