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About the course

Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), this degree is founded upon the underlying principles of physiology, psychology and biomechanics. The course combines these scientific principles with highly practical skills, helping to prepare you for a career in the sport and exercise science industry.

Modules and assessments have been created to develop key employability skills such as communicating scientific results; teaching and developing specific skills with athletes; and planning, organising and conducting research projects. To complement your degree studies, you’ll be encouraged to prepare for BASES and UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) professional accreditation.

To help prepare you for a career in the sports industry, an applied and hands-on approach is encouraged. Through professional placements and applied practice you will gain first-hand experience of working with teams and athletes in a high-performance environment. With support and mentoring from the course team, past students have provided sport science support to Premiership rugby and football players, Olympic athletes, and national teams. 

Throughout your degree you’ll have access to a range of professional facilities such as our specialist BASES-accredited laboratories (physiology, biomechanics and psychology), a £28m sports complex, 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. 

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

You’ll learn from a teaching team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities in sport and exercise science, across every sport imaginable. You could work with professional, elite or Olympic athletes, ensuring they maintain peak fitness in world-class competitions, or with hospitals and health organisations to develop training and recovery programmes for patients suffering injury or disability. You could also work with schools or even teach, developing fitness programmes and encouraging the next generation of athletes to excel.

  • Sport scientist
  • Sport and exercise physiologist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sport and exercise biomechanist
  • Mental skills coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Exercise coach
  • Sports coach
  • Sport and exercise technician
  • Teaching (primary, secondary and tertiary)
  • MSc/PhD researcher/lecturer
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Sports nutritionist

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone with a passion for sport and exercise, in particular the science behind athletic performance. Applications from mature students looking for a change of career are particularly welcomed.

Facts and figures

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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

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

Compulsory costs:
Students must purchase a Solent sports kit.

Optional costs:
Students may have the chance to undertake optional Active IQ qualifications alongside their studies.

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

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum two completed A-levels with science A-Levels preferred, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • GCSE Maths, Science and English grade 4 or above.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Sport Foundation Year.
  • All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • 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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 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 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
  • Research Methods
  • Exercise Instruction and Coaching
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Skill Acquisition and Motor Learning

Year two

Core modules
  • Assessment and Programme Development in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Physiological Testing in Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Techniques in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport, Health and Exercise Science 


  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Performance Analysis
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Mind-Body Connections

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Individual Project
  • Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Physiology
  • Professional Practice in Biomechanics


  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Advanced Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Physical Education and Learning
  • Sports Nutrition

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

Francesca Gwynne academic profile Francesca Gwynne Course Leader View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Senior Lecturer View profile
Louis Langdown academic profile Louis Langdown Senior Lecturer View profile
Adam Lewis academic profile Adam Lewis Senior Lecturer View profile
James Wright academic profile James Wright Senior Lecturer View profile
Conor Power academic profile Conor Power Lecturer View profile
Dr Emma Mosley academic profile Emma Mosley Lecturer View profile
Lee Turner academic profile Lee Turner Lecturer View profile
Lee Bridgeman academic profile Lee Bridgeman Lecturer View profile
Russell Discombe academic profile Russell Discombe Lecturer View profile
Kate Thorp academic profile Kate Thorp 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.


Sports complex – featuring 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.  

Physiology lab - our physiology laboratory is accredited by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), confirming the high professional standards of the lab's facilities, equipment, procedures and staffing. BASES is widely recognised as the leading UK professional body in sport and exercise sciences.

Biomechanics lab - our purpose-built biomechanics laboratory boasts a range of up-to-date specialised equipment including a state-of-the-art motion capture system that allows athletes' movements to be captured in great detail and accuracy, recording at over 500 samples per second. This can be used in conjunction with force data taken from the force plate embedded in the floor, which enables highly portable force transducers or even muscle activations to be recorded by our portable EMG systems.

Sport and exercise psychology lab – featuring specialist equipment such as the Tobi Pro Eye-Tracking System, Batak reaction wall, Basin reaction timers, Stabilometer, eMotion Faro 180 and virtual reality devices and software. 


You’ll get involved in applied real-world initiatives working alongside athletes of different levels to enhance their performance.

Your future

You can expect to secure employment in any of the following roles:

  • Sport scientist
  • Sport and exercise physiologist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Biomechanist
  • Mental skills coach
  • Exercise coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Sport and exercise technician

You’ll also be perfectly placed to pursue higher-level study in a variety of disciplines.

Industry links

Many of our course team are currently involved in sport science support with a range of professional and national sporting organisations (England Netball, Southampton Football Club and the Saints Foundation). These links support course development by keeping staff up-to-date with best practice and provide ‘real world’ evidence for students to benefit from.

Other members of staff are accredited by the UK’s professional body (BASES) and have the capacity to supervise students on the BASES’ Supervised Experience scheme.

Having such strong links with the subject’s professional body ensure that developments in the course provision can be more easily matched with the recommendations and requirements of relevant organisations within the industry. Key industry guest speakers have delivered lectures on contemporary issues within the sport and exercise science industry.

Additionally, in 2021 Solent University hosted the BASES Student Conference, where world-leading experts will present their research, and elite performers (including those competing at Olympic/Paralympic Games) will discuss how they prepare for competition.


Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day