BSc Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle

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This degree programme would be of particular interest to those who wish to work in a community setting, improving health and lifestyle with a strong emphasis on nutrition. Those applying for the course are expected to have a keen interest in nutrition, health and exercise.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: LB54
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years Full-time / 6 Years Part-time

Location:
Carmarthen
School/Faculty:
School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
Contact Name:
Alison Connaughton
Contact Email:
a.connaughton@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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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.

Year 1:

Compulsory Module

  • Nutrition for Health
  • Introduction to Human Physiology
  • Health & Disease
  • Professional Development & Practice
  • Introduction to Health & Exercise Psychology
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Science of Nutrition
  • Assessing Health Related Fitness
  • Sociology of Health
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise, Injuries and First Aid

Year 2:

Compulsory Module

  • Dietary Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Health & Exercise Psychology
  • Health Promotion in Practice
  • Nutrition in Sport and Physical Activity

Optional Modules

  • Discovering Outdoor Lifestyles
  • Work Placement
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Health in Education
  • Work Placement

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Perspectives on Sport
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Dietary Inequalities (Wales and the World)
  • Health and Social Inclusion
  • Public Policy and Strategies in Health
  • Dissertation (undertaken over the academic year)

 

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).

240 UCAS points or subject to interview

Graduates from the BSc. Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle course are now pursuing a range of career paths. Examples of where these graduates are currently working include; being employed as a dietetics assistant (NHS), within health promotion, managing a fitness facility and as a walking scheme officer.

Others have completed, or are currently undertaking postgraduate study in the form of PGCE courses (food technology) with a view to secondary school teaching. Other postgraduate options that past students have opted for include Master’s degrees in nutrition and exercise related subjects.

In addition to achieving a degree, students will demonstrate the competencies required by the Nutrition Society to enable them to apply for associate status on graduation.

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.