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You will explore the role that exercise and nutrition plays in the maintenance of good health and the prevention of disease. You will learn about nutrition relating to health, exercise and sport, issues in relation to the psychology and sociology of health, the communication and promotion of health issues and the anatomy and physiology of exercise.


Course Benefits

  • The course is aligned so that you can apply to be REPS (Registered Exercise Professionals) accredited when you graduate.
  • Opportunities to gain professional health and fitness qualifications.
  • You will work within our specialist exercise and fitness facilities.
  • International opportunities through study abroad, volunteering or placements overseas.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You will be given the opportunity to study for professional qualifications. These include Gym-based Instructor and Personal Training fitness qualifications as well as an Exercise Referral qualification. These qualifications allow registration onto Level 3 of the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPS).

The course is partially mapped to the core competency requirements for registration as an Associate Nutritionist withthe Association for Nutrition (AfN).

You can study abroad, usually in your second year. We currently work with partners in Germany, Spain and Australia, where you can go for one semester to gain credits towards your degree. You will undertake two industry placements with the opportunity to take your first or second year placement in another country, usually within Europe. You can also volunteer in Africa through our partnership with Cricket without Boundaries.

Read our full course terms and conditions.
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​On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • ealthy Weight: Practical Strategies
  • Advanced Personal Training
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Exercise Referral

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SHN4142 - Research Methods 1
  • SHN4232 - Introduction to Food and Nutrition
  • SHN4282 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • SHN4292 - Health and Wellbeing
  • SHN4502 - Health and Fitness
  • SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN5102 - Nutritional Biochemistry and Exercise for Health
  • SHN5132 - Promoting and Communicating Health Issues
  • SHN5142 - Research Methods 2
  • SHN5152 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • SHN5162 - Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition
  • SHN5192 - Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • SHN5302 - Advanced Personal Training

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • PSY6052 - Aspects of Health Psychology
  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6182 - Healthy Weight: Practical Strategies
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6202 - Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
  • SHN6252 - Advanced Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • SHN6402 - Exercise for Special Populations
  • SHN6412 - Exercise Referral

Learning and Teaching

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At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
Undergraduates on the Exercise, Health and Fitness degree programme are taught by academic staff from within the department and employs a range of methods with small group teaching, weekly directed activities, group work and independent projects. Methods also involve one-to-one and group tutorials, seminars, workshops, practical and lectures.

In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessment methods include small group teaching, weekly directed activities, group work and independent projects.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

Please call our Clearing Hotline on 0113 283 7123 for more information.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language, Maths and Science (or accepted equivalent qualifications)​​. ​
We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​

UK & EU Students:

​​Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online
Rachael McDonald

Rachael McDonald

Our BSc (Hons) Exercise, Health and Nutrition course allows students to develop a theoretical understanding of exercise, health and nutrition, as well as the opportunity to acquire fitness qualifications, which are essential in the industry, at no extra cost. Students will be able to enter a diverse range of careers, including public health, work in health promotion in the NHS or local authority and in roles that help people to change their health behaviours with a particular focus on nutrition and weight management.

Academic staff profiles

My name is Rachael McDonald and I'm the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Exercise, Health and Fitness. I have a background in exercise sciences, and in particular, how exercise can be used to improve health and cognition. I am a REPS accredited Personal Trainer and also involved in research looking at how exercise can be used to improve memory and information processing. I teach core and options modules throughout the degree course.

Relevant research outputs

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There were always opportunities to participate in an array of different sports and exercise projects, as volunteering opportunities were always posted online for students.

Jonathan Gibson

BA (Hons) Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition, 2014

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

This degree prepares students for a range of careers including Public Health, work in health promotion in the NHS or local authority and work in the sport, fitness and leisure industries with a particular focus on nutrition and weight management.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport ManagementMSc Health and Wellbeing and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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