Exercise and Fitness Management BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Exercise and Fitness Management
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.
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 to evaluate the technique of exercise
- 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.
What can you do with an Exercise and Fitness Management degree?
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.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
(This may be different if you're studying this course part time.)
Core modules in this year include:
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Sport, Business and Management
Core modules in this year include:
- Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health
- Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects
- Sports Business Management
- Strength and Conditioning for Sport, Exercise and Health
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Advanced Exercise Physiology
- Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
- Physical Activity and Exercise for Healthy Ageing
- Sports Facility Management
You'll also have the option to undertake the REPs Level 2 Gym Instructor vocational qualification.
On this course, you can choose an optional placement year between your 2nd and 3rd year of studies or after your 3rd year.
During the study abroad placement year, you'll experience life at a university in another country. Alternatively, you can spend a year developing your experience in industry in the UK or abroad with the work placement year.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Sports Nutrition
- Advanced Strength and Conditioning
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Applications of Exercise Physiology
- Biomechanics in Practice
- Introduction to Teaching
- Marketing and Promotion of Sport
- Professional Development
- Sport Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing
You'll also have the option to undertake the REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer 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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- 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.
Either before or following your third year, you have the option to choose a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as Professional Sports Clubs, Sports Injuries Clinics, Schools, the NHS and in Universities.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you find the coaching roles, placements, internships and voluntary roles that will help you to kick-start your ideal career and complement what you’ll be learning on the course.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory work
- 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
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Law and Business degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's 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
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
Learning support tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty 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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.
BSc (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,080 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £7,150 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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – C602
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
Apply for this part-time 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 or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.