BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health

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Overview

UCAS Code:B400
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Nutrition at Edge Hill University ranked top in the UK for assessment & feedback and in the top two in the UK for teaching, academic support, organisation & management and personal development in the National Student Survey 2016;
  • Gain a thorough understanding of nutrition and its role within the promotion of health and prevention of disease as you acquire the skills needed to work as an entrepreneur in nutrition-related health;
  • Study a degree designed to address the challenges facing nutrition-related health in the 21st century which combines the sciences of health, nutrition, psychology and sociology.

This degree will appeal to you if you wish to develop an in-depth knowledge of nutritional science and the fundamental role of nutrition in the promotion of health and wellbeing. The programme brings together the disciplines of science, health, nutrition, sociology and psychology, and will equip you with a broad understanding of the nutritional needs of a complex, diverse and multicultural society. It will also prepare you, through academic study and work-related experience, for some of the challenges you may face when working in the field of nutrition-related health today, such as the promotion of sound nutrition within different settings, including the workplace and wider community.

Student Profiles

  • Michelle Oatridge

    BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health
    Nutrition is definitely an area that is gaining more and more recognition, as is the understanding of what an informed lifestyle choice can make on our health and wellbeing throughout our lives.
Faculty of Health and Social Care

Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will examine learning styles and activities to enhance your personal and educational development and self-awareness in communication skills. You will be introduced to issues related to nutrition, lifestyle and dietary habits within the social contexts of regions, societies and cultures. Laboratory sessions will enhance your understanding of how the metabolism of nutrients interact with the human body to prevent disease.

Year 2 will introduce you to a variety of social science and dietary research methods and explore how disease and illness can be prevented. You will also study the nutritional requirements fundamental to each stage of human growth and development throughout the lifespan. Two further optional modules will be chosen from the undergraduate portfolio providing you with the opportunity to shape your own degree programme relevant to your own interests and career aspirations.

In Year 3 you will cover up-to-date food and nutrition topics that are relevant and timely to the nation’s health and wellbeing, for example, the wider determinants of overweight and obesity, personalised nutrition, and nutrition within institutions and therapeutic approaches to nutrition. Public health will play a prominent part within your third year, reflecting the importance of its role in educating society with regard to nutrition and health. You will also complete a dissertation module on a subject of your choice focusing on a personal area of interest.

How will I study?

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

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

How will I be assessed?

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

Who will be teaching me?

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.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Nutrition and HealthThe Faculty of Health and Social Care 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 and social care students in the country, the innovative £14m Faculty of Health and Social Care building provides outstanding teaching and learning resources, including leading edge clinical skills facilities, ten teaching rooms, an 860-seat lecture theatre and a number of social learning spaces.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

Modules

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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

FDH1100 Essential Study Skills for Undergraduates (20 credits)

Essential Study Skills for Undergraduates enables you to identify your own individual learning styles. The module provides the opportunity for you to develop your IT skills, essay writing, note-taking and presentation skills in order to enhance your learning experience. Facilitation of information retrieval and introduction to the University’s virtual learning environment is also encompassed within this module.

FDH1101 Communication Skills (20 credits)

Communication Skills provides the opportunity for the development of communication skills and self-awareness. The aim is to develop key transferable skills for your future career, enhancing your ability to interact with people from all walks of life. You will develop listening skills and the ability to empathise, be congruent, give unconditional positive regard and act as an advocate for others.

HUG1112 Nutrition Physiology and Anatomy (30 credits)

Nutrition Physiology and Anatomy provides you with a foundational understanding of the human body. You will be introduced to the organ systems within the body and to the chemical building blocks of life (DNA, protein, fat and carbohydrate). This will enable you to understand how the metabolism of nutrients interact with organ systems to play a role in the prevention, causation and treatment of disease.

HUG1120 Introduction to Nutrition, Lifestyles and Culture (30 credits)

Introduction to Nutrition, Lifestyles and Culture introduces you to issues related to nutrition, individual’s lifestyles and eating habits within the social contexts of regions and societies. The importance of addressing the needs of different cultural requirements and religious beliefs to improve eating habits and promote positive health outcomes is highlighted.

HUG1123 Psychosocial Approaches to Health Behaviours (20 credits)

Psychosocial Approaches to Health Behaviours focuses on the concept of health and ill health within our society and explores individual responses to health behavioural choices affecting people’s lifestyles. You will develop analytical and evaluative skills through the focused evaluation of a specific and agreed area of interest.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

HUG2127 Biology and Disease (20 credits)

Biology and Disease looks at what makes us ill and examines how disease and illness processes can impact upon an individual, both from a physical and a psychological perspective. The prevention of disease and illness will also be explored.

HUG2128 Nutrition Across the Lifespan (30 credits)

Nutrition Across the Lifespan addresses nutritional requirements fundamental to human growth through the lifespan, drawing on the different health-related and science-based disciplines to produce a rounded approach to this subject. Nutrition’s links to human development, from pre-conception through pregnancy, infancy, childhood, teenage years and adulthood, is explored concluding with an assessment of nutrition in the over fifty age group.

HUG2213 Understanding Research (30 credits)

Understanding Research introduces you to research to develop an understanding of the research process. The module will familiarise you with the nature and variety of research methods together with the need for an evidence base to guide the decision making process. You will evaluate qualitative and quantitative methods, examining both the positive and negative aspects of both approaches, in order to determine that each approach can be seen as equally valuable and often complementary.

You will select two of the following modules:

FDH2100 Legal and Ethical Perspectives (20 credits)

Legal and Ethical Perspectives is a module designed to develop awareness of accountability and accountable practice within the legal, professional and ethical frameworks pertinent to a potential future client base. In addition, the module will encourage you to reflect upon your personal and professional abilities and boundaries and consider the importance of the multi-professional team.

HEA2077 Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

Negotiated Learning Shell allows you to negotiate with academic staff, and the workplace if appropriate, to focus on an area of study of particular interest. This may be for the enhancement of practice or for the development of more in-depth knowledge and skills with particular significance to the workplace and/or yourself.

HUG2102 Leadership and Management in the Workplace and Society (20 credits)

Leadership and Management in the Workplace and Society provides you with theoretical frameworks that can be used to discuss and analyse processes, roles and behaviours of leaders and managers within a variety of settings and within society. You will be facilitated to develop an argument that will extend and challenge the contemporary beliefs of the terms ‘leadership’ and ‘management’. You need to understand these concepts in order to develop these skills within the very families and communities with which you are working.

HUG2136 Psychological Approaches to Health and Social Wellbeing (20 credits)

Psychological Approaches to Health and Social Wellbeing critically examines a number of key issues in the application of health psychology to health and social wellbeing. The module is structured around four broad themes: health behaviour, health promotion and disease prevention; the role of individual differences and social factors in health and illness; stress, illness and the health-care system; and health communication and intervention.

HUG2137 Applied Health Psychology in Context (20 credits)

Applied Health Psychology in Context focuses on the application of health psychology (theory, research and practice) in a variety of contexts including forensic, occupational, clinical, sport and counselling. The module will highlight key issues concerning structure, policy and practice in the application of health psychology to a range of contexts. You will evaluate the theoretical and methodological contributions made by psychological approaches to health prevention and intervention strategies in applied settings and identify and evaluate the role that health psychologists have in a range of healthcare settings.

HUG2230 The Working Environment in Children and Young People's Services (20 credits)

The Working Environment in Children and Young People’s Services encourages you to reflect upon policies and procedures within a working environment and examine how those policies are communicated and impact on the ability to work in partnership. You will also be given the opportunity to experience a work environment involving children/young people in order to enhance your employability prospects for the future.

HUG2231 Nutrition and Metabolism (20 credits)

Nutrition and Metabolism recognises that appropriate nutritional care depends upon an accurate assessment of nutritional status including nutritional and metabolic complications. This requires a thorough knowledge of nutritional requirements alongside an understanding of the pathophysiology of nutritional disorders. The module therefore aims to ensure that you gain an in-depth knowledge of the physiology and metabolism of individual nutrients by examining the scope of nutritional science together with the physiology and metabolism of individual nutrients. You will also explore the application of the scientific principles to a study of disease-specific nutrition and nutritional assessment.

HUG2232 Nutrition and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Nutrition and Entrepreneurship enables you to gain a basic knowledge of some of the key facets involved in working as a nutrition and health freelancer. The module will explore the basics of business strategy, planning, marketing and communication in relation to nutrition. In addition, the module will explore the current and future growth areas in entrepreneurial nutrition, for example, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and writing for different audiences.

HUG2300 An Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies (20 credits)

An Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies provides an opportunity to explore the various complementary and alternative therapies available for use within the promotion and management of health. A variety of complementary and alternative therapies will be discussed, including yoga, homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, chiropractice, and massage therapy.

HUG2314 Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion (20 credits)

Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion provides you with the opportunity to look into the health and physical activity status of different population groups. The module will enable you to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting physical activity, exercise and other healthy behaviours that lead to increased fitness, wellness and optimal health alongside a well-balanced diet. You will explore strategies for promoting sport and exercise participation and reflect upon the influence of physical and social environments on engagement. The aim is for you to develop the knowledge and skills to create and deliver promotional programmes that enhance awareness about healthy lifestyle behaviour, increase health-enhancing behaviours, decrease health risk behaviours and create environments to support a healthy lifestyle.

HUG2315 Nurturing Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years (20 credits)

Nurturing Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years enables you to explore and expand upon your knowledge of holistic development within the early years (conception to five years). You will be introduced to key concepts surrounding supporting resilience and wellbeing in the early years, neuro-biological development, nurturing behaviours, healthy lifestyles, fostering responsiveness to children’s self esteem and confidence needs. There will also be a particular focus on special educational needs in early childhood.

HUG2316 Introduction to Food Sciences (20 credits)

Introduction to Food Sciences provides a guide to the structure, function and interaction of food components. A range of foods will be used as examples. The module considers the importance of food quality, food safety and shelf life in terms of the need for the processing and preservation of foods. The chemical, physical, biological and nutritional changes that occur as a result of food processing and manufacturing will be identified. Food-related experimental studies will be conducted to investigate some of these changes.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

HUG3101 Personal Career Development (20 credits)

Personal Career Development considers and critically reviews your workplace experience by evaluating the links between theory and practice, allowing you to identify and reflect on your own achievement and potential.

HUG3122 Public Health Nutrition (30 credits)

Public Health Nutrition concentrates on the prevention of ill health and the promotion of good health at population, group or community level. The therapeutic treatment of individuals and communities within a public health context will be explored in relation to nutritional initiatives, and the impact of public health interventions.

HUG3125 The Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity (20 credits)

The Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity will enable you to gain an insight into the issues relating to obesity and being overweight, closely associated with modern society and the wider determinants of health and well-being.

You will select one of the following modules:

HUG3100 Dissertation (30 credits)

Dissertation focuses on the identification of an area of vocational interest or concern to be identified by yourself and agreed with your supervisor. You will engage in a structured review of the literature related to the specific area of study, apply critical analysis to the literature and make recommendations that could improve service provision.

HUG3240 Primary Research Dissertation (30 credits)

Primary Research Dissertation focuses on the identification of an area of vocational interest or concern to be identified by yourself and agreed with your supervisor. You will engage in a structured review of existing literature and design and carry out a research project related to your specific area of study. You will apply critical analysis to the established literature as well as the findings from your proposed research and make recommendations that could improve service provision.

You will select one of the following modules:

HEA3065 Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

Negotiated Learning Shell offers an opportunity for you to study a topic or work related issue at degree level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study, developing and negotiating a learning contract (which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period), as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.

HUG3109 Safeguarding Children and Young People (20 credits)

Safeguarding Children and Young People focuses on Every Child Matters and the current safeguarding agenda to enable children to reach their potential. In the critical analysis of challenging issues, you will expand your knowledge through the integration of research and theory, tackling complex issues and developing problem solving abilities. Working in partnership, communication and collaboration are central to the provision of specific support and services for children and young people and integration of services is central to the ethos of the module. There is a need to fully appreciate the rights of children and young people in law and this module actively fosters this concept.

HUG3113 Protecting Children and Young People at Risk (20 credits)

Protecting Children and Young People at Risk provides you with the opportunity to critically reflect upon and evaluate child protection policy and practice as well as develop skills and knowledge in enhancing practice development. You will critically analyse government policy and the law in relation to protecting children and evaluating evidence, with a particular emphasis being placed on collaboration, communication and partnership working, across organisational and professional boundaries. You will develop your knowledge and critical analysis skills and apply this to practice, fostering a positive and innovative change in culture.

HUG3116 Leadership Styles and Management Processes (20 credits)

Leadership Styles and Management Processes explores the common behaviours, skills and knowledge required for managers within health, social, private and public sectors. The module will facilitate enhancement of skills in the transfer of theoretical perspectives to management practices in applied contexts.

HUG3118 Values in Complementary Therapies (20 credits)

Values in Complementary Therapies allows you to explore, experience and reflect upon personal and work-based values which impact upon your personal and professional development within the field of complementary therapies. Self-enquiry and reflective practice is actively encouraged to enable you to identify not only your own core values but provide insight into your personal philosophy and how this impacts on your practice.

HUG3132 Community Development Practice and Praxis (20 credits)

Community Development Practice and Praxis takes your theoretical learning, academic research, personal experiences and observations and translates them into a ‘practical and experiential’ learning opportunity. You will be able to identify the transferable skills that you have developed and recognise how these can be applied within a cross-section of community and family work, employment and further academic study. You will be encouraged to utilise your skills of reflexivity using your personal reflective journals to relate those experiences to theoretical principles and develop the skills of praxis to make changes personally and in practice.

HUG3153 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (20 credits)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health explores the key concepts that shape child and adolescent mental health issues and services. This will include an exploration of child and adolescent mental health from a psychological, sociological and policy perspective. A particular focus will be on child and adolescent mental health issues and services with reference to the current political and economic climate.

HUG3154 Risk, Resilience and Resistance (20 credits)

Risk, Resilience and Resistance examines the current trends, influences and theoretical underpinnings of risk taking behaviours across the lifespan, complemented by a review of the current strategies for managing risk taking behaviours. The module provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary risky behaviours using psychological, sociological and cognitive perspectives, examining why people are exposed to or choose to undertake risks and how these can be managed with 21st century resources.

HUG3155 Applied Health Psychology in Context (20 credits)

Applied Health Psychology in Context focuses on the application of health psychology (theory, research and practice) in a variety of contexts including forensic, occupational, clinical, sport and counselling. The module will highlight key issues concerning structure, policy and practice in the application of health psychology to a range of contexts. You will evaluate the theoretical and methodological contributions made by psychological approaches to health prevention and intervention strategies in applied settings and identify and evaluate the role that health psychologists have in a range of healthcare settings.

HUG3224 Therapeutic Approaches to Nutrition (20 credits)

Therapeutic Approaches to Nutrition enables you to critically explore the numerous conditions in which dietary interventions have been proven to have a beneficial role in treatment. You will review the evidence base underpinning therapeutic approaches to nutrition and will be encouraged to critically evaluate the use of dietary modification in the management of nutrition related disorders.

HUG3258 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship enables you to gain an understanding of the key facets involved in working as an entrepreneur. The module explores the basics of business strategy, planning, marketing and communication. In addition, you will consider the current and future growth areas in entrepreneurial business, for example, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and writing for different audiences.

HUG3264 Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion (20 credits)

Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion provides you with the opportunity to look into the health and physical activity status of different population groups. The module will enable you to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting physical activity, exercise and other healthy behaviours that lead to increased fitness, wellness and optimal health alongside a well-balanced diet. You will explore strategies for promoting sport and exercise participation and reflect upon the influence of physical and social environments on engagement. The aim is for you to develop the knowledge and skills to create and deliver promotional programmes that enhance awareness about healthy lifestyle behaviour, increase health-enhancing behaviours, decrease health risk behaviours and create environments to support a healthy lifestyle.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points on the new UCAS Tariff, for which no specific subjects are required, plus at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Science.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include at least 45 passed credits at Level 3.

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

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will be prepared to progress into nutrition-related roles in many organisations within both the public and private sector. These include local authorities, charitable organisations, the NHS, parenting organisations, health promotion, and the food and leisure industries. You may wish to progress onto postgraduate study to further develop your nutrition knowledge.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2017/18, we expect tuition fees to increase to £9,250 per annum but this is currently subject to Government approval. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2017/18, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. Full-time UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

17th September 2015 - Withdrawal of Modules

PAR2060 Performance and the Body (20 credits), PAR2061 Applied Performance 2 (20 credits), PAR2070 Project 3 – Dance (20 credits) and PAR2071 Project 4 – Drama (20 credits) are no longer available and have been removed as optional modules in Year 2.