Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (Personal Fitness Training) BSc (Hons)

Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (Personal Fitness Training) 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:

    Full-time: Three years, Sandwich: Four years; Part-time Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B4C1; Short form: BSc/PFT

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Personal fitness training has moved on. Today, practitioners need to offer more than just high performance support - clients demand a more personal and holistic approach. This innovative course equips you with the skills you need to provide expert advice and guidance on lifestyle as well as a range of exercise regimes, relating to both new and existing government and industry requirements. By developing knowledge and skills in physiology, exercise leadership, sport and exercise performance and nutrition, you’ll gain scientific and skills-based training to become an effective practitioner in this challenging and rapidly changing environment.

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

112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM - DDM
BTEC Diploma: D*D*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate : 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

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


  • Physiology of Human Performance
  • Nutrition for Life
  • Research Methods
  • Health and Fitness


Optional Modules (choose 2)


  • Sports Nutrition
  • Experiential Learning
  • Essentials of Sports Training and Conditioning
  • Language

Year 3

Core Modules


  • Research Project (Double Module)
  • Personal Fitness
  • Exercise Referral


Optional Modules (Choose 2)


  • Current Topics in Population Health and Exercise
  • Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment and Conditioning
  • Consultancy Project
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Psychology of Diet and Exercise

Further Information

The role of personal fitness trainers has undergone a considerable change in recent years moving from the level of high performance support to one where a more personal and holistic approach is necessary. This innovative course seeks to equip you with the skills necessary to provide high level advice and guidance on both lifestyle and a range of exercise regimes using both new and existing government and industry requirements. In recent years, and with greater professional recognition, the role now encompasses a more wide-ranging health-related fitness context. For example, the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) promotes best practice in professional fitness trainers through a benchmarking system for aspirant trainers. These benchmarks now focus more on general health-related fitness, nutrition and wellness rather than the more traditional exercise practice. As such, it is important for aspirant personal trainers to have a wide-ranging skills base, allied to an academic excellence in health-related fitness.


A strong feature of the course is that it provides a particularly solid understanding of the parent disciplines in Year 1. You'll enrol onto the core Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Programme and at the end of Year 1 you will transfer onto the named Personal Fitness Training pathway. The second year builds upon this foundation with an increased focus on sport specific material and in Year 3 you will be able to develop your particular interests and specialisms. Throughout the course you will build up your transferable skills in research methods and information technology, communications skills, group working and presentation skills. Two Applied Sport Science modules draw the disciplines together in a practical way in relation to human performance in sporting activity and exercise. In each of the three years of the course you will study six modules – compulsory and optional, as shown on the table above. This flexibility will allow you to follow your own interests as they develop throughout the course.


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. This has translated into opportunities for many of our graduates who have gone on to careers in health and nutrition including school health, gym instructing, fitness instructing, science teacher, sports coaching, food technology, sports technician. Alternatively, you can pursue an academic route and study the MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology.

This course 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.

Apply Now

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

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (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

Industry Links

This course draws 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.

In Year 3 you’ll develop the professional practice skills required by professional bodies such as the Register of Exercise Professionals. You’ll also work closely with Preston City Council and gain hands-on, practical experience in the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and Heartbeat UK, creating rehab exercise programmes for those who’ve suffered a cardiac arrest.

Professional Accreditation

The course is endorsed by Skills Active and on successful completion you’ll gain Level 2 and 3 REPs accreditation. This means you’ll be able to take a holistic approach to personal training, with the skills and knowledge to both train someone and understand the scientific effect the training is having on the body.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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


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. Nicola Lowe and Carol Wallace

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