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Strength and Conditioning Science is associated with the physical preparation and coaching of sports performers.

  • This degree has numerous partnerships with professional clubs and organisations for students to gain necessary coaching experience.
  • The programme syllabus is mapped to UK Strength and Conditioning Association competency document.
  • Students have access to an exclusive state of the art 5,000 square-foot strength and conditioning teaching and coaching facility.
  • There are opportunities to study abroad for a semester in year two.
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Why study Strength and Conditioning Science?

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

Developing coaching experience alongside your studies is crucial. The course has excellent links with clubs and organisations from a variety of sports, including Crystal Palace FC, Fulham FC, London Irish RFC, University London Boat Club and Sutton Tennis Academy. We also have students embedded within the world renowned Royal Ballet Company and Royal Ballet School in central London. These links enable you to obtain the necessary coaching experience needed to secure employment upon graduating.

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 (UKSCA) accreditation. 

The degree will also prepare you for completion of the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) qualification in the USA.

 

Why St Mary's?

Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University was the first course of its kind in the country and has evolved into a highly successful programme with a reputation of producing outstanding Strength and Conditioning coaches, delivered by accredited and highly experienced coaches.

Many elite sports performers choose to study Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s; we have an excellent reputation for providing strength and conditioning support for their training and competitions whilst studying.

You are encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad during your degree. This can provide an invaluable experience on how to approach learning. Many students have also gained coaching experience in College American Football and Lacrosse, an experience which is rare in the UK.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in work placements as part of the course, both locally and in the wider London area. Previous students have worked with professional and amateur sports teams, in schools, colleges and university sports programmes, and in private and commercial gyms.

Foundation year

Strength and Conditioning Science is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

Please note: Strength and Conditioning Science is subject to revalidation.

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required

BBC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent). One A Level or equivalent should be in a Science (including sport). Grade C or above in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science is also required.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Strength and Conditioning Science.

Course content



Year one

  • Introduction to Research Core
  • Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning Core
  • Field Based Training Techniques Core
  • Strength Training Techniques Core
  • Physiology of Exercise Core
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition Core

Year two

  • Research Methods Core
  • Science in Practice Core
  • Muscle Physiology Core
  • Physiology of Training Core
  • Sports Biomechanics Core
  • Skill Acquisition I Core

Year three

  • Research Project Core
  • Organisation of Training Core
  • Management of Specific Populations Core
  • Science in the Workplace Core
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology Optional
  • Experimental Biomechanics Optional
  • Skill Acquisition II Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

  • Strength and conditioning (equipped to undertake UKSCA and NSCA accreditation)
  • Personal training (subject to further qualifications)
  • Exercise and health
  • Applied sport science (equipped to begin further study at MSc level and then BASES supervised experience)
  • Teaching (equipped to undertake PGCE)
  • Coaching
  • Sport development
  • Sport and recreation

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Strength and Conditioning Science students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Teaching and assessment methods are broad, varied and innovative with a strong support network from staff. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals, labs, problem-solving sessions, computer based sessions and peer teaching.

Year one of the programme involves over 140 hours of practical teaching, including a module where students are coached by staff for 50 hours.

Class sizes range from 40 to 60 students per year.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 18%
  • Work-based learning: 2%
  • Guided learning: 40%
  • Independent study: 40%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods reflect the skills that are valued by employers in industry and include DVD production, excel programming, oral presentations, laboratory reports, website design, essays, practical vivas and written exams.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

There are a number of books which are set texts on the course. If you wanted to buy your own copies, these would come to around £300 across the duration of your degree. You can also buy them second-hand or borrow them from the library.

You may also incur costs from travelling to your placement, and have the option to buy kit such as running shoes, weightlifting shoes, and lifting straps to help with your degree.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information


Teaching staff

Alex Bliss profile photo Alex Bliss
Programme Director for Strength and Conditioning Science BSc

alex.bliss@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Phil Price profile photo Dr Phil Price
Senior Lecturer - Strength and Conditioning Science

phil.price@stmarys.ac.uk

Matt Springham profile photo Matt Springham
Senior Lecturer - Strength and Conditioning

matt.springham@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Giuseppe Cimadoro profile photo Dr Giuseppe Cimadoro
Senior Lecturer - Strength and Conditioning Science

giuseppe.cimadoro@stmarys.ac.uk

Rik Mellor profile photo Rik Mellor
Senior Lecturer - Sport Science

rik.mellor@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Jamie Tallent  profile photo Dr Jamie Tallent
Senior Lecturer - Strength and Conditioning

jamie.tallent@stmarys.ac.uk

Emily Cushion profile photo Emily Cushion
Senior Lecturer - Strength and Conditioning Science

emily.cushion@stmarys.ac.uk

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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