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BA (Hons) Fitness Management and Personal Training

Not just personal training, but the skills you need to make a career of it

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This innovative course blends practical personal training skills with the study of management and business. Students take a six week work experience placement, applying their knowledge in the working environment.

  • The course has industry accreditation from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), part of the SkillsActive Group.
  • Students have access to the University’s dedicated industry-standard health and exercise lab.
  • The enthusiastic course team are all highly qualified and have extensive industry experience.
  • The course has good industry links, which can lead to work experience opportunities.

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 the BA (Hons) in Fitness Management and Personal Training will help prepare graduates to make the most of the career opportunities available in this growing industry.

The programme

This innovative, industry-focused degree aims to provide students with both practical personal training experience and key transferable business and management skills. Accreditation by REPs, a part of the SkillsActive Group, shows potential employers that the course is dedicated to promoting excellence in the health and fitness sector. It also provides students with the opportunity to gain entry to REPS - essential for any qualified fitness professional - as well as the opportunity to work towards other industry qualifications. 

To complement and build upon the knowledge gained whilst studying for their degree, students are required to undertake a six-week work experience placement, designed to expose them to a real life working environment, whether it be with a large fitness operator, a small independent club, local authority, or other organisation. 

The course team have good industry links, which can help provide students with opportunities for work experience placements as well as gain industry insights from guest lectures. The course also benefits from an active graduate network.

The University boasts industry-standard fitness labs which include a range of modern, high-tech fitness training and testing equipment. Past students have had the opportunity to train individual clients in the labs, further enhancing their practical skills.

Next steps

If you want to get involved in the business of personal training, Southampton Solent’s fitness management and personal training degree will help you bring your personal training skills and business knowledge together, leaving you better prepared to take on management roles within the fitness industry.

Have you got a question about applying?


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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) C615
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year CN68
  • 3 Years Standard entry NC86
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year NC8P

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Solent ranked number one for Sport Science 

Year one:


Core units

  • Operation and Management of Fitness Facilities 1
  • Health, Fitness and Programme Design
  • Client Testing and Training
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Exercise Psychology
  • Nutrition, Obesity and Weight Management
  • Study Skills for Sport and Exercise Science

Year two:


Core units

  • Operation and Management of Fitness Facilities 2
  • Customer Service, Marketing and Sales
  • Advanced Training Principles
  • Work Placement
  • Research Methods


  • Event Organisation (L5)
  • Developing Innovative Health and Physical Activity Programmes
  • Diet and Nutrition 
  • Exercise Referral
  • Functional Movement and Corrective Exercise
  • Physical Activity and Public Health Intervention
  • Exercise Psychology (Behaviour Change)
  • Sports Massage
  • Curriculum Plus (excluding Work Based Learning)

Year three:


Core units

  • Project
  • Professional Practice in Personal Training
  • Strategy for Business


  • Delivering Innovative Health and Physical Activity Programmes
  • Lifestyle Management and Coaching
  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • Clinical Exercise Programming 
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Advanced Sports Massage
  • Business Start-Up
  • Electronic Marketing
  • 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

A compulsory six-week industry placement during the second year will provide invaluable work experience with a large fitness operator or a smaller independent club, local authority or other organisation.

This 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 you 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

You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

For more information, see

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study fitness management and personal training units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

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

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) C615
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year CN68
  • 3 Years Standard entry NC86
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year NC8P

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.

This course delivers the focused skills and knowledge you need for a variety of careers within the dynamic fitness industry, whether working for yourself or managing a team.

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:

  • Fitness management
  • Personal training
  • Health and fitness coaching
  • Sales and marketing
  • Physical activity development
  • Exercise referral

Links with industry

Solent’s reputation for sport science and the course team’s extensive industry contacts provide a range of work placement options with a suitable fitness employer.

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

You’ll also have access to a variety of guest lectures from industry professionals. Examples from 2013 and 2014 include talks delivered by Brightside Personal Training, Mercury Online Marketing, mefit, the ‘Retention Guru’ Dr Paul Bedford, Giles Greenwood (Commonwealth and British Olympic weightlifting champion) and Fitness Agents.

Transferable skills

Complementing your personal training studies with management 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.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Accreditation: The degree is accredited by SkillsActive which provides you with opportunities to acquire a range of REPs-approved qualifications as part of the degree.

Entry requirements


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

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

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

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

Optional kit is 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


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) C615
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year CN68
  • 3 Years Standard entry NC86
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year NC8P


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