Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Skilled professionals are increasingly in demand to help improve health and wellbeing in our society. This pioneering course equips you for graduate-level roles in all aspects of health and exercise promotion.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Sports Centre

A superb learning environment

We have made a substantial investment in leading-edge facilities for students specialising in sport. Our dedicated sport and exercise  is an excellent setting for you to measure the parameters of health and fitness. You’ll also harness a range of computer software packages for statistical analysis. 

Our new £10.8m  also makes a powerful statement about our commitment to sport. It includes a main hall, fitness gym with strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café.

Expert knowledge, inspiring research

Throughout the course, you will work alongside experienced academics and health professionals who will share a broad range of expertise with you.

Our sport and exercise science staff include accredited professionals who deliver high-quality teaching and friendly support. Their research interests span a broad spectrum of issues which are highly relevant to your degree. To name just a few research projects, our team is investigating the monitoring of physical activity in pre-school children, performance profiling and human balance control.

You’ll enjoy opportunities to undertake your own research into a theme of your choice. This independent study culminates in a major conference where you can present and debate your findings.

Magdalena on a work placement

Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health: gaining confidence

Our Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health student Magdalena Slavikova worked on a national health promotion programme for her placement allowing her to build confidence and develop her skills.

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Improve your own sporting performance

You’re well catered for at Derby if you want to take part in recreational or competitive sport. First timers and elite performers alike can make the most of our superb sports centre, floodlit all-weather pitches and tennis courts. Our new 44-station fitness facility is equipped with the latest Technogym and Wellness systems.

You could also engage with Team Derby which is the focal point for the University’s sporting community. It encompasses all aspects of sport, including numerous sports clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities. Through Team Derby, you could represent the University in a variety of high-profile sports competitions. 

What you will study

There is an applied focus throughout the programme, supported by our partners Derby City Move More Consortium. This will enable you to develop your knowledge and practical skills in a real world learning environment.

You'll study modules such as:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Study Skills in Science
  • Research Methods in Data Handling
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Fundamental of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sociology

If you already have level 2 English and Maths, you will not be required to take English and Maths core modules.

  • Academic and Applied Skills for Sport and Exercise*
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Principles of Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health
  • Introduction to Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Professional Placement 1 Δ
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise*
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Lifestyle and Behaviour Change
  • Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise
  • Nutrition for Public Health
  • Professional Placement 2 Δ

This course offers an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year of studies.

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
  • Independent Study in Sport and Exercise*
  • International Public Health Nutrition
  • Biomedical Implications for Exercise, Activity and Health
  • Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise
  • Professional Placement 3 Δ

* Module includes Professional Development Activities

Δ Module includes Work Placement

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You’ll learn through a variety of lectures, seminars, practicals, and technology enhanced innovative learning solutions. You’ll be involved in physiology testing, psychology-based case studies relating to exercise, whilst learning cardiometabolic health assessment techniques. In addition, you’ll also acquire essential work-based skills and knowledge through regular work placements with Derby City Move More Consortium and other local organisations/companies.


You’ll be assessed on your knowledge, understanding, and applied practical and research skills through a range of well-balanced assessment methods. These include oral presentations, written assignments, practicals, exams and research projects. Assessments will take place in our specialist facilities and will give you with the skills required for future employment.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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At Derby we specialise in nurturing highly employable graduates. The BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health qualification offers the ideal preparation for rewarding and wide-ranging careers in areas including health improvement, nutrition and healthy eating promotion, exercise referral, lifestyle management and community development. You could secure employment with organisations such as the NHS, local councils and public health agencies.

Whatever career path you aim to follow, you will graduate with in-depth knowledge and applied experience together with the professional attitude to take you far. The broader communication, problem-solving, research and presentation skills you gain will prove invaluable for employers beyond the health and local authority sectors too.

You could also consider postgraduate qualifications. With postgraduate teacher training, there are opportunities for you to explore fulfilling educational careers. In addition, we offer the MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science – which includes Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology pathways – and the MRes (Sport and Exercise) to advance your skills in research.  Both give you the chance to develop your teaching abilities and to prepare to take your learning to PhD level.

Dr Stuart Mourton

Dr Stuart Mourton
Programme leader

Programme Leader - BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Lecturer in Motor Control

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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