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About the course

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

As you train to bridge the gap between the medical profession and the fitness industry you will be introduced to concepts of health alongside the pathology of 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 clients and medical 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 the Saints Foundation, Southampton Diabetes Forum and NHS exercise referral schemes.

Built-in professional accreditations and training allows you to gain even more value from your studies. Available qualifications currently include Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer, Exercise Referral, Cancer Rehabilitation, Working with Older Adults, Association for Nutrition certification, the NHS M.E.C.C qualification, Royal Society for Public Health membership, Basic Food Hygiene certification and NHS Motivational Interviewing training. You can also tailor your studies to your personal career ambitions, choosing from a range of specialist optional pathways.

Throughout your degree you’ll have access to a range of professional facilities including; specialist teaching gyms, a dedicated nutrition lab, a sports complex, our BASES-accredited exercise physiology laboratory, the award-winning ‘Spark’ teaching block and a 24-hour library service.

Our academic team are all highly experienced within the industry and have extensive teaching, research and professional backgrounds. This ensures your learning experience will be informed by the latest evidence-based research and industry developments. 

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

Solent is home to fantastic teaching gyms, sports facilities and specialist laboratories

What does this course lead to?

The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities in health, nutrition and exercise science.

  • Clinical exercise specialist
  • Exercise rehabilitation specialist
  • Exercise referral co-ordinator
  • Personal trainer
  • Online fitness coach
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Exercise and well-being advisor (NHS, Nuffield, Spire etc.)
  • Physiotherapist assistant / Physiotherapist (MSc)
  • Clinical exercise physiologist (MSc)
  • Public health practitioner
  • Health and exercise development officer
  • Self-employment
  • MSc/PhD researcher/lecturer
  • Health promotion or public health practitioner
  • NHS health trainer
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietician (MSc)

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 or anyone considering a change of career, this course offers you an ideal opportunity to make a real difference to the health of the nation.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry HN01
  • 4 Years Sport Foundation Year HN03

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry CB64
  • 4 Years Standard Entry HN02
  • 5 Years Sport Foundation Year HN04
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Compulsory costs:

Students will be required to purchase a Solent sports kit

Optional costs:

Active IQ additional qualifications (prices vary)

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.


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Key entry requirements

104-120 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 104 UCAS points.
  • One science subject, mathematics and English at GCSE, at grade 4 or above
  • Alternative entry is available through the Sport 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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:

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Sport Foundation Year route:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Research Methods
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Instruction
  • Public Health
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Physiology and Assessment of Health

Year two

Core modules
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Research Methods 

Options

Pathways:

  • Personal Training
  • Health and Exercise Science

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Public Health

Options

Continuing your pathways:

  • Personal Training
  • Health and Exercise Science

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Facilities

Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to use a range of high-quality facilities including:

Sports complex – featuring state of the art teaching gyms where all fitness qualifications and the majority of your real-world learning experiences take place.

Physiology lab - where you will learn and experience first-hand the equipment used to monitor and enhance human health and performance.

Nutrition lab – a purpose-built lab for all nutrition-based modules

Spark teaching block – award-winning teaching and learning facilities

Students get involved in real-world initiatives such as our award-winning Solent Personal Training, Solent Online Personal Training, Solent Nutrition and Solent Exercise Referral where you work with real clients to improve their health, fitness and wellbeing.

Your future

You can expect to secure employment in any of the following roles or you will be perfectly placed to pursue higher-level study in a variety of disciplines

  • Clinical exercise specialist
  • Exercise rehabilitation specialist
  • Exercise referral co-ordinator
  • Personal trainer
  • Online fitness coach
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Exercise and well-being advisor (NHS, Nuffield, Spire etc.)
  • Physiotherapist assistant / Physiotherapist (MSc)
  • Clinical exercise physiologist (MSc)
  • Public health practitioner
  • Health and exercise development officer
  • Self-employment
  • MSc/PhD researcher/lecturer
  • Health promotion or public health practitioner
  • NHS health trainer
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietician (MSc)

Industry links

The course team have extensive links with both national and local employers, many of whom offer placements and deliver regular guest lectures.

Recent examples include:

  • Nuffield Health
  • Winchester exercise referral scheme
  • Healthworks, Eastleigh
  • Romsey Rapids exercise rehab scheme
  • Southampton NHS trust
  • Brightside Personal Training
  • The Gym
  • Virgin Active
  • David Lloyd
  • SUSTRANS
  • Project R Personal Training
  • Eastleigh Health Works Exercise Referral
  • Focussed Personal Training
  • Steiner Cruises (the onboard spa)

Graduate profiles

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Get ready to find your place

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