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About the course

The role exercise and nutrition science plays in healthy ageing and disease reduction has become a focus for national health policy in recent times. Our BSc (Hons) Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science programme seeks to respond to this trend and meet the industry’s need for highly-trained graduates with skills in clinical exercise rehabilitation, nutrition, psychology and health promotion.

As you train to bridge the gap between the medical profession and the fitness industry you will be introduced to the pathology of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other common medical conditions. By studying how lifestyle and nutrition can impact on these diseases you’ll be well placed to assist patients as they work to control their symptoms or rehabilitate.

Learning is reinforced through work with genuine patients. Our unique clinical exercise referral scheme and longstanding relationships with local health organisations enable us to provide you with work placements that are relevant to both your learning and your career goals. Our teaching staff sit on various steering groups including MacMillan, the Saints Foundation, Southampton Diabetes Forum and NHS exercise referral schemes. You will also benefit from in-house opportunities through our own health promotion service, Solent Health and the Solent Community Innovation Programme (CIP) .

Built-in professional accreditations and training allows you to gain even more value from your studies. Available qualifications include Active IQ L2 Gym, REPs L3 Exercise Referral, REPs L4 Cancer Rehabilitation, Working With Older Adults certification, Association for Nutrition certification, the NHS M.E.C.C qualification, Royal Society for Public Health membership and NHS Motivational Interviewing training. You can also tailor your degree studies to your personal career ambitions, choosing from a range of specialist optional modules.

Throughout your degree you will have access to a range of professional facilities. Key facilities include our BASES accredited exercise physiology laboratory, the new ‘Spark’ teaching block, purpose-built teaching gyms, a 24-hour library service and a variety of sports facilities including our brand new health and fitness centre.

Our academic team are all highly experienced within the industry. As a result, all additional qualifications are written and embedded into the modules by them. You'll be taught by the same academics throughout your degree.

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.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
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

Work with real patients, helping them to overcome their health challenges with exercise, nutrition and lifestyle change.

What does this course lead to?

Suitable roles will see you acting as a bridge between medical practice and the fitness industry, making an impact on patients’ lives through exercise, diet and rehabilitation. Graduates will be well placed to pursue careers in clinical exercise rehabilitation, nutrition, wellbeing support, lifestyle promotion or public health.

Who is this course for?

Candidates should be passionate about public health promotion and the positive impact that proper healthcare, exercise and nutrition can make on the lives of those with chronic or acute illness.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU 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:

  • Apron - £14.95
  • Level 2 food safety and hygiene certificate - £15 +VAT
  • Year one: Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing - £250
  • Year two: Solent-branded t-shirt or polo shirt - £23

Optional costs:

  • Additional kit: prices available here
  • Students who undertake placements with children or vulnerable adults will require a DBS check - £55
  • Year two: REPs Level 3 Diploma In Exercise Referral - £200
  • Year three: REPs Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation - £200

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 DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent, to comply with the minimum entry requirements of 96 UCAS points.
  • One science subject, mathematics and English at GCSE, at grade 4 or above (previously grade C).
  • A Levels that relate to the course content and ethos are favourable.
  • For international students attending programmes in the UK, academic and professional entry requirements must be broadly equivalent to those expected of UK students. At admission, students whose first language is not English must have English Language requirements appropriate to an AfN Accredited programme, which must not be less than 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent), with no individual section less than 6.0.
  • 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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

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 Science 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
  • Human Nutrition
  • Research Methods in Health and Exercise 
  • Population Health
  • Physiology and Assessment of Health Status
  • Health and Exercise Psychology

Year two

Core modules
  • Exercise Referral
  • Settings for Health
  • Obesity and Weight Management 
  • Developing Community Innovation Projects
  • Applied Research and Study Design in Health & Exercise
  • Advanced Health and Exercise Psychology

Year three

Core modules
  • Clinical Exercise Programming
  • Contemporary Public Health Issues
  • Professional Practice in Nutrition


Choose 1 of 3

  • Applied Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Sports nutrition 
  • Delivering Community Innovation Projects

Choose 1 of 2

  • 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

Rob Williams academic profile Rob Williams Course Leader View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
Kevin Harris academic profile Kevin Harris Senior Lecturer View profile
Lee Turner academic profile Lee Turner 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.


Throughout your degree you will have access to a range of professional facilities. Key facilities include our BASES accredited exercise physiology laboratory, the new ‘Spark’ teaching block, purpose-built teaching gyms, a 24-hour library service and a wide variety of sport facilities.

The University also provides excellent learning resources, from private study rooms to high-spec IT suites and personalised academic support.

Solent's new sports building will be open from March 2019, with a range of state-of-the-art facilities open to students. 

Watch our video to find out more  

Learn from academics who are leaders in their field, well-known by employers and industry organisations.

Your future

Demand for practitioners skilled in clinical exercise rehabilitation, health nutrition, health promotion and behaviour change psychology has increased rapidly and a clear skills gap is now evident. Suitable areas for graduates include:

  • Nutrition advisor
  • Exercise rehabilitation specialist
  • Exercise referral co-ordinator
  • Sport/exercise community development
  • Health and exercise physiologist
  • Exercise and well-being advisor
  • Physiotherapist (MSc)
  • Specialist personal training
  • Clinical exercise physiology (MSc)
  • Public health practitioner
  • Self-employment
  • Sports science (MSc)
  • MSc / PhD Researcher/lecturer
  • NHS health trainer
  • Teacher (PGCE)

Industry links

Our unique clinical referral scheme and longstanding relationships with local health organisations enable us to provide you with work placements that are relevant to both your learning and your career goals. Our teaching staff sit on various steering groups including the Saints Foundation, Southampton Diabetes Forum and NHS exercise referral schemes. Many of our academics are leaders in their field and well-known by employers, creating direct links with the industry and increasing your employment prospects after graduation. 

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