Sport and Exercise Nutrition with Foundation Year – BSc (Hons)
Attendance Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BSc degree. Our practice-based, innovative Sport and Exercise Nutrition with a Foundation Year course will provide you with the underpinning scientific knowledge of nutrition and physiology for sports performance, exercise and health.
You’ll study nutrition and exercise at both ends of the spectrum, from assessing professional sports teams to health-based clients with specific nutritional issues. It’s a chance for you to gain experience in developing nutritional strategies that aid performance, health and wellbeing.
Tailor your Sport and Physical Activity Degree
When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences. These include:
- BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
- BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition
- BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
- BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in Sport and Physical Activity, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.
This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category – Sport and Physical Activity, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
Please note: entry requirements for degree course
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.
What’s covered in the course?
You’ll undertake physiological and nutritional assessment of sports performers in our state-of-the-art laboratories. However, it’s important to know that the course isn’t just about analysing elite athletes – you’ll also have the opportunity to learn how nutrition and exercise can impact upon people with different physiques and states of health.
Upon graduating, you can apply for jobs as a performance nutritionist, as well as within other areas of sport science, health and fitness.
By taking this course, you’ll be studying at the brand new home for the School of Health Sciences, which will contain a state-of-the-art laboratory, sports therapy rooms, cutting-edge resources and a designated sports area.
We also boast partnerships with both Warwickshire Cricket Club and Sport Birmingham. These partnerships not only keep our courses fresh and relevant, they also provide valuable placements, trips and case studies for you and your fellow students.
Why Choose Us?
- There will be live projects to work on, as well as compulsory work placements, enabling you to gain first-hand experience and build your knowledge.
- You’ll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and can provide relevant, up-to-date advice.
- There will be an opportunity to engage in international exchanges, as well as trips and visits that will aid your course.
- Many of our staff are PhD-trained and remain active in their chosen fields.
- You’ll work in state-of-the-art nutrition and dietetic laboratories, building your skills and knowledge.