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Exercise, Health and Nutrition

BSc Honours

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Exercise, Health and Nutrition

BSc Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Are you passionate about educating people about the role that nutrition can play in fuelling the body and preventing diseases?

Population weight levels, eating and exercise habits are constantly changing. As they do, the health implications are becoming more apparent. Develop the skills and experience to help people live healthier lifestyles with our Exercise, Health and Nutrition degree.

Why study with us?

• Turn theory into practice by completing two professional placements as part of your degree, giving you essential experience in the industry.

• You can choose to take Level 2 Gym Instruction, Level 3 Personal Training and Level 3 Exercise Referral qualifications. These professional qualifications are free for Leeds Trinity students on this degree.

• Gain an international perspective by studying abroad at one of our partner universities.

• Access our specialist exercise and fitness facilities, including our award-winning fitness suite and sports science laboratory.

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Course Information

About this course >

You'll study the role that exercise and nutrition play in the maintenance of good health and the prevention of disease. You'll get a thorough and theoretical grounding in how exercise and nutrition influence health – positively and negatively – as well as developing the practical skills to improve people's exercise habits and nutrition.

We'll explore anatomy and physiology of the body alongside the psychology and sociology of exercise and health behaviours. You'll gain the confidence to effectively communicate and promote health issues and you'll get the opportunity to study for additional professional qualifications. These include gym-based instructor and personal training fitness qualifications, as well as an Exercise Referral qualification which will allow you to register on to Level 3 of the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs). We've also partially mapped the course content to the core competency requirements for registration as an Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

Putting theory into practice, you'll complete two professional work placements as part of your degree and you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner universities.

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Further Study

​Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport Management, MSc Health and Wellbeing and PGCE courses, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. Other postgraduate study options include Master by Research, which provides the opportunity to lead to PhD study.

Modules >

Year 1

In your first year, you will learn about theories and concepts relevant to a broader understanding of exercise, health and nutrition. Modules at this level cover six core themes; exercise, health, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, instructor/practitioner skills, and academic/graduate skills.

On successful completion of your first year, you will be able to communicate knowledge of exercise, health and nutrition in situations of limited complexity, in order to provide a foundation for further study in the subject. The professional placement at the end of the first year will give you the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice.

Year 2

In your second year, you will be expected to apply knowledge of exercise, health and nutrition to solve a range of problems. You will analyse and apply different theories and concepts and begin to appraise the evidence around broader exercise, health and nutrition interventions and activities.

You will also further deepen and consolidate your research skills, in preparation for your final-year dissertation project. Modules at this level cover themes including exercise (advanced personal training), health promotion, nutritional biochemistry and exercise for health, applied nutrition for exercise performance, and additional academic/graduate skills.

The Advanced Personal Training module covers the knowledge and skills needed to design, manage and adapt a personal training programme for healthy individuals, and integrates the opportunity to gain the Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. You will again have the opportunity to put your developing knowledge and skills into practice with your second professional placement.

Year 3

In your final year, you will learn to synthesise and critically evaluate key theories, concepts, principles and policies, and be able to develop a reasoned argument. The core themes begun in the first two years are further developed with a focus on weight management and advanced nutrition for sport and exercise. You will also enhance your knowledge and skills for working with clients, exploring different models of health behaviour change. Your practical skills can be enhanced through completion of an optional Exercise Referral module, which integrates the Level 3 Skills Active Exercise Referral qualification, or alternatively, study an optional business management module in entrepreneurship and creativity to develop your ability to work as an independent practitioner.

The dissertation module requires you to plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent work, which provides evidence of critical engagement. The multi-disciplinary nature of the project means that, in addition to employing academic/graduate skills, the module enables you to focus on one or more of the key course themes, contributing towards sharpening your eventual career focus. You have the opportunity to further strengthen your vocational experience and knowledge by selecting an option module from the disciplines of business, nutrition or exercise.

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

  • SHN4142 - Research Methods 1
  • SHN4232 - Introduction to 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
  • SHN5132 - Promoting and Communicating Public Health Messages
  • 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 Training Methods

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

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • PSY6052 - Aspects of Health Psychology
  • SHN6122 - Applied Sport Nutrition
  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6182 - Healthy Weight: Practical Strategies
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6202 - Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
  • SHN6222 - Sports Injury
  • SHN6252 - Advanced Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • SHN6402 - Exercise Referral

Learning and 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. #expand#

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.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 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 (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.

​​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​​.

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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind 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.

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.

You'll graduate with at least 11 weeks' professional experience thanks to the two professional placements included in your degree. You could complete your placements in the UK or abroad. Recent students have worked on HIV- awareness projects for international charities in countries such as Rwanda, Cameroon, Uganda and Kenya.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll be well-prepared for a range of careers in public health, health promotion in the NHS or local authorities, and any roles in the sport, fitness and leisure industries that focus on nutrition and weight management. A strength of this degree is its diversity – our students have found employment in all three areas: health promotion, nutrition advisors, exercise referral specialists, personal trainers, teaching and sports coaches.

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