Sports Strength and Conditioning (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Oxstalls, Gloucester

This masters degree offers the opportunity for students to learn and apply contemporary theoretical principles and scientific methodologies that enhance strength and conditioning practice.

The programme is designed to build on the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) award and the UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) award, to provide a necessary range of theoretical and practical experiences for a career as a strength and conditioning practitioner. The master’s degree programme offers a supportive, student-centred environment and ensures the highest quality research-informed teaching. In addition to world-class research facilities, the university boasts a recently renovated and dedicated strength and conditioning applied facility that can accommodate large groups of athletes simultaneously.  

Module Descriptions

  • Physiological Determinants of Athletic Performance - Examine the physiological mechanisms that underpin successful strategies to enhance performance
  • Monitoring Training and Recovery Processes in Elite Sport - Develop the skills required to create and operate monitoring strategies in athletic populations - Coaching Science and Performance Delivery Explore the importance of coaching science to the strength and conditioning coach’s skill set
  • Work-based project - Engage in a project that addresses personal and professional goals
  • Independent project - Conduct an independent investigation into a chosen area of study to deepen knowledge and understanding

Duration

Full-Time 1 year

Part-Time 2 years

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Study style

Assessment methods include exams, essays, critical review, presentation, scientific report writing, athlete reports, e-portfolio, proposal, student-led projects and a dissertation.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a sports science course or relevant subject
  • Or substantial experience within the strength and conditioning field
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

Fees

Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6500
Postgraduate Diploma £4330
Postgraduate Certificate £2165
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14250
Postgraduate Diploma £9500
Postgraduate Certificate £4750

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.

Careers

  • Elite and amateur-level strength and conditioning vocation
  • Strength and conditioning coach in specialist schools
  • Strength and conditioning vocation with a national governing body
  • Research and academia
  • Health and public sector
  • Private consultancy

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

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Staff Profile

Richard Clarke

I’m a qualified strength and conditioning coach, and an experienced practitioner, having worked for Gloucester Rugby and Bristol Academy of Sport, as well as being an accredited coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. I’m currently completing a PhD in injury risk and performance during changes of direction tasks and am interested in all aspects of coaching science and field-based training.

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 With the continued expansion of sports strength and conditioning provision around the UK, there is a growing need for highly qualified graduates in this field and for those already working within the setting to further extend their specialist strength and conditioning knowledge.
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 Builds on the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) award and the UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) award, to provide a necessary range of theoretical and practical experiences for a career as a strength and conditioning practitioner.
Two people training in a gym
 In addition to world-class research facilities, the university boasts a recently renovated and dedicated strength and conditioning applied facility that can accommodate large groups of athletes simultaneously.

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