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.
|3 years full-time
5 years part-time
|Edge Hill University
|BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
|Nutrition, Food and Health
|Health, Social Care and Medicine
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.
International students can apply
Sandwich year option available
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
You’ll establish the foundation for your degree within the first year of study. You will develop key professional and academic skills and start to build on employability skills. 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. You will also be introduced to the importance of nutrition in relation to food and be able to apply the knowledge gained in a practical manner.
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.
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. Employability is key within this final year and so there will be guidance and support provided throughout.
Please note, if you complete a sandwich year placement between Years 2 and 3, HUG3273 Personal Career Development will typically become optional rather than compulsory in the final year of the course. In these circumstances, an additional optional module would usually be selected from the options above in its place.
Where your course includes optional modules, these are to 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.
How you'll be assessed
Assessment methods are varied and include a combination of essays, presentations, portfolios, OSCEs, coursework, exams and posters.
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, Social Care and Medicine, who are specialists in the fields of health, biology, nutrition and psychology, will be teaching this degree. Nutrition tutors include registered nutritionists or dietitians. 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.
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).
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)
|Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
|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, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
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.
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.Discover our accommodation
The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals.
The contemporary 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 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.
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
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.
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 can 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
- 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.
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.