Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition
This degree course is awarded by University College Birmingham.
The Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition course offers a unique opportunity to combine the study of strength and conditioning with sports nutrition. You will develop a broad range of skills and experience in relation to the conditioning of athletes and preparing them for sports performance. You will combine these disciplines with an ability to manipulate an athlete’s nutritional plan to benefit their performance. You will gain the knowledge and skills to assess and develop athletic fitness and performance. Subject to validation, this qualification will be accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as part of the NSCA Education Recognition Program.
The course features a considered balance of theoretical and practical work to help you develop the skills to work as an effective Strength and Conditioning Coach or in the field of Sport and Exercise Science. There is an emphasis on the use of the latest research concerning strength, conditioning and nutrition to ensure your practitioner skills are based on the latest evidence in the field. There are options to gain further industry accredited qualifications throughout your studies, including First Aid training, REPS accreditation, Level 2 Gym Instructor and UKCC 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting) in year 1, UKCC 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting) and Level 3 Sports Massage between years 2 and 3. Extra qualifications incur an additional fee (reduced).
Why should I choose this course?
- You will get a strong knowledge of strength, conditioning and sports nutrition and be able to apply these skills with confidence in practical ways
- You will gain industry experience and qualifications that will boost your career prospects
- You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area of professional interest
- You will have work experience opportunities throughout your course to maximise industry engagement – and future job opportunities.
- Teaching takes place in a small group environment, utilising university and industry facilities, so learning is highly focused.
You are encouraged to gain work experience throughout this course because it is a great opportunity to put what you have learned into practice alongside qualified professionals. Over the years we have developed close working relationships within the industry so that we can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies.
Our hired@UCB team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.
Students also have use of the state-of-the-art, all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3m transformation, with the all-weather pitch situated alongside two, new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse, which includes function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite.
New sports facilities for 2019
The fantastic news for anyone joining our sports-focused degree courses is that they will have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art facilities at our new higher education building, Moss House, when it opens in 2019. These will include a cutting edge gym incorporating all the latest equipment and sports technology and a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.
Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Student Conference
UCB's first sports conference was held last year where industry leaders from across the country, as well as UCB’s own expert sports lecturers, gave an overview of some of the most pressing issues currently affecting sports performance and rehabilitation.
Kit / uniform
For practical activities, a uniform is required at a cost of approximately £55. This consists of one polo shirt and a pair of track-pants. However, students may also choose to purchase additional items according to their requirements e.g. hoody, rain jacket, shorts etc.
Performance Gym and Sports Hall
Our teaching and performance gym, alongside the University sports hall, is used for small group practical sessions to hone coaching and lifting technique as well as analysing movement biomechanics. Additionally, we use local specialist facilities to ensure students are exposed to a wide range of industry facilities.
Richmond House Gym
This is a commercial level gym which is also used for teaching purposes. Here, students will learn more about exercise induction and delivery as well as conducting a variety of assessments.
Human Performance Laboratory
The Human Performance Laboratory is used for undergraduate teaching, data collection for research projects and sport and exercise consultancy.
Sports Injury / Massage Clinics
There are two Sports Injury / Massage Clinics where the University's Sports Therapy students offer a variety of services to professional athletes, students and members of the public. Students are trained to assess and treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries and deliver services such as massage and rehabilitation courses.
All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
- Academic Development
- Anatomy for Strength and Conditioning
- Exercise Physiology
- Principles of Nutrition
- Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles I
- Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles II
- Field-Based Conditioning
- Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
- Research for Sport
- Sports Biomechanics
- Sports Nutrition
- Creative Business Enterprise
- Voluntary Initiative
- Health, Fitness and Wellbeing
- Athletic Movement Analysis
- Applied Strength and Conditioning
- Nutrition for Performance
- Sports Project
- Work Based Learning for Sport
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
- UK/EU - £9,250. If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £2500 a year.
- Non-EU - £10,300
BSc (Hons) Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the exercise, health and wellness sector.
Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:
- Strength and Conditioning (preparation towards UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation is included in the course)
- Fitness industry
- Self-employment – business owner
- Personal training
- Sports Nutritionist
- Injury Prevention
hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.
Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships and apprenticeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
About this institute
University College of Birmingham
Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education sectors with...
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