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Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement, 6 years part-time
Start Date
September 2019


Do you want to turn your interest in exercise and fitness into a rewarding career?

On this BSc (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management degree course, you’ll build scientific understanding and managerial skills that’ll set you up as a professional in fitness management, personal training or nutrition. You'll also have the skills to work in sports event management and sports science or set up your own business in the health sector.

Professional recognition

This course is endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) to provide Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym-based exercise), Level 3 Personal Training and Level 3 Exercise Referral.

REPs is the independent public register for qualified professionals. Membership of a body such as REPs is a requirement of the UKactive Code of Practice and assures employers that you have the right skills to do the job.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

On this degree course you’ll:

  • Develop knowledge in anatomy, physiology and management and specialise in areas that interest you most
  • Make the most of our gym and fitness studios and use specialist facilities such as our motion capture systems
  • Learn from industry experts and staff who are accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
  • Have the opportunity to work with sports clubs and organise and market events in the local community such as the Great South Run
  • Develop your CV, by adding REPs professional qualifications alongside your studies

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or further training that puts your skills to work.

You could work in areas such as:

  • NHS health work
  • personal training
  • health and fitness training and promotion
  • teaching and education
  • event management

The business skills you will develop on this course also allow you to work in areas such as event management consultancy or set up your own business in the health sector. You'll be set to do postgraduate study in exercise and sport science or management too.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

A unique aspect of my course that I haven't seen offered by any other university is the ability to gain industry-relevant qualifications such as the fitness instructor and personal training award.

Teamo Franco, BSc (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management degree course

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

(This may be different if you're studying this course part time.)

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Business Principles
  • Sports Events Organisation
  • Introduction to Fitness Training and Assessment
  • Introduction to Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Research Methods 1

You'll also have the option to undertake the REPs Level 2 Gym Instructor vocational qualification

Core units in this year include:

  • Innovation and Enterprise in Sport
  • Foundations of Sports Nutrition
  • Advanced Fitness Training and Assessment
  • Research Methods 2

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Sports Event Management
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • The Science of Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Tools of Biomechanical Analysis

You'll also have the option to undertake the REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer vocational qualification

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Project
  • Physical Activity Prescription and Promotion
  • Sports Marketing and Sponsorship

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Paediatric Exercise and Health
  • Physiological Approaches to Training and Assessment
  • Applied Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Professional Development

You'll also have the option to undertake the REPs Level 3 Exercise Referrals vocational qualification.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • laboratory work
  • tutorials
  • field work
  • practical sessions
  • self directed study

There's an emphasis on putting the skills you learn to work, and developing communication, time management and team working skills that are valuable to your future career.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • exams
  • essays
  • client reports
  • individual and group presentations
  • practical exercises
  • business reports

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students40% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 53% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by written exams, 32% by practical exams and 51% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 12% by written exams, 30% by practical exams and 58% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

Full time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Part time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,080 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £6,950 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll have to pay for meals and other living costs while completing compulsory fieldwork, amounting to £50–£1000. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by your course fee.

You’ll need to contribute towards the cost of optional fieldwork programmes, which usually come to £50–£1000.

You may need to a pay a returnable deposit for some field trips to ensure attendance. For day trips, this deposit is £20. For trips that last several days and require overnight stay, the deposit is £50. The deposit for these trips will be returned to you after the trip.

If you take an optional placement unit or placement year, you’ll need to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs will vary depending on the duration and location of the placement. The cost will usually be £50–£1000.

If you take an optional professional qualification unit on this course, you’ll need to make a contribution of £250 towards to cost.


How to apply

If you want to start this course in 2019, you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – C602
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Apply for this course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.


How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.