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Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition)

BSc Honours

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Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition)

BSc Honours

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  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Open Days Wednesday 21 November 2018

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Course Overview

Do you want to unlock the secret to peak performance in sport and exercise?

Peak performances are not achieved by accident. The margins between success and failure are frequently very small, which is why the impact of sports nutrition in providing significant gains in performance is well-recognised. Teams and athletes all over the world now use sports nutritionists to help with their performance – do you want to be one of them?

Some of our Sports and Physical Education students are currently working with Cricket Without Boundaries in Rwanda. Find out what they're getting up to on their blog:

 

Why study with us

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers have extensive professional experience of working with athletes.

Access excellent facilities, including a Sports Science Laboratory and a Strength and Conditioning Suite.

Study course content that’s aligned to the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register – the national register for qualified sport and exercise nutritionists.

Choose your path. At the end of the first year, you can continue with Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition) or transfer to Sport and Exercise Sciences or Strength and Conditioning, giving you flexibility.

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90%

of our Sport and Physical Education students are satisfied overall with their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)

95%

of our Sport and Physical Education students are satisfied with the learning resources on their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)​

95%​​

of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.​

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

About this course >

You’ll study the core components of sport and exercise sciences, such as psychology, physiology and biomechanics, but you’ll specialise in sports nutrition. You’ll understand the impact that nutrition can have on athletic performance, exploring areas such as food, dietary recommendations, management and planning, ergogenic aids, fluid balance and sports drinks for optimum sports performance.

In your final year, you can choose to continue to specialise in Sports Nutrition or you can choose to further develop your knowledge in biomechanics, physical activity or sports injury.

Whatever path you choose, you’ll put theory into practice by completing two professional work placements in the UK or abroad. You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer or study abroad and we’ll also give you first-hand experience of working with athletes through Trinity Performance, our sport and exercise science enterprise service for professional athletes.

Further Study

Postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance your skills further and really specialise within an area. Following this course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport Management, MSc Health and Wellbeing, Masters by Research programme and PGCE courses, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

Year 1

In year one you will study a range of modules covering the core principles of sports and exercise science such as anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis and psychology. You will also study a general introduction to food and nutrition. In addition you will be able to select one optional specialist module from Strength and Conditioning or health and fitness. You will also study a module which will combine these disciplines and allow you to develop your applied experience in an interdisciplinary setting with programme level assessment.

Year 2

Year two will focus on sports nutrition throughout the year and in addition you will develop your general knowledge and understanding further with core modules in psychology, biomechanics and physiology. The second year also allows you to develop your employability skills and provides the option of either undertaking a second professional block placement or a volunteering module which will allow you to use any ongoing volunteering experience towards your degree programme. You will also study general research principles in preparation for your final year dissertation

Year 3 

The final year is mostly optional modules to allow you the flexibility to tailor your degree within your preferred specialism. Possible modules include, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, sports nutrition, applied specialist modules and health based modules for physical activity. You will also undertake a final year project which will allow you to use the research skills you have acquired throughout the programme and research an area of your interest.​

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

  • SHN4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SHN4232 - Introduction to Food and Nutrition
  • SHN4282 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • SHN4312 - Performance Analysis
  • SHN4412 - Techniques in Strength and Conditioning
  • SHN4472 - Exercise Psychology
  • SHN4502 - Health and Fitness
  • SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

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

  • SHN5142 - Research Methods 2
  • SHN5152 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • SHN5162 - Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition
  • SHN5172 - Physiology of Training
  • SHN5192 - Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • SHN5222 - Biomechanical Analysis and Performance
  • SHN5262 - Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice

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

  • SHN6122 - Applied Sport Nutrition
  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6182 - Healthy Weight: Practical Strategies
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6202 - Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
  • SHN6212 - Performance Physiology
  • SHN6222 - Sports Injury
  • SHN6242 - Applied Biomechanics and Movement Analysis
  • SHN6252 - Advanced Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 15.6% of scheduled learning and teaching; 211 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 919 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 15.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 204 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 881 hours of independent teaching; 216 hours on placement

Year 3 – 15.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 186 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,014 hours of independent teaching

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

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On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Professional Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements at Level 4 and at Level 5. There is also an optional level six module called Professional Learning through Work to further enable students to gained credit for their learning in the workplace.

At Level 6 students will complete a 40-credit Dissertation to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and skill development. Dissertations are often carried out on real projects or for organisations so that the work is very professionally relevant for the employer and student towards future career opportunities.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. Students will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

The department of Sport, Health & Nutrition offer all students the opportunity to take part in sports volunteering on or off-site and, or, to take coaching awards to add to their CV. They have a dedicated Sports Development Co-ordinator to organise sports coaching and volunteering as part of the extra-curricular activities.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus. Each Module Leader will provide lecture notes on this site to support their learning and other activities such as quizzes to check learning or additional reading or online tutorial activities in addition to the taught sessions.


Assessment


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 89.2% coursework; 10.8% written exams

Year 2 - 100% coursework

Year 3 - 100% coursework

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.

The variety of assessments in Sport, Health & Nutrition are noted by the External Examiner to be "the very best of practice in the sector" Staff are very creative in their assessments, providing engaging assignments. Students may be asked to carry out oral assessments and practical assessments in the sports or nutrition laboratory.

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. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

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.

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.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. 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 admissions@lee​dstrinity.ac.uk​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

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 Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs

​​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.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

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Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students have completed placements at professional sports clubs such as Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Football Club, primary and secondary schools, human kinetics publishers, local authority health and wellbeing services, and Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food.

Graduate Opportunities

​Our commitment to developing your employability skills means you'll have the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in a wide range of sports industry roles. Many of our graduates work in elite sport as applied scientists, but they have also been successful in teaching, coaching, business and marketing roles thanks to the transferable skills that they've developed throughout the course.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
 
Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition) Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition) alone to be represented in the Unistats data.
 
This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.