Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity - FdSc

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
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Course Details

The Foundation Degree in Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity is aimed at those who are interested in helping to improve the health, wellbeing and fitness levels of both individuals and groups. This innovative course will provide the skills and knowledge required to work with the general public offering advice on the impact that diet and lifestyle can have on their long term health. It will equip the graduate for careers in community health and wellness, physical activity, fitness, health improvement and nutrition.

The course will be delivered through a mixture of theory and practical sessions this allows students to explore physical activity and human movement alongside nutritional influences and health perspectives. The blend of modules allows teaching methods to include group activities, project work, lectures and guest speakers. You will also undertake a work placement (60 hours) in your chosen career path, giving the opportunity to evaluate skills and knowledge in practice and enhance employability.

Teaching, learning and assessment approaches have been designed to promote the transfer of learning between modules and between academic and work-based activities. Personal and professional development and the integration of learning are promoted through the use of a learning contract. Teaching and learning methods are varied and aimed at integrating theory and practice. They include formal lectures, seminars, group activities and project work, practical demonstrations and private independent study. Work-based learning is integral, enabling and evaluating skills and knowledge in practice. Learning is also supplemented through one to one feedback and support throughout the foundation degree process.

For entry requirements, please view the Course Handbook.
Two years full time, three years part time.
Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at UCLan or other higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Health improvement officers
  • Public health nutritionists
  • Community health workers (food and physical activity)
  • Sport and exercise nutritionist
For information about the Programme Specification and modules available please refer to the Download Course Handbook.

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We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

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