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Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

International Scholarships available

Overview

Help athletes prepare for their chosen sport by providing them with the specialist nutritional programmes that will aid their performance.

Studying the science of food, you will develop your understanding of how nutritional composition and diet can influence sport and exercise performance. Working across the spectrum – from elite athletes to recreational performers – you will learn how to conduct interviews, assess the dietary intake of individuals and design personalised nutritional interventions.

Refining your understanding of the key disciplines of nutrition, physiology and psychology, your course will also enable you to put your learning into practice through a placement in a setting of your choosing. This could include working within a professional sports environment.

Designed to meet the competency requirements and professional standards set by the Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), this course will prepare you to become a professional sport and exercise nutritionist.

You will be taught by academic staff with a wealth of expertise in the areas of clinical nutrition and sport and exercise nutrition. The teaching team includes Louise Sutton, Chair of the British Dietetic Association Sport Nutrition Interest Group and Deputy Chair on the SENr board, Dr Lauren Duckworth, an Academic Associate of the SENr, and Dr Kevin Deighton, an editor for the British Journal of Nutrition and the Journal of Nutritional Sciences.

You will be among the first students to take advantage of the university’s new state-of-the-art Carnegie Teaching and Research (CTAR) building, due to open in November 2019. The building will include a wealth of outstanding facilities, including dedicated research laboratories, a hypoxic laboratory, a health and wellbeing studio, an indoor sprint track for performance training and analysis, a rooftop walking track and terrace, enhanced strength and conditioning spaces and changing and recovery facilities.

Our strong links with industry ensure we are able to provide a range of exciting work placement opportunities; you could find yourself working for professional sports teams such as Leeds Rhinos or Yorkshire County Cricket Club, local schools or health clubs. Many of our students have also taken advantage of our sport volunteering opportunities, which have previously included global events such as the Olympics, World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • Part-time study available
  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
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Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies.At least one of these should normally be from a science subject, which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology or Sociology. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017).).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one science subject normally required which can include Psychology or PE
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. One science subject normally required which can include Psychology or PE If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:

An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check maybe required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others.

International Baccalaureate

26 points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies.At least one of these should normally be from a science subject, which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology or Sociology. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017).).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one science subject normally required which can include Psychology or PE
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. One science subject normally required which can include Psychology or PE If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:

An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check maybe required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others.

International Baccalaureate

26 points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
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No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Emma Tester

Careers

Emma Tester
Nutrition Project Officer and part-time lecturer Leeds Beckett University

MSc Sport & Exercise Nutrition

“I loved studying nutrition on my first degree, so continuing onto my masters was the perfect option for me. I was able to work with athletes and clubs around the UK - applying what I was learning into practice. I now use my skills to help athletes meet their nutritional needs and achieve their peak potential.

Teaching and learning

Develop nutrition strategies in sport, exercise and health settings, whilst also gaining the knowledge competency requirements of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr). The tabs below detail what you will study in each year of your course.
Gain key academic skills such as writing, referencing, communication and research skills. You will also be introduced to the broader role of the sport and exercise scientist, with an emphasis on what they DO and HOW they do it.
Core Modules

Gain knowledge and comprehension of sport and exercise physiology. This module will equip you with the relevant skills to apply knowledge and understanding during measurement of physiological function.

Develop an understanding of food as energy along with the importance of adequate nutrition in maintaining body functions during rest and activity.

Develop a range of personal, professional, and research-related skills that will be useful in every module studied throughout your degree.

Discover the origins and foundations of sport and exercise psychology, otherwise defined as the scientific study of human behaviour within the contexts of sport and exercise.

Gain an appreciation of the scientific skills and knowledge base needed to understand food processes to meet society's demands for safe and sustainable food products within current food policy guidance.

This module introduces the role of the sport and Exercise scientist, with an emphasis on what they DO and HOW they do it. You will learn methods of measuring and evaluating health and performance in both field and lab-based settings.

Enhance your personal and professional development by reviewing current jobs in the field before starting to plan your chosen career path. You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or continuing professional development activities and you will begin preparing for your final year project. You will also demonstrate an understanding of the scientific approach to the research process, including data collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation.
Core Modules

Evaluate peer-reviewed research relating to psychological constructs, concepts, and theories applicable to sport and exercise settings.

Investigate the role of food and nutrition in health, sport and exercise throughout the life span. You will apply your knowledge of nutrition to specific populations whilst developing the skills required for the assessment and interpretation of nutritional intake and status.

Identify and evaluate research, assessment techniques and exercise practices in a range of specific situations, including; maximal, intermittent and prolonged exercise. You will also develop an understanding of exercise prescription for health and sports performance.

Build on your knowledge developed in the Sport & Exercise Scientist in Action module through an interactive learning experience with strong applied focus. You will develop practical skills, contextualise knowledge and gain an understanding to further enhance your appreciation of the distinctions between sport and exercise science disciplines.

Build upon the research and study skills from year one to become consumers of research in preparation for your second and final years. You will learn to search for and apply relevant literature and/or theory; choose research designs to address research enquiries; analyse and interpret empirical data; and present research findings in their specific field.

Enhance your employability through the development of transferable and specific skills. You will be encouraged to broaden your network of contacts and audit, manage and reflect upon the progression of your individual employability skills, expectations and requirements to support your development as a professional graduate.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Develop an appreciation of nutrition for sport performance, exercise and health, and gain a critical understanding of niche fields within sport, exercise, nutrition and health. Through your final year project, you will engage in a research project within sport and exercise nutrition under the supervision of an academic staff member. You will also evaluate relevant literature to propose a piece of research and then conduct it in an ethical manner, presenting the results of your study in an accepted academic format.
Core Modules

Using real-world settings, you will apply knowledge and skills to critically examine conditions and situations that impose nutritional challenges to the maintenance of health as well as the prevention and treatment of disease.

Critically apply your knowledge and skills to examine conditions and situations that impose nutritional challenges to the maintenance of nutritional status.

Using real world settings, you will reflect upon the scope of the role of the sport and exercise nutritionist. You will acquire an appreciation of professional regulation, standards and competencies required for maintaining safe and ethical practice, including the importance of establishing boundaries between practitioner and client, and how to seek out or refer on to relevant support agencies.

Undertake an extended and largely independent piece of work that demonstrates research skills, critical thinking, and an awareness of ethical methodological approaches to study.

Option modules may include:

Examine and demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of sport and exercise science within the context of extreme environments.

Develop a critical understanding of the differing demands of athletic events and learn how this knowledge influences the approach to performance evaluation and monitoring.

Gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of obesity. You will apply your knowledge to design an appropriate lifestyle programme for an individual to manage their weight, and to critique contemporary approaches to obesity management.

This module introduces the clinical use of exercise physiology techniques by considering the pathophysiology of several chronic diseases, the mechanism of action of commonly used medications for special clinical populations and concepts of clinical exercise testing.

Gain in-depth knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, medical assessment and therapeutic procedures, and study the role of exercise, nutrition and psychological interventions within the multi-disciplinary management of rehabilitation and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Develop a more critical and in-depth understanding of contemporary concepts and applications relevant to the psychology of physical activity and health. You will engage in critical discussion and debate regarding physical activity behaviour change and the psychological consequences of physical activity.

Learn to critically review a variety of contemporary health issues and critique the role physical activity and nutrition can play within the regulation and or rehabilitation of stages of disease.

Explore how psychological and ethical principles inform interventions for individual performers and sports teams.

Dr Lauren Duckworth
Dr Lauren Duckworth
Course Director
An Academic Associate of the Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register, and course leader of the sport and exercise nutrition postgraduate course, Lauren has a strong commitment to multidisciplinary research and applied teaching within the areas of sports nutrition, exercise and health. Her research focuses on the effects of nutritional interventions on sport and exercise performance. More specifically, she is interested in the influence of the exercise and feeding on subsequent substrate metabolism during exercise, appetite and post exercise energy consumption.
With our research and applied expert staff, delivery of outstanding knowledge-building and practical-based modules, new facilities and links to both the SENr and industry, we are excited to offer this new degree programme. The knowledge and skills gained on this course will produce graduates with an excellent understanding of nutritional principles as well as the opportunity to gain practical experience within both the health and sport sectors.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Sports Science Labs
    Sports Science Labs

    Our specialist sports science facilities include a human performance lab, a cardio-respiratory lab, blood sampling room for biochemical marker work, a full working physiology lab for monitoring athletes, a full body composition scanner and a nutrition laboratory.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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