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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Health and Exercise Science and Nutrition

UCAS Code: BBY4
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 12 months part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

104

% applicants receiving offers

80%

Subjects
  • Nutrition
  • Others in subjects allied to medicine
Student score
77% LOW
62% LOW
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
93% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BBBC

BTEC Diploma
MMD

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MMD

International Baccalaureate
28

UCAS tariff points
104

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

80%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

The Health and Exercise Science programme provides both academic and vocational qualifications. Staff are student-centred and interested in the holistic development of students. The programme is a relatively new innovation, addressing the growing need to improve the health of an increasingly sedentary population. The Community pathway focuses on health and exercise promotion in community settings through lifestyle and behavioural changes, distinguishing it from more traditional sport science courses which focus on sport performance. The Clinical Exercise Science pathway focuses on working with individuals for the prevention and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The pathway has integrated external qualifications into years one, two and three of the degree. The degree has integrated an external REPs qualification into year one of the degree. St Mary's provides the valuable opportunity for students by ensuring all modules have a specific nutrition focus. Biochemistry, Physiology and Public Health are all nutrition orientated. The programme offers the opportunity for you to develop the professional competencies and skills required for the application of nutritional science in a number of fields. Previous graduates have taken up roles with government and non-governmental organisations engaged in the health agenda, in nutritional research, the media, with elite sports teams and the food industry.

Modules

Health and Exercise Year 1: community and clinical exercise science: modules are offered at Level 1 that introduce the major theoretical principles in: anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health psychology, exercise testing and physical activity instruction, health promotion and research methods. Year 2: Students can choose from two pathways: community: students build on their knowledge from level 1 by probing more deeply into relevant principles and theory in the context of the links between exercise and physical activity and health; modules will be offered in areas including biology related to health and physical activity, health promotion, behaviour change related to eating and exercise, physical activity programmes, aetiology of chronic diseases and research methods; and clinical exercise science; students build upon their knowledge base from year1, by probing more deeply into the application of scientific, theoretical and practical principles of exercise and health related to physical activity; this will include principles of exercise physiology and health, physical activity programmes, personal training, nutrition for health and disease, exercise and health behaviour, research methods and aetiology of chronic diseases. Year 3: Community; students focus on advanced issues in a range of applied areas with the aim of exploring and evaluating solutions to specific health problems based on lifestyle interventions in a variety of community settings; there will also be an opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic that particularly interests them; modules offered will include the areas of health issues in specific population groups, global health issues, cardiovascular health and physical activity in specific population groups and related to health improvement such as tackling obesity. Clinical Exercise Science: Students focus on advanced issues in applied areas with the aim of exploring and evaluating specific health problems based on lifestyle interventions in a variety of settings; modules offered include clinical exercise physiology, physical activity and chronic disease, exercise referral, tackling obesity and metabolic syndrome, exercise psychology, and clinical placement; there will also be an opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic that particularly interests the student. Nutrition Level 1: the first year is foundational and provides students with the broad underpinning and grounding required to further their studies in specialist areas of nutrition; students are introduced to important concepts in nutrition and ascertain the sources, functions and requirements for energy and all essential nutrients; introductory physiology and biochemistry will provide students with knowledge of the structure, function and metabolic processes of the body and how nutrition supports its healthy function; the important areas of ICT and data handling skills will also be introduced; single honours students will additionally be introduced to food science, health promotion and will begin to explore some of the professional skills such as reflective practice and ethics that are important in this field. Level 2: In the second year students build on the foundation knowledge provided in year one and explore the factors affecting food choice, the determination of nutritional requirements, the assessment of nutritional status, nutritional needs throughout the lifecycle and the links between nutrition, health and disease. Level 3: focuses on advanced and applied topics; examples of modules offered include: clinical nutrition; sports nutrition; functional and novel foods; tackling cardiovascular disease; obesity and metabolic syndrome; and public health nutrition.

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Campus

St Mary's University is unique in every sense of the word. As a student here, you'll be a part of more than an academic institution you'll also be in a close-knit community which has always valued diversity, sporting and academic brilliance and a sense of fun! Strawberry Hill House, a 300 year-old piece of gothic architecture, is the campus focal point.

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 77% LOW
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

79%

Feedback on work has been helpful

55%

Feedback on work has been prompt

72%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

72%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
67% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
22% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
288 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
58% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations

7%

Graduates who are leisure and travel services

7%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This is the subject you need to study if you want to become a dietitian – an important job in the country’s healthcare sector, and the single most common job for nutrition graduates. The population is becoming more aware of how important a good diet can be for wellbeing, and many people have special dietary needs, from individuals with food allergies to others with serious illnesses who need carefully-planned diets. So that's where graduates in nutrition come in – and we're likely to need more in the future.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 58%
Student score 62% LOW
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

63%

Library resources are satisfactory

95%

Feedback on work has been helpful

33%

Feedback on work has been prompt

14%

Staff are good at explaining things

70%

Received sufficient advice and support

63%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
20% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
351 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations

9%

Graduates who are therapy professionals

7%

Graduates who are health associate professionals

49%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
These statistics refer to the prospects of graduates from a range of degrees including environmental health, counselling and occupational therapy, but the numbers of students taking these subjects (with the exception of occupational therapy) tend to be quite small. Job prospects overall, though, are better than average. There are also usually a larger number of mature students, particularly with counselling-related degrees. The graduates of 2012 tended to get jobs in related areas - not surprisingly, occupational therapy being the most important job - but they also went into a whole range of other job sectors, too. Graduates from these courses can be pretty flexible.
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