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Why study Sport Nutrition with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?
- 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
- Accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). On graduation, this will entitle you to apply for direct entry as a Registered Associate Nutritionist
- 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
- The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked 9th for Sports Science (QS World University Rankings 2023)
- Opportunity to undertake a one-year sandwich work placement
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.
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.
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).
"This innovative, new programme will draw upon LJMU's well-established research and external partnerships from the sport and nutrition industries"
The programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), which is the governing body for nutrition in the UK and is recognised globally. On graduation, this will entitle you to apply for direct entry as a Registered Associate Nutritionist on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists. This registration will help to identify you as a qualified, scientifically-trained nutritionist, ideal if you want to work in a range of roles within primary care organisations; public health directorates; Clinical Nutrition settings; the Food Industry; Academia; Sports and Exercise Science; international public health nutrition and a range of roles in the private sector.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
A DBS check is not required for your application, however a DBS may be required for modules where there is a work based learning placement option. Work based learning placements that do not require a DBS check are available.
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 LJMUs 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.
Find out more about career opportunities in sport and exercise sciences.
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Skills and Practice in Sport
This module aims to examine the concepts of employability and enterprise across a range of organisations. This foundation module will develop your study skills and will inform the your understanding of your chosen career pathway.
Health and Wellbeing
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of health and wellbeing and demonstrates how increased physical activity and better nutrition can influence and improve this.
Practical Delivery in Sport and Physical Activity
This module aims to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding regarding delivery of safe and effective physical activities.
Behaviours in Sport and Physical Activity
The aim of this module is to explore psychological and social theories to inform the delivery of sport. You will be exposed to several key psychological and social frameworks allowing you to develop informed approaches to your practice.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes.
Projects in Sport and Nutrition
This module aims to enable you to develop the skills to undertake an investigation into a specific area of study that is relevant to your programme.
Professional Practice 1 for Nutrition and Sport Nutrition
The aim of this module is to provide the knowledge and practical training in the skills that are required for a career in nutrition and sport nutrition. This will be through the development of a broad tool-kit to support practical work on the subject-specific modules and in the work-based learning module at level 6. Alongside this skill development, the module will also consider issues related to professional attitudes and codes of practice.
Principles of Human Nutrition
The module will help you develop knowledge of the importance of nutrition to human health introducing the subject of nutritional recommendations in terms of energy and nutrients. You will gain an overview of the chemistry, function and properties of nutrients and the consequences of inadequate intakes.
Biochemistry and Metabolism
This module aims to take you through a journey, from consumption of food and the biochemical/metabolic processes that are necessary to generate energy and synthesise tissue, through to how the body systems deal with waste. It explores how dysregulation of biochemical/metabolic pathways can lead to disease states and how optimisation of nutrition can reduce risk of disease and enhance exercise performance.
This module introduces you to the key principles of sports nutrition. You will study the effects that specific food groups (i.e. macro- and micro-nutrient availability) and hydration status can play in affecting athletic performance.
Research Methods 1
Exercise Physiology 1
Eating Behaviour for Sport and Health
This module builds upon the Physiological Response to Acute Exercise, Biochemistry and Metabolism and Principles of Human Nutrition modules. The physiological, metabolic and nutritional knowledge gained from these modules will provide you with a good foundation to integrate the biological with new material on the psychosocial aspects of eating behaviour. The aims are to comprehend the interdisciplinary nature of eating and appetite behaviour, incorporating physiological/molecular and psychosocial models to understand how eating behaviour may affect individuals or society relationships with food; to discuss the consequential health implications of dysfunctional eating; to demonstrate a knowledge of how health professionals may treat dysfunctional relationships with food/diet.
Professional Practice 2 for Nutrition and Sport Nutrition
This module aims to develop your skills, knowledge and abilities as a professional practitioner in their area of study and future employment related context. This is achieved through contextualise practical skills and application of theoretical knowledge. Key aspects include: assessment of client needs; development and application of solutions to maximise behavioural change; enhancement of verbal and non-verbal communication skills and practices; and increased awareness of ethical and professional conduct.
Food Chain and Sustainability
The aim of this module is to provide knowledge and understanding of the global food supply chain and its impact on food choice, nutrition, health and the environment. The module introduces the main staple foods and food commodities; an overview of the structure of global food supply chain (including primary production, food processing and manufacturing, food distribution and food retail); an understanding of the political and ethical issues of food production and supply; as well as issues associated with food sustainability.
Food Technology and Development
This module aims to provide an understanding of the technology, techniques and processes involved in turning raw materials into safe nutritious foods. The module will focus on technological advancements in the industry to help improve the nutritional quality of foods. The module will provide you with an understanding of food production and manufacturing techniques and will discuss selection, production, processing, preservation, packaging, labelling, waste management and quality management of safe nutritious food. Workshop sessions will provide opportunities for the practical exploration of food technologies. The combination of theory and practice will promote the development of both theoretical and practical skills.
Research Methods 2
Exercise Physiology 2
Sandwich Year - Sport Nutrition
Study Year Abroad - Sport Nutrition
Study Semester Abroad - Sport Nutrition
Nutrition Through the Lifecycle (Special Populations)
This module aims to provide an understanding of the nutritional requirements of population groups throughout the life-course, considering the nutritional needs of mothers and infants; children and adolescents; adults and the ageing population; as well as the nutritional concerns and priorities for other groups such as vegetarians/vegans; poverty and different cultures. The module will also discuss the major diet-related diseases and enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the evidence linking diet to disease and health.
This module builds upon previous biochemistry and physiology modules, providing an in-depth exploration of the expanding field of molecular nutrition. Contemporary researching is rapidly expanding our knowledge of how various dietary bioactive compounds can modulate biochemical systems and how this can be regulated at the level of the gene. Furthermore, progress in analytical techniques now allow the analysis of myriad molecules from one sample (e.g. plasma) that can provide molecular fingerprints, which are important for advances in precision and personalised nutrition. The module aims to introduce and explore these concepts, with a critical eye, with the use of clinical and preventive health examples.
Sport Supplements and Contemporary Issues
This module aims to develop your understanding of the use of supplements to aid exercise performance and to explore contemporary issues pertinent to the sports nutritionist. The module will introduce ergogenic aids specific to a wide range of activities, including short-term, intense exercise, endurance exercise and resistance exercise. The efficacy of each supplement will be critically examined using scientific literature and several contemporary issues will be introduced, such as doping, and will be explored in line with the role of the sports nutritionist.
Applied Placement in Nutrition or Sport Nutrition
This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to gain insight and to experience selected areas of the programme of study from a work related learning perspective. The module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a 4-week work related learning placement or applied project. This allows you to work within a professional context and will enable you to build on any previous work related learning experiences and to develop the process of making links between experiences and theoretical studies.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars, online activities 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.
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.
The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.
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.
Where you will study
What you can expect from your School
You will study in Liverpool city centre at our City Campus. Our sport and exercise sciences facilities are world-leading and feature state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
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.
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