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About the course

Love sport and want to help improve 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.

This practical, career-focused course combines the latest in evidence-based training methods with high-level industry qualifications. Clearly defined pathway options in one of three specialist areas – exercise referral, soft tissue therapy and strength and conditioning - are aimed at producing fitness professionals with the higher level skills required to positively impact peoples’ lives, whatever their fitness goals.

Gaining real-world experience is integral to the course. Through the Solent PT scheme, students work with a member of the University’s staff for 15 weeks in their second year, putting together a personal training programme and working with them to achieve their fitness goals. This is repeated in the final year, where students work with two clients – one will have different goals to their previous client, and the other has to be recruited by the student through their own marketing initiative.

Students are encouraged to gain professional REPS qualifications alongside their degree studies. These qualifications are highly sought after by employers in the fitness industry.

Students have access to the University’s purpose-built teaching gym and use industry-standard equipment for the practical elements of their course. Physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories are also available for student use. 

Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Past students have been able to build their practical experience by working with real clients. Students are supported to gain the additional professional qualifications sought after by the fitness industry.

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates have gone on to work for large fitness chains such as David Lloyd and Virgin Active; and health organisations such as Nuffield Health. Graduates have also become personal trainers on a freelance basis.

Who is this course for?

Southampton Solent’s highly-practical fitness and personal training degree is perfect for those with a keen interest in health and fitness and who wish to pursue a career as a personal trainer, PE teacher or strength and conditioning coach.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry C610
  • 4 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year N86C
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

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

Please note: these prices are not yet confirmed.

Compulsory costs

  • Year one - £200
  • Year two - £200
  • Year three - £200 

Optional costs

  • Biomechanics Trainer Award - £100
  • Additional branded sports clothing - various
  • Additional kit - 2016/7 prices available here

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 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 4 or above (previously grade C).
  • Alternative entry on this course is available through the Sport, Health & 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
  • 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.

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.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training

BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training with a placement year

Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year route:

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year with a placement year

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Introduction to Research and Academic Skills for Sport, Health & Exercise Science
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Exercise Coaching and Instruction
  • Intro to Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Intro to Exercise Physiology
  • Client Testing and Training
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition

Year two

Core units
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Functional Movement and Corrective Exercise
  • Research Methods
  • Advanced Personal Training 
  • Advanced Training Applications


Pathway option, choose one from the following:

  • Exercise Referral
  • Soft Tissue Therapy 
  • Strength and Conditioning

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

Year three

Core units
  • Professional Practice in Personal Training
  • Innovative Training interventions


Continuation of pathway option chosen at year:

  • Clinical Exercise Programming
  • Advanced Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Choose one:

  • Dissertation 
  • Work Based Project

Choose one:

  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • Applied Health and Exercise Psychology

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.

Career support

Meet the course team

James Fisher academic profile James Fisher Course Leader View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
Ali Hill academic profile Ali Hill Senior Lecturer View profile
Marcus Sanger academic profile Marcus Sanger Senior Lecturer View profile
Martin Skivington academic profile Martin Skivington Principal Lecturer View profile
Kevin Busuttil academic profile Kevin Busuttil Lecturer View profile
Adam Lewis academic profile Adam Lewis Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Lecturer View profile
Graham Davies academic profile Graham Davies Associate Lecturer View profile
James Grant academic profile James Grant Associate Lecturer View profile
Adam Kelly academic profile Adam Kelly Associate Lecturer View profile
Lucy Glen academic profile Lucy Glen Associate Lecturer View profile

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 purpose-built teaching gym, and make use of industry-standard equipment for the practical teaching elements of their course. Physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories are also available for student use.

Students study for professional REPS qualifications alongside their degree studies.

Your future

The majority of recent graduates have entered personal training and fitness-related roles.

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

Industry links

The course team has extensive links with relevant industry bodies. These include SkillsActive, REPs and ukactive. The course team themselves include practitioners, fitness industry evaluators and quality assurance agents, as well as international researchers.

Guest speakers are regularly invited in to provide an overview of current industry trends and to advertise positions within their businesses. These speakers are often Solent graduates who are now working within the sector.

Graduate profiles

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