BSc (Hons) Strength and ConditioningC632

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three years full-time
  • Become a well-rounded strength and conditioning expert and stand out in your field with our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning course. As with all our programmes, it’s been specifically developed to deliver all the skills and knowledge which potential employers are looking for, boosting graduates’ employability and confidence in entering the workplace.

    This dynamic course hinges on the relatively new scientific concepts surrounding performance optimisation. Our state-of-the-art laboratory and world-class sports centre are each equipped with industry-standard gear, prepping you for real-life experience from day one.

    Because the course is designed in line with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), our students enjoy extensive opportunities to pick up professional qualifications during their course, further enhancing their employability on completion.

    This focused area of sport science support helps students understand the theories and science behind preparing an athlete for competition. Graduates will be well placed for a career in working with elite sports performers in the UK. In fact, there have been more strength and conditioning coaches employed in recent times by the home country institutes than any other member of the athlete support team.

    The course supplies you with all the skills and expertise needed to determine and analyse the unique needs of an athlete, and how to assess their initial performance levels. The result is the valuable ability to develop and execute training plans which boost an athlete’s abilities while protecting them from injury.

    As part of the course, students enjoy exciting opportunities to work with individual and team sport athletes, while being mentored by accredited coaches. Our state-of-the-art laboratory and conditioning facility includes a climatic chamber that will allow you to experience varying environmental conditions including altitude, extreme heat and cold.

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Foundations of human movement
  • Introduction to sport, exercise and health psychology
  • Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise
  • Strength & conditioning principles for sport and exercise
  • Academic, personal & professional development
  • Foundations of applied practice in sport & exercise science
2nd Year
  • Performance & technique analysis for sport
  • Sport and exercise physiology
  • Applied strength & conditioning I
  • Applied strength & conditioning II
  • Work-based learning
  • Research analysis in sport, exercise & health science
3rd Year
  • Performance biomechanics
  • Applied exercise physiology
  • Advances in strength & conditioning
  • Nutrition for strength & conditioning
  • Honours project

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The successful completion of the programme will give the graduate the skills necessary to work in a variety of careers including; strength and conditioning coach, fitness instructor and personal trainer. Some graduates go on to become strength and conditioning interns at professional level clubs such as Exeter City FC, Plymouth Argyle FC and Cornish Pirates RFC.

Others become high performance strength and conditioning specialists within the private gym sector. Students may also be able to progress on to MSc programmes in Strength and Conditioning or Sport and Health Sciences or may be eligible for MSc Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy (pre-registration) courses.

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Course Leader

The course is led by Caroline Westwood (who is accredited to the UKSCA and NSCA), working alongside Dr Lance Doggart and Dr Joe Layden. This enthusiastic team of strength and conditioning experts offers ample industry experience and know-how to students, as well as research specialisms including thermal physiology, injury prevention, lower limb biomechanics and military health and fitness.


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