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Nutrition (Exercise and Health) BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time BB49 2018
2019
4 years full time including sandwich year BB4X 2018
2019
4 years full time including foundation year CB64 2018
2019
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2018
2019

Why choose this course?

This course explores the role of nutrition and exercise in the prevention and control of disease and the maintenance of good health. It comprises the key strands of nutrition together with sport and exercise science and multidisciplinary topics related to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.

Foundation year

If you would like to study one of our science degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you can include an extra foundation year within your chosen degree. Please see the science foundation year course page for details of modules.

Accreditation

Accreditation by the Registered Associate Nutritionists (ANutr) means graduates can apply to become associate nutritionists without having to prove competence (see more at associationfornutrition.org).


The National Student Survey
This course scored 100 per cent for student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) course ranking.


Guardian University Guide

We were ranked at number 10 in the UK (out of 73) for sport science in the Guardian University League Tables 2018. This is a rise of 5 places from our 2017 ranking. 

What you will study

Year 1 introduces the fundamental concepts of food and nutrition, human anatomy, exercise and physiology, together with sport and exercise psychology. You will also study the essential principles of scientific investigation.

Year 2 extends your knowledge of the effects of nutrition, sport and exercise on human physiology and exercise prescription. You will examine the principles of energy metabolism and develop your understanding of health and exercise physiology and sport and exercise psychology. A module in research methods will prepare you for your Year 3 research project.

If you choose the four-year sandwich route of this degree, you will have a year's industry-related work experience between Years 2 and 3.

In Year 3, you will apply your knowledge of nutrition and exercise to topics such as the role of nutrition in health and disease, public health promotion, and the psychological issues relating to health and exercise. You may study either contemporary issues of food and nutrition or nutritional ergogenic aids and the extreme environment. You will also undertake an independent project, focused on exercise, nutrition or health science.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module is core for students studying BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Human Nutrition)*/BSc (Hons) Nutrition and BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Exercise and Health)*/BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health and introduces students to the study and practice of human nutrition. The module focuses primarily on macronutrients and micronutrients but will also include water and alcohol. Other topics introduced as part of this module include the basic concepts that underpin energy and nitrogen balance, the derivation and application of dietary reference values, the study of food composition and food science. Students will also be introduced to the social functions of food and nutrition in society as well as basic applications of food science in everyday life. This module is a pre-requisite for Food and Nutrition 2: Applied Nutrition (LS5007).

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  • This module introduces fundamental psychological constructs and how they impact upon our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise environments. Such constructs include personality, motivation, anxiety, stress as well as the learning and performance process.

    On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • Identify and discuss the theories of sport and exercise psychology.
    • Describe the major theories of motor control and learning.
    • Discuss how psychological variables influence behaviour.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of measurement in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data; performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

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  • This module is designed to introduce the fundaments of functional anatomy and physiology, particularly the skeletal, neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The focus will be on the understanding of the biomechanics of movement and the physiological adjustments in response to the demands of sport and exercise.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Name the main anatomical features, and describe the functional skeletal, muscular and neurological anatomies of the major muscles, bones and joints of the human body.
    • Identify and describe the structure, function and interaction of systems used extensively in exercise, particularly the neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
    • Evaluate data from physiological and biomechanical assessment.
    • Use practical equipment accurately and demonstrate awareness of, and basic competency of sport and exercise laboratory equipment.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.

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  • This module provides an essential introduction to the skills required for undergraduate study and scientific research and to understand the principles of qualitative and quantitative experimental research and elementary data analysis. The skills developed in this module will begin to formulate the foundation to later research methods modules and the final year project or dissertation module.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Manage time to become effective independent learners.
    • Demonstrate and reflect on a range of academic key and transferable skills required for effective learning, including but not limited to oral presentations, written reports essays and demonstrate an awareness of feedback.
    • Locate contemporary research publications both in text and electronic format and reference them appropriately.
    • Understand the terminology and basic concepts of research in the field of sport and exercise science.
    • Identify appropriate methods of experimental research in sport and exercise sciences.
    • Conduct and interpret the results of statistical tests.

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Year 2

  • This module is core for students studying BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Human Nutrition)*/BSc (Hons) Nutrition and BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Exercise and Health)*/BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health. The module applies basic nutrition delivered at Level 4 (Food and Nutrition 1: An Introduction - LS4006) to introduce students to dietary assessment methodology and how they are used depending on nutrients, groups and populations, and the role of nutrition across the lifespan and is a pre-requisite for Food and Nutrition 3: Public Health Nutrition (LS6009), which is delivered at Level 6.

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  • This module considers the psychological influences on human behaviour in sport and exercise environments and the concepts and methodologies of sport and exercise psychology.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Discuss theories of sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate how psychological theories can be applied to sport and exercise settings.
    • Critically discuss methodological issues related to sport and exercise psychology research and limitations of theories in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data; performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

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  • This is a core module in Sport Science, Exercise, Nutrition & Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) degree pathways, and offered as an option on the Sports Analysis & Coaching. This module covers the acute and chronic physiological changes induced by exercise and an understanding of cardio-respiratory health. This module will develop the students' application of exercise physiology to performance. The module will also enable students to apply the role of exercise and physical activity as a prescription therapy to clinical diseases. This module will further develop the student understanding by equipping them with the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance.

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  • This is a core module in all Sport & Exercise Science undergraduate courses. The module's focus is on the approaches to research design, data collection techniques and appropriate analyses to make accurate interpretations.  It further investigates quantitative and qualitative research methods introduced at Level 4 and introduces students to more advanced techniques. The module provides an essential introduction to research ethics and the ethical approval procedures that are required when using human participants for research. Skills developed in this module will form the foundation of the final year project module. This module also provides an overview of how to recognise and develop key and transferable skills to enhance employability through relevant professional development and research experience.

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Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • This module is core for students studying BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Human Nutrition)*/BSc (Hons) Nutrition and BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Exercise and Health)*/BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health. This module will develop students' understanding of the concepts, theories and practice of Health Promotion, focusing on diet & physical activity in developing and developed countries. It will examine theories of motivation, behaviour and strategies of health promotion. The role, influence and impact of policies on population and client groups will be examined. This module will also provide students with an understanding of nutritional issues in the developing world.

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  • This module covers the adoption and maintenance of physical activity/exercise and health behaviours. The module is intended to develop critical understanding of theories of behaviour prediction and evaluate research surrounding the benefits of physical activity/exercise for psychological health and well-being. In addition, the module develops understanding through the evaluation of interventions to promote physical activity and mental health.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Evaluate the benefits of exercise for psychological health and wellbeing.
    • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of determinants of health behaviour.
    • Develop an advanced critical understanding of exercise and health behaviour theories and their application.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data; evaluating data), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

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  • Choose between the following:

    • This module is a core module for students studying BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Human Nutrition)*/BSc (Hons) Nutrition and can be taken as an option module by students studying Biology Sciences (Human Biology) and BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Exercise and Health)*/BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health provided they have one of the pre-requisites listed above. This module introduces students to areas that have a significant impact on modern day food and nutrition including food legislation and safety, novel and functional foods, nutraceuticals and the interaction between nutrition and pharmacology. Furthermore, it provides in-depth material on emerging and re-emerging topics such as malnutrition and food allergy as well as issues concerning nutrition and disease and the use of advanced body composition techniques and biochemical and biological analysis.

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    • This is a core module in Sports Science pathway, and an optional module in the, Sports Analysis and Coaching, Exercise, Nutrition and Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) pathways. This module provides coverage of the environmental influences that impact on humans when exercising or competing in sport. The physiological reactions to discrete environmental stresses are described and methods of acclimatisation or coping are explained. This module also examines nutritional supplementation and prohibited methods to enhance physical performance, including a focus on current regulation and policies and the attitudes, values and behaviours that may precipitate doping and the consequences of doping in sport.

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  • Choose between the following:

    • This module is a core module for students studying BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Human Nutrition)*/BSc (Hons) Nutrition and can be taken as an option module by students studying BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Exercise and Health)*/BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health and is a capstone project module designed to enable students demonstrate the academic and transferable skills they have developed throughout their respective programmes and to show evidence of synthesis based on these skills and the knowledge, understanding, application and integration of nutrition gained from taught modules.

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    • This module is designed to measure the student's academic independence in utilising the skills previously learned in Essentials for Sport and Exercise Science and Research Methods in Exercise Science.  The purpose of this module is for students to undertake a significant piece of original and independent research over their third year.  The student will make use of their Sport and Exercise Science knowledge and identify a selected Sport, Exercise or Health related study, plan and undertake some form of data collection which will culminate in the writing of a scientific project and the delivery of an oral presentation.  This module also provides opportunity to reflect upon and demonstrate a critical understanding of the key transferable skills that have emerged from the final year of study that will enhance their employability/readiness for work through personal and professional development and research experience. 

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