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Solent University (Southampton)

Fitness and Personal Training

UCAS Code: FPT1

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

In combination with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits, 45 at Merit Level

In combination with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

In combination with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

112

A minimum of two A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.

In combination with other qualifications

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

Love sport and want to help improve the health and fitness of others? Southampton Solent’s fitness and personal training degree will help provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to make an impact in this growing industry.

This practical, career-focused course combines the latest in evidence-based training methods with high-level industry qualifications. Clearly defined pathway options in one of three specialist areas – exercise referral, soft tissue therapy and strength and conditioning - are aimed at producing fitness professionals with the higher level skills required to positively impact peoples’ lives, whatever their fitness goals.

Gaining real-world experience is integral to the course. Through the Solent PT scheme, students work with a member of the University’s staff for 15 weeks in their second year, putting together a personal training programme and working with them to achieve their fitness goals. This is repeated in the final year, where students work with two clients – one will have different goals to their previous client, and the other has to be recruited by the student through their own marketing initiative.

Students are encouraged to gain professional REPS qualifications alongside their degree studies. These qualifications are highly sought after by employers in the fitness industry.

Students have access to the University’s purpose-built teaching gym and use industry-standard equipment for the practical elements of their course. Physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories are also available for student use.

Past students have been able to build their practical experience by working with real clients. Students are supported to gain the additional professional qualifications sought after by the fitness industry.

Course graduates have gone on to work for large fitness chains such as David Lloyd and Virgin Active; and health organisations such as Nuffield Health. Graduates have also become personal trainers on a freelance basis.

Southampton Solent’s highly-practical fitness and personal training degree is perfect for those with a keen interest in health and fitness and who wish to pursue a career as a personal trainer, PE teacher or strength and conditioning coach.

Modules

Year one*Core units*Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology*Exercise Instruction and Coaching*Intro to Health and Exercise Psychology*Introduction to Physiology of Exercise*Client Testing and Training*Introduction to Human Nutrition*Introduction to Research and Academic Skills for Sport, Health & Exercise Science*Year two*Core units*Health and Exercise Psychology*Functional Movement and Corrective Exercise*Research Methods and Study Design *Advanced Personal Training *Advanced Training Applications
*Options*Pathway option, choose one from the following:*Exercise Referral*Soft Tissue Therapy *Strength and Conditioning
*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.*Year three*Core units*Professional Practice in Personal Training
*Innovative Training interventions*Options*Continuation of pathway option chosen at year two:*Clinical Exercise Programming *Advanced Soft Tissue Therapy*Advanced Strength and Conditioning*Choose one:*Research Project *Work Based Project*Choose one:
*Sports Nutrition and Performance *Applied Health and Exercise Psychology*
*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed using written assignments, practical simulations, in-course tests, case studies, reflective portfolios, group work, reports, presentations and examinations. You’ll also produce a DVD of yourself working with clients in a real-life setting, where your performance will be assessed.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Sport, Health and Social Sciences School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Sport and exercise sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sports and fitness occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sport and exercise sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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