Sports Strength and Conditioning (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Check out our plans for a new sports park at our Oxstalls campus. These breathtaking facilities will include two all-weather pitches, dedicated pitches for rugby, hockey and football, a cricket pavilion and sports hall.

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Learn in purpose-built facilities

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Push top athletes to their peak performance in our purpose-built strength and conditioning facilities. You will have opportunities to gain first-rate experience through our links with professional sports teams such as our All Golds Rugby League team, Bristol Rugby Academy and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

You'll undertake needs analysis on athletes, implement testing procedures and design periodised training programmes. Over half of your learning will be focused on specialist strength and conditioning practices. Optional modules mean you can pursue your interests in areas such as nutrition, sports injuries or performance analysis.

This degree is professionally accredited with the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), a world-leading membership organisation for elite sportspeople, and follows the UKSCA’s (UK Strength and Conditioning Association) quality standards.

You will work with other  other practitioners including coaches, sports therapists and sports scientist to develop the skills needed to work as part of a team. At graduation you will be prepared to move into a professional multi-disciplinary environment.

With priority use of our strength and conditioning suite, you’ll be able to develop your coaching skills at every opportunity. Our facilities are free for students to use. Our suite has been used by the UKSCA and British weightlifting teams and is the ideal training environment. You can see our facilities at our open day.

*BSc full-time 3 year degree

Study style

The course involves a substantial amount of practical study alongside coursework, presentations, case studies and both theoretical and practical exams.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

ABB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeC611


  • Strength and conditioning coach with professional sports teams, national governing bodies (NGBs), clubs and academies
  • Research career
  • Teacher (via PGCE)

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Student Focus

Will Whitney

I have a real sense of pride and satisfaction working for one of the top rugby clubs in the West Midlands.

I started as an intern last year. I got it though the university. I was then offered a permanent position. The knowledge from my degree is imperative to my work. I worked with scholarship athletes including a GB American Football player. We used high-level equipment. We studied speed and agility, plyometrics and Olympic weightlifting, all of which I use today. I never thought I’d get a first. The support I got from my tutors set me up for it.

Industry links

Students have recently completed work placements with the Swiss Netball Team, Bristol Rugby Academy, Swindon Town Football Club and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Students regularly undertake testing on professional teams to help inform training programmes and reduce the risk of injury.

This degree is professionally accredited with the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), a world-leading membership organisation for elite sportspeople, and follows the UKSCA’s (UK Strength and Conditioning Association) quality standards.  Our students achieve industry accreditations and become top strength and conditioning coaches.

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No 1 Strength and Conditioning* course in the UK for student satisfaction

Small practical and seminar sessions combined with regular contact with strength and conditioning tutors will ensure you reach your full potential. *BSc full-time 3 year degree (Unistats 2016) 

A highly-focused strength and conditioning programme

The majority of modules are dedicated solely to strength and conditioning, delivered by experienced, accredited coaches. The remainder of your modules will cover the underlying principles of sport science allowing you to develop a comprehensive suite of skills to become a well-rounded practitioner.

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Extensive access to purpose-built facilities

You'll learn in our purpose-built strength and conditioning facilities. These have 'open access' for students, offering extensive opportunities for you to develop your skills and experiences through applied practice. 

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