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About the course

Are you interested in a career in sport and exercise science? This degree specialises in physiological, psychological and biomechanical theories, focusing on how these can be used to enhance human performance. You’ll be able to put these theories into practice in the University’s industry-standard labs, as well as through opportunities for internships. You can also specialise in your third year, allowing you to hone your expertise further.

To complement their degree studies, students are encouraged to prepare for BASES and UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) professional accreditation and join Level 2 of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), with the option to attain Level 3. This combination of academic and industry qualifications can help students build their professional network and increase employability upon graduation.

To help prepare students for a career in the sports industry, the University encourages a practical, hands-on approach. The course team’s background in sport science research and their strong industry links have given past students the opportunity to undertake optional internships with the University’s partner Southampton FC and a range of other top sports organisations, including a number of professional football and rugby clubs, Hampshire Cricket, Spire Hospital, and local athletics clubs. Those aspiring to be teachers have been able to gain experience through school placements and after-hours sports clubs.

The course team’s links with the industry have also provided past students opportunities to attend guest lectures. Recent speakers have included international sport scientists from the English Institute of Sport, international cricket and premiership football, and from GB squads such as wheelchair rugby, sailing and basketball.

Additional qualification Professional accreditation Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Sandwich year

Students have access to first class facilities, which are regularly used by professional athletes, such as players from Southampton FC and the course is accredited by The Register of Exercise Professionals and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates have gone on to roles including GPS analyst at Southampton FC, strength and conditioning specialist at Southampton FC, head of sport science at Bath Rugby Club, performance analyst at Brighton and Hove FC, head performance scientist at GB Wheelchair Rugby, exercise physiologist at Nuffield Health, sport and exercise technician at Spire Perform Centre, strength and conditioning specialist for sailing at Lake Garda in Italy, and coach for GB Topper Sailing. Graduates have also gone on to work with the Royal Marines.

Who is this course for?

Ideal for those who love sport and who wish to learn about the science behind what makes a great athlete, this course teaches the fundamentals of physiological, psychological and biomechanical theories. The course is perfect for those looking to pursue a career in roles such as exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, or performance analyst.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry C602
  • 4 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year N8C6


  • 4 Years Standard Entry 45T2
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 sandwich year fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,545

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

Year one:
Compulsory kit: £75
Compulsory professional body endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs): £300

Year two:
Optional professional body endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs): £200

Year three:
Optional professional body endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs): £100

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Mathematics, English and science at GCSE, at grade C or above.
  • Desirable: A-level physical education or human biology, or equivalent.
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Alternative entry to this course is through the Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year

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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Introduction to Physiology of Exercise
  • Introduction to Sports Psychology
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Health, Fitness and Programme Design
  • Client Testing and Training
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Study Skills for Sport and Exercise

Year two

Core units
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology
  • Applied Principles of Biomechanics
  • Applied Physiology of Testing and Training


  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • Applied Principles of Sport Performance Analysis
  • Applied Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Massage

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Project


  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Biomechanics
  • Professional Practice in Physiology of Exercise
  • Sport Science Support
  • Physical Education
  • Professional Practice of Sport Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Sports Massage
  • Nutrition for Health and Exercise

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


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.

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Meet the course team

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The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students have access to the University’s outstanding sport and exercise facilities, including fully equipped modern physiology, psychology, biomechanics, and health and exercise labs. The physiology laboratory is officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities - an elite group that includes Manchester United FC.

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.

Previous students have had the opportunity to gain national governing body and industry awards during their degree and have had to the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with live clients.

Your future

The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities in sport and exercise science, across every sport imaginable. You could work with professional, elite or Olympic athletes, ensuring they maintain peak fitness in world-class competitions, or with hospitals and health organisations to develop training and recovery programmes for patients suffering injury or disability. You could also work with schools or even teach, developing fitness programmes and encouraging the next generation of athletes to excel.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Sport scientist
  • Teaching (primary, secondary and tertiary)
  • Sport and exercise physiologist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Biomechanist
  • Mental skills coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Sport and exercise technician.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • Everything on the course is based around preparing you for a job in sport science, and working with top-level athletes becomes the norm. Due to the applied nature of the course I’m really confident undertaking the real-life situations that my job throws at me. Other courses around the country give you knowledge but it’s the application that’s important and Solent provides the right foundations to begin a career in professional sport.

    Ben Rosen, sport scientist at Southampton FC

  • I really enjoy being able to work in research and with external clients. I’ve been given the opportunity to work with world-class athletes as part of my course, and have been able to apply what I have learned in lectures and through further reading. This year, we have worked with an Iron Man triathlete and with a Paralympic wheelchair rugby player who represented Great Britain and competed at London 2012.

    James Steele, PhD student and associate lecturer

  • Transferring sports science theory into practice is paramount in professional sport. This degree has been the perfect foundation and catalyst to my current employment.

    Jameson Mola, graduate - head of sport science for Bath RFC

Industry links

We have excellent links with local and national sport and exercise organisations as well as local schools. You’ll be able to take advantage of student internships and part-time and full-time work, as well as an exciting programme of guest lectures. Recent speakers have included international sport scientists from the English Institute of Sport, international cricket and premiership football, and from GB squads such as wheelchair rugby, sailing and basketball.

We also have close links to the sports medicine arm of private healthcare provider Spire Hospital, providing numerous student placements and a series of paid graduate appointments. There are research opportunities available to both staff and students, undertaking analysis in sport, health, exercise and sports medicine, and joint research projects with Spire physiotherapists and consultants.


You’ll have the opportunity to apply for optional internships with University partner Southampton FC and a range of other top sports organisations, including Reed’s High Performance Academy, Reading FC, British Swimming, Hampshire Rugby, Queens Park Rangers FC, London Irish RFC, Hampshire Cricket, Spire Hospital, Spire Perform Centre, GB Wheelchair Rugby and more.

You’ll be able to assist staff with consultancy projects involving athletes from these organisations, as well as with Olympic athletes and Salisbury Triathlon Club, while aspiring teachers can gain experience through school placements, after-hours sports clubs and other options.

Graduate stories

Marc's story

Marc Rochon - Head of Academy Performance Analysis and Administration, Portsmouth FC

The practical experience I gained during the course was key in getting my career started. I worked at Southampton FC for my work-based learning unit where I was able to apply specific skills I'd learnt during our practical sessions in the health, exercise and sport science laboratories. After graduating, with the guidance of the course tutors, I was fortunate to be able to further my experience with a one year full time internship at Tottenham Hotspur FC. This proved an invaluable learning experience and opened doors to performance analysis roles at the top of the Premier League.

I now work with Portsmouth FC leading the first team and youth teams statistical and video analysis programs. I've been very fortunate to work with some great people in a great working environment for the past four seasons.

I would recommend that anyone wanting to pursue the same career path develops their knowledge base on the subject whilst gaining as much applied experience as possible.

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