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Sport and Exercise Nutrition BSc (Hons)

Ulster University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Coleraine

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-23

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Summary

The aim of this programme is to provide suitable academic training relating to the foundation of biosciences for the study of sport and exercise nutrition (SEN). Work based learning will be a major focus of the programme highlighting the wealth of professional roles within sport and exercise nutrition practice.

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Diet and nutrition significantly affect sport performance. The food and fluid which an athlete consumes before, during, and after training and competition affects health, body mass and body composition, as well as performance in, and, recovery from, the effects of exercise. As such, an optimum diet can help to maximise sport performance.

An increased level of participation in physical activity, exercise and sport also helps to improve the health and well-being of our sedentary general population. Increased physical activity can help to reduce obesity, the risk of heart disease, some cancers, and osteoporosis, and can play a role in promoting mental health. Sound knowledge and practical application of sport and exercise nutrition can ensure a healthy balance between exercise and diet of individuals and groups of individuals at all levels of fitness.

The aim of this programme is to provide suitable academic training relating to the foundation of biosciences for the study of sport and exercise nutrition (SEN). This course will provide knowledge relating to the biosciences of sport and exercise nutrition, critical awareness and transferable skills for job opportunities in the wider nutrition and sports industry. It will also equip those with aspirations to work in the area of sports nutrition with the knowledge required before pursuing a one year Masters of Science postgraduate course (at Ulster) or other institution before securing practitioner registration to practice as a registered sport and exercise nutritionist.

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Sport and Exercise Nutritionist (further study required)
  • Nutritionist
  • Community Nutrition Education Officer
  • Health Improvement Practitioner
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • International Aid Worker
  • Product Development

Career options

Increasingly recognised as a vital part of public and individual health, sports nutrition graduates use their skills to help people and communities make the right dietary choices. Whilst this programme is not envisaged as a vocational course, the specialist knowledge and graduate level skills that it provides will enhance opportunities for attaining employment in a variety of areas. Graduates can pursue careers in the following contexts: educational welfare, local government, educational and community development, social/educational research, medical sales; further and higher education, nutrition, as well as training roles in business-contexts, in health services and in physical activity and health. Typically, graduates will find themselves in roles where they use their graduate skills to create learning/training content and supporting materials, to teach/advise a variety of population sectors e.g. young people, athletes and gym users using a variety of traditional and online tools. As aforementioned, there is also opportunity to follow the undergraduate programme with further study of SEN at Ulster by completing the PgD/MSc SEN (accredited programme) to become a registered sport and exercise nutritionist.

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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£ 15,360per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BCC

Grades BCC including at least 1 subject from Sport Science, Nutrition and Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Applied Science, Physics, or Environmental Technology. PE or Single Award Life & Health Sciences considered acceptable where accompanied by AS level in Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Biology (Grade C or above).Applied Science Double Award and Life & Health Science Double Award are also acceptable.Provided the above subject requirement is met you can substitute a combination of alternative qualifications recog

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University information

Ulster University

  • University League Table

    44th

  • Campus address

    Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland

Renowned for its warm welcome, Ulster recruits international students from over 100 countries across the globe and has over 215,000 alumni worldwide.
Ulster delivers a world-class UK university experience with the added benefit of being one of the UK's most affordable locations.
An international student experience team delivers a bespoke orientation programme and offers pastoral support to international students during their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    20th out of 43 6

    13th out of 60 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 171
    137 66%

    16th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    31st

    10
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%

    26th

    20
  • Entry standards

    / Max 167
    122 75%

    23rd

    9
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    32.0 32%

    50th

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%

    8th

    2

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