BSc Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle

About the Course

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has on the Carmarthen campus over a 160 years experience of offering physical education, sport and outdoor related courses. More recently, these have expanded to include degrees in health, exercise and nutrition, as well as sports thearpy.

Vocational relevance is a strong theme underpinning all degrees and students are strongly encouraged to gain additional experience and qualifications to support their career aspirations. Work placement begins in the very first term and is developed further in the second year.

The degree programme examines how individuals’ lifestyles impact upon their health and well-being. You will learn how nutrition and exercise affect the body and impact upon the individual’s health and well-being.

In addition, you will examine the psychological and sociological factors which may influence health-related behaviour. The course includes modules which will allow you to develop your knowledge and application of current health promotion strategies. You will have the opportunity to use the latest laboratory equipment to gain practical experience of undertaking dietary analysis, and assessing individuals’ health and fitness levels.


BSc (Single Honours)


Language Choice

Course Length
3 years full-time; Part-time study available

Entry Requirements

See introduction

You will be invited to visit the University to discuss the course. Entry is based on individual merit.

Career Opportunities

The current political and societal interest in health and nutrition makes this an ideal course for those wishing to progress into careers such as:

  • Teaching (DT - Food) Secondary
  • Dietetic Support Worker (NHS)
  • Personal Health Trainer (NHS)
  • GP Referral Practitioner
  • Healthy Schools Co-ordinator
  • Community Health Officer
  • Lifestyle Consultant


School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education


Carmarthen Campus

Typical modules

  • Nutrition for Health
  • Science of Nutrition
  • Health and Lifestyles
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Health and Disease
  • Discovering Outdoor Lifestyles
  • Work Placement
  • Exercise, Injuries and First Aid
  • Health Promotion in Practice
  • Assessing Health-Related Fitness
  • Dissertation/Project

Key Features

  • Only degree of its kind within the region
  • Work-based learning module in the second year
  • Strong vocational relevance
  • Health and exercise assessment laboratory
  • Links with medical & exercise professionals
  • Links with a wide range of employers in the health sector
  • Additional vocational training awards are available to all students
  • Modular choice
  • Representation on the Carmarthenshire Health Alliance
  • Small, friendly campus with motivated and supportive staff
  • USA exchange programme available in the second year
  • Access to the Sports Centre and Health Suite on campus

Why study at this University?

  • Small, friendly campus with motivated and supportive staff
  • Good links with a wide range of employers in the health sector
  • Only degree of its kind within the region
  • Additional vocational training awards are available to all students
  • Free access to the Sports Centre & Health Suite on campus
  • An accredited centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Programme Specification

The main educational aims of the programme are to:

  • develop interdisciplinary perspectives of health, nutrition, and an active lifestyle;
  • instil an understanding of the role of nutrition in promoting health and wellbeing;
  • develop the key skills and core knowledge required by graduates working in practical community settings in the area of health and nutrition;
  • develop problem solving, analytical, and independent research skills in the area of health and nutrition.

Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge base in selected areas that inform health and well-being.
  • Show critical ability to analyse health (and nutrition) as a contested concept.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of health.
  • Utilise research findings in a critical and evaluative way to demonstrate the development of health (and nutrition) as a discipline.
  • Show a critical understanding of the diversity and changing nature of determinants of health.
  • Analyse contemporary issues at the forefront of health, (nutrition) and well-being.
  • Critically analyse a range of theories of causality relating to health and ill-health to include the role of nutrition.
  • Critically appraise a range of health interventions.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the individual and of institutions in affecting health and nutritional status.
  • Evaluate the diversity of experience and values associated with health (and nutrition).
  • Critically analyse different healthcare systems.
  • Cross traditional subject boundaries, drawing on appropriate knowledge from other academic disciplines to elucidate health issues.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for using several appropriate critical perspectives to analyse health related issues.
  • Understand, and demonstrate knowledge of the disciplines underpinning human structure and function.
  • Appraise and evaluate the effects of exercise interventions on participants from different participant groups.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current government policy on disease prevention and the role of exercise within current strategies.
  • Display an awareness and consideration of ethical issues, health and safety, and the role of education in improving the health of the nation.

Intellectual Skills

  • Research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts, factual information, and apply these skills to explain and solve problems.
  • Critically assess and evaluate evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources.
  • Critically interpret data of different kinds and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches adopted.
  • Describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse, and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context.
  • Plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of data.
  • Apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Develop a sustained reasoned argument and be able to challenge previously held assumptions.
  • Learn independently, monitor and evaluate their personal development planning needs, and identify appropriate problem-solving strategies.

Key Skills

  • Use information and communications technology to enhance verbal and written presentations, and to facilitate relevant information retrieval.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Work effectively, both independently and with others.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for their learning and continuing personal and professional development.
  • Self-appraise and reflect on their practice.

Practical Skills

  • Plan, design, and execute practical activities using appropriate skills, techniques and procedures.
  • Recognise and respond to professional codes of conduct in addition to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues which directly pertain to the context of study.
  • Undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and confidence in skills transferable to the workplace and articulate these to an employer.
  • Appropriately respond to equal opportunities issues in context.

Further Information

Programme Co-ordinator - Alison Connaughton
Tel: 01267 676804