Nutrition & Health BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: B400

Explore the vital role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention. Join us to unravel the fascinating role of food and nutrition. Gain eligibility to apply for Direct Entry as a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Nutrition and Health
Department: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
A student stirs the contents of a pan while another student chops carrots further down the same workbench.

With obesity and malnutrition rising, the role of nutrition in ensuring we maintain a well-balanced diet and good exercise to keep healthy has never been more critical. Food sustainability is rapidly becoming a pressing issue too. Our nutrition and health degree covers these challenges and so much more.

Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), our course provides skills to help you succeed in the field of nutritional science. Tailor your studies with optional modules such as Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion, Nutrition and Entrepreneurship, Psychological Approaches to Health and Social Wellbeing, and Therapeutic Approaches to Nutrition.

You’ll get practical, hands-on experience in our excellent biosciences laboratories and dedicated food skills area. Test how certain foods are made, investigate their physical properties and use microbiology to assess the antimicrobial properties of food. You’ll also get the chance to wear bariatric and geriatric suits to experience mobility restrictions as well as the opportunity to use different types of equipment to measure anything from energy expenditure and heart rate to exercise duration and sleep quality.

Apply everything you’ve learnt with a work placement, and participate in live research projects and a range of professional development activities to stand out to employers.

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Course features

  • Professional Accreditation

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Work Placement Opportunity

What you'll study

Research is key to the first year as you develop key professional and academic skills and apply them to health and social care. You’ll be introduced to issues such as lifestyle and dietary habits in different societies and cultures. We’ll also unpack the psychology behind behaviour in relation to holistic wellbeing associated with nutritional knowledge. Interactive laboratory sessions will improve your understanding of anatomy, physiology and how the metabolism of nutrients prevent disease.

Compulsory modules:

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Introduction to Nutrition, Lifestyles and Culture

Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills

Introduction to Research Skills

Nutrition Physiology and Anatomy

Psychosocial Approaches to Health Behaviours

In Year 2 you’ll explore social science and dietary research methods. Food sciences are a key area in contemporary nutrition, and you’ll be able to get a taste for the topic in our core module. Develop your research skills and tailor your degree with optional modules that satisfy your interests and career aspirations. You’ll also study the nutritional requirements fundamental to each stage of human growth and development throughout the lifespan.

Compulsory modules:

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Introduction to Food Sciences

Nutrition and Metabolism for Health and Disease

Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan

Understanding Research

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Applied Health Psychology in Context

Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion

Nutrition and Entrepreneurship

Psychological Approaches to Health and Social Wellbeing

Year 3 focuses on public health and wellbeing, and you’ll learn about the importance of educating society in this area. Explore personalised nutrition, therapeutic approaches to nutrition and factors contributing to obesity. Alongside your dissertation, you’ll complete a personal career development module which includes real-world experience on a placement in an area of your choice.

Compulsory modules:

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Personal Career Development

Public Health Nutrition

The Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity

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Dissertation

Primary Research Dissertation

One of:

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Applied Health Psychology in Context

Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Therapeutic Approaches to Nutrition

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Learning will be facilitated by discussion, groupwork, tutorials, lab-work, workplace experience and some online provision as well as taught classroom sessions.

Weekly laboratory classes in Year 1 are designed to support practical teaching in nutrition and equip you with the knowledge and skills to work safely and effectively in a laboratory environment. You will carry out a wide range of laboratory techniques including titrations to measure the vitamin content of food and microbiology techniques to assess the antimicrobial properties of food. You will also gain experience utilising equipment such as bomb calorimeters to measure the energy content of food.

In the final year of the programme you will undertake a compulsory module (Personal Career Development) based around a workplace setting which will enhance your learning experience and your future employability opportunities.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods are varied and include a combination of essay presentations, examinations and coursework.

Who will be teaching you

The degree is managed by a programme leader with each module having an individual module coordinator. You will also be assigned a personal tutor from the outset to support your learning experience.

Academic staff from the Faculty of Health and Social Care, who are specialists in the fields of health, biology, nutrition and psychology, will be teaching this degree. Some staff are actively engaged in nutrition related health research and consultancy in the UK and will use this expertise to support and enhance your learning experience.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required. You will also need GCSE English Language, GCSE Mathematics and GCSEs in two Science Subjects (or a GCSE Double Science Award) at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Faculty of Health, Social Care and MedicineThe Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

A professional food science laboratory and kitchen space enables Nutrition students to undertake a variety of practical work with foods in a purpose-built environment.

This dedicated space and the University’s modern Biosciences laboratories are used to test how certain foods are manufactured and produced, investigate the physical properties of food, and conduct sensory evaluations. You will also have opportunities to participate in enterprise initiatives and research activity using the Nutrition facilities.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Learning resources

Learning resources for Nutrition students include sphygmomanometers for measuring resting blood pressure to indicate cardio vascular risk, bariatric and geriatric suits to experience physical and mobility restrictions, wrist-based global positioning systems (garmin devices) that measure exercise duration, energy expenditure and heart rate, and actigraphs which estimate exercise intensity and track sleep quality and duration.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

After completing this course there are a wide range of career pathways open to you. Previous students have set out as freelancers or found themselves in a broad variety of organisations both in the public and private sectors, such as:

  • clinical nutrition companies
  • local authorities
  • charitable organisations
  • the NHS
  • parenting organisations
  • health promotion
  • schools
  • food and leisure industries

Our nutrition and health course is also a great foundation for postgraduate study in compelling areas such as public health nutrition, teaching and psychology.

Successful completion of this degree will enable you to apply for Direct Entry as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association of Nutrition (AfN).

Registration of the AfN demonstrates that you have received a sound underpinning of scientific knowledge in evidence-based nutrition. It also enables you to join the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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