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BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
C606
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above),
BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC).

Introduction

Designed in consultation with our professional sport partners, our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning degree provides you with the standard of theory and practical experience demanded by the elite sport industry.

The course provides you with research informed teaching and learning, as well as extensive practical skills. You will learn about the physical development of athletes, player conditioning, functional movement assessments, injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as sports nutrition and physiology. As your course progresses, you can tailor your degree with optional modules, to suit your interests and career ambitions.

We ensure the contents of your degree match the requirements of national and international association competency documents, including the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. This prepares you to sit for personal accreditation, should you wish to pursue this during your academic studies.

We are a global university partner of STATSports, whose clients include countless world famous sports organisations. You benefit from this relationship with the use of advanced elite strength and conditioning resources.

We teach you about the physiological and biomechanical aspects of strength and conditioning to an exceptional standard. Our state-of-the-art equipment helps you learn to use rigorous scientific evidence to underpin your work with athletes across a variety of professional sports. The course content has been developed in consultation with experts including professional sport partners. So you can be sure your education will be robust and relevant.

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Course modules

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Mechanics of Human Movement
Principles of Coaching
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
Science in Sport
Applied Strength and Conditioning (Double Module)
Exercise Physiology (Optional)
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (Optional)
Exercise Metabolism (Optional)
Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Science
Statistics for Sport and Exercise Science
Dissertation
Designing Sport Specific Periodised Training
Ergonomics in Sport (Optional)
Clinical Exercise Biomechanics (Optional)
Sports Performance Physiology (Optional)
Nutrition for Sport Performance (Optional)
Reflective Practice for Sports Professionals

Career opportunities

Our graduates have moved on to fantastic careers. Currently, in elite sport science, we have graduates working for Arsenal FC and Ipswich Town FC, and elite sport science providers in the United States of America. In clinical exercise science, other graduates work for the prestigious Papworth Hospital as clinical and exercise physiologists, and Allied Health Professionals as exercise rehabilitation specialists. Some of our graduates have successful teaching careers, in physical education, biology, chemistry and physics subjects. Your exposure to world-leading sport science facilities will ensure you and your CV are ‘career ready’.

Fees and finance

2019-20

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2019 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC).

Students taking A-Levels will be required to have a science subject at grade B or above (which may include P.E., Psychology and/or Sport Science)

Students taking a BTEC qualification will need to be studying a Sports Studies/Science related subject.

Plus applicants must typically hold 5 GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Associate Professor in Nutrition and Human Health

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader Strength & Conditioning. Research Lead Sport Science & Coaching.

Senior Lecturer in Sport Performance Analysis

Lecturer in Life Sciences

Facilities and Resources

Our students enjoy brilliant access to world-leading research and professional practice equipment. These are based in our modern Human Performance Laboratory, based right on the waterfront in the James Hehir Building. As well as being a global university partner for both STATSports and Qualisys, for sports global positioning systems and human motion capture technologies, you will enjoy full use of cardiopulmonary exercise apparatus (used to assess cardiac and metabolic function of athletes), isokinetic dynamometers and electromyography (used to assess joint and muscle function in athletes), blood, saliva and urine analysis (used to assess things like hormone concentrations in athletes), and world-class resistance exercise apparatus.

There are many other types of specialist equipment, and we pride ourselves on giving you access to all of our specialist equipment. You get to personally use everything in our Human Performance Laboratory during your studies (not just watch us demonstrate it). You will learn by doing!