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BSc (Hons)

Exercise, Nutrition and Health

Student doing exercise in the gym
Course places still available for September 2021

Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): CB64 / 350P
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Public health, exercise and nutrition practitioners designed this course in collaboration with our academics. This makes the course ideal for those who are interested in the factors that influence our health. You will concentrate on the roles of physical activity, exercise and nutrition in the prevention and management of disease. Crucial topics, such as the public health system and communication skills, are also integrated into this course.

This exercise, nutrition and health degree aims to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes to allow you to improve the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations using:

  • exercise
  • physical activity
  • nutrition
  • healthy eating.

You'll learn the fundamentals of exercise and nutrition science and how they relate to health and disease. Alongside this, we will ensure that you can apply this knowledge in a public health setting so you will learn about:

  • the UK public health system
  • the strategies in place to promote health using exercise
  • physical activity and nutrition
  • how to monitor and evaluate these.

You will have the opportunity to gain industry recognised additional qualifications in:

  • exercise referral
  • food hygiene
  • Cook and Eat session delivery.

Why choose this course?

  • Our multidisciplinary approach enables you to work with staff from three outstanding academic teams at NTU – Sport Sciences, Biosciences and Public Health – as well as leading health practitioners.
  • Our substantial network of external health practitioners will interact with you in a variety of ways such as through workshops, guest lectures, work placements, setting assessments, volunteering opportunities, and research projects.
  • We recognise that behaviour change is a key part of health promotion, the inclusion of Communication Skills and Psychology adds particular value and reinforces the unique nature of the degree.
  • You will become a member of the NTU Health Promotion Forum and work alongside the NTU Health Promotion Specialist on real-life briefs to improve the health of NTU students and staff.

What you'll study

The course has been developed with input from health professionals to ensure you have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required to enhance your job prospects. You will have numerous opportunities to practice what you have learned including:

  • dietary and exercise assessment sessions with volunteers (supported by your tutors)
  • designing and delivering healthy eating sessions
  • working in the community to increase physical activity levels
  • practising your communication skills.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

    This module provides the foundations of the key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and adaptations to sport and exercise.

    Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Examine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality sport and exercise experiences.

    Food and Healthy Eating

    You will study food microbiology and food hygiene and the factors affecting the growth of foodborne microorganisms, food poisoning and recommendations to ensure high standards of food hygiene.

    Sport Culture and Society: a critical introduction

    Explore the importance of the social sciences in the understanding of sport and in the education of every sports professional.

    Foundation Nutrition

    Learn the essential principles and concepts of nutrition, focusing upon the structure and function of nutrients, the effects of consumption and the methods for assessing nutritional intake and status.

    Introduction to Research

    Get an overall perspective of the research process in the context of sport, exercise, health and leisure management, and learn the research skills necessary to successfully complete your studies.
  • Year Two

    Core modules:

    Research Design and Analysis

    Using enquiry based learning, students will continue to learn about the research process and gain an understanding and experience of how research is conducted within the field of exercise, nutrition and health.

    Behaviour Change, Physical Activity and Health

    Learn about evidence, methods and theory in relation to changing and maintaining behaviour(s) relevant to health and well-being.

    Exercise and Health Physiology

    Explore how exercise physiology can be used in the assessment, prevention, and treatment of disease and poor health including risk assessment and exercise screening, assessing health using simple, cost-effective, testing procedures and measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

    Applied Nutrition

    This provides an opportunity to apply your knowledge of nutrition to a range of different circumstances across the lifespan.

    Nutrition and Metabolism

    Develop an understanding of nutrient metabolism and regulation, and through the use of case studies apply nutritional and healthy eating knowledge to the development of dietary recommendations.

    Choose one optional module:

    Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

    This module outlines, both theoretically and practically, how the body’s structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training in order to enhance exercise tolerance and sport performance.

    Practical Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    In this module, students develop the principles from Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology and relate them to sport, coaching, management and exercise contexts.

    Sociology of Sport, Health and the Body

    Explore the key concepts across the sociologies of sport, health, and the body including emotion, physical culture, vulnerable bodies and why we work out.

  • Year Three

    You have the option to undertake a one year work placements in industry. On successful completion you will gain an additional award - the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Sport Project and Dissertation

    You will produce an original and independent piece of work in a specialist area of sport science, coaching, exercise science or sport and leisure management depending on your focus of study.

    Aetiology and Management of Disease

    Starting with a review of the research techniques involved, emphasis is placed on the aetiological roles of physical activity / exercise and nutrition and how they are used to manage disease.

    Applied Topics in Exercise, Nutrition and Health

    Explore the current topics in nutrition and health through group discussions, guest lectures, debates, workshops, and journal clubs. You'll also develop your professional skills through enhancing your communications methods for health promotion, applying good clinical practice and studying current legislation.

    Choose two optional modules:

    Choose one from:

    Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Sport: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

    This module seeks to situate sport within a broad consideration of global processes, practices and consequences.

    Sport, Exercise and the Brain

    You'll explore how psychological factors, such as self-control, affect exercise adherence and sporting performance. Additionally, you will examine how physical activity and exercise affect psychophysiological outcomes, such as cognitive function and mental health.

    Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and Exercise

    The module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.

    Choose one from:

    Child and Adolescent Growth, Health and Performance

    This module will describe and critically evaluate the processes of growth and development in humans, and the potential impact of these on the current (and future) health and performance of the growing child and adolescent.

    Current Topics in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

    This module aims to provide the fundamental knowledge and understanding, that underpin the relationship between nutrition and exercise performance.

    Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Students will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport and the emphasis of this module will be placed on current primary research.

    Challenging Critical Issues in Sport

    You'll analyse complex problems such as sports injury, drug use in sport and inequality and develop potential solutions using positive social changes.

How you’re taught

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including the following:

Coursework

  • Dissertation
  • Group projects
  • Case studies
  • Posters

Practical

  • Oral presentations
  • Laboratory practical reports
  • Practical competencies tests
  • Client interviews

Written

  • Exams

You will have around 12 hours of scheduled contact time per week. This will take the form of:

  • traditional lectures and seminars
  • practical workshops
  • external visits.

The remainder of your time will guided independent study.

Practical classes for students will be taught in our purpose built laboratories on the Clifton Campus. The lectures and workshops are delivered on Clifton Campus.

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (33%), written (40%) and practical (27%)

Year 2 - coursework (50%), written (42%) and practical (8%)

Year 3 - coursework (49%), written (31%) and practical (20%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (18%) and independent study (82%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

The number of people with physical inactivity and poor nutrition is rising. This means that the roles of the following are gaining an increasingly high profile:

  • exercise
  • physical activity
  • nutrition in health promotion.

The number of jobs in health related industries is also increasing.

Recent graduates from the BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health have gone on to secure the following positions:

Other roles which this course could lead to include:

  • health development / promotion officer
  • nutrition / healthy eating adviser
  • media health journalism or work within public interest organisations and charities.

Graduate salaries range from £10,000 – £30,000 per year.

On successful completion of the course, many graduates choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Excellent placement opportunities

You will have the option to undertake a year's work placement in industry. You will be visited and supported by your University tutor, and will be assigned a vocational training officer within your placement organisation. Successful completion of the year, along with the associated assessments (placement diary, placement report, and oral presentation), will result in the award of a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

Throughout your time with us you will have many opportunities through the placement and consultancy projects to:

  • put theory into practice
  • gain valuable experience and develop the skills that will prepare you for the career of your choice.

Currently over twenty five health and related organisations support this course, providing you with invaluable industry experience, including:

What our students say

"I designed and ran a health promotion campaign for students on nutrition, and the positive feedback we received helped me to think about different career options. I also undertook a work placement which gave me invaluable experience of what it is like to work in a different setting and how my knowledge can benefit me in a job."

Victoria Evans, BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including Physical Education or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – DMM, including relevant Physical Education or Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and two sciences grade C/4; and
  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

* We will accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sport Studies or Psychology

** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

  • If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including Physical Education or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – DMM, including relevant Physical Education or Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and two sciences grade C/4
  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • * We will accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sport Studies or Psychology

    ** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Important information

This course involves working with children / vulnerable groups, therefore applicants may be requested to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB disclosure). Applicants' suitability for the course will be considered according to the results of the DBS check on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

  • For more information other opportunities for funding please visit our international pages.
  • For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

Still need help?

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