Southampton Solent University
Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
Southampton Solent University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £21000 £25000
25-75 percentile range £18500 - £25000 £15500 - £25000 £20500 - £29500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Sport and Exercise Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22438 £20448 £24818
25-75 percentile range £18849 - £25991 £15981 - £24541 £19498 - £30391

Course Description

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.

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


MSc/PhD researcher/lecturer

Health promotion or public health practitioner

NHS health trainer


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.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) at Southampton Solent University

16% Managers, directors and senior officials
11% Elementary occupations
8% Animal care and control services
7% Sales occupations
6% Skilled trades occupations
6% Customer service occupations
5% Conservation and environment professionals
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
4% Teaching and Childcare Associate Professionals
4% Business and public service associate professionals

The course is assessed via a variety of methods including practical simulations, case studies, video submissions, blogs, reflective accounts, presentations and in-class tests.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

with 5.5 in each individual component.

TOEFL (iBT) 80

with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.

For information about applying to Solent as an International applicant, please visit

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £15000 year 1
International £15000 year 1
EU £16125 year 1
International £16125 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Southampton Solent University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Southampton Solent University in related subject specific rankings.

Sports Science

    • #41 
    • #53 
    Sports Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

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About Southampton Solent University

Solent University was established in 1855 in the City Centre of Southampton, South East England. This institution started out as a private Art school in 1856 and has since evolved into one of the most important HEIs in Southampton. Being so centrally located, students are within walking distance of most amenities in the city. Even so, the university provides more than sufficient facilities for students to find anything they need on-site. The Solent campus has a particularly active Student Union office, a great Student Hub for career or even personal advice, as well as a variety of popular restaurants.

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