Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-112 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

C690

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

The first course of its kind, this specialist degree will equip you with the skills to have a real impact on improving health and wellbeing in today’s society.

This course has been designed and developed in collaboration with Derby City Council to provide you with the holistic skills you need for a career in all aspects of health and exercise promotion.

Making a difference

Our pioneering BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health gives you the chance to transform your passion for sport and exercise into career roles where you can make a real difference to people’s lives.

You’ll explore the importance of physical activity and nutrition in preventing and managing disease as well as promoting optimal health and wellbeing at all stages in life. Throughout, you will  draw on the latest scientific evidence to underpin your work.

With its strong focus on real world learning, the course enables you to apply your skills and knowledge to practical health promotion projects. You will gain experience of working with individuals to change their attitudes to exercise and nutrition. You will also take part in initiatives which aim to improve the health and exercise habits of entire communities and population groups.

A powerful partnership approach

As a city, Derby has a strong track record for collaborative projects aimed at tackling physical inactivity. Our University has joined forces with Derby City Council and a range of other partners to launch the Derby City Move More Consortium, which has set an ambitious target of reducing inactivity by 25% over the next few years. 

By joining this course, you will play an important role in helping us to achieve that goal. At the same time, you will forge your own career direction in a specialist and growing field where high-calibre new recruits are in demand.

You will acquire essential practical skills and knowledge through exciting work placements with the consortium. These are integrated at each stage of the course and you will work alongside academics and health professionals with a broad range of expertise.

The placements will give you experience of working with various population and patient groups and the chance to enhance your interpersonal and communication skills.

Broaden your skills portfolio

Using the latest specialist equipment, you’ll get involved in physiology testing and cardiometabolic health assessments, as well as psychology-based studies relating to exercise.

We have also mapped this programme to national standards for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) so you will have opportunities to gain Level Two (gym instructor) and Level Three (personal trainer) accreditation.

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"Work placements are a perfect opportunity to enrich yourself with new knowledge. It can open the door to your future career." Magdalena Slavikova, current student

Outstanding specialist facilities

Our £10.8m  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  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 as a first timer 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.

Learn from the experts

Our sport and exercise science staff include accredited professionals who will provide you with high quality teaching and support. They are actively involved in research into a wide-range of themes including, physical activity monitoring of preschool children, nutrition, performance profiling and human balance control – to name a few.

You will also have the chance to undertake your own independent research into a theme of your choice, culminating in a major conference where you will showcase your findings.

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.

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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:

  • 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
  • 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

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.

"Placement is a perfect opportunity to enrich yourself with new knowledge - you'll see how the world works. You'll meet new people and you'll gain and improve your skills and abilities useful for both study and life. It can open the door to your future career."

Assessment

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 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

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.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/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.

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

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

Our BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health course is designed to make you highly employable. You will graduate with the applied experience, knowledge and professionalism you need for a variety of careers related to community development, nutrition and healthy eating promotion, health improvement, exercise referral and lifestyle management. Along with your subject-specific knowledge, you’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills – such as communication, problem-solving, research and presentation skills – which will stand you in good stead wherever your career takes you.

You could secure employment with a wide range of organisations including the NHS, local councils and public health agencies. With postgraduate teacher training, there are opportunities to go into educational careers too.

You could also consider taking your qualifications to the next level. We now offer the MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science – which includes Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology pathways – where you will develop advanced knowledge in your subject. Another option is our MRes (Sport and Exercise) where you can further your applied research skills.

Both these postgraduate courses offer you the chance to develop teaching abilities and the knowledge which could pave the way to study at PhD level. 

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Clare Roscoe (Programme Leader) C.Roscoe@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591284
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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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.

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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