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.

The Strength and Conditioning Science degree began seven years ago and has evolved into a highly successful programme with the reputation of producing outstanding Strength and Conditioning coaches. The development of the programme has included the construction of a new Performance Education Centre, in addition to many other exciting opportunities which have unfolded in the wake of the 2012 London Olympics. 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.

The programme is based around a core of Sport Science topics, and develops theoretical, practical and experiential awareness of key issues in Strength and Conditioning. In particular you will undertake over 140 hours of practical components in your first year focussed on developing the necessary practical strength and conditioning skills required to become a successful coach.

The programme will equip you to work directly in this field or continue to higher levels of study both in this country and abroad. 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, and has its own employability co-ordinator to ensure students are provided with opportunities to apply for high quality internships and work placements alongside their academic studies.

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.

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Sport, Health and Applied Science NSS results 2015

St Mary's scored 90% for Teaching Satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey.

The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science was rated 89% for Overall Satisfaction.