Sport, Exercise and Nutrition BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeHealth and Life Sciences
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus
Please note: this course is now closed to late applicants. The next intake will be September 2014. Applications are still being considered from International (non EU) Applicants.
Professional demand for expertise in sport and exercise nutrition has led to the development of this programme. Students undertake study within human biosciences along with applied study within sport and exercise science. The degree provides a foundation for those wishing to pursue a nutrition- based career within the sport and exercise, physical activity and health promotion domains.
The application of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition in professional practice involves the translation of knowledge about nutrition and sport as well as exercise and physical activity, into practical guidance for individuals and groups. This requires the integration of scientific knowledge with understanding of human behaviour.
A thorough grounding in essential biosciences is required for professionals undertaking a career in sport, exercise and nutrition disciplines. Students therefore begin their study with underpinning modules in anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biochemistry. These are complemented with applied components in key sport and health science disciplines. Students are also introduced to behavioural aspects of diet and important food hygiene issues. Skills specific to life scientists are explored, and students gain experience in the practical laboratory environment.
As the course progresses to the next year of study, theoretical aspects learned in the first year are translated into applied practice with a focus on physiological and nutritional assessment of clients and athletes. Key topics in sport and exercise nutrition are introduced, for example nutritional interventions before and during performance, recovery strategies and nutritional needs of special populations. Topical health issues which can be addressed through physical activity and/or dietary manipulation are also investigated. These include obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis; lectures and practical sessions focus on assessment of key risk-factors for health. The contemporary field of food marketing strategies is also a key component of investigation during the second year. In the final year of the degree programme, material is primarily concerned with physiological and nutritional intervention for clients and athletes, alongside current issues in food policy. Students look at key training principles and evaluate how the physical performance of an athlete or client might be optimised both in terms of exercise physiology and nutritional supplementation.
The student learning experience culminates in a final year dissertation which enables students to conduct an empirical research project in a relevant field of study.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
You'll be taught through lectures, presentations by employers, laboratory practicals, seminars, and interactive workshops. You will work in our new suite of sport and exercise science laboratories at Sport Central, experiencing a wide variety of activities such as designing experiments, testing athletes and clients using specialist equipment and interpreting specialist data.
A work placement, enterprise or student-tutoring (school-based) module may be undertaken during the final year of study. You will be encouraged to plan, manage and review your own learning as the programme progresses.
You'll be assessed through practical laboratory reports, online news sites and social media, infographic presentations, case studies, poster presentations, examinations and in-class tests, job applications and a final year research dissertation.
Graduates who successfully complete the Sport, Exercise and Nutrition BSc (Hons) are eligible to apply for Graduate Registration of The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).
The SENr is the only register for sport and exercise nutrition professionals and aims to promote and develop sport and exercise nutrition through the development of professional standards. Graduate Registration enables individuals who have the appropriate knowledge base but not yet the experience, to join the Register. The SENr also provides networking opportunities, professional indemnity insurance, support, resources and mentorship opportunities. For further information, please visit the website at http://www.senr.org.uk
Successful graduates will have experience of many of the competencies expected of a sport and exercise nutritionist, while other career opportunities exist in health and exercise science, as well as within the health industry itself.
Students benefit from internship and placement opportunities, taught sessions delivered by the Careers and Employability Service, team-building days and reflective assessment exercises.
FUNDINGTeam Northumbria Scholarships are designed to support the needs of performance athletes during their time at Northumbria. The support available is sport specific and tailored to the individual. It is aimed at providing practical solutions and services to students who have the talent and commitment to fulfil their potential within their chosen sport and their academic ventures.
Support services includes:
For further details visit www.teamnorthumbria.co.uk and search for Scholarship
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