Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Nutrition and Exercise Sciences BSc (Hons)

This degree has been designed to provide you with an intellectually stimulating and vocationally relevant programme if you are interested in nutrition and exercise sciences as it relates to health. Sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition can cause diseases that place an enormous burden on the individual and society as a whole. The importance of achieving and maintaining a good level of health and nutrient intake is receiving greater recognition from employers, the government and the general public.

Graduates who have a detailed understanding of the pathophysiology of chronic disease can provide effective recommendations to prevent/delay the onset of disease with exercise and nutritional intervention programmes. BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences equips 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, taught by specialists in each field. The provision of two strands aligned to professional accreditation bodies such as the Association for Nutrition and the Register of Exercise Professionals allows you to specialise in nutrition and food science or health and fitness.

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

Industry Links

Our courses draw upon a broad base of knowledge and skills across the scientific disciplines of nutrition, exercise and health within UCLan and links with organisations outside of the university, including local councils, the food industry, regional charities, professional sports clubs and the NHS.

Potential careers 

  • Community Nutritionist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • GP Referral Consultant
  • Dietetics Assistant
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Nutritional Scientist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Food Technologist
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Science Teacher
  • Fitness Professional

Learning Environment and Assessment

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


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 as well as study abroad during year 2 via student exchange programmes. We have links with universities in the United States, Canada and Spain.


Biological Sciences Laboratories

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Stephanie Dillon, Nicola Lowe, Robert Allan and Ben Dickinson


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Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

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

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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.

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

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

Student Success

John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson is a third year student at UCLan studying Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. John has a passion for nutritional studies working as a chef before university and as a personal trainer. Since starting at UCLan, he began working at Wigan Warriors in his second year at University.

“I started out as an intern here in my second year doing one or two days a week. I was working with another guy from UCLan and when he left they offered me the full-time position.

“UCLan gave me this opportunity to be here and this is really where I want to be. It is hard to get your foot in the door and UCLan really helped me with this. I have learnt so much from being here; it is different from being taught in a classroom and being in the gym. You get to see what it takes to apply your studies to their performance and when the players are in season it’s about managing their time and training to get the best out of them in the match.

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Sport and Wellbeing
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.