Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Nutrition and Exercise Sciences BSc (Hons)

The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register logoThis degree is one of only five courses in the UK to be endorsed by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr). The course 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 endorsements such as the The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) allows you to specialise in nutrition and food science or health and fitness.

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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)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Nutrition And Dietetics at UCLan is 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction. We are also 1st in the North West and 3rd in the UK for academic support, as well as being 1st in the North West and 4th in the UK top 20 for teaching quality - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Our state-of-the-art laboratories house a wide variety of equipment including specialist nutrition and food chemistry equipment to aid teaching and research.
  • The course is aligned to knowledge, skills and competencies set by professional bodies such as the Register of Exercise Professionals, the Association for Nutrition and the Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register.
  • Food Science at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 15 according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

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

  • Applied Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • Nutrition for Life
  • Performance Nutrition
  • Public Health: Needs and Context

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 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 - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104-112 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.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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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

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

Points calculator

Further Information

Professional Endorsements

CIMSPA Endorsed


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.

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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. Stefan Birkett | Dr. Robert Allan | Dr. Bojlul Bahar Dr. Jan Mei Soon 


Biology Laboratory

Sport Physiology Laboratory

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 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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

Course Enquiries

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Stacey Ennion

Stacey Ennion

BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, 2017

After graduating from UCLan with a first-class honours degree in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Stacey has made it her mission to help the people of Blackpool live a healthier lifestyle.

Starting as a mature student that had been out of education for many years, her goal when starting her course was to become a personal fitness trainer but soon realised that her passion was in nutrition and its links to people’s health.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.