Sport and Exercise Nutrition degree – BSc(Hons) – Bath Spa University

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course SEN1 or SEN2 (with professional placement year)

Explore the science behind diet, sports performance and health on our Sport and Exercise Nutrition degree.

  • Learn through a multidisciplinary approach that includes physiology, biochemistry and psychology.
  • Develop the knowledge and practical skills needed for a wide range of career paths.
  • Join a close-knit community of staff and students and be assigned a personal tutor from day one.

On this Sport and Exercise Nutrition degree, you'll learn about the nutritional requirements for exercise, improved performance and health, and explore the social and psychological aspects that influence diet and physical activity. Taking a multidisciplinary, scientific approach, you'll learn how to develop and deliver evidence-based dietary guidance, for general fitness and health through to elite-level competition.

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition incorporates scientific theory alongside opportunities for you to develop your practical and research skills. The course has been developed in consultation with industry experts and employers, and is designed to prepare you for careers in areas such as health and wellbeing, food and education.

With expert advice from our dedicated tutors, you’ll be able to tailor your degree through module choices, your dissertation topic, and work placements that are relevant to your career aspirations.


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What you'll learn

Overview

This course provides an approach to sport and exercise nutrition that is based on the scientific and academic principles of physiology and biochemistry. It explores the social and psychological aspects that influence physical activity, food choices, nutrition and health.

By studying sport and exercise nutrition, you’ll understand how physical inactivity is a risk factor for a number of diseases, as well as the scientific principles underlying the nutritional requirements for physical activity, improved performance and health.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll be introduced to a broad range of subjects underpinning the study of exercise and nutrition. Learn about anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and the fundamentals of nutrition for physical activity and health. Emphasis is given to key skills including communication (both written and oral), problem solving and the use of a range of laboratory and digital techniques, including specialist diet and physical activity analysis software.

Year two

In your second year you’ll build on what you’ve learned so far, investigating the role of diet and physical activity in health and as a risk factor for disease. Importantly, you’ll gain an understanding of the ethical and professional framework you'll work within as a graduate of this degree. You’ll be trained in research methodology and you’ll increasingly become an independent and autonomous learner.

You’ll also explore future career opportunities through an optional, but encouraged, work placement.

Year three
Core to your third year will be your independent dissertation project. This will enable you to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of sport, exercise and nutrition. The dissertation includes elements of project management, completing appropriate ethical and risk assessments, logistical planning and detailed data analysis. Also in your final year, you’ll critically explore the complex nature of issues related to sport and exercise science.

How will I be assessed?

Many of your assessments will mimic tasks, ways of working, or reporting that are used by professional practitioners. We think that you should experience these ways of working as they help you to prepare for employment, be that in industry or the health sector, or as a consultant, teacher or researcher. Some examples of methods used for assessment on this programme include:

  • diet and physical activity analysis
  • reports and evaluations
  • practical report writing
  • essays
  • case studies
  • group and individual presentations
  • lab skills assessment
  • literature reviews
  • exams.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught by a core lecturing team, including Registered Nutritionists, as well as a number of visiting experts who deliver lectures and seminars on their areas of expertise.
You’ll learn through participation in lectures, seminars, case studies, practical workshops and educational visits.

We place emphasis on independent study, and each week you’ll be given a clear indication of the follow-up study and preparation you'll be expected to undertake.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

You can choose to take a professional placement year between the second and the final year, and shorter, optional placements are available in the second year as part of a work placement module. In the third year, you'll have the option to work on a brief developed in collaboration with an external organisation or industry partner.

Field trips

Factory visits are part of the optional second year module Food Product Development. We encourage you to attend external events and webinars that will enhance your CV and add to your professional development.

Careers

A degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition can lead to a range of career paths and roles including:

  • Health physiologist
  • Health coach
  • Health improvement practitioner
  • Health and wellbeing advisor
  • Freelance nutritionist
  • Laboratory work/research
  • Food industry work
  • Dietetics (after a postgraduate dietetics programme)
  • Secondary school teaching – Biology (after a PGCE)
  • Master's programmes in specialisms such as clinical nutrition or public health
  • PhD study and research

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll have access to our:

  • Laboratories
    Located in the Gardens area of the Newton Park campus, we have a number of well­-equipped and recently refurbished laboratories dedicated to a variety of practical work. Some are used for specialist microbiological culturing and analysis, others for biochemistry and physiology.
  • Low Hazard Laboratory Space
    We have a ‘low ­hazard’ laboratory space where you can carry out activities such as the preparation and assessment of food, exercise or psychological studies.
  • Biology Resources Room
  • Commons building
  • Newton Park library
  • Virtual Learning Environment

Resources

As a Sport and Exercise Nutrition student, you'll have access to dedicated laboratories with modern equipment including high precision instrumentation, physiological data acquisition systems (biopacs) and physiology equipment. You'll also have use of specialist dietary and physical activity analysis software.

2022/23 Academic Year

We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Fees

Our UK undergraduate fees for 2023/24 entry are £9,250. International tuition fees aren't yet available. See current undergraduate tuition fees for international students for reference. For some courses, additional costs may apply. We'll update this page as soon as we have more detailed information.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and excited about sport, exercise and nutrition with a qualification in Biology, Biological Science, Physical Education or a related subject.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC including a Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Biological Sciences, Social Biology, or Physical Education.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required with a minimum of Grade 6 in Biology or a related subject at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) in a science or related subject.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.5 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 in each element.

Course enquiries
For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? For more information or to express an interest in applying, please contact our Admissions service: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Subject leader: Tracey Lewarne
Email: t.lewarne@bathspa.ac.uk

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