Undergraduate

BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Mix real-world practical experience and theory to explore the role of nutrition in sports performance and general health.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

C613

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Start date

Course overview

Learn to help athletes and physically active people improve their performance through exercise physiology and nutritional practices.

The general guidelines that used to influence an individual's sport and exercise performance have become vague and outdated. So here you'll study a dynamic, evidence-based, situation-specific degree which facilitates performance enhancement.

You'll refine your understanding of nutrition, exercise physiology and psychology. You'll transfer the theory into real-world practical situations in facilities including our Health and Human Performance Laboratory, Exercise Physiology Laboratories, using showcase catering facilities and on work placement.

We designed this programme to meet the competency requirements and professional standards set by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), which is endorsed as an undergraduate degree. This course prepares you to become a sport and exercise nutritionist not just in the UK, but further afield – thanks to our accreditation by the Hong Kong Nutritionists Society (HKNS).

Six reasons to study Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Hull

  1. Placements with professional sports clubs
  2. Study at the only university partner of Team GB
  3. 95% graduate employability rating*
  4. 94% student satisfaction with resources
  5. Take part in the unique Student Thesis Conference
  6. Learn from staff who work with the likes of FIFA
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What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Applied Human Physiology

    In lectures and lab sessions, you'll cover the structure and function of the body's major organ systems. 

    Introduction to Nutrition

    A blend of lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals give you an introduction to the role of nutrition in human and exercise performance. 

    Preparation for Learning in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module considers the key study skills required to succeed in the sport, health and exercise science programmes. 

    Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology

    This module provides you with knowledge of various psychological assessment tools and techniques, such as anxiety inventories, imagery, relaxation and goal setting.

    Conducting Science in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    A solid grounding in to the scientific practice underlying the subject. It explores and critiques how data is collected and analysed.

    Challenges Faced with Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    Here we adopt a solution-focused mindset - creatively approaching challenges like drugs in sport, obesity, poor nutrition and the ageing population.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Sport Physiology

    Examine the fundamentals of physiology in the context of sports performance. This module introduces methods of measuring performance and and physiological responses during sport.

    Nutrition in Sport and Exercise

    Gain an understanding of nutrition relating to health. You'll focus on the role of macronutrients, fluid balance and supplements, and their importance in sport and exercise.

    Nutrition and Diet in Health and Disease

    This module is an opportunity for you to learn how nutrition and exercise can influence common diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes. 

    Nutrition in a Specialist Sporting Population

    Investigate the changing nutritional considerations that influence the performance of specialist sporting populations, as well as those exercising in extreme environments.

    Research Methods

    Prepare and complete a small action research project. It's hands-on learning about research methodology, ethical approval, data analysis and formulating research questions. 

    Challenges Faced with Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    Here we adopt a solution-focused mindset - creatively approaching challenges like drugs in sport, obesity, poor nutrition and the ageing population.

Final year modules

  • Core

    Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    Ergogenic Aids

    Discover the different type of ergogenic aids that are available and how they can enhance sports performance. 

    Food Science

    Alongside the University’s Head Chef and our dietitian, you'll learn about products' health claims, interpreting labels and food legislation. And you'll become a better cook!

    Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology

    Gain a solid background in contemporary issues in health and exercise psychology. It will help you design behavioural change interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle.

    Professional Practice in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in an approved work experience placement in a range of sport, health and exercise science activities.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

192 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,008 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

40%
32%
28%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,020 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

42%
23%
35%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

216 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

984 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

25%
26%
49%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 18 credits at distinction in science units.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£17,200 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Performance Nutritionist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Personal trainer

We have developed links with local industry and as a result students graduating from this programme have the opportunity to work within a variety of clinical settings within the NHS, food industry or within professional sport. Some graduates even go on to set up their own business.

If you wish there is also plenty of scope for postgraduate study and this programme provides a strong foundation for progression into SENr-accredited MSc degrees or even Dietetics. 

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