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Sport and Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) BSc Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
CQ00
Start
October 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Jon Cree

The burgeoning elite sports industry requires professionals who are able to push athletes to reach their peak potential. Our strength and conditioning focused degree is the ideal Sport and Exercise Science route for those who aspire to work with elite sportspeople at the top of their profession.

Why study BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) at Middlesex University?

We are one of the UK's leading universities for sports education. Our degree prepares you to meet the challenges of elite level performance through studying the full spectrum of Sport and Exercise Science theory, while focusing on the development of effective strength and conditioning programmes, which are targeted at improving athletic performance. Our industry experienced tutors integrate professional practice into your studies.

We produce self-disciplined, professional sports science graduates who perform at the highest level (including competing and winning medals at the London Olympics 2012). Like all of our sports pathways, you can either apply directly to this course or to the general BSc Sport and Exercise Science programme and choose your specialism at the end of Year 2.

Course highlights

  • Our modern facilities at Allianz Park include research labs, rehabilitation, conditioning, and health and fitness suites
  • We work closely with prestigious sports organisations, like Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Saracens Rugby Club, enabling you to build professional contacts while you study
  • You will complete 50 hours of placements each year, enabling you to develop professional experience before you graduate
  • Our staff are active sports professionals involved in coaching, sport massage and sport performance
  • This course is approved by SkillsActive to meet the required industry standard
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning)?

You will study the full spectrum of sport and exercise science theory, including the methods of enhancing sports performance, the scientific methods of enquiry and a knowledge of the human response to exercise. A large part of your studies will be practice-based at our Allianz Park site and you will take part in 150 hours of clinical practice throughout your degree (50 hours per year).

This course offers a broad programme of study, preparing you for a range of sport and exercise science careers working with both sports teams and elite athletes, as well as with people across all levels of fitness, including young people and the elderly.

What will you gain?

As well as the gaining an in-depth understanding of the scientific methods of training and performance, necessary to becoming a successful Strength and Conditioning Specialist, you will also have a detailed understanding of:

  • Human structure and function with reference to exercise performance, health or movement
  • The psychology of working with those in sport
  • Techniques and procedures used to assess physical fitness and well-being
  • Research methods and processes in relation to exercise and health
  • Nutritional needs of the physically active and professional sportspeople
  • Techniques and procedures used to assess physical fitness and well-being.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Human Movement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the fundamental knowledge of clinical and functional anatomy. Exploration of the microscopic and macroscopic structure of nerves, muscles, joints, and bones provides a fundamental platform upon which to build understanding of applied biomechanics and human movement.

    • Fundamentals of Health and Fitness (30 credits) - Compulsory

      As a future sport rehabilitator or sport trainer you will need to be aware of the benefits and adverse consequences of physical activity as well as understanding the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of health, fitness and in optimising sports performance. You may be caring for a range of individuals, from the elite athlete through to special populations, or using exercise as a clinical intervention. The module aims to provide an introduction to core concepts developed later in the program, stimulate an interest in current issues in athletic health care and encourage the development of appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.

    • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to highlight and introduce the fundamental key scientific concepts and principles, across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology, and biomechanics.

    • Professional Skills Development and Work Experience (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an introduction to the core concepts essential to develop including communication, teamwork, numeracy skills and use of information technology. You will create a personal development portfolio and learn the appropriate administrator, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.

  • Year 2

    • Applied Physiology and Biomechanics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to understand the physiological basis of human movement from the cortex to skeletal muscle. You will learn the mechanical basis of human movement from Newton’s laws to the kinematics and kinetics of sport, exercise, and rehabilitation. You will focus on the chronic physiological adaptations to sport, exercise and rehabilitation. You will explore the principles of measurement in muscle, vascular and cardiopulmonary physiology as well as the principles of measurement in the kinetics and kinematics of human movement.

    • Applied Sport Exercise Science Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the health and social care related subjects to the process of health and social care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health and social care related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. You will need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the research process and to equip you with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to your target award.

    • Applied Sport Health Coaching (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module introduces the theoretical concepts of sports and health coaching in a practically orientated way. You will experience different coaching styles in a variety of sporting and fitness situations and have the opportunity to plan, deliver, evaluate, and modify coaching sessions. The module also offers opportunities to further develop ethical issues and aspects of health and safety.

    • Applied Sports and Exercise Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module integrates psychology theory with sport and exercise to explore how performance can be optimised. The first part of the module focuses on psychological and personal factors that affect performance, physical activity, exercise and sporting achievements. The module then progresses on to psychological skills training and the development of a sport psychology framework, focusing on specific techniques that can improve performance. The module provides a theoretical understanding of the factors that underpin working with athletes and exercisers through practical exercises as well as psychological sport and exercise tests. The later part of the module provides an understanding for those working in sport, exercise, and rehabilitation on how psychological and socio-cultural issues impact on recovery from injury and illness, and explores the importance of lifestyle management in working with those recovering from injury.

  • Year 3

    • Advanced Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to highlight and introduce the advanced key scientific principles and contemporary topics, across the three main sport science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from previous modules and provide an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest on which you wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. You will manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period if independent study.

    • Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to encourage critical evaluation of the core concepts of strength and conditioning training and encourage the development of skills required for successful academic and professional progress. It will provide a detailed outline of the scientific principles, concepts and theories of strength and conditioning training including practical application to performance. As a future sport rehabilitator or personal/sport trainer, you will need to be aware of the structure and function of the body, training adaptations, testing and evaluation, nutrition and be able to design fitness programmes. You will develop knowledge of how to apply scientific principles to improve muscular strength, power and endurance with clients ranging from beginners to elite athletes. Practical sessions will include Olympic weightlifting, speed, agility and plyometrics training.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) support your career?

Upon graduating, you could find yourself working in health and fitness club management, fitness consultancy, weight management, health promotion, personal fitness training, corporate health advice, sports or physical activity development, medical sales, and the armed forces. There are also career opportunities in teaching and research.

Previous sports graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles such as academy performance analyst, personal trainer, fitness instructor, athlete, graduate management trainee, or analysis specialist in prestigious organisations including:

  • Nike
  • Brentford FC
  • KX Gym
  • Manor Health & Leisure
  • Willesden Sports Centre.

You could also continue your professional studies by taking a British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) training programme to qualify as an accredited sport and exercise scientist. You can also take further studies to become a physiotherapist or sports rehabilitator.

Professional accreditation

This course is approved by SkillsActive and therefore meets the required industry standard which will give the following REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) recognised qualification/category of registration:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. .

  • Jacob Waldron

    Sport and Exercise Science BSc student

    I have enjoyed the practical elements of the course; like undertaking and learning how to administer laboratory fitness tests. It's also great having the opportunity to choose your own pathway in the 3rd year; to focus your attention on specific areas you wish to specialise in.

    I am passionate about continuing my professional development in the sports industry, working my way up to taking a key role within an organisation such as Sport England. I am currently employed by England Athletics, the National Governing Body for Athletics on a part-time basis, as a 'Run England Activator' for South West London; actively engaging the community into recreational running in line with the National project to get the whole nation running.

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