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About the course

Want to help improve the health and fitness of others? 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 have the opportunity to complete their gym instructor and personal trainer industry-approved qualifications in their first year, and an advanced personal trainer qualification in their second year. In addition, students have the opportunity to pursue further qualifications in strength and conditioning, soft tissue therapy, or cancer rehabilitation.

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. 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
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

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?

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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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 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. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs

Year one
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training - £400
or Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training - £200 (if exempt from L2 Gym Instructing)

Year two
Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training - £200
Solent-branded polo/t-shirt - £23

Optional costs

Year one
Additional kit - prices available here

Year two
REPs Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral - £200
REPs Level 3 Award In Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults - £200
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy - £200

Year three 
REPs Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation - £200
REPs Level 4 Strength and Conditioning - £200
Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy - £200
Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy and Corrective Exercise - £700

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

104-120 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, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Alternative entry on this course is available through the Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year.
  • A Level Physical Education or Human Biology (or equivalent) is desirable, but not required. 
  • 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 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.

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.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Exercise Instruction and Coaching 
  • Client Testing and Training 
  • Human Nutrition 
  • Health and Exercise Psychology 
  • Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology 
  • Research Methods in Health and Exercise 

Year two

Core modules
  • Advanced Personal Training 
  • Functional Movement and Corrective Exercise 
  • Human Performance Measurement 
  • Advanced Health and Exercise Psychology 
  • Applied Research and Study Design in Health and Exercise 


Pathway option, choose one from the following:

  • Exercise Referral
  • Soft Tissue Therapy 
  • Strength and Conditioning

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Professional Practice in Personal Training
  • Innovative Training interventions
  • Research Project


Continuation of pathway option chosen at year two:

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

Choose one:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Applied Health and Exercise Psychology

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Marcus Sanger academic profile Marcus Sanger Course Leader View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Senior Lecturer View profile
James Fisher academic profile James Fisher 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

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.

Solent's new sports building has been open from March 2019, with a range of state-of-the-art facilities open to students. 

Watch our video to find out more 

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 includes 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

Click on the logos below to see a range of our graduate profiles.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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