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BSc (Hons)Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science

3 years
UCAS code:
Institution code: S30
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Southampton City Centre
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Whether your passion is in health and fitness, physiology and exercise science, nutrition or helping people overcome their health challenges, this course utilises Solent’s excellent reputation for its sport, health and fitness provision to prepare you for success in a growing jobs market with a wide range of dynamic and rewarding career options.

Solent has always been at the forefront of health and exercise and personal training degrees, and we’ve used our experience to further enhance our offering with two inspiring pathway options.

Fitness and personal training pathway:

The fitness and personal training pathway will provide you with a wealth of advanced skills which will ensure you have a top profile to attract and retain the best clients. We take personal training seriously and will support you in building your business and entrepreneurial skills, so you’re fully prepared for a successful career in a competitive market.

Health and exercise science pathway:

The health and exercise science pathway prepares you for a range of careers in the health and well-being sector. If your passion is in nutrition, clinical exercise science or public health and psychology we have it all here for you. Graduates from this pathway have gone on to have successful and rewarding careers as nutritionists, exercise rehabilitation specialists, public health practitioners and NHS health and well-being advisors.

This video 'BSc (Hons) Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Our staff have a special blend of academic excellence and industry experience which brings great creativity. We’ve a wealth of in-house health and wellbeing initiatives for you to get involved with including a personal training scheme, strength and conditioning academy, exercise rehabilitation clinic and nutrition counselling service, so you can gain all the real world learning you need or plan your research in a real-world context without even leaving campus. There are also plenty of external partnerships available if you do want to go out on placement.

Solent is renowned for its focus on employability enhancement and links with professional associations. This course has a whole range of extra professional qualifications available to enhance your skills and employability, such as Advanced Personal Trainer, Exercise Referral Practitioner, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Massage Therapist and Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist.

BSc (Hons) Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science is also endorsed and certified by relevant governing bodies such as CIMSPA and the Association for Nutrition.

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Why choose this course?

Course features

  • Foundation year available

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

  • Additional qualification

    This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree

  • Placement year

    If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone with a passion for helping individuals achieve their health, nutrition or fitness goals. Perfect for school-leavers, mature students and international applicants. This course offers you the opportunity to make a real difference to the health and well-being of your nation in a growing and exciting jobs market.

What does this course lead to?

The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates have a wealth of career options to choose from.

The two pathways of this course mean you can be ready for employment in many roles in different healthcare sectors, or you will be perfectly placed to pursue higher-level study in a variety of disciplines.

Health and Exercise Science Pathway – career opportunities:

  • Exercise rehabilitation specialist.
  • Exercise referral co-ordinator.
  • Nutrition advisor.
  • Certified health and fitness nutritionist.
  • Sports nutritionist.
  • Soft tissue therapist.
  • Health and well-being physiologist.
  • Exercise physiologist (Nuffield, Spire, NHS).
  • Exercise and well-being advisor (NHS, Nuffield, Spire etc).
  • Physiotherapist assistant.
  • Public health practitioner.
  • Health and exercise development officer.
  • Personal trainer/specialist PT in disease Rehab.
  • Leads to further qualifications for MSc / PhD Researcher/Lecturer.

Fitness and Personal Training Pathway – career opportunities:

  • Personal trainer, (mobile, online, studio, gym-based).
  • Gym manager.
  • Strength and conditioning coach.
  • Soft tissue therapist.
  • Fitness manager.
  • Sports nutritionist.
  • Certified health and fitness nutritionist.
  • Gym owner.
  • Physiotherapist assistant.
  • Exercise physiologist.
  • Exercise referral specialist.
  • Leads to further qualifications for MSc / PhD Researcher/Lecturer.

Meet the team

Staff bring a unique blend of academic excellence and research informed teaching with substantial industry experience to ensure you’re work ready, world ready and future ready.

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.


Throughout your studies you'll have the opportunity to use a range of high-quality facilities including the sports complex which features three state-of-the-art teaching gyms and is where all fitness qualifications and the majority of your real-world learning experiences take place. You'll also use the physiology lab where you'll learn and experience first-hand the scientific equipment used to monitor and enhance human health and performance.

And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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