Sports Strength and Conditioning (two-year accelerated)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 2 years full-time
UCAS code: 0I88
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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 performance 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 brand new 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) Sport Strength and Conditioning

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 related 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 sport and exercise, to prepare you for finding work 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.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics Compulsory
Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance I Compulsory
Screening, Assessment and Monitoring in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Academic and Employability Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Developing Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics Compulsory
Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance I Compulsory
Screening, Assessment and Monitoring in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Academic and Employability Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Developing Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Research and Graduate Employability in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Periodisation and Performance Lifestyle Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Placement: Sport Strength and Conditioning Compulsory
Biomechanics and Kinesiology Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance 2 Compulsory
Personal and Professional Development in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Strength and Conditioning for Special Populations Compulsory
Paediatric Strength and Conditioning Compulsory
Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance 3 Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert 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 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.