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The impact of tailored, evidence-driven sports nutrition advice is well recognised for everyone, whether running 5K for the first time or competing at the Olympics.

  • Meets standards of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register.
  • Students have access to excellent sports facilities and BASES accredited laboratories.
  • Taught by sports nutrition practitioners and academics.
  • There are a range of sport scholarships and coaching bursaries available.

Why study Sport and Exercise Nutrition?

Sports performance is driven by appropriate sports nutrition advice and good quality research. Sport and exercise is high on the government’s health agenda and there is currently a high demand for those who have studied and specialised in the field of sports and exercise nutrition.

Employers require nutritionists to have the specialised skills and appropriate training to work with all those who undertake physical and sporting activities and will look to employ those who have been recognised by professional bodies and are on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s has a great reputation for sport and strives to continually improve this and our excellent teaching standards. In this vibrant and exciting programme you will study a range of academic disciplines related to understanding and improving sports performance.

Studying academic literature, undertaking research in this field and applying knowledge to current athletes, will give you the practical skills and competencies needed to work as a sports nutrition practitioner.

At St Mary’s we have an effective mix of experienced sports nutrition practitioners and academics, ensuring practical skills and competencies are enhanced.

Practical experience opportunities within St Mary’s athletic and sporting community and opportunities outside with the sporting links we have fostered are encouraged throughout the degree. We offer a comprehensive sports development programme that focuses on performance sport, coaching, events and recreational opportunities.

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Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required

BBC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

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Course content

Year one

  • Introduction to Nutrition 1 Core
  • Introduction to Nutrition 2 Core
  • Introduction to Research Core
  • Physiology of Exercise Core
  • Food Science Core
  • Professional Skills for Nutritionists Core

Year two

  • Nutritional Assessment Core
  • Research Methods 2 Core
  • Physiology of Training Core
  • Sports Nutrition Core
  • Social Psychology of Sport Optional
  • Food Choice and Control of Food Intake Optional
  • Exercise Physiology and Physical Activity Across Lifespan Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Business Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Sport Optional

Year three

  • Research Project Core
  • Nutrition and the Athlete Core
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology Core
  • Functional and Novel Foods Optional
  • Weight Management Optional
  • Environmental Physiology Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional
  • Building a Start-up Business Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The modular structure of the degree allows you to tailor your degree to suit your needs and ambitions. We're committed to providing the very best teaching and look to continually use new, innovative approaches alongside more traditional methods.

Each module will be supported by an electronic learning site containing resources, distance learning materials, learning forums and feedback areas. This electronic learning site is considered to be an important component of course delivery and will help to foster a cohesive and scholarly community among students.

Class sizes tend to be around 20 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 20%
  • Guided learning: 28%
  • Independent study: 52%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of assessments that helps develop key skills for both academic and employability purposes. Assessment methods include essays, poster presentations, web-based assessments, oral presentations, and practical and written exams.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £12,900

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Fees for EU applicants starting courses in 2021/22 academic year

Eligible EU applicants will pay the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

View fees and funding information for EU students beginning their studies in 2021...

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Facilities

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Teaching staff

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Further information


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