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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 REPs 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 units.

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 (due for completion in 2018).

Placement year Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities 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?

An academic background that relates to the content of the course is favourable, and students are expected to have completed two GCSEs (or equivalent) in sciences (chemistry, biology, physics or double science). 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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year CB60
  • 3 Years Standard Entry CC60

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry CB64
  • 5 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year C615
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 costs were:

Compulsory costs:

  • Kit, Solent t-shirt or polo shirt: £22.95.
  • Apron: £14.95 (as of 2016/17).
  • Level 2 food safety and hygiene certificate:£15 +VAT
  • Year one: Compulsory professional body endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs): £300
  • Year two: Optional professional body endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs): £200
  • Year three: Optional professional body endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs): £100

Optional costs:

  • Additional kit: 2016/17 prices available here.
  • Students who undertake placements with children or vulnerable adults will require a DBS check: £55.

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

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Mathematics and English at GCSE, at grade C or above.
  • 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.

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
  • 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.


92%

of students feel that staff are good at explaining things

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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
  • Gym Instruction
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • Physiology and Assessment of Health Status
  • Introduction to Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Research and Academic Skills for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

Year two

Core units
  • Exercise Referral
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Obesity and Weight Management
  • Developing Innovative Health and Physical Activity Programmes
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Research Skills for Health, Nutrition and Exercise

Year three

Core units
  • Clinical Exercise Programming

Options

Choose 3 of 4

  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Professional Practice in Nutrition
  • Delivering Innovative Health and Physical Activity Interventions
  • Applied Health and Exercise Psychology

Choose 1 of 2

  • Dissertation
  • Work Based Project

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

Support

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

Key figures

8%

Written exams

77%

Assessment by coursework

15%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

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Lee Turner academic profile Lee Turner Associate Lecturer View profile
Lucy Glen academic profile Lucy Glen 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.

Facilities

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.

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Health training
  • Lifestyle planning
  • Diet
  • Personal training
  • Public health
  • Clinical exercise science

96%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

59%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

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 Macmillan, 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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