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BSc (Hons)Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science

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UCAS code: HN01
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a health, nutrition and exercise science degree at Solent University

Follow your passions for sport and helping people reach their wellness goals. Our fantastic facilities and focus on practical experience will foster a rewarding career in a growing sector.

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  • This course is fully endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
  • We have one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities: our physiology laboratory is officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
  • Opportunities to gain extra qualifications include: gym instructing, healthcare, nutrition, and cancer rehabilitation.
  • Students will receive an Association for Nutrition (AfN) Certificate in Intermediate Nutrition Essentials for Fitness and Leisure after successfully completing the Human Nutrition module in the first year.
  • You will gain real-world learning opportunities with Solent Personal Training, Exercise Referral Scheme, Solent Nutrition and our High Performance Academy.
  • Choose from two inspiring pathway options, the fitness and personal training pathway and health and exercise science pathway.
  • Our fantastic and ultra-modern sports complex features two sports halls, two fitness studios, strength and conditioning and high-performance gyms, health and fitness, and personal training teaching gyms, and a sport and exercise therapy clinic.
  • Students have access to the University’s professional sport and exercise science facilities, including fully equipped physiology, psychology, and biomechanics labs, health and exercise gyms.
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Course overview

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. The growing jobs market offers a wide range of dynamic and rewarding career options and we’ve used our experience to offer 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.

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.

The course is fully endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) for three CIMSPA competencies - Gym Instruction (after the first year), Personal Training, and Working with Referred Populations (after the second year) - allowing students access to the CIMSPA register. Students will also gain CIMPSA recognition for Cancer Rehabilitation (after the third year).

Solent is renowned for its focus on employability enhancement and links with professional associations. This course has extra professional qualifications available to enhance your skills and employability:

  • Gym instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Exercise referral practitioner
  • Level 3 soft tissue therapy
  • Level 4 soft tissue therapy
  • Strength and conditioning
  • AfN certificate
  • Level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer
  • Making Every Contact Count (MECC)
  • Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation

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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

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

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.
  • 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.
  • Gym owner.
  • Physiotherapist assistant.
  • Exercise physiologist.
  • Exercise referral specialist.
  • Nutrition adviser.
  • Leads to further qualifications for MSc / PhD researcher/lecturer.

The course also allows access to postgraduate study in nutrition, where you can gain fully-accredited status to the AfN.

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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 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.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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