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+ 3 years (degree)



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Alex Bliss
Alex Bliss

Programme Director for Strength and Conditioning Science BSc

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

Strength and Conditioning Science (with a Foundation Year) video

Why study Strength and Conditioning Science (with a Foundation Year)?

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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Sport Science Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Strength and Conditioning Science.

Key facts

  • Exclusive state of the art 5,000 square-foot strength and conditioning teaching and coaching facility
  • Programme syllabus mapped to UK Strength and Conditioning Association competency document
  • Numerous partnerships with professional clubs and organisations for students to gain necessary coaching experience
  • Opportunity to study abroad for a semester in year two
  • UK Strength and Conditioning accredited staff who are experienced at coaching and hold teaching qualifications
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergradaute degree.

Foundation year

  • Foundations of Life 
  • Personal Learning Competencies 
  • Principles of Physics and Mathematics 
  • Taking a Professional Approach 
  • The Chemistry of Nature 
  • The Individual Project 

Year one

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

Year two

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

Year three

  • Applied Biomechanics 
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology 
  • Management of Specific Populations 
  • Organisation of Training 
  • Research Project 
  • Science in the Workplace 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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.

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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* 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 2019 or 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.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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