Full-time: 4 years
£9,250 per year (2023/24)
£14,900 per year (2023/24)
72 (September 2024 entry)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
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.
- Choose a four-year course, starting with a foundation year to introduce you to this dynamic subject and improve your skills, confidence and knowledge
- Take a route which is ideal for anyone thinking of a new career direction or who are keen to explore a new subject
- Realise your potential on an original and far-sighted programme covering all aspects of health and exercise promotion
- Develop your practical skills working in diverse settings and with clients of different ages, abilities and backgrounds
- Broaden your experience via unique work placement opportunities with organisations such as the Derby City Move More Consortium and JumpzFitness
- Explore the latest technologies and scientific approaches in our cutting-edge laboratory facilities
- Achieve additional qualifications in gym instruction and personal training to enhance your future prospects further still
Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health at Derby
This specialist degree will equip you with the skills needed to make a real impact on improving health and wellbeing in today's society. You will also gain additional qualifications in gym instruction and personal training.
You'll explore the importance of physical activity and nutrition in preventing and managing disease, as well as promoting optimal health. You'll enjoy inspirational work placement opportunities with local partner organisations such as Move More Derby, Livewell Consortium and Sporting Futures. You'll draw on the latest scientific evidence, some of which is being developed by our own researchers.
The skills you will gain will help bring about positive change in individual attitudes to exercise and nutrition, and contribute towards meeting ambitious government and local authority targets for reducing inactivity.
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Sport and Exercise Science - your questions answered
In the below video, Head of Discipline for Sport and Exercise Science, Andy Hooton, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Derby.
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.
You'll be taught by a range of staff who have extensive knowledge in the area of physical activity, nutrition and health including:
- Dr Stuart Mourton (Programme Leader): Stuart is a professional member of BASES. He also undertakes research in the area of motor control, skill acquisition and cognitive functioning. Outside of his roles at the University, he volunteers with Special Olympics and works with the SO West Midlands ski group.
- Dr Clare Roscoe: Clare is passionate about the physical activity levels of both children and adults. Her research interests are predominantly based on physical activity levels and fundamental movement skills in British preschool children. She has previously been involved with the 'Derby A City on the Move' project, which was funded by Sport England and aimed to encourage inactive people in Derby to take part in sport.
- Dr Corinna Chidley: Corinna spent several years working in the elite sports industry and brings a wealth of applied experience into the classroom. She also undertakes regular applied nutrition work through the University's Human Performance Unit helping athletes reach their performance goals. Her research is predominantly focused on the relationship between sport and exercise and immune function.
- Dr Andy Pringle: Andy has over 25 years of experience working in Higher Education and five years of experience working in the NHS as a health promotion specialist. Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and a NICE Guidelines Implementation Expert. He has led a number of national evaluations of multi-site physical activity programmes including those for the Premier League, Department of Health and Sport England.
- Dr Ruth Ashton: Ruth teaches in the areas of exercise physiology and physical activity and health. Her current research focuses on exercise in adults with chronic diseases, in particular those diagnosed with cancer or cardiovascular disease. Her research looks at how exercise can be an adjunctive therapy to conventional treatment to improve overall health and quality of life.
- Dr Joel Chidley: Joel has a great depth of knowledge in a range of outdoor sports and activities which he brings to the classroom. He has two key interests which are physical activity behaviour, from a health perspective, and adventure sport performance.
- Dr Shuge Zhang: Shuge is a professional member of BASES, ECSS, FEPSAC, and has contributed to writing many pieces for prestigious academic journals, such as Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology, European Journal of Sport Science, and Personality and Individual Differences. His work has contributed to the understanding of the personality factors and the associated psychological process underpinning physical activity and offered implications for exercise and health promotion.
Many of our staff are actively involved in research, undertaking influential studies that are breaking new ground in their discipline including topics such as:
Dr Mark Faghy, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, is part of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Is Medicine committee. This partnership will enable you to engage with other students and academics from affiliated institutions around the world and brings to life teaching, knowledge exchange and research opportunities that are promoted through the ACSM.
Our £10.8m Sports Centre 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. It complements our existing facilities such as floodlit all-weather pitches and tennis courts.
We have invested in cutting-edge facilities. You will hone your skills in a well-equipped sport and exercise facility and measure the parameters of health and fitness. In addition, we use a range of computer software packages for statistical analysis.
You’ll also be well catered for if you want to take part in recreational sport – whether new to you or as an elite performer. We have a new 44-station fitness facility at our Kedleston Road site, equipped with up-to-the-minute Technogym and Wellness system technology.
A range of career options
In this video Dr Ruth Ashton, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, discusses her industry experience since graduating, the research she has carried out, her specialism in health-based sport and how this is being implemented in the curriculum of our Sport and Exercise Science courses.
Our Performance Suite
Our Performance Suite allows Sport and Exercise Science students to learn about performance analysis, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, and injury prevention. As well as elite athletes outside of the University, you'll also be working with our Team Derby athletes to help them improve their performance and successfully compete. Take a look at the Performance Suite and Vicon cameras in action:
The University of Derby is a sporting hub for talented athletes and coaches. We have a track record of improving the performance of our University sports clubs and we have created an infrastructure to provide support for talented athletes. We offer a Sports Scholarship programme that aims to help talented student-athletes realise their sporting potential while supporting them through their academic studies. We offer scholarships of up to £6,000 and provide tailored athlete-support packages delivered by an experienced multi-disciplinary Performance Sport team.
Join Team Derby
If you enjoy a challenge and would like to make the most of your own sporting passion and prowess, you could become involved with Team Derby which is the focal point for the University’s sporting community. It encompasses all aspects of sport, including courses, numerous sports clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities. You can also take part in the national BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions.
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.
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.
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.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|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 Level 2 as part of your course of study|
|Access to HE||Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 0, Merit: 24, Pass: 21|
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)
If you're an international student and want to improve your English language skills before you start your course, the Derby English Language Centre's pre-sessional English course can help you.
How to apply
Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.
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. We also offer the MSc Clinical Exercise Science and MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science – which includes a Sport and Exercise Psychology pathway – where you will develop advanced knowledge in your chosen subject.
Through our Professional Development Package, you'll gain valuable transferable skills, including:
- Written and verbal communication
- Research and analytical
- Personal motivation, organisation and self-reflection
- IT literacy
- Critical awareness
Careers and Employment Service
To boost your employment skills, you can access the University's Careers and Employment Service. The team can connect you with employers to help find opportunities for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. Our careers consultants are also on hand to guide you through the career options for your degree, CV writing, or starting your own business - and we commit to helping you for three years after you graduate to find a job.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
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.
The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.
Included in your fees
For September 2024
- We fully fund the undertaking of Register of Exercise Professionals Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer Awards qualifications. We will contribute to, or pay the full cost of, other additional qualifications which are arranged by us. For other additional qualifications you are interested in, we may contribute to or fund these too but this is at the School of Sport and Exercise's discretion
- To welcome you to our team, you'll receive a University of Derby, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health t-shirt
- If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement, this is included in your fee if done via the University
- Fieldtrips offered as part of the programme will be fully funded, or heavily subsidised
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
If not already owned, appropriate clothing for practical sessions such as tracksuit bottoms and trainers - approximate cost is £50-£100
Travel to placements, mainly Derby locations, but some of our students have travelled to Manchester and Sheffield - costs vary depending on your placement venue of choice
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Lots of e-books are available for free through the University Library, however you may wish to purchase a hard copy of these at your own expense
- You may wish to undertake additional qualifications as part of your studies, costs will vary depending on your choice
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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