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Sports Strength and Conditioning

BSc (Hons)

100% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2018

Top 10 for Sports Science

Our courses placed in the UK top 10 in the Guardian league tables 2019

2-year Accelerated Degree

Benefit from the full University experience, and graduate in just two years

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, two-year accelerated
2 Years
Start date:
9 September 2019
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If you're interested in the physical, physiological and biomechanical development of sports performers and teams, and you want to work at the highest level of performance sport, this two-year accelerated course is ideal for you.

The course will prepare you to work as a strength and conditioning coach within high level sports.

You’ll gain an honours degree - with the same skills as a typical three-year course - in just two years. This means you’ll reduce the overall cost of gaining your degree and be ready to enter employment or postgraduate study in less time.

You’ll get to use our bespoke strength and conditioning facility, our £1 million biomechanics facility and our comprehensive physiology labs.

Our close links with industry will give you plenty of choice for your work placement module.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sports Strength and Conditioning

Students on our Computing degrees have worked with:

  • Stoke City FC Academy
  • FC Barcelona
  • GB Rowing
  • The English Cricket Board
  • The Football Association
  • Staffordshire County Cricket
  • Longton Rugby Club
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Port Vale FC
  • Nottingham County Cricket

Course content

Throughout the course, you’ll acquire an understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a strength and conditioning professional.

Your learning experience will be enhanced through a combination of on-campus and blended learning. You’ll learn about a range of fundamental disciplines, including biomechanics, coaching, performance analysis, functional anatomy and physiology, strength and conditioning, and biomechanics of injury.

We also provide teaching and guidance on research and graduate employability in strength and conditioning, to prepare you for the workplace after graduation.

Our strong industry links will help you to find an employer for your work placement. Sport and Exercise staff and students have undertaken research, visits and placements with key employers including Stoke City FC Academy, FC Barcelona, GB Rowing, The English Cricket Board, The Football Association, Staffordshire County Cricket, Longton Rugby Club, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Port Vale FC and Nottingham County Cricket.

There is no shortage of opportunities to engage with prospective employers, locally regionally, nationally and internationally.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.


This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics
Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance I
Screening, Assessment and Monitoring in Sport and Exercise
Academic and Employability Skills in Sport and Exercise
Developing Research Skills in Sport and Exercise
Year 2 compulsory modules
Placement: Sport Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance 2
Biomechanics and Kinesiology
Personal and Professional Development in Sport and Exercise

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 120 
  • A Level: BBB
  • Course specific requirements - GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade C or above

Relevant industry / vocational qualifications will also be considered.

All applicants are individually assessed, and mature students can be assessed based upon experience in addition to academic qualifications.



This course has been developed in consultation with employers in the strength and conditioning industry. Our graduates have gone on to work in professional, semi-professional or amateur sport, or become self-employed. Graduates have also progressed onto teacher training or sports science-based postgraduate study.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. 

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Philip Walker
Philip WalkerCourse Leader

Philip’s expertise as a sport and exercise scientist, specialising at master’s level in Strength and Conditioning. Philip has many years of coaching experience in a wide range of sport, at all levels, up to and including international. His research focus is paediatric Strength and Conditioning.

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For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students


Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time, two-year accelerated
9 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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