BSc Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle
This degree programme is designed for individuals with a keen interest in nutrition and health.
The course will be of particular interest to those who wish to work in a community setting to improve the nutrition, health, and lifestyle of others.
This year the BSc Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle programme celebrated fantastic NSS Results, scoring 91% for Overall Student Satisfaction. The portfolio of programmes within the School scored highly in nearly all areas, with graduating students leaving a glowing report of their experiences during the past three years.
Without the degree in Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle, these posts (Dietetic Assistant Practitioner and Lead Health Officer – Communities First) would not have been achievable. I discovered confidence and the ability to believe in what I had learnt. This was aided by the passion and enthusiasm that the lecturers conveyed.
At the time I didn’t know what exact career I wanted to fulfill, so doing this degree gave me a wide range of possible careers in health I could go into. Doing this course was the best options for me, as you get to study modules that open doors in all areas into health. I had a fantastic support network and made friends for life! I have no doubt in my mind that the BSc. Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle course is the reason I am where I am today.
The Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle degree at UWTSD has helped develop my communication, organisational, IT and analysis skills…It has also provided me with in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle, which has enabled me to educate myself and others.
The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the individual’s well-being is examined in this degree programme.
You will learn how nutrition and exercise affect the body and impact upon the individual’s health and well-being. In addition, you will examine the psychological and sociological factors which may influence health-related behaviour.
The course includes modules which will allow you to develop your knowledge and application of current health promotion strategies.
You will have the opportunity to use the laboratory equipment to gain practical experience of using dietary analysis software, and of assessing individuals’ health and fitness levels.
- Nutrition for Health
- Introduction to Exercise Physiology
- Professional Development & Practice
- Introduction to Health & Exercise Psychology
- The Science of Nutrition
- Health, Exercise and Society
- Injuries and Chronic Disease
- Dietary Analysis
- Research in Health and Physical Activity
- The Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity
- Health Promotion in Practice
- Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
- Work Placement
- Health and Wellbeing in Education
- Work Placement
- Exercise Physiology
- Discovering Outdoor Lifestyles
- Applied Nutrition and Dietary Analysis
- Perspectives on Health and Physical Activity
- Public Health Nutrition
- Health and Social Inclusion
- Public Policy and Strategies in Health
- Independent Study
- Literature Review in Health and Physical Activity
- Experimental Research in Health and Physical Activity
This course differs from a 'purely nutrition' degree as it incorporates other aspects of health such as exercise. The degree therefore examines health from a holistic approach and considers the psychological, physiological and sociological issues associated with health and lifestyle.
Many of the nutrition specific elements of the course are studied as a course groups which allows for greater tutor support. There are however, several opportunities to integrate with students from other degree courses during the shared modules.
The course is timetabled over 3 days of the week for full time students and 1.5 days for part time students. This structure helps many students who may be managing other commitments such as work or childcare and also saves on travel costs.
The BSc. Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle is studied on the Carmarthen campus which offers a friendly and very personal learning experience. All the lecturing staff are based on the campus and are easily accessible for tutorials to support your studies. The Carmarthen campus has a swimming pool and health suite which is available for use by students and the Students Union provides an extensive array of sporting and leisure activities.
Some of the additional vocational awards offered in the School have their content directly embedded in the course allowing student to achieve the awards at a fraction of the cost that would be charged by a private provider. Lecturing staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and have Master’s Degrees or Doctoral qualifications. They are all currently actively researching and have worked or are currently working with community based projects.
The skills of being able to decipher health and nutrition related research and transfer this into ‘real world’ practical applications for individual and community health are developed and assessed over the three years of study. To achieve this, the strong academic focus of the degree is supported by practical modules in health promotion, dietary analysis and fitness and health assessments.
Whilst on the course, students learn how to present a balanced evidenced argument through their formal written work, as well as via individual and group presentations. Within the final year students will design and conduct their own research project or critical portfolio in a specialist area of their choice.
Specific types of assessments include; essays, laboratory reports, presentations (group and individual), practical tasks, examinations (seen and unseen papers).
96 UCAS points or subject to interview.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
Graduates from the BSc. Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle course are now pursuing a range of career paths. Some examples of where these graduates are currently working include;
Dietetics assistant (NHS)
Lead Health Officer
Health and Wellbeing Officer (over 50's)
Secondary school teaching (food technology) (following PGCE study)
Managing an exercise facility
Other students have completed, or are currently undertaking postgraduate study in the form of MSc degrees in nutrition, health and exercise related subjects.
£30 induction overnight activity for all year 1 students
Sports clothing (£80-£120) depending on course
In addition to achieving a degree, students will demonstrate the competencies required by The Association for Nutrition to enable them to apply for associate status on graduation.
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science
- BSc Sport Therapy
- BSc Public Health
- BSc Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle
- BA Outdoor Adventure Education
- BA Physical Education
There is a strong focus on future career aspirations from very early on in the course which is developed through work placements in the first and second year (optional). The skills of being able to decipher health and nutrition related research and transfer this into ‘real world’ practical applications for individual and community health are developed over the three years of study. To achieve this, the strong academic focus of the degree is supported by practical modules in health promotion, dietary analysis and fitness and health assessments.
Whilst on the course, students learn how to present a balanced evidenced argument through their formal written work, as well as via individual and group presentations. Within the final year students will design and conduct their own research project or critical portfolio in a specialist area of their choice. Students are encouraged to undertake further vocational courses in the area of study (many subsidised) which will provide additional qualifications and experience to complement their degree.