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BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training

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Love sport and want to make a difference to the health and fitness of others? Southampton Solent’s fitness and personal training degree will help provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to make an impact in this growing industry.

  • Past students have been able to build their practical experience by working with real-life clients.
  • Students are encouraged to gain the professional qualifications sought after by the fitness industry.
  • Our industry-standard health and exercise lab features essential high-tech fitness training equipment.
  • The enthusiastic course team are all highly qualified and have extensive industry experience.
  • The course has good industry links, which can provide students with a valuable insight into the career options that may be available to them.
  • Past students have been assessed through their practical work and activities relating to the knowledge and skills required by the industry.

The industry

The UK health and fitness industry is experiencing continued growth. Fitness membership in the UK has risen by 4.5% and now exceeds 8 million (2014 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report). Despite this, industry commentators have urged the sector not to become complacent and to continue to promote a healthy lifestyle to the nation.

Studying for a degree in fitness and personal training can help prepare graduates to make the most of the career opportunities available in this growing industry.

The programme

This practical, career-focused degree has given previous students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience to complement their studies. Students work with real-life clients, including exercise referral patients, disabled users, and older adults. This experience aims to give students a rounded knowledge of client goals, as well as developing their professional skills ready to embark on their chosen career.

Students are also able to apply their knowledge gained in the University’s industry-standard fitness labs which include a range of modern, high-tech fitness training and testing equipment. Students also have access to specialised physiology and psychology labs.

Another important element of the course is our accreditation from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), SkillsActive Group and ukactive. These accreditations show potential employers that the course is dedicated to promoting excellence in fitness promotion. It has also previously provided students with entry to REPS - essential for any qualified fitness professional - as well as the opportunity to work towards other industry qualifications. 

Next steps

Do you see yourself as a fitness and personal trainer? With its practical approach, opportunities for work experience and access to industry-standard facilities, Southampton Solent’s fitness and personal training degree will help you build the knowledge and practical skills valued by employers, so you can take the first step in your career in this growing industry.

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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C610

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Solent ranked number one for Sport Science 

Year one:


Core units

  • Health, Fitness and Programme Design
  • Client Testing and Training
  • Nutrition, Obesity and Weight Management
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Study Skills for Sport and Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Physiology of Exercise
  • Introduction to Exercise Psychology 

Year two:


Core units

  • Advanced Training Principles
  • Exercise Programming for Older Adults
  • Exercise Psychology (Behaviour Change)
  • Customer Service, Marketing and Sales
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise


  • Event Organisation
  • Diet and Nutrition (HESS)
  • Work-Based Professional Studies
  • Physical Activity and Public Health Interventions
  • Application of Fitness Testing and Training
  • Group Exercise
  • Sports Massage
  • Curriculum Plus (excluding Work Based Learning)

Year three:


Core units

  • Professional Practice in Personal Training
  • Exercise Programming for Medically Referred and Disabled Clients
  • Project.


  • Lifestyle Management and Coaching
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Professional Practice in the Physiology of Exercise
  • Physical Education
  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • Advanced Sports Massage
  • Sport Development
  • Business Start-up
  • Curriculum Plus (excluding Work Based Learning)

Teaching, learning and assessment

A wide range of teaching methods is employed, from traditional lectures to smaller seminar sessions, supported by independent individual study and interspersed with extensive supervised practical work with real-world clients.

Work experience
You’ll have a huge range of opportunities to gain practical personal training experience throughout your degree, with support from our course team’s extensive network of industry contacts.

The course is assessed using written assignments, practical simulations, in-course tests, case studies, reflective portfolios, group work, reports, presentations and examinations. You’ll also produce a DVD of yourself working with clients in a real-life setting, where your performance will be assessed.

Our facilities

You’ll have dedicated access to our state-of-the-art health and exercise lab, featuring an extensive range of modern high-tech fitness training and testing equipment. You’ll also work in our specialised physiology and psychology labs.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme gives you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.
For more information, see

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study fitness and personal training units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C610

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The majority of recent graduates have entered personal training and fitness-related roles, either in a self-employed or employed position.

REPs listing also includes eREPs membership, which allows you to work within European countries without further training and is also recognised in New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, South Africa and the US.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Personal trainer
  • Self-employed trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Fitness manager
  • Sales and marketing officer
  • PE teacher

Links with industry

The course features a variety of guest lecturers from industry organisations talking about their experiences, ranging from local fitness businesses to online marketing firms and recruitment companies.

Examples from 2013 and 2014 include Brightside Personal Training, Mercury Online Marketing, mefit, the ‘Retention Guru’ Dr Paul Bedford, Giles Greenwood (Commonwealth and British Olympic weightlifting champion) and Fitness Agents.

The course also has links with a variety of fitness employers, including Steiner, Nuffield Health and Wellbeing, Intelligent Training Systems, mefit, The Gym and Solent Health Spark.

Transferable skills

Complementing your personal training studies with broadly applicable career skills, you’ll develop valuable presentation, project-management and problem-solving skills throughout the course. Working with real clients throughout your practical units will also help build your communication and instructional skills.

Further study

Students often pursue further study at master’s level or on a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Course graduates have gone on to work for large fitness chains such as David Lloyd, and niche organisations including Wiltshire Golf and Country Club, as well as becoming personal trainers on a freelance basis.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Accreditations: The degree is accredited by SkillsActive which provides you with opportunities to acquire a range of REPs-approved qualifications as part of the degree. The final year also includes a Biomechanics Trainer Award delivered by Intelligent Training Systems, giving you an added competitive edge in the job market.

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Mathematics and English at GCSE, at grade C or above.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Other costs

Compulsory: Professional Body Endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs).
Year 1: £300; year 2: £200 and year 3: £100.

Optional kit available.

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C610


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