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About the course

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

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 four-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.

Additional qualification Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities January start available

The course has industry accreditation from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), part of the SkillsActive Group.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s fitness management and personal training programme is designed to help students progress into a range of personal training, fitness, exercise coaching and rehabilitation roles.

Applicants from all academic backgrounds will be considered for entry onto the course. Sport foundation year graduates will receive direct entry.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year C60C
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) C615
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year CN68
  • 3 Years Standard Entry NC86
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU 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 

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 professional body endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs): £300

Year two:
Compulsory 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

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.


of students feel their communication skills have improved

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
  • 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 Based Professional Studies
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 


  • Nutrition for Health and Exercise
  • Exercise Referral
  • Sports Massage
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year three

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


  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • Clinical Exercise Programming 
  • Advanced Sports Massage
  • Electronic Marketing
  • Curriculum Plus

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

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

James Fisher academic profile James Fisher Course Leader View profile
Marcus Sanger academic profile Marcus Sanger Course Leader View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
Ali Hill academic profile Ali Hill 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
Madi-Elena Suditu academic profile Madi-Elena Suditu Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Lecturer View profile
Adam Kelly academic profile Adam Kelly Associate Lecturer View profile
Lee Turner academic profile Lee Turner 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.


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.

The enthusiastic course team are all highly qualified and have extensive industry experience.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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


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

Industry links

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.

Graduate profiles

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Further study

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