Sport and Exercise Nutrition with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
B40F
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

Clearing 2018

80 points

(or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

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Our practice-based, innovative Sport and Exercise Nutrition with a foundation year course will provide you with the underpinning scientific knowledge of nutrition and physiology for sports performance, exercise and health. This programme is approved by the Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) to ensure that the knowledge and competencies are aligned with professional standards.

You'll study nutrition and exercise at both ends of the spectrum, from assessing professional sports teams to health-based clients with specific nutritional issues. It’s a chance for you to gain experience in developing nutritional strategies that aid performance, health and wellbeing.

Tailor your Sport and Exercise Science Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Sport and Exercise Science, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Sport and Exercise Science, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment. 

What's covered in the course?

You'll undertake physiological and nutritional assessment of sports performers in our state-of-the-art laboratories. However, it's important to know that the course isn’t just about analysing elite athletes - you'll also have the opportunity to learn how nutrition and exercise can impact upon people with different physiques and states of health.

Upon graduating, you can apply for jobs as a performance nutritionist, as well as within other areas of sport science, health and fitness.

By taking this course, you’ll be studying at the brand new home for the School of Health Sciences, which will contain a state-of-the-art laboratory, sports therapy rooms, cutting-edge resources and a designated sports area.

We also boast partnerships with both Warwickshire Cricket Club and Sport Birmingham. These partnerships not only keep our courses fresh and relevant, they also provide valuable placements, trips and case studies for you and your fellow students.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is endorsed by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr).
  • There will be live projects to work on, as well as compulsory work placements, enabling you to gain first-hand experience and build your knowledge.
  • You'll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and can provide relevant, up-to-date advice.
  • There will be an opportunity to engage in international exchanges, as well as trips and visits that will aid your course.
  • Many of our staff are PhD-trained and remain active in their chosen fields.
  • You'll work in state-of-the-art nutrition and dietetic laboratories, building your skills and knowledge.

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Entry Requirements

80 points

(or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing. Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

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Alternative options

If you do not have 80 points, you may like to explore your options

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Entry Requirements
Essential

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include English language, science and mathematics.

80 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level 80 UCAS tariff points = CCD. Must include one of Sport Scien ce/Studies, Physical Education, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. The remaining 15 credits can be taken at either level 2 or 3. 
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DM in Sport & Exercise Science or equivalents
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMP in Sport & Exercise Science or equivalents
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 80 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Highers
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 80 UCAS tariff points. Must include Sport, Health or Science related subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 80 UCAS tariff points. Must be combined with  Level 3 qualifications CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education Minimum Grade B required
Other qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year
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International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Places available to start in September 2018

If you'd like to start this course full-time this September, you can apply through Clearing.


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Want to start in September 2019?

You can apply via UCAS from 5 September 2018.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Year One

Academic Skills for Success
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
Interpersonal Skills and Professional Behaviours
Negotiated Study
Introduction to Human Biology
Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity

Year Two

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Nutrition
20 credits
Reading Research, Evidence and Professional Practice
20 credits
Sport and Exercise Physiology and Principles of Training
20 credits
Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
20 credits
Anatomy and Biomechanics
40 credits

Year Three

Applied Performance Nutrition
20 credits
Applied Exercise Nutrition
20 credits
Planning and Conducting Research
20 credits
Sport and Exercise Nutrition Placement
20 credits
Monitoring, Testing and Evaluation in Team and Individual Sports
40 credits

Year Four

Strength and Conditioning
20 credits
Exercise Referral and Behaviour Change
20 credits
Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
40 credits
Final Year Research Report
40 credits

You have the flexibility to transfer to a standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:

  • BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Course structure

The sport and exercise nutrition course will be a mix of work-based placements, enabling you to build your knowledge and gain first-hand experience, and assessments. 

Overseas opportunities

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of major institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Within the course, there will also be the opportunity for international exchanges. 

Trips and visits

Trips and visits will play a significant part in all of our Sports courses. Alongside your placements, you'll have the opportunity to visit other sporting institutions and teams, both within the UK and internationally.

Enhancing your employability skills

The sport and exercise nutrition course covers a variety of sectors, so you'll be able to secure employment in a number of roles. You could work in clinical practice, working for professional sports teams and performers. Or you could work in the health sector, where you’ll aid members of the public with specific dietary issues. 

Placements

Placements play a significant role in this course, helping you to build up your experience and knowledge of working within the sector.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Career opportunities could see you work as a sports and exercise nutritionist, work for a professional sports team or set up your own practice. 

Our Facilities

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to .

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.


Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre, which is located close to our City North Campus.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

Many of our PhD-trained staff have incredible industry links and a wealth of experience, and often continue to work in their specialist areas.

Matthew Cole

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

As a registered sport and exercise nutritionist, Matt has provided nutrition support to a variety of elite athletes and teams, as well as being part of the anti-doping team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.