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About the course

This bespoke degree is for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the fitness industry. From fitness technology to operations management, and strategic marketing to advanced personal training; this course will prepare you for a career in one of the world's fastest growing sectors.

Gaining real-world experience is central to the course and to build upon the knowledge gained while studying for their degree, students are required to undertake a four-week work experience placement within the fitness industry. This will expose them to a real-life working environment, whether it be with a large fitness operator, boutique fitness studio, small independent club, local authority, budget gym operator, or other fitness organisation.

Students are taught by a wide range of specialists who have extensive fitness management and/or fitness industry experience. The teaching team also have experience working with awarding bodies, sector skills councils, training providers and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

To support the academic modules delivered within this degree, students will have the opportunity to hear from a range of guest speakers from the fitness industry, some of whom are graduates from Solent’s health and exercise sciences programme. 

Students also have the opportunity to be a part of the Solent PT initiative, working for an extended period with external clients and Solent University staff. Students are expected to produce their own business and marketing plan to target and recruit clients with goals that match their specific areas of training expertise and interest.

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at the start of their degree - essential for any qualified fitness professional.

If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
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

Students have the opportunity to gain entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

What does this course lead to?

This course delivers the focused skills and knowledge needed for a variety of careers within the fitness industry, whether working for yourself or managing a team.

Previous students on Solent’s health and exercise science programmes have gone on to roles at Nuffield Health, Brightside Personal Training, The Gym, Virgin Active and David Lloyd.

Who is this course for?

This course will suit those who wish to work in personal training, fitness, exercise or management roles.

Applicants from all academic backgrounds will be considered for entry onto the course. Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year graduates will receive direct entry.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island 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. 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:

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

Year two
Solent-branded polo/t-shirt - £23

Optional costs:

Additional kit: prices available here

Year two: Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training - £200
Discounted NGB coaching qualification: Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

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

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • A levels that relate to the course content and ethos are also favourable. For international students attending programmes in the UK, academic and professional entry requirements must be broadly equivalent to those expected of UK students.
  • Academic and professional entry requirements for mature students attending programmes in the UK must be explicit and may take account of equivalent prior qualifications (BTEC, HNC/D, access courses, etc.) and experience.
  • Efforts to gain experience in the health and fitness industry prior to application will be valuable.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year.
  • 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 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
  • Management Principles
  • Marketing Principles
  • Research Methods in Health and Exercise
  • Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology

Year two

Core modules
  • Advanced Personal Training
  • Fitness Technology
  • Operations Management
  • Applied Marketing Practice
  • Applied Research Study and Design in Health and Exercise
  • Work Placement

Year three

Core modules
  • Professional Practice in Personal Training
  • Business Start Up
  • Strategic Management 
  • Strategic Marketing


  • Research Project
  • Work Based Project

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

Martin Skivington academic profile Martin Skivington Head of Subject View profile
Marcus Sanger academic profile Marcus Sanger Senior Lecturer View profile
James Fisher academic profile James Fisher Senior Lecturer View profile
Kevin Busuttil academic profile Kevin Busuttil 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 will have access to a state of the art health and exercise laboratory featuring a range of high-tech fitness training and testing equipment. Practical sessions are held in the University’s dedicated teaching gym.

Explore Solent's new sports building, with a range of state-of-the-art facilities open to students. 

Watch our video to find out more 


With a focus on gaining hands-on practical experience, students undertake a four-week work experience placement within a health and fitness organisation.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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

Industry links

The course team have strong links with industry, enabling students to tap into opportunities for work experience placements as well as gain industry insights from guest speakers. Previous speakers have included the Gym Group; MGB Fitness; Tim Tavender from the MarketingHQ, Nuffield Health and Brightside Fitness. Students have also been invited to work on live marketing briefs offered by the Gym Group, Southampton.


Students must complete a health and fitness industry specific four-week work experience placement prior to commencing the second year of the degree. The students themselves are responsible for locating and securing a suitable placement, with support from the University.

Work experience is embedded within the course via the Solent PT scheme. Students will be provided with a university staff member in their second year to work with for a minimum of 15 weeks. This will be replicated in their final year when students will work with two clients, one of whom will have different goals to their previous client and another who they must recruit themselves via their own marketing initiative.  

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