Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine with Foundation Year

School of Health and Society




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2023


In a nutshell

This foundation year programme will provide a solid foundation and a pathway into our Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills and you will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the discipline.

This BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine course is formally endorsed by Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) to deliver professional qualifications in gym instruction, personal training, health navigation and exercise prescription for long-term conditions, meaning you will have the opportunity to gain vocational qualifications in these areas as part of the three-year degree.

You will:

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to successfully study at Level 4
  • Learn about the basic theories and concepts relating to Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine 
  • Be taught by a multi-disciplinary programme team with experience in a range of professional health care, sports and exercise settings

Course accreditations

Course details

All about the course

The Foundation level aims to provide an understanding of the key subjects at level 3 in order to meet the prerequisites for level 4 study on BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine.

You will develop:

  • An understanding of fundamental theories that will be developed further within the associated degree programme
  • The necessary skills and knowledge to study successfully at level 4
  • An awareness of the importance of communication and collaboration within the sports, exercise and nutrition fields, and develop these skills over the duration of the programme
  • Numeracy skills and competencies required for your subject area

There are five modules, four have 20 credits and one has 40 credits, as detailed below. 

Foundation year

Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

This module will provide a firm grounding in both testing and prescription principles applied in sport and exercise science contexts. You will develop a holistic view of the different aspects that contribute to performance in sport and exercise, and transfer to general health and wellbeing, and determine how best to test for changes in fitness level via the application of appropriate testing and methodologies. Fitness testing and exercise prescription forms the basis of study in the areas of sports science, exercise, nutrition and health. The assessment for this module will be a written examination. 

University Life

This module has been designed to promote a positive and supportive transition from further to higher education, focusing initially on the importance of wellbeing to successful study.  The module will provide a firm grounding in the key skills required to be able to read, write and present in the academic world.  You will embed your learning through a series of large and small group activities using a problem-based approach.  Small group work will allow for regular, tailored feedback specific to small group tasks and group dynamics with a focus on your future chosen vocation. Following the completion of the module, you should feel very prepared for your journey at level 4 and beyond.

Introduction to Applied Sciences

This module will provide a firm grounding in the key applied sciences needed to study for a degree in a range of professions. You will be provided with a focused review of key biological, biomechanical and anatomical principles, allied to key applications in the vocational setting. A grounding in these applied sciences will ensure you are able to cope with the transition to level 4 studies. The assessment for this module will be a two-hour multiple choice exam.

Introduction to Exploring Evidence

Introduction to Exploring Evidence will build on the knowledge and understanding acquired in trimester one and will prepare you for your Level 4 studies and beyond. You will consider what is meant by scientific evidence, exploring the many different types and effective methods of searching for evidence. You will be introduced to the concept of appraising evidence and handling data.

Through small group work, tutorials and peer feedback you will apply your learning to a clinical or practical scenario that you observe in your chosen discipline.

Foundations of Mental and Physical Health

This module will introduce you to the concepts that underpin physical and mental health.  It will ask the questions of ‘What is mental health?’ and ‘What is physical health?’.  By looking at different models of mental health and how the body functions physically the  module will focus on examining the relationship between maintaining good mental and physical health, the impact of this on health and wellbeing and how to promote this in your own life and when working with others.  Mental and physical health are closely linked and by studying both areas together you will learn to appreciate the relationship between the two.  This is a 40 credit module which runs across two trimesters and assessments for the module will build on each other, creating a theme throughout the year.

Year one

Human Physiology

Develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the core human physiological systems which are fundamental to sport, exercise health and movement.

Monitoring Health and Lifestyle Interventions in Practice

Learn about the importance of physical activity, nutrition and health monitoring by designing interventions to promote health and wellbeing among individuals and groups. Students will learn how to assess intervention effectiveness via the monitoring of health behaviour, fitness, and wellbeing parameters. 

Evaluating Contemporary Developments in Applied Settings

Learn how the concept of innovation has been applied within the exercise, nutrition and health industries to develop fitness levels and improve health. Students will learn to question why and how different approaches may or may not be successful with different population groups operating in different settings. 

Developing the Practitioner

Explore the range of employment opportunities within the nutrition and exercise industry and the key attributes required by professionals working in this area. Students will be introduced to research and academic enquiry, and learn how practitioners use evidence-based practice to promote health and wellbeing in individuals and communities.  

Fundamental Exercise Prescription

Develop the fundamental knowledge and skills in exercise prescription for healthy adults – students will learn how to design suitable, safe and well-structured one-to-one, gym-based exercise sessions for asymptomatic adults with no contraindications to exercise.

Bioenergetics and Nutrients

Develop a foundation of knowledge which is fundamental to the study of energy metabolism and nutrition for human movement

Year two

Exercise Physiology

To examine the theoretical and practical aspects of the physiological response to exercise. Students will be able to differentiate between the acute response and chronic adaptations to exercise, explain the cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, metabolic, and neuroendocrine response to exercise, examine the variations in fitness of different individuals and identify factors that limit performance

Healthy Behaviour and Promoting Change

Learn how health behaviour models, and behaviour change techniques can be used to impact health risk and health protective behaviours across a range of populations. Students will be introduced to specific behaviour change techniques and learn how to implement 'lifestyle' interventions (e.g. exercise) to promote physical health and psychological wellbeing.

Workplace and Corporate Health and Wellbeing

Develop an understanding of established exercise training techniques and how they can be applied in different settings, most notably the workplace, to develop active lifestyles.

Applied Nutrition and Dietary Analysis

This is the second module relating to Nutrition delivered within the programme, and builds on the bioenergetics and nutrients module at L4.  Students will learn about the importance of macro and micronutrients and the quantities needed to enable good health and also how to manipulate the diet to align with specific health or performance goals.

Advanced Exercise Prescription

Learn how to design and implement safe and effective training programmes to meet the needs of clients with advanced fitness. Students will be able to analyse physiological measures to design training to meet client's goals, whilst developing knowledge and skills in advanced training methods and behaviour change to ensure long-term adherence to training. 

Developing the Researcher

Learn how to integrate and consolidate prior learning and experience of various research methodologies and skills from level 4 and 5 modules. Students will apply this prior learning and experience to various authentic case studies within exercise, nutrition and health.

Year three

Measurement and Evaluation of Fitness and Health

Explore the application of methodologies and associated instrumentation for assessment and accurate quantification of health-based parameters.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Learn about the aetiology and pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease and how it is diagnosed. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of human physiology and exercise physiology to understand how cardiovascular disease can limit individual fitness, and how exercise can be prescribed to both treat and prevent this condition.

Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to safely prescribe exercise to special population groups. Students will examine the normal and abnormal functioning of selected organ systems, in preparation for subsequent evaluation of the use of pharmacological and exercise-based procedures for the treatment and management of common referred conditions.

Eating Behaviour and Dietary Interventions

This module is the 3rd Nutrition module that features on the programme, and there is a shift of focus for this module to understanding why people choose have certain dietary habits and structures.  The intention to use this understanding to help people change their behaviour to use nutrition as medicine to health treat certain conditions, promote health and prevent ill health. 

Your final year consists of the above four modules and one of the below:

Practitioner Placement for Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine

This module provides the student with a placement within an area related to the nature of the programme.  The students will gain valuable experience, apply knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme and produce a research study which will be of use for their specific placement provider. 

Dissertation for Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine

Conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic (either through an empirical project or structured review), and analyse, present and discuss the outcomes of the study.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

what will i be doing?


The curriculum has been designed by expert staff with national reputations and professional experience in the exercise, health and fitness industries. Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Practical skill sessions
  • Case studies
  • Problem-based learning
  • On-line learning
  • Work experience
  • Laboratory classes

Students on the course also engage in self-directed study activities, group work and project team working. All students are allocated a personal tutor to ensure personal and academic development and achievement.


  • Written examination x 3
  • Written portfolio
  • Written essays x 2
  • Course work presentation 


In the School of Health and Society, we are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes, and our commitment to public involvement helps us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.

Human Performance Laboratory

Our world-class human performance laboratory contains almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis and speed guns. 

We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes an isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.Take a 360 tour of the facilities here

We also have extensive equipment in our exercise and physiology laboratory including:

  • Portable and static online gas analysis systems for breath-by-breath cardiopulmonary exercise testing, including VO2 max tests. 
  • A Lode Cycle Ergometer to provide isokinetic testing conditions within cycling. 
  • An Analox G37 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to study blood lactate concentration. We also have a range of field-based Lactate Pro Analysers, which have been used to test professional athletes as part of our partnerships.



What you need to know

Please note that the programme is now full for the 2021/22 academic year. The next available start date will be September 2022. 

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.


The Foundation Year pathway is designed for students who do not have the standard entry requirements to enter university at degree level. Due to the nature of the industry, we aim to recruit confident, hard-working, organised individuals who have a passion for exercise and activity. If you could see yourself working with a range of people in a range of different settings, this course is for you.


International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

64 points. 

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points

GCE A Level

64 UCAS points, from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent. 

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points from a minimum of two A2 subjects. 

BTEC National Extended Diploma


If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be MMP

Scottish Highers

64 points

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points. To include: 

English – Higher H6 (D3), Ordinary O5(C3)
Maths – Higher H6 (D3), Ordinary O5(C3)

International Baccalaureate

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points

Access to HE

64 points

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be 80 tariff points. Health and Science based subjects preferred. 

How much?

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2023

September 2024

UCAS information

Course ID CB72

Institution S03