Strength and conditioning

​​Thinking about studying strength and conditioning at university?

Studying for a strength and conditioning qualification can be fun and rewarding, while also giving you a robust and valuable set of transferable skills.

You’ll engage with athletes in a variety of sporting contexts to push them to their peak-performance, and work as part of a team with a number of other sports practitioners including coaches, therapists and scientists.

Studying strength and conditioning at university will increase your confidence and give you the strong practical skillset you’ll need to land your dream job after graduation.

Strength and conditioning courses

There are a number of strength and conditioning qualifications that you can choose to study at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Sports Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

Our sport strength and conditioning degree gives you the opportunity to work with top athletes from a variety of different sporting backgrounds. You’ll push them to their peak performance in our purpose-built strength and conditioning facilities and undertake needs analysis, implement testing procedures and design periodised training programmes.

Our BSC strength and conditioning 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.

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Sports Strength and Conditioning MSc

Sports Strength and Conditioning MSc is a postgraduate qualification that offers the opportunity 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.

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Strength and conditioning careers

Strength & conditioning courses give you a number of skills and a wealth of knowledge that can support a number of different careers upon graduation. You could becoming a strength and conditioning coach and work with professional sports teams, national governing bodies, clubs and academies.

Studying for one of our postgraduate sports conditioning courses would enable you to become an active researcher within the field of sports strength and conditioning, and furthering your studies with a PGCE qualification would allow you to become a fully qualified teacher.

Why choose to study a strength and conditioning degree at the University of Gloucestershire?

Our strength and conditioning degree programs sit within the larger School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire. Our sports courses are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects and the top 25 for spend per student in sports according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

As a strength and conditioning university student, you can make use of our cutting-edge strength and conditioning facilities – including our gym and strength and conditioning suite. We also have close links with a number of professional sports teams including Bristol Rugby Academy and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club - giving you the opportunity to get hands-on experience with professional athletes.

The next steps

Interested in studying strength and conditioning at university and applying for one of our strength and conditioning courses? Applications for undergraduate strength and conditioning degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate strength and conditioning degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

Find out more about applying for a strength and conditioning undergraduate degree

Find out more about applying for a strength and conditioning postgraduate degree