Royal Army Physical Training Corps

BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Aldershot
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021
Aimed at serving Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors (RAPTCIs), Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructors (PTIs), and Royal Navy/Royal Marine Physical Trainers (PTs), our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations course will equip you with the necessary sports science knowledge and practical strength and conditioning skills needed to help you optimise the health, wellbeing, and physical preparedness of service personnel.
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Why study this subject?

Mapped to the Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standard and fully endorsed by Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) this course has been designed to address the specific educational needs of Armed Forces PTIs and will educate you for both in-service and civilian applications. Building upon your current knowledge, skills and experience the programme will develop your practical coaching, research and critical thinking abilities in order to allow you to critique, synthesise and apply the latest sport science research within your own practice.


Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU is already successful at developing and delivering flexible and applied programmes, specific to the needs of military students. You can be sure that you’ll receive a high quality education with us.

The university is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and is registered as a Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme Administration Service (ELCAS) training provider.

Furthermore, the programme is closely mapped to the new United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standard.

What facilities can I use?

You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with use of our state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory. Equipped with a range of physiological, biomechanical, and psychological testing equipment including a 30 m indoor three-lane running track,  3D motion-capture, force plate, and breath by breath gas analysis technology you will learn how to assess, monitor, and optimise human performance capabilities.

What will I study?

On the course, you will develop an understanding of the concepts, theories, and techniques which underpin effective strength and conditioning practice. Areas of study will include biomechanics, physiology, sports psychology, nutrition, applied strength and conditioning, performance analysis, research skills, skill acquisition and learning, sports injury and rehabilitation, topical issues in strength and conditioning and the application of strength and conditioning in tactical populations.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This degree is offered in a part-time, flexible, and distributed learning format, delivered over a 24-month period.

Modules on the course are delivered in a sequential format and are delivered through blended learning methods which include monthly residential study weekends, online tutorials, self-study distance learning and a combination of written assignments, practical exams, and a research project.

Depending on the specific module, residential study weekends will be held at our High Wycombe campus, or the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT) located in Aldershot.

You’ll be taught by highly experienced lecturers, including the course leader for this programme who is an ex-RAPTCI with over 15-years of military experience.

Useful Documents

BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations FAQs

What are the course entry requirements?

This course is open to RAPTCIs, Royal Air Force PTIs, and Royal Navy/Royal Marine PT’s who are qualified in trade. All applicants from these service branches will be eligible to commence this programme at Level 5.

If you require further information or wish to enrol upon this programme please email


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

Applied Exercise Physiology

Applied Biomechanics

Sports Nutrition

Applied Sport & Performance Psychology

Applied Strength and Conditioning

Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise

Performance Analysis in Sport

Research in Sport and Exercise

Year 2 Modules

Research Dissertation

Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport

Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Sports Injury and Rehabilitation

Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£4,200 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£4,200 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?

Upon completion of the programme, as a graduate you will be encouraged to sit the UKSCA accreditation assessment and the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam.

In addition, students who graduate with a 1st or 2nd class BSc (Hons) will also be well prepared to go onto postgraduate study at MSc level, such as our MSc Sports Performance course.

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