Sports Strength and Conditioning (BSc Hons)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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*Please note: from September 2021, this course will be known as Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation*

Our sports courses are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects and the top 25 for spend per student in sport according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

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 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

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Study style

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

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Monitoring and Data Use in Sport' to 'Performance Profiling & Data Analysis'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

112 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

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

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeC611
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageC617


  • 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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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.

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. 

School of Sport and Exercise

Our School of Sport and Exercise degrees are based in our new international-standard sports arena and state-of-the-art labs. You'll be challenged and supported by experienced coaches, therapists and scientists, building strong skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

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