• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Aldershot
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Aimed at serving Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors (RAPTCIs), Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructors (PTIs), and Royal Navy/Royal Marine Physical Trainers (PTs), our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning (Armed Forces) will equip you with the necessary sports science knowledge and practical strength and conditioning skills needed to optimise the health, wellbeing and physical preparedness of service personnel.

Building upon your current knowledge, skills and experience you will develop your practical coaching, research and critical thinking abilities in order to critique, synthesise and apply the latest sport science research within your own practice. On the course, you will develop an understanding of the concepts, theories, and techniques which underpin effective strength and conditioning practice. Areas of study will include biomechanics, physiology, sports psychology, nutrition, applied strength and conditioning, performance analysis, research skills, skill acquisition and learning, sports injury and rehabilitation, topical issues in strength and conditioning and the application of strength and conditioning in tactical populations.

Bucks is already successful at developing and delivering flexible and applied programmes, specific for the needs of military students, so you can rest assured you’ll be receiving a high-quality education. Furthermore, the University is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and is registered as a Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme Administration Service (ELCAS) training provider.

For details on how to apply please email  jonpaul.nevin@bucks.ac.uk

Course Details

This course provides a flexible, undergraduate programme for suitably qualified RAPTCI’s, Royal Air Force PTI’s and Royal Navy/Royal Marine PT’s. The programme content has been aligned to the core knowledge, skills and professional standard requirements of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standard framework and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

This degree is offered in a part-time, flexible and distributed learning format delivered over a 24-month period starting in September. This is to ensure your learning accommodates for the particular needs of service life. Modules on the course are delivered in a sequential format and are delivered through blended learning methods which include monthly residential study weekends, online tutorials, self-study distance learning and a combination of written assignments, practical exams and a research project. Depending upon the specific module residential study weekends will be held at either Buckinghamshire New Universities, High Wycombe Campus or  the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT) located in Aldershot, Hampshire. You will also be taught by highly experienced lecturers, including the course leader for this programme who is an ex-RAPTCI with over 15-years military experience.


What are the course entry requirements?

This course is open to RAPTCIs, Royal Air Force PTIs, and Royal Navy/Royal Marine PT’s who are qualified in trade. All applicants from these service branches will be eligible to commence this programme at Level 5.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1

  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Applied Sport & Performance Psychology
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise
  • Performance Analysis in Sport
  • Research in Sport and Exercise

Year 2

  • Research Dissertation
  • Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning
  • Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £4,100 per year

Part Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £4,100 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Upon competition of the programme, as a graduate you will be encouraged to sit the UKSCA accreditation assessment and the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. In addition, students who graduate with a 1st or 2nd class BSc (Hons) will also be well prepared for postgraduate study at MSc level, such as our MSc Sports Performance course.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

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