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About the course

If you want to help build more active, healthier communities, this highly rated practical degree will help you develop the skills and knowledge of exercise and physical activity needed for a career in the health sector or fitness industry.

This hands-on course allows students to study the psychology of physical activity and behaviour change, as well as global, national and local policies relating to the industry to enable them to deliver projects advising how individuals and communities could adopt more active, healthier lifestyles.

The course has strong industry links, including organisations such as the NHS, Nuffield Health, Macmillan Cancer and Sustrans, which have allowed past students the opportunity for work experience. Previous work experience opportunities have included assisting with health walks, promoting active travel, working with schools to promote exercise in children and working with corporate health improvement teams.

To develop practical skills, students studying on this course will have access to the University’s range of modern sports facilities, including specialist physiology, psychology, biomechanics, and health and exercise labs. Past students have had the opportunity to work with real clients in the health and exercise lab to develop training programmes to suit their needs.

Another important element of the programme is our accreditation from the Register of Exercise Professionals, SkillsActive Group and UK Active. This accreditation shows potential employers that the course is dedicated to promoting excellence in sport and health promotion.

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

The course has strong ties with health organisations such as the NHS and Nuffield Health and the course is endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), UKActive and SkillsActive.

What does this course lead to?

This degree leaves you well prepared for a career in a broad variety of roles working with people to improve their overall health and wellbeing. This could lead to a career in the NHS or local government working as a health and wellbeing consultant, physical activity co-ordinator, health trainer or exercise referral consultant, or as an exercise physiologist or health improvement advisor in the private sector. Graduates of this course can further their studies and career prospects with master’s level study in exercise science, public health or health promotion.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who have previously studied business, as well as those who are new to the world of business management.

The course content is well suited to students who are interested in general business management, account management, marketing and human resource roles.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry BC96
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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

  • Minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service. 
  • GCSE or equivalent passes in English and Maths at grade C or above.
  • Alternative entry on this course is available through the Sport, Health & Exercise 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

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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
  • Health, Fitness and Programme Design
  • Introduction to Exercise Psychology
  • Client Testing and Training
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Nutrition, Obesity and Weight Management
  • Study Skills for Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to Physiology of Exercise

Year Two

Core units
  • Physical Activity and Public Health Interventions
  • Exercise Referral
  • Exercise Psychology (Behaviour Change)
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
  • Developing Innovative Health and Physical Activity Programmes


  • Advanced Training Principles
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Sports Massage
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year Three

Core units
  • Project
  • Exercise Programming for Medically Referred and Disabled Clients
  • Delivering Innovative Health and Physical Activity Programmes
  • Lifestyle Management and Coaching


  • Physical Education
  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • Sport Development
  • Professional Practice in Personal Training
  • Advanced Sports Massage
  • 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


You’ll have access to our outstanding sport and exercise facilities, including state-of-the-art specialist physiology, psychology, biomechanics, and health and exercise labs. Throughout the course you’ll use the health and exercise lab to work with real clients and develop training programmes to suit their differing needs.

Strong industry links have allowed past students to benefit from guest lectures and opportunities for work experience. 

Your future

The course's 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:

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Physical activity co-ordination
  • Exercise referral practitioner
  • Personal training
  • Health improvement advisor
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Advanced instructor working with special medical conditions.


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
  • The course covers broad areas of health and exercise as well as chances to get involved in the community, increasing practical experience and employability. I would recommend it to anyone who is passionate about making positive health changes to individuals and the community.

    Cleo Hodgkin, Student

Industry connections

The University and the course team have extensive industry contacts such as NHS, Sustrans, Macmillan Cancer and Nuffield Health, providing plentiful opportunities for varied work experience to enhance your employability.

Partnership with Solent NHS Trust’s health improvement team provides integrated theoretical and practical experience of tackling physical inactivity in our communities, while guest speakers include industry professionals from the NHS, health trainers, cardiac rehabilitation, early years practitioners and private-sector exercise physiologists.


The course includes compulsory work placements in local community-based health initiatives and community volunteering in physical activity settings. Previous work experience opportunities have included assisting with health walks, promoting active travel, working with schools to promote exercise in children and working with corporate health improvement teams. You will also be given the opportunity to develop, deliver and evaluate a physical activity intervention in the local community.

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