Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (Human Nutrition)  BSc (Hons)

Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (Human Nutrition) BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B4C6; Short form: BSc/NESc

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Get a truly scientific understanding of nutrition and human physiology while you develop the consultancy skills you’ll need to practise as a nutritional adviser on this vocationally-focused course. You’ll study alongside other nutrition and exercise science students during your first year before specialising in Years 2 and 3, studying the biochemical basis of nutrition, human physiology, aspects of health and the development of nutritional consultancy.

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 at A2 including 2 Science subjects (Biology, Physics, Psychology, Chemistry or Maths acceptable); General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : in Applied Science Distinction, Distinction, Merit
GCSEs : 5 at grade C including Maths and English

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 - 128 UCAS points at A2 including 2 Science Subjects (Biology, Physics, Psychology, Chemistry or Maths); General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Applied Science, Maths & 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.

Applicants without the above qualifications may be suitable to enter the BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Science first year and progress to the specific Human Nutrition pathway in the second year. This is providing students have gained successful completion of the first year at a pass rate of higher than 60%. Please contact us if you would like to discuss further.

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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 1)


  • Language
  • Introduction to Exercise Leadership and Gym Orientation

Year 2

Core Modules
  • Applied Human Physiology
  • Nutrition for Life
  • Research Methods
  • Public Health: Needs and Contexts
  • Food Processing and Preservation


Optional Modules (choose 1)


  • Sports Nutrition
  • Experiential Learning
    Health Psychology
  • Language

Year 3

Core Modules
  • Research Project (Double Module)
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Nutrition-Related Disease


Optional Modules (choose 2)


  • Current Topics in Population Health and Exercise
  • Public Health: Delivery and Action
  • Food-borne Disease
  • Food Allergy and Intolerance
  • Health Psychology: Theory & Practice
  • Consultancy Project

Further Information

This new course seeks to provide a truly scientific application of the science of nutrition, allied to those practitioner skills necessary for practice as nutritional advisers. You will study the biochemical basis of nutrition, human physiology, aspects of health and the development of nutritional consultancy. In the final year you will undertake a major piece of independent research.

At Year 1, you will study the basis of biochemistry, physiology and nutritional science, allied to study of research methods and health. This is then developed at Year 2 with a greater insight into the supporting science and integration of key aspects of health and practitioner skills. This is then brought together in Year 3 with the Final Year Project that takes up one-third of the time. There are several options available to you in Year Three providing the opportunity to specialize 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.

These skills are developed throughout the course and 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.

In each of the three years of the course you will study six modules - 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 an area of your choice within Nutrition.

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:

Apply Now

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

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (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

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.

You'll benefit from our close links with the food industry and longstanding partnership with Preston City Council.

Professional Accreditation

The course is currently in the process of gaining accreditation from the Association for Nutrition, so when you graduate, you’ll automatically become an Associate Member of the Register of Accredited Nutritionists.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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


The overwhelming evidence that sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition lead to diseases, placing an enormous burden on the individual and society as a whole, has translated into opportunities for many of our graduates, who have gone on to work in areas like school health, gym instruction, fitness instruction, sports coaching and food technology among others. Alternatively, you can pursue an academic route and study the MSc Nutrition and Food Science.

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in the industry, boosting your employability on graduation. In addition to this you can also access the ‘V’ volunteering project, the Student Associate Scheme and work placements.


Excellent laboratory facilities are allied to superb library and other learning resources. Sport and exercise participation and facilities are also excellent.

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: Dr. Stephanie Dillon, Dr. Darrell Brooks, Dr. Steve Atkins, Dr. Howard Hurst, Dr. Nicola Lowe and Carol Wallace

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