Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition BSc (Hons) / FdSc

University College Birmingham
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Birmingham
English

About this program

Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition BSc (Hons) / FdSc

If you are keen on a career as a strength and conditioning coach or working in the field of sport and exercise science, this degree offers you a unique opportunity to combine the study of strength and conditioning with sports nutrition. Featuring a combination of theoretical and practical work, our course uses the latest up-to-date research on strength, conditioning and nutrition to ensure your practitioner skills are based on the latest evidence from the industry.

Our Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition degree is one of only a small number in the UK that is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), preparing you for long-term professional success after graduation. Supported by University College Birmingham’s cutting-edge sports facilities and equipment, along with a range of opportunities for you to gain practical experience, you will learn how to use a broad range of conditioning skills to optimise an athlete’s performance, as well as gaining an understanding of how nutrition can improve results.

Alongside your strength and conditioning course, you will also have the chance to gain a wide variety of further industry-accredited qualifications during your studies. Options range from first aid and sports massage to gym instruction and coaching weight lifting.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements for BA/BSc programmes

International entry requirements

Entry requirements for undergraduate degree courses offered by University College Birmingham are detailed for individual countries on the University website.

English language requirement for international applicants

To apply for any undergraduate degree, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

In addition to IELTS, for international applicants, University College Birmingham accepts a number of country-specific English language qualifications as evidence of English language ability. These are shown under the ‘Country Specific Information’ tab of the University website.

We also offer UCB English Proficiency Test that is complimentary to all our conditional offer holders. You will need to achieve an overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component.

Applying with a UCAS tariff-based qualification

For BA/BSc offers, a student must achieve a minimum of 96-104 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with the exception of:

  • Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons), Primary Education Studies BA (Hons) and Finance and Accounting BSc (Hons) - students must achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) – students must achieve a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points

Applying with a work-based background

To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your current line manager supporting your entry to higher education.

Applying with a non-UCAS tariff-based qualification

University College Birmingham also accepts a variety of Level 3 qualifications that may not currently be included on the UCAS Tariff.

These can include a wide range of vocational Level 3 and International qualifications.

Entry requirements for FdA/FdSc programmes (Not available for international applicants)

Applying with a UCAS tariff-based qualification

For foundation degree offers, students must achieve a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A-level or equivalent.

Please note, some courses have additional specific entry requirements, for example, Professional Cookery, Specialist Hair and Media Make-up and Aesthetic Practitioner. Please refer to the relevant course page on the University website.

These minimum academic entry requirements are only a guide and each application is treated on an individual basis.

Applying with a work-based background

For foundation degree offers, we also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to the University. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your current line manager supporting your entry to higher education.

Applying with a non-UCAS tariff-based qualification

University College Birmingham also accepts a variety of Level 3 qualifications that may not currently be included on the UCAS Tariff.
These can include a wide range of vocational Level 3 and International qualifications.

How to apply?

UCB direct applications

UCB Direct allows prospective students who are only interested in studying at University College Birmingham to apply direct (free of charge) without having to complete lengthy and sometimes complex application forms.

UCAS applications

UK applicants wishing to apply for more than one course must apply through the UCAS website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Academic Development
  • Anatomy for Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles I
  • Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles II
  • Principles of Nutrition

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Field-Based Conditioning
  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Research for Sport
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Choose 1 optional module
    • Athletic Movement Analysis
    • Creative Business Enterprise
    • Health, Fitness and Wellbeing
    • Voluntary Initiative

Year 3

  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Nutrition for Performance
  • Sports Project
  • Work Based Learning for Sport

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

UK/EU students:

  • Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc (2020/2021) program fee - £9,250 (per year)
  • Half year program fee - £4,625

International students:

  • Cost Sept 21 / Jan 22 - £12,500 (per year)

Qualification

In Year 1, you will be able to obtain first aid training, REPS accreditation, Level 2 Gym Instructor and a UKCC 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting)

Between Years 2 and 3, you can work towards a UKCC 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting) and Level 3 Sports Massage

Continuing studies

Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BSc (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto the Strength, Conditioning and Performance MSc course.

Career paths

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

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Warwick,...


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The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

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