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Southampton Solent University

Health and Fitness Management with Placement

UCAS Code: HFM2

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

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

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits 45 at Merit Level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

D*D*

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

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

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

UCAS Tariff

112

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent. GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade C / 4 in English Language, Maths and two sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or double science equivalents) and at least one appropriate science subject at A Level equivalent. A levels that relate to the course content and ethos are also favourable.

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

This bespoke industry focussed course is specifically designed for the health and fitness industry. From exercise instruction and coaching, fitness technology and operations management to strategic marketing, this course will prepare you for one of the fastest growing industry sectors in the world.

Gaining real-world experience is key to the course. To complement and build upon the knowledge gained while studying for their degree, students are required to undertake a four-week work experience placement, designed to expose them to a real life working environment, whether it be with a large fitness operator, a small independent club, local authority, budget gym operator or other organisation.

The course provides students with the opportunity to gain entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at the start of their degree - essential for any qualified fitness professional. REPS-accredited industry recognised awards are also embedded within the course.

Students also have the opportunity to be a part of the Solent PT initiative, working for an extended period with external clients, made up of Solent university staff. Involvement in the initiative begins in the second year and progresses through to the final year of study. At this stage, students are expected to produce their own business and marketing plan to target and recruit clients with goals that match their specific areas of training expertise and interests.

To support the academic units delivered within the degree, students will have the opportunity to hear from a range of guest speakers from the health and fitness industry, some of whom are graduates from Solent’s health and exercise sciences programme.

Students are taught by a wide range of specialists, most of whom have extensive health and fitness industry and/or personal training experience. The teaching team also have experience working with awarding bodies, sector skills councils, training providers and REPs, as well as some who are active researchers and published authors in a range of fitness topics.

This course delivers the focused skills and knowledge you need for a variety of careers within the dynamic fitness industry, whether working for yourself or managing a team.

Previous students on Solent’s health and exercise science programmes have gone on to roles at Nuffield Health, Brightside Personal Training, The Gym, Virgin Active and David Lloyd.

This course will suit those who wish to work in this growing industry, in a range of personal training, fitness, exercise or management roles.

Modules

Year one
*Core units

*Exercise Instruction and Coaching
*Client Testing and Training
*Management Principles
*Marketing Principles
*Introduction to Research & Academic Skills for Sport, Health & Exercise Science
*Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
*Organisational Behaviour

*Year two
*Core units

*Advanced Personal Training
*Fitness Technology
*Operations Management
*Applied Marketing Practice
*Research Methods
*Placement

*Year three
*Core units

*Professional Practice in Personal Training
*Business Start Up
*Strategic Management
*Strategic Marketing

Assessment methods

This course is assessed using written assignments, practical simulations, in-course tests, case studies, reflective portfolios, group work, reports, presentations and examinations.

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:

Southampton Solent University

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.

77%
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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

88%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C
324

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.

£18,070
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Sports and fitness occupations
5%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
5%
Welfare and housing 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.

Biological and sport 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.

£15k

£15k

£17k

£17k

£24k

£24k

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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