Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Exercise, Nutrition and Health

School of Health and Society





Three year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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In a nutshell

This course, which has been formally accredited by SportsCoachUK for entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals, is designed to improve the health of the nation by developing knowledge around the areas of exercise physiology and exercise prescription and instruction, cardiac rehabilitation, eating behaviour and nutrition. 


You will:
  • Learn about the many factors that can affect the decision to exercise and how to overcome resistance to healthy lifestyle behaviours
  • Be competent in the prescription of exercise for healthy adults and special population groups
  • Understand how to produce a nutritional profile for general health and optimal performance
  • Develop an appreciation of physical activity innovation in practice

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This is for you if...


You have a passion for exercise and activity


You want to help others lead a healthier lifestyle


You are hard-working and organised


You want to work with people from all kinds of backgrounds


You are looking for a diverse opportunity

Course details

All about the course

You will become familiar with the factors that can affect the decision to exercise and how exercise programmes can be structured and implemented to enable an overall improvement in health. Whilst on this course, you will also have the opportunity to take gym instructor, personal trainer or exercise referral certification at no additional cost.

In your final year you will have the opportunity to take a placement in a wide range of professional settings (referral schemes, private/public sectors, health clubs, community, clinical).

Year one

Innovations in Physical Activity and Health

You will explore innovation in the exercise and health industries and use a critical approach to assess the effectiveness of fitness-based products and services.

Human Physiology

The aim of this module is to encourage an awareness of the physiological nature of life in humans and develop an understanding of form, function and adaptation in organ systems central to the maintenance of life and interaction with the environment.

Exercise Design and Fitness Instruction

This module provides you with the knowledge that underpins all forms of physical exercise and fitness development in order to design suitable, safe, well-structured exercise sessions.

Physical Activity and Health Monitoring in Practice

The module aims to provide you with the skills to be able to educate communities and groups about the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, intervene with related interventions and to measure, monitor and interpret physical activity related data of individuals and groups.

Bioenergetics and Nutrients

This module aims to present foundation knowledge which is fundamental to the study of energy metabolism and nutrition for human performance.

Practitioner Skill Development

You will learn to differentiate between the concepts and roles associated with careers in the exercise, physical activity and sports industries.

Year two

Exercise Programme for the Recreational Athlete

You will learn how to create effective, individualised exercise programmes based on an analysis of information gathered from fitness assessments, exercise counselling and goal setting.

Exercise Physiology

This module examines the theoretical and practical aspects of the physiological responses to exercise.

Nutrition for Exercise and Health

You will develop an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin the nutritional requirements for health and exercise.

Exercise Contexts and Training

You will explore a range of established exercise training techniques and how they might be applied, and consider their role in the development of an active lifestyle.

Research Methods and Study Design

Introduces you to research design and analysis to allow you to critically appraise evidence and to plan your own research.

Healthy Behaviour and Promoting Change

You will develop a critical understanding of health behaviour and health literacy, evaluate health behaviour models to explain individual and population health behaviour and develop an understanding of different approaches used to engage the public on health issues.

Year three


You will be expected to conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of your choosing.

Practitioner Placement

This module will introduce you to related areas of employment by practical experience, whilst applying academic knowledge to practice and enabling a range of key and transferable skills within a placement setting.

Measurement and Evaluation of Fitness and Health

You will learn the theoretical and practical skills associated with the measurement of fitness, the prescription of exercise and the process for delivering feedback to client groups.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

You will learn about the role of evidenced-based cardiac rehabilitation in the management of cardiovascular disease. You will gain a detailed knowledge of conditions such as coronary artery disease and heart failure, and the physiological and psychological impact these can have on people. You will also gain knowledge and experience of how to prescribe safe and effective exercise for this clinical population.

Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

You will learn about the normal and abnormal function of selected organ systems, the pharmacological management of disease and how to safely prescribe exercise for special population groups.

Eating Behaviour and Dietary Interventions

You will explore the behavioural basis for food choices and eating patterns, which will enable you to then address the implications of inadequate food consumption.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


The curriculum has been designed by expert staff with national reputations and professional experience in the exercise, health and fitness industries. Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Practical skill sessions
  • Case studies
  • Problem-based learning
  • On-line learning
  • Work experience
  • Laboratory classes

Students on the course also engage in self-directed study activities, group work and project team working. All students are allocated a personal tutor to ensure personal and academic development and achievement.


  • Coursework 20%
  • Presentations 20%
  • Practical 15%
  • Simulated interview scenarios 5%
  • Case studies 5%
  • Portfolio 10%
  • Report writing 10%
  • Written and practical exams 10%
  • Reflective writing 5%

School of Health and Society

In the School of Health and Society, we are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes, and our commitment to public involvement helps us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.


Human Performance Laboratory

Facilities include our world-class human performance laboratory which contains almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.

We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes an isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.Take a 360 tour of the facilities here

We also have extensive equipment in our exercise and physiology laboratory including:

  • Portable and static online gas analysis systems for breath-by-breath cardiopulmonary exercise testing, including VO2 max tests
  • A Lode Cycle Ergometer to provide isokinetic testing conditions within cycling
  • An Analox G37 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to study blood lactate concentration. We also have a range of field-based Lactate Pro analysers, which have been used to test professional athletes as part of our partnerships

The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct research by the Centre for Health Sciences Research that underpins your learning.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work for Salford Community Leisure, Manchester Primary Care Trust, Fitness First and BUPA Wellness. Following graduation, some students choose to undertake a postgraduate teaching qualification.

There are career opportunities in a wide variety of areas including health and exercise promotion (including sports development), personal training, workplace health and fitness, exercise referral, health-based intervention design and delivery, postgraduate research and project work, community food work, cardiac rehabilitation and teaching.

On successful completion of the course students have moved into a range of professional roles, including the following:

  • Advanced Personal Trainer, Virgin Active
  • Exercise Referral Manager, Salford PCT
  • Community Food and Nutrition Worker, St Helens Council
  • Workplace Health Consultant, BUPA Wellness

A taste of what you could become

A personal trainer

An exercise referral manager

A community food and nutrition worker

A workplace health consultant

And more...

Career Links

The course team are actively involved in research and undertake project work in collaboration with industry partners. The following are examples of partners and projects:

  • Wigan Primary Care Trust – free swimming evaluation
  • Greater Manchester Obesity Group – strategic development of weight management services
  • Tameside Sport Development - evaluation of interventions
  • Manchester Velodrome - active travel and cycling
  • North West Health and Physical Activity Forum - representation on the steering group
  • Salford Swimming – nutritional support
  • Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport – exercise for disabled people
  • NIKE – fitness testing in football
  • Federation of International Lacrosse – fitness testing

What you need to know


Due to the nature of the industry, we aim to recruit confident, hard-working, organised individuals who have a passion for exercise and activity. If you could see yourself working with a range of people in a range of different settings, this course is for you.


International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, is proof of this. 


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.


Standard entry requirements


Minimum of three  GCSE's at Grade 4/C including English Language  and Maths (or equivalent) You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

112  points, at least one science subject preferred (can include  psychology, sociology, sport, PE)

A levels

112  points, at least one A2 science subject preferred (can include  psychology, sociology, sport, PE)

BTEC National Diploma

DMM (to include specific subjects: sport, exercise, health or applied science)

Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree graduates will be considered for entry at Level 6 of the course.

Access to HE

112 points from Access to HE Diploma. 60 Credits total, including at least 45 graded credits at level 3. Science and health subjects preferred.

Scottish Highers

112 points at least one science subject preferred (can include  psychology, sociology, sport, PE)

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 points  at least one science subject preferred (can include  psychology, sociology, sport, PE)

International Baccalaureate

31 IB points. To include at least one science subject (can include psychology, sociology, sport, PE).

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 65% to include at least one Science

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,240per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For more information go to International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID CB69, CBP9

Institution S03