Nutrition and Exercise Sciences BSc (Hons)

Nutrition and Exercise Sciences BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




Under- graduate



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.

National Student Survey 2017
93.8% of Nutrition students felt teaching staff are good at explaining things

Entry Requirements

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. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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

  • Principles of Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • Principles of Biology and Nutrition
  • Planning and Instructing Exercise for Health and Fitness
  • Health and the Social Sciences

Year 2

  • Principles of Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • Principles of Biology and Nutrition
  • Planning and Instructing Exercise for Health and Fitness
  • Health and the Social Sciences

Nutrition Strand

  • Food Processing and Preservation

Health and Fitness Strand

  • Advanced Principles of Exercise and Training

Year 3

Research OR Consultancy Project

  • Nutrition and Health

Nutrition Strand

  • Nutritional Biochemistry

2 options from:

  • Food Borne Disease
  • Food Allergies and Intolerances
  • Public Health: Delivery and Action
  • Psychology of Diet and Exercise
  • Professional Work Experience

Health and Fitness Strand

  • Exercise Referral

2 options from:

  • Training Prescription for the Elite Athlete
  • Public Health: Delivery and Action
  • Psychology of Diet and Exercise
  • Professional Work Experience

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.

Your study 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 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.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 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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