Strength and Conditioning Science is associated with the physical preparation and coaching of sports performers who are competing at, or on a pathway towards, an elite level.

Why study Strength and Conditioning Science?

St Mary's is internationally recognised as the front-runner for strength and conditioning education. The programme is delivered in a 5,000 square-foot Performance Education Centre, which provides students with the opportunity to practice their skills in a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility.

Developing coaching experience alongside your studies is crucial. The programme has excellent links with numerous clubs and organisations in the region to enable students to obtain the necessary coaching experience they require to secure employment upon graduation.

Why St Mary's?

The Strength and Conditioning Science degree was launched in 2007 and has evolved into a highly successful programme with the reputation of producing outstanding Strength and Conditioning coaches.

The programme is delivered by highly experienced accredited coaches who are friendly and approachable. There are eight specific strength and conditioning modules on the degree, which address the skills and knowledge required to pass the UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation.

Year one of the programme involves over 140 hours of practical, including a module where students are coached by staff for 50 hours. The second year includes the opportunity to study and coach abroad for a semester. Assessments are broad and varied and reflect the skills required to work as a professional coach.

This degree includes the opportunity to sit for accreditation with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and will also prepare you for completion of the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) qualification in the USA.

You will also develop skills relevant to other careers in sport-related fields, as well as those valued by all graduate employers. The programme has strong links with many professional sports clubs and governing bodies, to ensure students are provided with opportunities to apply for internships and work placements alongside their academic studies.

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School of Sport, Health and Applied Science

St Mary’s University has a long-standing tradition of excellence in sports and a significant number of elite sports performers regularly choose to study for degrees in School of Sport, Health and Applied Science. At St Mary’s we seek to support them in combining their sport with higher education, and many remain in higher education on completion of their first degree.

The School has opportunities for students to continue to higher levels of study with its own MSc programme and opportunities to move onto MPhil or PhD research awards.

A Student View

Ben Richens
"Whether it was the opportunities for practical work placements, facilities to learn in or the knowledgeable lecturers, it was head and shoulders above anything I had done before or will probably do in the future."

Strength and Conditioning NSS results 2016

In the 2016 National Student Survey 98% of Strength and Conditioning Science students agreed that they had good access to learning resources.

95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating according to the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey.