Nutrition and Exercise Sciences BSc (Hons)

Nutrition and Exercise Sciences BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




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Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    3 years full-time. Sandwich: 4 years; Part-time; 5 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B4C0; Short form: BSc/NExS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Get the skills and knowledge you need to improve the health of the nation on this multi-disciplinary course. The importance of keeping healthy and eating well is increasingly recognised by employers, the government and the public, creating exciting career opportunities. You’ll gain a solid understanding of exercise, nutrition, health, science and social sciences, and benefit from our links with external organisations including the food industry, regional and international charities, environmental health and the NHS. You’ll enjoy access to a wealth of resources including excellent laboratory facilities, a superb library and other sport and exercise facilities.

2016 National Student Survey

Nutrition and Exercise Science courses at UCLan were in the top 5 in the UK for learning resources by students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 - 320 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction Merit 
BTEC Diploma : Distinction* Distinction* 
Access to Higher Education : 30 level 3 credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate :  25 - 27 Points 
GCSE : 5 at grade C including Maths and English
Partner Colleges : 60% from Year 0 Science

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate Diploma : 28 - 30P
5 GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Applied Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Health and the Social Sciences

Optional Modules (choose one):

  • Language
  • Introduction to Exercise Leadership and Gym Orientation

Year 2

Core Modules:

  • Physiology of Human Performance
  • Nutrition for Life
  • Research Methods
  • Public Health: Needs and Contexts

Optional Modules (choose two):

  • Food Processing and Preservation
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Experiential Learning
  • Counselling Theories
  • Language

Year 3

Year 3

Core Modules:

  • Research Project (Double Module)
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Current Topics in Population Health and Exercise
  • Public Health: Delivery and Action

Optional Modules (choose one):

  • Nutrition-Related Disease
  • Exercise Referral
  • Drugs, Health and Society
  • Consultancy Project
  • Psychology of Diet and Exercise

Further Information

BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for promoting the health of the general public, clients with risk factors or patients who already suffer from a disease. This is a truly multi-disciplinary course, with each of the areas taught by specialists in that field, producing graduates with in-depth knowledge in all facets of the subject.

Sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition can cause diseases that place an enormous burden on the individual and the whole society. To deal with these problems, there is growing emphasis placed on the fitness and preventative medicine sectors. Therefore, our graduates, who are specifically trained in methods to prevent and treat disease with exercise and nutritional intervention programmes, are becoming more popular in these sectors.

Year 1 provides a particularly solid understanding of the parent disciplines related to Exercise, Nutrition and to Health. This is developed over your second year with an increased focus on material specific to the individual areas. This is then brought together in Year 3 along with the Final Year Project. There are several options available to you in third year providing the opportunity to specialise in your preferred area. Our courses are also recognised for our strong key skills training that will develop a range of transferable skills and enhance your general employability.

Each year, you will study six modules which will be a mixture of core, optional and elective (free choice) modules. This flexibility will allow you to follow your own interests as they develop throughout the course. One-third of the final year comprises a project, which allows detailed investigation of your choice within the areas of Exercise, Nutrition and Health.

Skills developed throughout the course include:

  • Oral and written communication, numerical and data handling skills
  • The use of information technology (IT) and statistical analysis
  • Practical laboratory skills
  • A capacity for problem solving, self-development and interpersonal skills

You can choose to remain on the ‘Core’ Nutrition and Exercise Sciences programme or at the end of year 1 subject to meeting certain criteria - transfer onto one of two pathways: BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (Personal Fitness Training) or BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (Human Nutrition). The core programme offers an optional 48 week sandwich placement in the industry. Using the optional placement year extends the development of a professional approach and the successes after graduation. From study exchanges in Europe to summer exchanges in the United States and Canada there is also a wide variety of opportunities to live, study and work overseas for your optional placement year.

Course subject to change

This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.

This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

Industry Links

Our courses draw upon a broad base of knowledge and skills across health, science and social sciences within UCLan and links with organisations outside of the university, including the food industry, regional and international charities, environmental health and the NHS.

Professional Accreditation

The Personal Fitness Training Pathway is endorsed by Skills Active and has REPS accreditation. The Human Nutrition Pathway is currently seeking accreditation from the Association for Nutrition.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used including coursework, case studies, presentations, examinations and reflective portfolios.


With an increasing importance placed on the preventative medicine sectors, graduates of this course are highly sought after as they are trained in methods to prevent and reduce disease through exercise and nutritional intervention programmes.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with professional sports clubs and athletes. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake work experience or research opportunities abroad via student exchange programmes. We have links with universities in the United States, Canada and Spain, offering the opportunity for students to live and study Year 2 abroad.


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