Sport and Exercise Nutrition - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
B400
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2019
Campus:

Our practice-based, innovative Sport and Exercise Nutrition BSc degree will provide you with the underpinning scientific knowledge of nutrition, science and physiology for sports performance, exercise and health. This course is based at our recently extended £71 million City South Campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham and is approved by the Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) to ensure that the knowledge and competencies are aligned with professional standards.

What's covered in the course?

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.

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.

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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Our next Open Day for this course will take place in June 2019. You can register your interest and we'll send you an email update nearer the time. Visit us to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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This course is open to International students

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Course Accreditations

This course is endorsed by: 

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Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements
Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants:

A minimum of 5 GCSEs, including Double Science, Mathematics and English Language at Grade 4 (formerly a C) or above. No equivalents will be accepted. 

or

A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport Science or Applied Science, Grade Pass
or
A BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport Science or Applied Science, Grade Pass
or
Irish Leaving Certificate, a minimum of five Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
or
Scottish qualifications, a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:

112 UCAS points.

A Level: To include one subject in Biology / Human Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Physical Education / Applied Science / Psychology / Social Science with minimum Grade C. A typical offer would be BBC. General Studies not accepted.

Access to HE: Sport or Science related pathway with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be at distinction. Must include Mathematics, Sciences and English Language GCSE at Grade 4 or equivalent prior to application.

BTEC Extended Diploma: in Sport and Exercise Science or equivalent , DMM 

BTEC Diploma: in Sport and Exercise Science or equivalent, D*D* 

Irish Leaving Certificate: 112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 5 Highers with at least 4 subjects at Grade B2 or higher and 1 subject at B3 or higher. Must include sport, health or science related subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Maximum of 5 Scottish Highers and 3 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 112 UCAS tariff points.

Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.

International qualifications:

International Baccalaureate: Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4. 

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5.

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

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Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2019 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2019 FT 3 years £12,300 per year

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Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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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.

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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.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

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Financial Support

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Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Nutrition
20 credits

This module aims to consider the underpinning biochemistry and physiology of nutrition for health, exercise and sports performance. You will also explore the link that nutrition has on a variety of sport, exercise and health settings – providing you with the fundamental knowledge for further study in these areas.

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Professional Skills and Evidence-based Practice
20 credits

This module covers the process of research and enquiry in the discipline of sports and exercise science, nutrition, sports therapy, and PE and School Sport. It provides guidance on how to interpret scientific literature, so that you can find relevant sources of information for a study or an assessment, gain an understanding of different sources of information and consider how knowledge is generated.

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Sport and Exercise Physiology and Principles of Training
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with the underpinning knowledge of various physiological systems in the human body, and key training principles, which relate to sport and exercise. You will be introduced to the concept of the body working as multiple interrelated physiological ‘systems’. Whilst each system has its own independent function, the function of one will have a direct impact on the function of another and will subsequently impact upon sports performance or health.

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Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the core practical competencies required in sport and exercise nutrition. You will consider a vast array of nutrition-related measurements including: energy balance (intake and expenditure); anthropometrical assessments; body composition, methods of assessing dietary intake; and both physiological and biochemical markers of nutritional status.

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Applied Anatomy
20 credits

This module provides an introduction to human anatomy, relating to structures, properties and functions of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscle, in relation to the mechanical principles, which govern human movement.

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Biomechanics of Human Movement
20 credits

The primary purpose of this module is to introduce the mechanical principles that govern human movement and thus equip students not only with the ability to observe and measure human movement (i.e. to describe movement), but also to begin to understand the mechanisms by which human movement is controlled and effected (i.e. to explore why we move the way that we do).

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Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Applied Performance Nutrition
20 credits

This module will consider the link between nutrition and training and competition for sports performance. You will be able to empirically study the effect of nutritional strategies on sports performance across a range of performance types (e.g., strength, power, endurance). The efficacy of the nutritional strategies will be examined in relation to findings of previous studies.

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Applied Exercise Nutrition
20 credits

This module will consider the link between nutrition, dietetics and health. You will be able to empirically study the effect of nutritional strategies on acute and chronic health issues (e.g. obesity, type II diabetes, CVD etc.) and consider the efficacy of the nutritional strategies to manage these issues in reference to contemporary research.

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Planning and Conducting Research
20 credits

The module aims to assist you in gaining a more critical understanding of the research of others and to act as a complement to other second year modules you will be studying. It will also directly prepare you for undertaking your own research at Level 6.

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Sport and Exercise Nutrition Placement
20 credits

This module will focus on combining your sports nutrition and employability skills in a real-word scenario. In this module, you will gain first hand insight into the working environment of nutrition, whether that be in sports performance, exercise and health, or clinical settings. You will develop and utilise your scientific skills in a real world setting, which will enhance your problem solving skills and adaptability to multiple scenarios in a professional setting.

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Performance Analysis
40 credits

This module aims to provide an insight into the strategies that can be used to analyse and quantify sports performance in a valid and consistent manner to help inform training and match-play decisions. Specific focus is placed upon the process of conducting a comprehensive needs analysis of a sport including tactics, techniques, and bioenergetics.

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Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Strength and Conditioning
20 credits

This module aims to develop the skills required to coach and evaluate training methods in strength and conditioning. You will examine contemporary training theories and successfully apply the principles when coaching athletes. You will also critically review contemporary issues in strength and conditioning including emerging concepts surrounding various training activities, organisation of training and application of techniques to specific populations of athletes

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Nutrition Referral and Behaviour Change
20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of nutritional referral and long-term behaviour change. As a nutrition professional, it is essential that you are able to act within the limits of your knowledge, skills and experience and if necessary, refer your client on to another professional. Additionally, by understanding the multi-dimensional factors that influence long-term adherence to healthy eating, you will be well-placed to ensure you are able to provide effective nutrition support.

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Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
40 credits

The module aims to provide you with the skills required to work in a sport and exercise nutrition setting. You will undertake a year-long ‘case-study’ where you will provide nutritional advice and support to an athlete, team or health-based client.

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Independent Research Report
40 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to design and carry out a substantive piece of independent research which is focused on an area of interest related to your programme of study. This in-depth, self-managed study will encourage you to examine a critical issue from your sector or discipline.

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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. 

You'll have the option of taking a sandwich year between Year 2 and Year 3 of study. 

This course is endorsed by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr).

SENr
SENr

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 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.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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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. 

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

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The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

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BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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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.

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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.

Jennie Carter

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Jennie has applied experience of working in the sports nutrition industry, predominantly within elite Football and Cricket. Her role involves working with athletes to maximize sports performance. Jennie is passionate about providing education in the field of sports nutrition, with an insight into applied sports nutrition.

Jennie studied her undergraduate at Sheffield Hallam University in Nutrition and completed a postgraduate in Sports Nutrition with the International Olympic Committee. She is registered with the SENr as a High Performance Sport & Exercise Nutritionist.