STRENGTH, CONDITIONING AND SPORTS NUTRITION

BSc (Hons)

Accredited by University College Birmingham

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BSc (Hons)

Duration

3 years full-time

UCAS Code

C610

Placement

Opportunities available

Entry

September

Fees

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Sport and Nutrition

£44m invested in flagship facilities on campus, including sport, to support your future career opportunities

93% of students in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating*

*DLHE, 2016/17

Are you interested in a career as a strength and conditioning coach or working within sport and exercise science? Featuring a mixture of theory and practical work, this degree course offers you a unique combination of the study of strength and conditioning with sports nutrition, using the latest up-to-date research on these areas to ensure your practitioner skills are based on the latest industry evidence.

One of only a small number of courses of its kind in the UK to be accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), our Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition degree will teach you how to use a broad range of conditioning skills to optimise athletic performance and how nutrition can boost results. You will be supported by our cutting-edge sports facilities and equipment as well as having a range of opportunities to gain practical experience.

Alongside your course, you will have the chance to gain a variety of additional industry-recognised qualifications to boost your employability for when you graduate. Options available range from sports massage or first aid to coaching weight lifting and gym instructor qualifications.

Why should I choose this course?

  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Gain an NSCA-accredited strength and conditioning degree with NSCA student membership throughout your course
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Build hands-on experience through placement opportunities, with previous students having worked with top sports clubs
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply your learning with practical strength and conditioning work in cutting-edge facilities on campus, such as our Human Performance Centre and gym
  • ENRICHMENT – Network with industry professionals at our annual Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Conference (SPARC) and study for further qualifications during your course
  • TEAM SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP – University College Birmingham will be the home for Team Scotland at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, offering unique opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes

Our facilities

Students on our sports courses have use of a variety of outstanding practical training facilities, from our Human Performance Centre and Laboratory to sports/injury clinics and a state-of-the-art gym on campus, as well as access to 4G astroturf and grass pitches at nearby Avery Fields.

Human Performance Centre 3D tour

Course breakdown

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Core Modules

Academic Development

This module will aim to facilitate the transition of learners from FE to HE via a structured delivery of academic study skills related specifically to their Sports Therapy programme.

Anatomy for Strength and Conditioning

Students will be introduced to the basic anatomical structures of the body to include bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Knowledge of the human body will be applied to strength and conditioning activities to develop students' knowledge regarding the anatomical structures involved in conditioning.

Exercise Physiology

This module will provide students with underpinning knowledge about the physiological processes that occur within the human body as a result of strength and conditioning training.

Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles I

This module will provide students with an important foundation of practical strength and conditioning activities to build on in the second semester. Students will learn to coach basic lifts as well as some speed, agility and quickness drills.

Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles II

This module enables students to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles I module into coaching individual athletes. You will develop the skills to effectively coach in a one to one setting with the aim of improving an individual's physical capacity and/or motor skills. The skills developed during this module will be key to a successful career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Principles of Nutrition

On this module you will learn some of the fundamental principles of human nutrition. The content will focus on different body systems involved with energy metabolism and the dietary requirements for a healthy individual.

Core Modules

Field-Based Conditioning

Following the gym-based focus of year 1, this module develops the ability to offer effective training in a variety of sport specific settings, i.e. pitch based, running track or sports court. Students will develop the skills to administer conditioning activities and monitor athlete progression in both one to one and group scenarios.

Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Students will explore the use of effective strength and conditioning strategies to help to rehabilitate injury and prevent future injuries from occurring. The primary focus will be on the return to play phase of rehabilitation, making use of knowledge gained in previous modules to effectively analyse sporting movements and prescribe suitable rehabilitation and prevention strategies.

Research for Sport

You will be introduced to the management and application of research, looking at using primary and secondary research tools and techniques through various research activities. You will establish research aims, objectives, research methods and how to collect both qualitative and quantitative data for use in your own research.

Sports Biomechanics

Students will develop the skills required to effectively break down key sporting movements into their component parts, enabling them to successfully prescribe suitable conditioning activities to enhance performance.

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

You will examine the nutritional needs of athletes and those undertaking substantial exercise programmes, exploring the importance of nutrition in achieving health and performance. Other topics addressed will include exercise and metabolism, energy generation, hydration and vitamin and mineral needs for athletic performance.

Choose 1 optional module

Athletic Movement Analysis

This module is essential to identifying potential risk factors and causes of injury, using screening tools as a crucial component in injury prevention. You will be equipped with the skills to select and administer a range of tests to analyse athletic movement in order to identify movement dysfunctions, interpret results and prescribe a range of suitable exercises to aid correction.

Creative Business Enterprise

Have you ever wanted to create a new event concept, start a business or take over the world? Well Creative Business Enterprise gives you the knowledge, tools and skills to do just that. Creative Business Enterprise places you at the centre of the learning experience by combining theory with fun hands-on activity workshops and innovative business games to develop your understanding, knowledge and skills and achieve your goals.

Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

A key aspect in children and young peoples' development is how fitness contributes to health and wellbeing. You will critically explore how sport can contribute to health and how practical guidelines for this are developed by practitioners. This also includes the identification of drugs and the practicalities of working with children and young people involved with drug use.

Voluntary Initiative

The voluntary sector is one of the most dynamic sectors worldwide. You will have the opportunity to work on a volunteer project within a private, public or community organisation and see how they market themselves and compete for resources with other voluntary projects. You will be able to reflect on your experiences as well as develop your personal and professional skills within a working environment.

Core Modules

Applied Strength and Conditioning

Students will apply the knowledge and skills gained from the first and second years' of study to put together an effective programme of exercise for an athlete. This will include long term athlete monitoring strategies.

Nutrition for Performance

You will explore advanced concepts in sports nutrition and look at the application of diet in response to individualised sport specific needs through the assessment of anthropometry and caloric assessment. You will analyse the use of contemporary and emerging diets within sport such as the Palaeolithic diet, ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting practices.

Sport and Nutrition Project

You are required to select a research question or topic aligned to your profession, formulate the best way to answer the question, and present your written findings in both a written and presentation format (poster presentation).

Work Based Learning for Sport

The aim of the module is for students to gain work based experience within the sport and fitness industry. The experience will allow the students to further enhance both their career specific skills and transferable skills. Throughout the work based learning module students will have the opportunity to experience and observe a variety of different practices. The module further aims to develop the student's ability to analyse the work based experience, with the use of reflection models. In addition the module is focused upon ensuring the students are employment ready following the completion of their studies.

The modules listed above are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain up-to-date as well as being informed by industry and the latest teaching methods. Occasionally we may need to make unexpected alterations to modules – should this happen, we will communicate with all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

An overall average of at least 65% in 12th Standard from both State and Central Examination Boards.

Advanced entry to certain undergraduate degree programmes may be possible for students who hold a UK HND or India Diploma in a relevant subject.

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

English Entry requirements for students applying from India  

Board Minimum Requirement (2021)
CBSE B Grade
ICSE 60%
Cambridge B Grade / 6 Pointer
Maharashtra State 60%
Andhra Pradesh 60%
Kerala 60%
Karnataka 60%
West Bengal 60%

If you do not have one of the above qualifications, please see here for the full list of accepted alternatives.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS 6.0 with no element less than 5.5

Key information

Assessment

An estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework – 43%
  • Practical assessment – 32%
  • Written examinations – 25%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024 (UK website).

Additional qualifications and training

  • In the first year, you will have the chance to obtain REPS accreditation, first aid training, Level 2 Gym Instructor and UKCC 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting)
  • Over the second and third years, you will be able to work towards Level 3 Sports Massage and UKCC 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting)

Please note extra qualifications may incur an additional fee.

Uniform and kit costs

This course will require you to purchase a uniform and kit costing approximately £100. (Costs are subject to change each year – more details on exact pricing and how to order the items you need will be supplied to you before you enrol.)

Scholarships and bursaries

Sporting Excellence Scholarship

Students on our sports courses may be eligible to receive a Sporting Excellence Scholarship. These are open to applicants from any country who can demonstrate ongoing excellence in sporting achievement.

We offer two levels of support, with awards of up to £3,000 towards competitions, equipment and training costs over three years. The scholarship also includes:

  • Free gym membership 
  • University-branded training kit 
  • Weekly sports therapy/massage 
  • Individually tailored programme, which may include nutrition, strength and conditioning, sports psychology or lifestyle support

Find out more about the support available and our eligibility criteria by visiting our scholarships and waivers page.

Tuition fees

For international students enrolling on a full-time BA/BSc degree in 2022/23, your fee for the academic year will be £13,500 per year.

If you undertake a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half year.

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Work placements

Placements provide you with vital real-life experience and help build your skills and confidence before you graduate, as well as potentially leading to a job after your studies. Our dedicated hired@UCB employability team will help you to find your ideal placement.

Students on our BSc Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition course are encouraged to gain work experience throughout your studies.

Work alongside experts in your field

Some of the employers we have worked with include:

  • West Bromwich Albion FC
  • Wasps Rugby Academy
  • City of Birmingham Basketball
  • MSC Performance
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel overseas for placements, residential trips or project work may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please see our Covid FAQs page (UK website) for more information.

What I enjoy most is the fact that we do lots of practical sessions in different facilities alongside other students, meaning we all learn from each other. I have never enjoyed any other practical sessions as much as the ones at University College Birmingham - the atmosphere makes them so much fun.

Kacper Bronikowski Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition BSc (Hons)

Career opportunities

  • Secondary school teacher (physical education)
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Exercise physiologist (in the sports sector)
  • Strength and conditioning coach

Thinking of continuing your studies beyond this course? On completing the BSc (Hons) degree, you will be able to progress onto our postgraduate courses such as Strength, Conditioning and Performance MSc. 

Please note: The examples of roles are to serve only as a guide.

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