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BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Are you fascinated by the science and methods used to optimise human performance? Are you interested in working in professional sport? Do you aspire to help athletes perform to their highest potential? Our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning degree is the perfect platform to get you there.
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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Why study this subject?

Our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning with Foundation Year course is closely mapped to the new United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA), and the Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standard.

This degree combines underlying scientific principles from the sports science disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports coaching with practical strength and conditioning training.

By studying this course at BNU, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a confident and effective strength and conditioning practitioner.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

All of our Sports course students will have the opportunity to look at athlete development and analysis, spending time in our Human Performance Laboratory.

At BNU, we always encourage our students to get as much industry experience as possible. Our strong links with industry partners will enable you to seek volunteering and paid work opportunities, giving you first-hand knowledge of the professional environment that awaits you beyond graduation.

We also pride ourselves on the amazing opportunities we offer our students to start forming their own networks within industry. This means not only will you have access to first-hand accounts from those on the ‘front-line’ while you study, but you’ll also make valuable connections for when the time comes to jump into your first job.

We work with the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey which is the home of several governing bodies in sport, Leap (County Sports Partnership), Stoke Mandeville Hospital which is famously the birthplace of the Paralympics, Reading Ladies Football Club plus the National League basketball team, London United.

You’ll graduate being confident in working with all levels and abilities, from the recreational exerciser to the elite athlete. You’ll also have the chance to work in a range of applied settings, including local sports clubs, schools and in the wider community.

What facilities can I use?

You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with a professional sports environment. At our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, the Human Performance Laboratory features an indoor three-lane running track which incorporates 3D motion-capture technology.

Our incredible facilities help to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique and assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Human Performance Laboratory is equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.

What will I study?

Over the four years you’ll spend on this course, you’ll develop a critical understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin strength and conditioning practice.

You’ll learn a wide range of strength and conditioning training approaches including movement skills, weightlifting, resistance, plyometric, speed, agility, aerobic and anaerobic training methods.

We’ll show you how to analyse and evaluate performance needs, design and deliver training programmes with the goals of improving health and wellbeing, optimising performance and minimising the likelihood of injury.

In year one, you’ll study modules that introduce you to the various sports science sub-disciplines and lay the academic knowledge and practical skill foundations that will underpin your future learning. You’ll look at areas like exercise and health physiology, biomechanics and human anatomy.

Year two will further build on these foundational principles with more applied modules that will advance your knowledge and understanding across broad areas like coaching and athlete development, sports nutrition and performance psychology. You’ll also learn about the practical application of strength and conditioning training methods.

In your final year, you’ll develop more in-depth strength and conditioning knowledge and will cover subjects like training programme design, sports injury rehabilitation, exercise referrals as well as looking at contemporary and topical issues facing the industry.

You’ll also work closely with your personal tutor to dive into an area you’re particularly passionate about through your final dissertation project. This will give you an opportunity to develop real expertise that will inspire you for your future career.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

By studying our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning course, you’ll always learn through a combination of theoretical and practical methods.

Our expert academic staff will teach you through lectures, seminars, practical/lab sessions and tutorials, and importantly you’ll also participate in work placements and independent study.

We also offer all our students the opportunity to visit or be visited by external industry partners so you can hear from the professionals currently working on the ‘front line’ of sports therapy.

Each module will have its own assessment criteria, but you’ll largely be working on presentations, vivas, reports and essays, case studies, work-related and practical assessments.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Information

BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Introduction to Sport Development and Performance

Year 2 Modules

An Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice

Introduction to Health Physiology

Foundations of Exercise Physiology

Foundations of Sports Research

Foundations of Biomechanics

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Physiology

Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning

Human Anatomy

Year 3 Modules

Coaching and Athlete Development

Research in Sport and Exercise

Applied Exercise Physiology

Sports Nutrition

Applied Biomechanics

Performance Analysis in Sport

Applied Sport and Performance Psychology

Applied Strength and Conditioning

Year 4 Modules

Contemporary Coaching Issues

Research Dissertation

Sports Injury and Rehabilitation

Exercise Referrals

Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport

Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, working in:

  • Professional sports teams
  • National institutes of sport
  • Further and Higher Education providers
  • Private practice (e.g. personal training)
  • Private sport science providers both in the UK and overseas.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course such as MSc Sports Therapy, MSc Sports Performance, or MSc Physiotherapy.

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