Coventry University - BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health

Coventry University

BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health

As the number of people with diseases and disorders associated with physical inactivity and poor nutrition rises, the quality and safety of food, and the nutritional impact of what we eat on human health and development, have never been higher in public awareness.

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Sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition are associated with a wide range of health problems from obesity to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Overweight and obesity-related ill-health alone is estimated to cost the NHS several £Billion per year.

Both nationally and internationally, nutritionists are being called upon to work with individuals, groups and communities, the food industry, regulatory bodies and policymakers to promote healthy diets and develop a better scientific understanding of food. This course aims to enhance your understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition with an emphasis on human health and disease.

This multidisciplinary course draws on the expertise of academics from biological and analytical sciences, public health and dietetics to provide an integrated course, centred on human nutrition and healthy eating, food safety and regulatory processes, food analysis and public health.

100% of students agreed this course is intellectually stimulating, National Student Survey 2018.

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Entry Requirements

A level :

BBC to include Biology or Chemistry or relevant science subject. Excludes general studies


DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Chemical Science related subject.

IB Diploma


30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level.

GCSE requirement


Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C

 including Mathematics, English Language and two Sciences.

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a


pre-sessional English programme


before you start your course. 

Career Prospects

The need for nutritionists is growing with the increasing incidence of diet-related health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Consequently, graduates from this course should be well equipped for a wide range of roles in the field of nutrition and health – from working on emergency relief projects in low income countries to devising health initiatives to target dietary intakes of specific groups, such as pregnant women, school children and the elderly.

Opportunities may exist within local authorities, charitable organisations, the NHS, parenting organisations, health promotion, and the food and leisure industries. You could also find yourself advising policy makers, regulatory bodies or working in education or the media.

You will be strongly encouraged to take a year out by applying for a work placement or completing a summer internship*. Both activities allow you to demonstrate to potential employers that you can apply your skills and knowledge. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Talent Tam can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Course Details

This course is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the relationship between nutrition and human health.

You will have the opportunity to learn  about the dietary requirements of individuals from pre-pregnancy to old age, the psychosocial factors affecting food choice in modern society and the science of behaviour change, as well as how good nutrition enhances wellbeing and can help manage or prevent disease.

Year 1

Physiology and biochemistry for nutrition
Introduction to public health
Chemistry of food
Introduction to food law and policy
Skills for food and nutrition sciences 1
Skills for food and nutrition sciences 2

Year 2

Nutrition across the lifespan
Food microbiology
Nutrition and health
Public health promotion and policy
Food choice and behaviour change
Contemporary skills for food, nutrition and health

Placement year
Professional experience sandwich year
Study abroad
Post placement perspectives

Year 3

Product design
Research design for food and nutrition sciences
Independent project in food and nutrition sciences
Public health nutrition
Integrated topics in nutrition, food and public health
Nutrition for exercise

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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