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What is Sports Strength and Conditioning PgCert?

With the continued expansion of sports strength and conditioning provision around the UK, there’s a growing need for highly qualified graduates in this field – and for those already working to further extend their specialist strength and conditioning knowledge.

On this Master’s you’ll 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.

Study style

You can study full-time for a year or part-time over two years.

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

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Entry requirements

    • You should hold at least a  2.2 Bachelors degree with honours.

    • Or substantial experience within the strength and conditioning field

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Students usually support themselves through a postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at moneyadvice@glos.ac.uk or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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Join a supportive community of learners

The Master’s degree programme offers a student-centred environment and ensures the highest quality research-informed teaching.

Study in high quality facilities

In addition to world-class research facilities, the university has a recently renovated and dedicated strength and conditioning facility that can accommodate large groups of athletes simultaneously.

Push your possible with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in a subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

Discover the benefits of studying a master’s degree.

"I provide an evidence-based approach to practice"

“I am a member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC). As a practicing Strength & Conditioning coach I aim to bring the passion and experience I have to my undergraduate teaching. I hope to provide a solid evidence-based approach to practice.”

Jonathan Hughes, Academic Course Leader for MSc Sports Strength and Conditioning

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