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Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle (BSc)

This degree programme is designed for individuals with a keen interest in nutrition and health.

The BSc Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle programme is aimed at those who wish to work in a community setting, improving health and lifestyle with a key emphasis on nutrition.

The degree examines health from a nutritional perspective, however, it also includes the study of exercise, other lifestyle factors and chronic disease.

Specialist software is used to undertake dietary analysis and meal planning. Students also use the human performance laboratory to assess individuals’ health and fitness levels. Nutrition for sport and exercise, psychology and public policy are examples of the areas studied. The programme is timetabled over three days of the week.

The programme has been externally accredited with the Association for Nutrition (AfN). On completion of the programme, you will be eligible for Registered Associate Nutritionist status, allowing you to use the letters, 'A. Nutr.' after your name.

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BSc Health,Nutrition and Lifestyle
UCAS Code: LB54
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

  • Practical modules allow you to gain experience of working within the community (e.g. health promotion in practice)
  • Students are eligible for registration with the Association for Nutrition upon graduation.
  • Opportunities to gain additional vocational awards (e.g. first aid, gym instructor, personal trainer)
  • Option to study a semester abroad (US) through our exchange programme (available in the second year)
  • Work placement module available in the second year.

What you will learn

Course Overview

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.

Module Topics

Year 1:

Compulsory Modules

  • Nutrition for Health
  • Introduction to Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Health & Exercise Psychology
  • Learning in the Digital Era
  • The Science of Nutrition
  • Health, Exercise and Society
  • Personal Training

Year 2:

Compulsory Modules

  • Dietary Analysis
  • Health Promotion in Practice
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Research in Health and Physical Activity
  • The Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity

Optional Modules

  • Discovering Outdoor Lifestyles
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health and Wellbeing in Education
  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment

Year 3:

Compulsory Modules

  • Applied Nutrition and Dietary Analysis
  • Perspectives on Health and Physical Activity
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Public Policy and Strategies in Health

Optional Modules

  • Primary Research in Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Independent Project 
  • Literature Review in Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition

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 literature review 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).

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

For the Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle BSc (Hons) programme, admission requirements should normally include GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade C and above (level 4 on the new structure) in English Language and Maths. In addition, it is anticipated that applicants will have at least one appropriate science subject at A-Level, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, or equivalent. The minimum entry requirement for the programme is usually 96 UCAS points.

The academic and professional entry requirements for applicants over 21 years of age may take account of relevant experience and equivalent prior qualifications. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we can arrange interviews for applicants. At the interview, your skills, achievements and life experience would be considered as well as your qualifications.

For international students the entry requirements must be broadly equivalent to those expected of UK students. At admission, students whose first language is not English must have English Language requirements appropriate to an AfN Accredited programme, which must not be less than 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent), with no individual section less than 6.0.

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the University by emailing registry@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

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:

  • 50+ Engagement Officer
  • Community Well-being Officer
  • Dietetics assistant (NHS)
  • Health and Wellbeing Officer (over 50's)
  • Healthy Lifestyle Adviser (GP surgery)
  • Lead Health Officer
  • Managing an exercise facility
  • Postgraduate study (e.g. MSc in Nutrition)
  • Secondary school teaching (food technology) (following PGCE study)

Other students have completed, or are currently undertaking postgraduate study in the form of MSc degrees in nutrition, health and exercise related subjects. 

Additional Costs
  • £35 induction overnight activity for all year 1 students.
  • Sports clothing (£30+) depending on course.
Student Quotes

Kate BSc (Hons.) Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle graduate

"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."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Exchange programmes to the US available in the second year.