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

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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 programme is delivered in a 5,000 square-foot Performance Education Centre, providing you 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 you to obtain the necessary coaching experience required 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.

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.

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.

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.

Key facts

  • Exclusive state of the art 5000 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
  • Staff who are UK Strength and Conditioning Accredited, experienced at coaching and hold teaching qualifications
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Course content

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 
  • 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 note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

  • Strength and conditioning (equipped to undertake UKSCA and NSCA accreditation)
  • Personal training
  • 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.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee 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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