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About the course

Are you looking to pursue a career in sport, health or fitness? Want to gain the academic skills to study an undergraduate degree in this field? Solent University’s foundation year in sport, health and exercise science will help build prepare you to make the transition to a full honours degree.

This course is also ideal for students who may not have traditional qualifications or who have been away from formal education for a while, by helping them to get back into academic study and equip them with the specialised knowledge to progress to an undergraduate degree.

Students study the fundamentals of sport, health and exercise through a variety of themes, including leadership, fitness foundations, the sport industry, sport and exercise science contemporary sports issues, and volunteering.

All of the University’s sports courses place a strong emphasis on employability, and students on the sport health and exercise science foundation year have the opportunity to build practical skills and gain valuable real-world experience working with our degree students by volunteering on local community projects.

Successful completion of the sport, health and exercise science foundation year will provide a pathway on to one of Solent University’s highly-regarded health and exercise or sport science degree programmes. 

This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

The foundation year provides a direct entry route on to Solent’s highly-regarded health and exercise or sport science degrees.

What does this course lead to?

Students studying on our sport health, exercise and fitness degrees learn the key skills to become a professional sports coach, personal trainer or exercise therapist. You will go on to study one of the following degrees:

BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition
BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science
BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training
BA (Hons) Fitness Management
BSc (Hons) Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy
BSc (Hons) Sport Performance Coaching

Who is this course for?

Those who wish to study sport and exercise to degree level, but who may not have the necessary qualifications, or who are looking for an alternative route to studying an undergraduate degree will benefit from this foundation year.

Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students can progress directly on to one of our health and exercise or sport science degrees.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,660 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs
DBS disclosure: £55
Compulsory kit: £105

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

48 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or  equivalent.
  • We will consider mature students who have not recently undertaken a formal course of study at A-level, or equivalent, but can demonstrate relevant work or voluntary experience, that's indicative of their ability to complete the course successfully.
  • We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students as outlined above, and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5, or equivalent.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

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 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in 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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Leadership Through Sport & Exercise
  • Foundations of Fitness
  • Volunteering in Sport
  • Sport & Exercise Science in the Contemporary World
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Exercise Science Skills Application


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students have full access to the University’s sports facilities, including the multi-million-pound Test Park football centre. Students on our sport and fitness courses have full access to our fully-equipped physiology, psychology, biometrics, and health and exercise labs. 

The course has strong links with industry, including local sports clubs and sport development organisations.

Your future

Industry links

The course team has strong links with an extensive network of health and fitness employers and professional sports clubs, as well as our own in-house high performance athletes, sports teams and health promotion service.


At every opportunity, you’ll put your learning into practice. This includes the chance to get involved in a sports intervention project in the local community as part of the coach innovation programme. Students will also have the opportunity to get involved with volunteering project within the community through the volunteering module.

Further study

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year is the first year in the extended version of the following courses:

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