School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences

BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health

Discover how physical activity and diet contribute to obesity and chronic diseases. With this course you'll gain an insight into the science underpinning the roles of nutrition and exercise in good health. You'll study key disciplines that relate exercise and nutrition to health, the physiological and psychological implications of health-related behaviours and be ready for employment in the food or fitness industries, health promotion, lifestyle education and public health.

You will benefit from a course accredited by the Association for Nutrition which allows graduates direct entry onto the register of Associate Nutritionists. You’ll develop practical skills, critical awareness and proficiencies required for professional competence. You will enhance your career prospect by taking an optional placement year. You will also have the opportunity to earn a Level 3 Personal Training award.

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FIRST CHOICE FOR HEALTH

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Careers with this subject

Career options

This degree is accredited with the Association for Nutrition which allows graduates direct entry onto the register of Associate Nutritionists. Nutritionists work with clients to improve their health, control their weight or to improve their sports performance. They may work in public health to provide lifestyle education to individuals and groups and develop public health policy. Nutritionists also work in the food industry advising on nutrition labelling, composition of food products and devising menus for schools, prisons, weight loss companies and hospitals. Also offered, as part of this programme, is a Level 3  personal Training award. This allows graduates to work in the leisure or fitness industries as a personal trainer and advise on appropriate exercise for clients. Further postgraduate study is possible for careers in dietetics, physiotherapy, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology and other health and sports related careers. 

There are also 10 ring-fenced places for our graduates onto the Physician Associate programme.

Key features

  • This course is delivered by Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD).
  • Benefit from accreditation by the Association for Nutrition which allows graduates direct entry onto the register of Associate Nutritionists.
  • Develop practical skills, critical awareness and proficiencies required for professional competence.
  • Gain a strong foundation in major the disciplines underpinning exercise and nutritional sciences.
  • Experience interdisciplinary teaching that addresses contemporary issues in lifestyle-related health.
  • Benefit from strong links with the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and School of Psychology.
  • Enhance your career prospect by taking an optional placement year.
  • Gain a positive learning experience within a work setting that will support your studies and future employability – the school offers 12 work placements between Stage 2 and the final year of your programme.
  • Further your learning to postgraduate level and set yourself up for careers in dietetics, physiotherapy, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology and other health and sports related careers.
  • Take the opportunity to earn a Level 3 Personal Training award.
  • Ten research summer placements are available between the first and second year and 20 between the second and final year. These competitive placements are available for students who demonstrate excellent performance in their studies and allow students to gain valuable research experience within the Biomedical Research Group.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll be introduced to the core sciences underpinning the contributions of exercise and nutrition to health. Modules will include human physiology, biochemistry, psychology and nutrition. You'll start to develop key graduate skills in communication, data manipulation and IT.
    Core modules
    • BHCS1001 Biomedical Investigation and Experimentation

      To introduce the learner to key elements of investigation and experimentation within the biomedical sciences and to support the development of the basic skills and knowledge required for effective practice in these discipline areas

    • BHCS1002 Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells to Systems

      This module offers an introduction to the key anatomical features of the body and how physiological function is controlled to maintain homeostasis and health. It will commence with an exploration of cell and tissue biology and the founding principles of genetics, embryology and human development. The module will conclude with an exposition of anatomy and physiology of the major human organ systems.

    • BHCS1003 Human Metabolism

      This module offers an introduction to the biochemistry underlying human metabolism. In particular, the module explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the human body extracts energy from nutrients to sustain life. The significance of metabolic dysfunction in relation to human disease pathology and diagnosis is emphasised.

    • BHCS1006 Infection and Immunity

      This module introduces the student to infection & immunity and the study of microorganisms with a particular emphasis on food-borne pathogens. It explores concepts of food safety, gut organisms, infectious disease and the body's ability to resist and repel such disease via a range of immune responses.

    • BHCS1010 Introduction to Human Nutrition

      This module will introduce learners to the science, application and consequences of food choice and lifestyle on human nutritional health.

    • BHCS1011 Study skills and personal development

      This module supports the development of key study and learning skills. Timetabled tutorials will help promote self-reflection and provide a framework for personal development planning and careers.

    • PSYC108PP Psychobiological and Cognitive Aspects of Health Behaviour

      This module introduces the psychology of choices and behaviour, with an emphasis on health. We will examine health behaviours, choices, and risks with a particular consideration of how these are influenced by biological and social factors. Students will have the opportunity to design and conduct a small research project in groups, with presentation of this project forming the assessment for the module

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you will develop skills for professional practice and research.„„ You'll also develop a deeper understanding of nutrition, exercise and health psychology and have the option to study physiology and health epidemiology.
    Core modules
    • BHCS2021 Nutritional and Exercise Epidemiology

      This module focuses on approaches to the study of and the relationships between diet, physical activity and health-related outcomes

    • BHCS2022 Nutritional Science 1

      This module focuses on core skills and techniques required by nutritionists including assessment of body composition, generation of data, statistical analysis of findings, interpretation and application of findings. It also explores the physiological and metabolic background to nutrition through the lifecycle.

    • BHCS2023 Exercise Physiology

      This module explores how the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and muscular systems respond to support the increased energy requirements during exercise and how each of these physiological systems adapt to longer-term exercise training in humans. The laboratory practical element is focused on the development of skills in the collection and interpretation of physiological data related to measuring different fitness components.

    • BHCS2024 Applied Exercise Science

      This module explores calorimetric methods for estimating human energy expenditure and the principles associated with programming exercise for the development of fitness.

    • BHCS2025 Nutritional Science 2

      This module explores the physiological and metabolic background to diet related diseases, the role of nutrition in immune function, and the influence of nutrients and exercise on the maintenance of optimal health.

    • BHCS2027 Placements and Employability

    • PSYC204 Applied Topics in Health and Cognition

      This module explores applications of basic research and psychological theory in two areas: health psychology and cognitive psychology

  • Optional placement year
  • You have the option to take up a work placement as part of your degree course for a minimum six months full time or part-time equivalent. If you successfully complete your placement, you'll be awarded a University Certificate of Professional Experience.
    Optional modules
    • BHCS3030 Biomedical Sciences: Placement

      This module provides an opportunity for professional training of at least 26 weeks duration with an approved placement provider or host organisation between Stage 2 and 4. While on placement, students will gain work experience related to their degree programme, be able to apply their knowledge and expertise, and learn further skills and relevant techniques.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you will develop an advanced understanding of the interacting contributions of nutrition and exercise to public health and their roles in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle related disease. Other modules include sports nutrition and applied psychology. You'll also have a choice of research project to suit your career aspirations.
    Core modules
    • BHCS3001 Personal Research Project

      The module requires students to perform a self-directed research study project that includes the design, implementation, collection, analysis and interpretation of scientific data. It also involves the evaluation and interpretation of scientific literature, evaluation of current issues and concepts and the ability to reflect upon continuing professional and personal development.

    • BHCS3023 Athletic Performance, Sport and Nutrition

      This module is designed to enable learners to provide advice to individuals engaged in exercise, sport or other activities requiring sustained effort. It will provide opportunities to assess nutrition and food impact on performance and health of those engaged in regular exercise programmes.

    • BHCS3024 Diet, Exercise and Chronic Disease

      This module examines the roles of diet and exercise in the development and management of chronic disease states. The focus is on the major chronic diseases - obesity, CVD, type2 diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis.

    • BHCS3025 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Public Health

      This module examines the roles of physical activity and nutrition in the promotion of health throughout the lifecycle. It reviews epidemiological and experimental evidence for the development of intervention strategies and policy aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles

    • BHCS3031 Placements and Employability

      The module aims to provide personal academic support and careers guidance. It will provide a forum for students to discuss their achievements and develop plans to address potential areas of weakness and achieve future career goals.

    Optional modules
    • BHCS3022 Contemporary Issues in Human Health

      Rapid developments in the biomedical sciences are affecting many aspects of human health, and there are profound economic, social, legal and ethical implications of many recent advances. This module allows students to select topics of personal interest for in-depth study and encourages effective communication to peers and other audiences, providing good skills for future career development

    • PSYC392 Current Topics in Applied Psychology

      This module allows students to develop a critical appreciation of recent research in applied psychology. Students study four topics in depth. These are introduced by staff teaching in their specialist research area.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

NEH Prog Spec 4455

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120

A level
Three A levels to include grade B in Biology/Human Biology and a grade B in a second science subject: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Psychology, Geography, Geology, Applied Science, PE, or Food and Nutrition.

If you have no second science subject please refer to Admissions: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

GCSE
Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English Language. Other combinations, BTEC National Diploma and non-A level qualifications considered.

IB 
28 points, including 5 at higher level Biology or Chemistry. Relevant international qualifications considered.

If English is not your first language you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. If you are considering another equivalent qualification, please contact admissions.

Other combinations, BTEC National Diploma and non-A level qualifications considered. 

Relevant international qualifications considered.

If English is not your first language you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. If you are considering another equivalent qualification, please contact admissions.

IELTS
Overall average score of at least 6.5, with a score of at least 6.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 6.0 in the writing and speaking sections.


For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary

Fees, costs and funding

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Additional costs 

  • The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis branding, or photocopying costs.
  • If/when you are on placement there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence and travel.
  • Failure to attend the requisite immunisation clinics at the times stated would result in you having to self-fund your immunisation schedule.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Studying here at Plymouth

Recently graduated Nutrition, Exercise and Health student Nils Swindell talks about his course and his placement monitoring runners in the Dragon's Back Race.

Watch Nils talk about studying Nutrition, Exercise and Health at Plymouth University.

Hayley Burston

At the moment I work for a company that goes into primary schools to teach their in-curricular P.E lessons and after school clubs which is really fun, but tiring!

Hayley is currently doing a part-time postgraduate course to become a registered sports nutritionist.

Calvin Hopkins

While undertaking my degree in Nutrition, Exercise and Health, I have also been fortunate to undertake a number of placement opportunities.

Calvin's first placement involved working with Plymouth University's own explorer in residence, Antony Jinman.

Find out more about Calvin's placements

Our facilities

The School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences is based in a new, purpose-built building linked to the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine at Derriford.

You will find some of the best undergraduate laboratories in the country.

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Placements

On some of our courses, you may have the option to take up an approved work placement as part of your degree course. This is usually done as a 6- or 12-month placement at the end of your second year.

Placements information

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