University of Salford

Degree level: Undergraduate

Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine

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Course summary

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The University of Salford is validating the UK’s first undergraduate programme in ‘Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine'. Current statistics around obesity, diabetes, inactivity and poor dietary intakes are alarming, showing 29% of UK adults classified as obese and 20% and 14% of year 6 primary school children classified as obese and overweight respectively. In addition, 47 million adults in the UK are suffering with type II diabetes mellitus which emphasises the opportunity and demand for lifestyle-based interventions to facilitate change in morbidity and premature mortality rates. Those who are active and eat well have a decreased chance of developing lifestyle disorders and enjoy an enhanced physical, social and mental health status. Moreover, those who are suffering with disease, disorders, physical restrictions or impairments can benefit greatly from a change in behaviour, which sees them incorporating new approaches within their lifestyle. However, being able to recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle right through to making positive and consistent behaviour change, requires specialised knowledge and skills. To ensure success, the practitioner must have an in-depth understanding of underpinning scientific principles yet also be skilled in advocating and incorporating change into a person’s daily schedule. For this reason, the art and science of exercise prescription and dietary intervention is tremendously complex and takes years to learn and hone. You will learn the skills and competencies associated with all aspects of exercise prescription and dietary intervention through a combination of theoretical and practical applications. You will: You will undertake applied work in the workplace, schools and clinical settings to equip you to prescribe exercise- and nutrition-based strategies for the prevention and treatment of ill-health You will study on the UK’s first BSc (Hons) in 'Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine' You will undertake vocational awards during your studies, in order to gain relevant industry experience in ‘Gym Instructing’ and ‘Personal Training’ You will have the opportunity to undertake a practitioner placement (150 hours) during your final year, which will give you valuable learning experience and enhanced employability.

Course details


ou 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). The programme includes two semesters (12 week blocks of teaching) at each level. The following are the modules you will learn at Level 4 (first year), Level 5 (second year) and Level 6 (final year): Year one: Human Physiology Bioenergetics and Nutrients Monitoring Health and Lifestyle Interventions in Practice Evaluating Contemporary Developments in Applied Settings Developing the Practitioner Fundamental Exercise Prescription Year Two: Workplace and Corporate Health and Wellbeing Applied Nutrition and Dietary Analysis Advanced Exercise Prescription Exercise Physiology Healthy Behaviour and Promoting Change Developing the Researcher - ENH Year Three: Measurement and Evaluation of Fitness and Health Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Exercise Prescription for Special Populations Eating Behaviour and Dietary Interventions

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeCB71
Institution code S03
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points From a minimun of 2 A Levels or Equivalent
A level 112 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points From a minimun of 2 A Levels or Equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - DDM
Access to HE Diploma 112 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points
Scottish Higher 112 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade C / 4 or equivalent in Maths and English

Fees and funding

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Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine at University of Salford - UCAS