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Fitness, Nutrition and Health
BSc (Hons)

Study in our state-of-the-art facilities and explore how nutrition and fitness impact on wellbeing.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

B400

Why Study Fitness, Nutrition and Health?

Is the UK going through an obesity epidemic? Why have obesity levels more than trebled in the last 30 years despite the health and wellbeing industries prospering? What can be done to promote fitness and balanced nutrition throughout the country?

Our Fitness, Nutrition and Health programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to develop solutions to meet these challenges head on, with teaching underpinned by research and practical work delivered in our state-of-the-art facilities.

This joint offering between the Schools of Social and Health Sciences and Science, Engineering and Technology draws on the core disciplines of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition, and provides built-in work placements designed to match your career interests.

Your Journey Starts Here

Exercise, physical activity and nutritional balance are key ingredients in the recipe for a healthier lifestyle. Study in our state-of-the-art facilities and explore how nutrition and fitness impact on the wellbeing.

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Entry Requirements

Please note:  All applicants must have a pass in English and Maths in any of the following: National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4. Lifeskill Maths not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification TypeGrade RequirementsEssential Subjects
HigherABBBTo include one of the following: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or PE
A-LevelBCCTo include one of the following: Maths, Niology, Chemistry, Physics or PE
Irish HighersH3H3H3H3To include one of the following: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or PE
International Baccalaureate29 PointsMaths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or PE at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended DiplomaMMMHealth and Social Care, Sport, Sport & Exercise Sciences
AHEAD-Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAPABBAccess to (one of the following): University Study, Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Science, Biological Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Qualification TypeGrade RequirementsEssential Subjects
Advanced HigherABBAt least one of Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or PE
A-LevelABBAt least one of Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or PE
HNC-Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC courses

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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English Language Requirements

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Fundamentals of Nutrition (FOD101)

This module provides students with fundamental knowledge of nutrition, metabolism and digestion to o

Biology 1: Biology Principles and Practice (LSC101)

This module aims to provide a broad introduction of the theory and practice of biology.

Biomechanics for Physical Activity Health (SPS103)

This module introduces the student to the study of skeletal and muscular anatomy and fundamentals of

Nutrition and the Consumer (FOD105)

Food behaviour investigated: examining individual and global food choice models.

Psychology of Exercise and Health (SPS104)

This module addresses the determinants and consequences of in physical activity as well as intervent

Nutrition through the Lifespan (FOD205)

In this module nutrient needs, nutritional status and associated nutritional issues are explored usi

Physiology for Physical Activity & Health (SPS203)

The overall purpose of this module is to develop students? understanding of the core concepts of spo

Work Placement (SPS205)

This module will give students the opportunity to lead, develop and/or support the delivery of activ

Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion 1 (FOD201)

This module covers the concepts of public health, development of public health policy and key public

Social Science of Physical Activity and Health (SPS204)

This module introduces the student to social issues in physical activity and health contexts.

Learning and Assessment 

You’ll learn via lectures, small group seminars, tutorials, practical activities and private study. Practical activities and work placements help you relate theory to real-life applications (and work towards industry qualifications).

You’re assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework. You’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate information and challenge concepts using evidence-based information, as well as being encouraged to show initiative, research and construct your own knowledge.

These skills will enable you to effect change in a working environment.

The single most crucial aspect of student life is the need to engage with all teaching activities, such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work and lectorials. Active participation is critical to your learning and the assessment strategy.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Fitness, Nutrition and Health.

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

Careers

This bespoke programme allows you to study both nutrition and sports science, giving you an edge in the graduate job market. You’ll be well equipped to work in a wide range of fitness and health professions, including roles such as an Active Schools Coordinator or in public health nutrition.

The Fitness Nutrition and Health programme is aligned with the requirements of the Association for Nutrition (AfN), which means you can apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) upon graduation from this programme, and a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) following approximately three years relevant professional experience.

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Industry Experience

The programme provides built-in work placements matched to your career interests. You’ll also hear guest speakers from a range of organisations, including the Dundee Healthy Living Initiative, HELM Training Dundee, NHS Tayside and Mytime Active.

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Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us.

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding pagefor further details. 

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Programme Leader - Fitness, Nutrition and Health

Dr Karen Barton

Dr Karen Barton

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition

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