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Sport and Exercise Nutrition

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: SEN1 or SEN2 (with professional placement year)
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

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 an Academic Advisor 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


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.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules
  • Biological Techniques
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Exercise for Health
  • Sports Management
Year two (Level 5) modules
  • Research Skills for Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Human Pathophysiology and Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition
  • Sport Psychology
  • Biology Work Placement
  • Future Food: Food and Nutrition in the 21st Century
  • Food Product Development for Quality, Health and Exercise
  • Health Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health: Mind, Body, Society
  • Business of Sport
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Sport and society
  • Science Journalism and Publishing
  • Professional Placement Year
Year three (Level 6) modules
  • Dissertation Planning for Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Dissertation Publication Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Metabolism for Physical Activity
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Medical Biology
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Plants and People
  • Food and Nutrition in Practice
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Advanced Topics in Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Publishing Industry Project


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.


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.


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
Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.

Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

Adobe Creative Campus

Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

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

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.

Professional placement year


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.


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.


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £9,250
UK part time £4,625
International full time £15,750

Professional Placement Year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.

  • UK: £1,850
  • International: £3,150

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 BBB-BCC including a grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Biological Sciences, Social Biology, or Physical Education.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of Grade 5 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, at Merit or higher) in a science or related subject.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

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
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Subject leader: Tracey Lewarne

Three year course
With placement year

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