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PG Cert in Sport and Exercise Nutrition for Health Care Practitioners

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If you are already working as a registered dietitian or nutritionists and you are wishing to gain the required knowledge and competencies to join the SENr register, this course will provide the opportunity to upgrade your academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge.

Sport and Exercise Nutrition requires an understanding of the physiological and biochemical responses to physical activity and exercise. It is becoming increasingly recognised by athletes, coaches and professional bodies, that nutrition plays a major role in achieving success in both the maintenance of health and sport performance. As such, there is a high demand from sporting teams, professional bodies and health councils to have appropriately qualified personnel and continued professional development aligned to the professional body of Sport and Exercise Nutrition. 

Our University is the first institution to gain accreditation by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).  By studying on this course you will therefore gain a thorough understanding of the evidenced-based theoretical underpinning of Sport and Exercise Nutrition, in order to facilitate registration on to the SENr. 

Modules will be delivered over a number of weekends through classroom and laboratory-based teaching, designed to support theory and allow you to inform your practise. Modules will be taught by specialist staff including registered SENr practitioners as well as key guest speakers working within the field of sport and exercise nutrition.


  1. Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  2. Physiology and Biochemistry for Performance 
  3. Measurement and Evaluation in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Each module will be supported by our Virtual Learning Environment which will contain all delivered material, resources, core reading as well as discussion forums managed by the programme leaders. Each module will include formative assessments to gain feedback, as well as summative assessments which will be incorporated into the weekend delivery. These include exams, essays, portfolios, case studies and online presentations.

Career opportunities 

The PG Cert will support practitioners in Dietetics/Nutrition to apply for registration for the SENr. Upon completion of the PG Cert, there are opportunities to further extend your study to a Diploma/Masters qualification following further study.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an appropriate first degree and either be a practising Dietitian/Nutritionist or have equivalent experience or training from within the work environment. 

We recommend booking early as places are limited.

Important information

Start date: January 2021

Length of study: 8 months - modules will be taught over one three day weekend (Fri-Sun: January 2020) and three weekends (Sat-Sun: March, May and July 2020).

Location: Headingley campus

Please use programme code PGCSE, when applying.

For more information contact Dr Lauren Duckworth at or on 0113 812 6288.

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