Clinical Exercise Science at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Course summary

This course explores the science behind physical health and exercise, focussing on the impact it has on individuals with clinical disease. You'll also have excellent opportunities to also explore the prevalence, causes and pathophysiology of a range of physiological and mental-health disorders, population health and psychological wellbeing. On this course, you'll explore both the scientific and applied aspects of clinical exercise science using industry standard facilities, to evaluate and diagnose individuals and to carry out research-led practice. You'll be able to work in clinical settings with real patients experiencing a range of conditions. Our established and unique collaborations with a number of health practitioners, charities, and organisations such as, University Hospital Southampton (UHS), Macmillan Cancer Support, Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation, provide 'real-world' and applied learning opportunities to enhance your employability skills. In addition to external placements, we also offer in-house placement opportunities through Solent Exercise Referral. In partnership with Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG and a range of local initiatives, such as the Saints Foundation, the scheme provides a holistic health and wellbeing ‘hub’ which serves the Southampton and West Hampshire regions with provision such as gym and class-based exercise, nutrition and weight management information, smoking cessation, cooking classes and specialist training programmes for a range of clinical conditions - all delivered by students. In order to gain the prerequisite experience and qualifications that will allow you to work with clinical patients, the course features a number of embedded accreditations that will allow you to get certified in the field. These include:

  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • WRIGHT Foundation Level 4 Cardiac Phase IV Rehabilitation
The real-world content and professional competencies delivered on this course will ensure successful graduates have the transferable skills to secure employment in a variety of exciting and diverse roles. These could include clinical physiologist, health adviser, clinical exercise specialist, health and wellbeing physiologist, exercise referral coordinator, PhD researcher or an NHS trainee clinical scientist


  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
This module will provide a critical understanding of the prevalence, aetiology and pathophysiology of clinical health disorders such as cancer, stroke and dementia. Students will also become competent in providing exercise prescription and programming for a range of clinical populations and gain real-world, applied practical skills.
  • Research Methods and Statistics
This module will provide students with a critical understanding of how research is conducted and how data is handled and analysed.
  • Exercise Wellbeing and Health Psychology
This module will provide a real-world insight into health-related psychological behaviours and relevant behaviour change interventions. Students will also be introduced to the economic, political, social and psychosocial aspects of clinical disease and the role of exercise in health promotion initiatives.
  • Laboratory-Based Exercise Testing and Diagnosis
Students will learn how to carry out a range of exercise and clinical testing procedures, such as electrocardiography, blood pressure, respiratory assessments, and blood analysis. Students will learn how to clinically assess a client, perform the appropriate testing procedure, collect and analyse data, and provide a detailed diagnosis.
  • Independent Research Project
This module provides the opportunity for independent study in an area of relevance and interest.
  • Clinical Placement
Involves a 250-hour clinical placement which is underpinned by research-led practice. The placement will provide you with the experience and opportunity to work alongside industry professionals in a clinical work environment.

How to apply

International applicants

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: - IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with no component score below 5.5 - TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking - Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. Pre-Sessional English programme The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

Entry requirements

Relevant honours degree at 2:2 or above and/or an equivalent professional qualification. All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £15300 Year 1
EU £15300 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £15300 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact [email protected]. The 2023/24 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been: Compulsory costs - DBS( if student placement with vulnerable adults) - Potentially Hepatitis B immunisation (TBC)

Sponsorship information

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.

Clinical Exercise Science at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS