Are you looking to pursue a career in sport and exercise therapy? Want to gain the academic skills to study an undergraduate degree in this field? Southampton Solent University’s foundation year in sport health and exercise science will help build prepare you to make the transition to a full honours degree. This course is also ideal for students who may not have traditional qualifications or who have been away from formal education for a while, by helping them to get back into academic study and equip them with the specialised knowledge to progress to an undergraduate degree. Students study the fundamentals of sport health and exercise therapy through a variety of themes, including leadership, fitness foundations, the sport industry, sport and exercise science contemporary sports issues, and volunteering. In addition to the core academic units, students also have the opportunity to gain professional fitness qualifications (REPS) and coaching qualifications (NGB) alongside their studies. All of the University’s sports courses place a strong emphasis on employability, and students on the sport health and exercise science foundation year have the opportunity to build practical skills and gain valuable real world experience working with our degree students by volunteering on local community projects. Successful completion of the sport health and exercise science foundation year will provide a pathway on to the degree in Applied Sport Science. This degree specialises in physiological, psychological and biomechanical theories, focusing on how these can be used to enhance human performance. You’ll be able to put these theories into practice in the University’s industry-standard labs, as well as through opportunities for internships. You can also specialise in your third year, allowing you to hone your expertise further. To complement their degree studies, students are encouraged to prepare for BASES and UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) professional accreditation and join Level 2 of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), with the option to attain Level 3. This combination of academic and industry qualifications can help students build their professional network and increase employability upon graduation. To help prepare students for a career in the sports industry, the University encourages a practical, hands-on approach. The course team’s background in sport science research and their strong industry links have given past students the opportunity to undertake optional internships with the University’s partner Southampton FC and a range of other top sports organisations, including a number of professional football and rugby clubs, Hampshire Cricket, Spire Hospital, and local athletics clubs. Those aspiring to be teachers have been able to gain experience through school placements and after-hours sports clubs. The course team’s links with the industry have also provided past students opportunities to attend guest lectures. Recent speakers have included international sport scientists from the English Institute of Sport, international cricket and premiership football, and from GB squads such as wheelchair rugby, sailing and basketball.