Sport and Exercise Nutrition - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
B400
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Part Time (6 years), Sandwich (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018, September 2018
Campus:
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Our practice-based, innovative Sport and Exercise Nutrition 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.

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.

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid. Terms and conditions apply.

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This course is open to International students

Course Accreditations

This course is endorsed by: 

SENr

Entry 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 or equivalent. 

Acceptable GCSE Science equivalents:

  • Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2, a minimum of a pass or above, must include Science

Acceptable GCSE Maths equivalents:

  • Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2, a minimum of a pass or above, must include Mathematics
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy a minimum of a pass or above, must include Mathematics
  • Key Skills level 2, a minimum of a pass or above, application of number 

Acceptable GCSE English equivalents:

  • Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2, a minimum of a pass or above, must include English
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Literacy a minimum of a pass or above, must include English
  • Key Skills level 2, a minimum of a pass or above, application of communication

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 at Level 3.

BTEC Extended Diploma: in Sport and Exercise Science. Other sport related BTECs are acceptable.

BTEC Diploma: in Sport and Exercise Science. Other sport related BTECs are acceptable.

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:

IB: 112 UCAS Points minimum of 2 HL subject at Grade 4 or above including one Science (with remaining points to come from a combination of HL SL and Core).

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.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 6 years See below
Sep 2018 SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year)

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. 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.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Our advice for applying to a health care course

Applying for a course and preparing for an interview can be a daunting process, so we have created a series of films to help you through the process, including what to put in your personal statement.

More guidance

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

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.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year 1

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 2

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 3

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

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. 

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.

More about our placement opportunities...

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.

Firewalking

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.

More about Graduate+

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:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

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.

BCUIC

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.

Learn more about BCUIC

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.

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.