|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£10,050 Foundation year*|
*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.
About your course
The BSc (Hons) Sport and Nutrition for Health with Foundation year offers you a range of exciting work-related learning opportunities with organisations such as School Sport Partnerships, local health organisations and Everton Football in the Community plus our in-house Sport Start scheme.
- Emphasis on physical activity, sport, exercise, food, nutrition and diet to improve and maintain health
- Career opportunities in community health improvement, public health nutrition, sport and physical activity development
- Extensive work-based learning and research opportunities
- Friendly campus with access to excellent sports and kitchen facilities
Studying sport and nutrition for health opened up my eyes to topics that I would never have thought about before. It is a fun, engaging and challenging course
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.
This Foundation Year is designed to build both your academic and practical skills, providing the qualifications and practical skills required for sport and nutrition related careers. There will be opportunities to work alongside practitioners giving you a real taste of the many careers available within the sport and nutrition sectors. Work-related learning is a vital element of your studies as it gives you the chance to practice skills learned on the course.
A key feature of our course is the work-related learning links embedded in all three years of the degree. Drawing on the guidance of your tutors, you will be able to apply your theoretical understanding to practical situations, make more informed career choices, develop your professional networks and identify essential workplace skills.
We have access to an extensive range of providers across the region, including major local authorities and health service providers, community schemes for food, health, sport and physical activity, local schools and a range of relevant settings for specific populations as well as LJMU's in-house ‘Sport Start’ scheme.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for supporting your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or any concerns you may have during your studies. As part of your timetable you will also have weekly contact with your tutor in a Peer Learning Group.
Other forms of student support services and facilites, include Student Support and IT Zones and a dedicated Library, which is open in the evenings and at weekends during semesters. The IM Marsh Campus, where this course is based, is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community. You can watch the campus video here.
This BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Nutrition for Health with Foundation Year is ideal if you want to forge a career in the field of community-based public health improvement.
By choosing to study our Foundation Year you will joining a friendly and stimulating environment in which you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in both your academic work and your future career. We pride ourselves on our informal and supportive relationships with our students.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout your studies. Along with this scheduled one-to-one support, you will receive regular feedback and guidance from your module tutors on your research, writing and study skills.The programme focuses on physical activity, sport, exercise, food, nutrition and diet to improve and maintain health. As a result of completing this degree, you will have the skills, knowledge and networks required to develop a career in this fast-growing industry, which is expanding to meet the ever increasing health needs of the population.
Thanks to LJMU's links with over 450 different employers in the North West alone, we can offer superb work placement opportunities in all three years of the course.
We are also actively involved in School Sport Partnerships, local community-based health organisations, Everton Football in the Community, various National Governing Bodies of Sport and Liverpool City Council. You will also have the opportunity to gain further work experience through LJMU's popular in-house ‘Sport Start’ scheme.
Plus from September 2017, IM Marsh students will have access to a free strength and conditioning studio onsite. All LJMU students are also entitled to apply for free off-peak membership for Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool and discounted peak-rate membership is also available so you can keep yourself active alongside your sport studies.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
- Provides a holistic overview, integrating the theoretical and practical aspects of Sport and Nutrition for Health
- Advanced Learning Skills
- Introduction to Food & Nutritional Science
- Principles of Human Nutrition
- Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Sport & Nutrition for Health 1
- Understanding Theories & Practice of Sport for Health
- Nutrition in the Lifecycle
- Nutrition & Exercise Biochemistry
- Physiology & Nutrition for Performance
- Physical Activity Across the Lifecycle
- Health Improvement
- Methods of Enquiry
- Research Project
- Work Related Learning
- Health Epidemiology
- Applied Practice in Sport and Nutrition for Health
- Advanced Topics in Sport & Nutrition for Health
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
Teaching on the course is via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, use of ICT, work experience and independent learning.
Expert tuition and support.
Teaching staff have a combination of extensive research and practitioner experiences in the areas of nutrition, sport and physical activity. Staff are research active, with academic qualifications in public health nutrition and dietetics, health, biochemistry, sport and exercise sciences and sport development. They also have experience of working both strategically and operationally in a range of roles relating to nutrition, dietetics, sport and physical activity, across public, private, voluntary and educational settings.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
LJMU recognises that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed. That's why we use a combination of assessment methods, including written assignments, exams, practical work, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation.
Assessments are planned across the programme so that you can manage your workload. Constructive feedback will help you to identify your strengths and areas requiring further improvement. This will be provided reqularly throughout your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
We are looking for students who are genuinely interested in sport and have the potential to make a difference to the sports industry. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively both orally and in their written work and possess the self-discipline to manage their time and tasks effectively while at LJMU.
GCSE and equivalents
- Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: It is expected that applicants have studied at least one relevant subject.
- Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: DDE
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: MM from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MPP
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area.Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area. Achieve a minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points.
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: Achieve a minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 64 UCAS points
Additional entry requirement information
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
YesIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.
Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).
LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.
The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.
In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
*Subject to parliamentary approval.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.
You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.
You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.
For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
- UK field trips and other educational visits
- student exchanges
- DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Living expenses (maintenance) loan
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.
The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.
The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Paying back your student loans
You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.
*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
This degree will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to forge an exciting career in nutrition, sport, physical activity, health improvement and wellbeing.
- Health Improvement Officers and Managers
- Sport Development Officers and Managers
- Community Health Workers (food and physical activity) and Managers
- Public Health Nutritionists
- Dietetic Assistants
Graduates will also be able to progress onto further study and postgraduate research as well as careers in teaching at secondary or primary level (following the completion of relevant Initial Teacher Training qualificationms such as a PGDE/PGCE).
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Foundation year fees
If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. This means you will only pay £10,050 tuition fees for the first (foundation) year of your course.
After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses (£13,250/£14,000).
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Tuition fee deposits
International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.
We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes