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

About the course

AfN Accredited Programme: Accreditation No. AC277

Health improvement practitioners increasingly need to understand the impact of nutrition and exercise on health, fitness and disease.

This course offers a scientific basis for health promotion and covers key disciplines that relate exercise and nutrition to health. This includes the physiology and prescription of nutrition and exercise, health behaviour change, and investigative skills.

The course offers you exercise practitioner and nutritionist accreditation opportunities, strong NHS and community health links, and prepares you for employment in the food, health and fitness industries, health promotion, lifestyle education and public health.

Accreditations

  • Association for Nutrition: Accreditation No. AC277

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  • Benefit from accreditation by the Association for Nutrition which allows graduates to apply for direct entry onto the register of Associate Nutritionists
  • Gain from integrated accreditation opportunities for exercise practice with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) including Level 3 Personal Training and Level 3 Exercise Referral awards
  • Learn about prevention and treatment of chronic disease such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer and benefit from the opportunity to apply this knowledge by working with these patient groups within our specialised clinics
  • Study areas including how nutrition and exercise contribute to the prevention and management of disease; health psychology and behaviour change; communication skills for healthcare professionals; research and investigative skills
  • Study with a world-leading research team in community and field settings and in our sport and exercise science laboratories using state-of-the-art equipment
  • Benefit from employer links with the NHS and local community health programmes, which keep the course relevant to current practice


  • Specialist teaching laboratories and sports facilities
  • Gain professional qualifications alongside your degree
  • Build your employability through work placements
  • BASES accreditation on several courses

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
  • Lifecycle Nutrition (SPO066-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Nutrition (SPO024-1) Compulsory
  • Scientific Research Methods (SPO086-1) 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

Assessment on the course is both formative and summative in nature and occurs at various points throughout the academic year. A wide variety of strategies and activities are employed to assess the specific unit learning outcomes and to permit all students opportunities to utilise their personal strengths across different assessment types. Modes of assessment include examinations (seen and unseen), essays, practical tests, laboratory reports, research projects, case studies, presentations and data-analysis exercises. These assessment methods will develop and assess core knowledge and skills relevant to your future employment and/or further education. At level 4 you will be assessed primarily on your breadth of knowledge pertaining to core relevant topics. At level 5 you will be assessed on your level of knowledge and ability to critically evaluate specific key topics. At level 6 your assessments will evaluate your ability to critically analyse core topics, synthesis literature and theories and apply this in various situations through a process of problem-solving. Formative assessment points provide feedback regarding your progress and diagnostic assessment will be used to assess your knowledge, understanding and skills. Summative assessment for the units includes a combination of the assessment modes set out above.

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

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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 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

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 2020/21 is £12,350 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 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

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 2020/21 is £12,350 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

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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