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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Study in a professional sports club-style environment. Work with elite athletes as part of our Sports Academy. Benefit from our connections with major sports clubs and governing bodies.

Examine the science of the effects of nutrition on athletic performance. Use industry-standard technology as you develop your expertise in three key areas: exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and sports nutrition.

Through industry-specific modules, you’ll work towards meeting the professional standards expected of an applied sport and exercise nutritionist. This means you’ll develop high-quality practical skills and strong scientific knowledge. The course is taught in line with the guidelines set by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), which sets the standards for all practitioners in the field.

Your first year will give you a good understanding of the industry, introducing you to popular subjects including sports nutrition, exercise physiology, and strength and conditioning. You’ll develop your skills in our outstanding sports facilities including gyms and specialist labs, gaining hands-on experience with recreational and performance athletes across a range of sports. You’ll observe the effects of diet and dietary components on athletic performance, as well as how exercise can affect the body’s metabolism and its requirement for nutrients.

In year two, you’ll gain further practical experience as you tailor your learning to suit your interest and career goals. You’ll be able to delve deeper into subjects that inspired you in your first year, using a variety of equipment and dietary software in our laboratories to prepare you to progress into your sports nutrition career. Immerse yourself in more specialist areas as you progress into your third year, examining the specific needs of elite athletes within our Sports Academy teams and as individuals. The role of nutrition in community and participation sports is also important, so you’ll have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the nutritional requirements for specific populations including female athletes, children, adolescents and vegetarians. You’ll graduate with quality practical skills and scientific knowledge, ready to hit the ground running in your career.

Industry opportunities

You’ll have many opportunities to work with student athletes in a range of sporting disciplines including rugby, football, equestrianism, netball, modern pentathlon, rowing and golf. You’ll benefit from our links with the sporting industry as part of the work we do with local sporting professionals, teams and businesses. There’s also the option to undertake a sandwich year, giving you vital industry experience and the opportunity to make useful contacts ready for your career. 

This course is ideal for those who...

Are fascinated by sports nutrition and would like to work with recreational and elite athletes to improve sport and exercise performance.


This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

  • Sports or performance nutritionist
  • Roles within professional or amateur sport and with national governing bodies
  • Working with the NHS, supporting GP referral schemes and other healthy living programmes
  • Teaching
  • Postgraduate study

Is there a sandwich year option?

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language and Mathematics

A Level | Typical offer is BBB or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science, Sports Studies or PE subject and excludes General Studies.

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

Why study Sport at Hartpury University Centre?

Choosing Hartpury for your sport degree means studying in a unique environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional sports club with access to outstanding facilities on a 360-hectare specialist campus.

You’ll have countless opportunities to take insights from the classroom and apply them on site, working with elite athletes across Hartpury’s 10 sports academies, and to gain work and real world experience thanks to our long-standing partnerships and network of contacts with major sports clubs, organisations and governing bodies.

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional opportunities to develop as an athlete and to enjoy a wide range of recreational sports and activities.

Our sport graduates will use their qualifications in many ways; using the experience they gain at Hartpury to move into jobs in sport coaching, teaching, performance, therapy, strength and conditioning, business and media throughout the UK and internationally

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.