Are you interested in working in professional sport? Are you interested in the science and methods used to optimise human performance? Or do you aspire to help athletes perform to their highest potential?
Our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning degree combines underlying scientific principles from the sport science disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports coaching together with practical strength and conditioning training methods to develop the knowledge and skills required by the contemporary strength and conditioning practitioner.
Accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and closely mapped to the new United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standards, on this course you will:
- Learn in state-of-the-art facilities, including our Human Performance Laboratory (HPL)
- Develop a critical understanding of the fundamental principles which underpin strength and conditioning practice
- Learn to safely and effectively coach a wide range of strength and conditioning training methods including weightlifting, resistance, plyometric, speed, agility, aerobic, anaerobic and mobility training
- Learn how to analyse and evaluate performance needs
- Design and deliver training programmes with the goals of improving health and wellbeing, optimising performance and minimising the likelihood of injury
- Be able to work with all levels, from the recreational exerciser to the elite athlete
- Have the chance to work in a range of applied settings including; local sports clubs and their athletes, in schools and in the wider community.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: CC63
In year one, you will study modules that introduce you to the various sports science sub-disciplines and lay the academic knowledge and practical skills foundations that will underpin later years. Your second-year builds upon the first year with more applied modules that advance your knowledge across all of the sport science sub-disciplines including the practical application of various strength and conditioning training methods. During your third year you will develop more in-depth strength and conditioning knowledge including training programme design, sports injury rehabilitation, working with tactical populations and the delivery of strength and conditioning to disabled athletes.
Enhancing your employability when you graduate, you will also have the opportunity to practice in a professional working environment, with work placement opportunities available at several local sports clubs and at a number of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 universities in the United States.
You may also have an opportunity to works with athletes on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). Finally, to compliment your studies, you will be encouraged to prepare for UKSCA accreditation assessment and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam upon graduation.
Throughout your course you'll learn through a range of methods including practical sessions, debates and observations, as well as formal lectures and interactive seminars. You'll have opportunities to work on small group projects which will help develop your problem-solving skills, and you'll also be encouraged to take part in independent learning, so you keep up to date with the latest research. Whatever your learning style, you will be assessed in a variety of ways, ensuring you're able to develop your skills in different areas.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
- Bioenergetics of Human Movement
- Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
- Foundations of Exercise Physiology
- Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise Science
- Foundations of Biomechanics
- Weightlifting for Sports Performance
Year 2 Modules
- Coaching and Athlete Development
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Applied Exercise Physiology
- Sports Nutrition
- Biomechanics and Kinesiology
- Performance Analysis in Sport
- Principles of Training for Speed and Agility
- Periodization and Programming for Sports Performance
Year 3 Modules
- Contemporary Coaching Issues
- Research Dissertation
- Working with a Client
- Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
- Applied Performance Analysis in Sport
- Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport and Physical Education
- Exercise Referrals
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2019-2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2019-2020: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks
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The course is very enjoyable and involving and lecturers keep the course light-hearted and engaging and make the learning material very easy to digest. The lecturers themselves are very down to earth and encourage student / lecturer interaction.
The best bits of the course are the practical aspects. This is where our lecturer will break down a theoretical part and encourage us to not only apply it in practice but to think about how we would use the theory in a real world setting, discussing what would work best for specific sports and how to adapt our knowledge to best fit real-life situations. We also benefit from hands-on experience with a range of high-tech equipment.
The University’s 24 hour library provides access to any reading material of my choice, with very approachable staff helpful with any issues or problems I come across.
I also find the University provides for a lot of things that at other universities I would have to pay for, including, subsidising the majority of sporting costs, while travelling to and from University is straightforward as the main campus is in close proximity to the student accommodation.
I attended an Open Day, found out more about the course and then looked it up online and so far it has fulfilled my expectations. The lecturers have been good and I am being taught the basics well. It’s enjoyable so far and we are doing what I’m comfortable with right now. We are covering the basics and we will be looking at how to get the form right in the second semester. I’m impressed with the facilities here and the Gateway Gym too.