Sport and Nutrition

2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons) Sport Nutrition with Foundation Year - subject to validation

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £11,000 Foundation year

All figures are subject to yearly increases.


*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required: 88

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

4 years full time 5 years sandwich

About your course

BSc (Hons) Sport Nutrition is taught by research active staff who are professionally registered by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and/or Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register. The course offers excellent employment opportunities in a wide field of careers associated with sports nutrition.

  • Designed within Association  for Nutrition (AfN) accreditation  r equirements
  • Professionally focused and opens up a wide range of career opportunities within sport nutrition settings, as well as roles in education, sports and exercise science and the food industry
  • All staff are research active in areas such as muscle adaptation to exercise, nutritional interventions to improve performance, sport supplements, metabolic consequences of takeaway foods and personalised nutrition
  • Staff have a high level of experience working with well-known athletes and sports teams and are involved in a range of external activities in the professional sport and food industries, helping to bring the curriculum alive
  • Opportunity to undertake a one-year sandwich work placement 
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus and Mount Pleasant Campus

The course offers the chance to work alongside practitioners, giving you a real taste of the many careers available within the nutrition sector

Graeme Close, Professor in Sport Nutrition

This innovative, new programme will draw upon LJMU’s well-established research and external partnerships from the sport and nutrition industries

Graeme Close, Professor in Sport Nutrition

Work-related learning

The BSc (Hons) Sport Nutrition with Foundation Year programme is designed to build both your academic and practical skills.     There will be opportunities to work alongside practitioners, giving you a real taste of the many careers available within the nutrition sector and providing an opportunity to complete a project based on your experience. This work-related learning is a vital element of your studies as it gives you a chance to practise skills learnt on the course which will add real value to your CV. 

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be available to discuss course-related issues with you on a one-to-one basis. Tutorials and group seminars also offer a supportive environment in which to discuss ideas, issues and forthcoming assessments with your tutors and fellow students.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

The programme has been designed within Association for Nutrition (AfN) accreditation requirements.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly onto the honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

BSc Sport Nutrition is delivered by staff who are research active in areas such as muscle adaptation to exercise, nutritional interventions to improve performance, sport supplements, metabolic consequences of takeaway foods and personalised nutrition.

Staff have a high level of experience working with well-known athletes and sports teams and are involved in a range of external activities in the professional sport and food industries, helping to bring the curriculum alive.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Foundation year (Level 3)

  • Skills and Practice in Sport
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Practical Delivery in Sport
  • Behaviours in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Projects in Sport and Nutrition
Levels 4, 5 and 6

The main strands to the programme and the typical topics of study will include: 
  Research and Professional Practice 

• Research Skills • Research Methods • Clinical Assessment Skills • Professional Placement • Applied Case Study

Human Biochemistry and Nutrition 

• Physiological Systems • Energy Metabolism • Appetite and Behaviour • Nutrition and Immune Function    Sport Nutrition 

• Exercise Physiology • Performance Nutrition • Supplementation and Drugs • Special Populations

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 is via a combination of lectures, seminars and small-group tutorials, as well as field trips, interactive practical sessions, guest speakers and workshops. Many sessions take advantage of LJMU's specialist facilities for nutritional assessment, as well as our nutrition and food science laboratories. 

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

You will be taught by academic staff with a wealth of theoretical and applied expertise in sport and exercise nutrition; exercise physiology; exercise metabolism; physical activity and health; and food science.  Your tutors’ first-rate research and teaching credentials have ensured that LJMU’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) has been ranked 1st in the UK for Research Quality in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014*.  The School has previously been recognised for its excellence in teaching being the only sports science department in England to be designated as a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2005-2010) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.  All of our staff have a minimum of four hours per week dedicated time that students can book for one-to-one tutorials. This could be used to clarify lecture content, discuss reading materials, challenge your understanding or explore career opportunities for example.  Teaching is underpinned by our sport nutrition and nutrition-related research and applied practice. Example projects include:  • Specialist aspects of sports nutrition such as optimising nutrition for ultra-endurance athletes; team sports; vegan athletes or those following restricted diets.  • Understanding the mechanisms between diet, physical activity and chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular health, diabetes and obesity. • Weight management strategies. • Understanding behaviours related to a maladaptive diet.  * Research Quality Index data provided by Research Professional and available via Research Fortnight.

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 according to how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include: exams (seen and unseen), written work (essays, reports, learning logs, dissertation, lab reports, posters, review writing and blog writing), presentations (group or individual) and practical assessments.  

​Your tutors will provide formal feedback on your coursework and exams, but constructive verbal comments from both your tutors and fellow students will also really help you to identify your successes as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

88

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 Welsh GCSE in Maths Welsh GCSE in Maths Numeracy
  • Are functional skills acceptable? Yes

A Levels

  • 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: CCD
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • 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: DD 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: MMM

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. Achieve a minimum of 88 UCAS Tariff points.

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: Achieve a minimum of 88 UCAS Tariff points.

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points

Scottish awards

  • Scottish Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Additional entry requirement information

​​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

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).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

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. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 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.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. 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).

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 £25,716**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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 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.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* 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 £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

Armed with the latest subject knowledge plus a full range of skills, you will graduate with the expertise and confidence needed to be successful in your chosen career.

The course covers a range of sectors meaning you will be well placed to secure employment in a number of different roles. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to progress onto LJMU’s MSc Sport Nutrition, which will open up career opportunities as sports/performance nutritionists working with national governing bodies, with professional and/or amateur sports clubs or with individual athletes.
You may wish to pursue a career in the health sector as a fully qualified, registered nutritionist, in the community promoting health and physical activity, or in a clinical setting as an assistant dietetic practitioner; within the food industry and specifically the sports nutrition market in research and the development of new products.

CareerSmart programme

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. After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses.

International Scholarships

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 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

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

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

Living Costs

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:

  • Passport
  • 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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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