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Sport and Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) BSc Honours

Gain the specialist skills, experience and contacts to pursue a career in elite-level sports.
October 2020
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,700 (INT) *
Course leader
Michael Edwards

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

Why study sports and exercise science with us

Our strength and conditioning course is the ideal route into the booming sports industry. We'll equip you with the specialist skillset, self-discipline, experience and valuable industry contacts to help you find success. You’ll follow in the footsteps of graduates who have won Olympic medals and are now making an impact for organisations including Nike and Brentford FC.

Guided by tutors who are active sports professionals, you’ll gain an expert understanding of sport and exercise theory. Here, you’ll learn what it takes to push athletes to their peak potential and develop strength and conditioning programmes for sportspeople who are at the top of their profession.

Develop your conditioning skills

Using our modern facilities, you’ll get to grips with everything from performance analysis and rehabilitation to strength and conditioning and physical development.

You’ll spend 50 hours each year gaining hands-on experience and developing your professional experience through work experience placements in the industry.

Our partnerships with professional sports teams such as Tottenham Hotspur and Saracens Rugby Club means you’ll be able to build valuable professional contacts while you study.

Due to Covid-19 we are following guidance from BASRaT and Public Health England regarding SSR’s contact with their colleagues during the teaching of practical based skills, this includes full PPE to ensure the safety of all staff and students.

In eventualities where we are unable to be face to face in the laboratory or classroom or other practical clinical settings, we aim to use virtual tools to help you develop key practical skills.

The availability of placements is subject to the co-operating organisation, and we are working closely with our partners to ensure that as many as possible are available although this may be affected by the pandemic.  In the event that placement hours cannot be completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will encourage students to complete relevant online CPD courses to enhance their learning which can be used towards their portfolio instead.

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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 Barnet Copthall Stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club, and you will take part in 150 hours of clinical practice throughout your degree (50 hours per year). (Access will be dependent on social distancing requirements due to Covid-19.)

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.


We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • Year 1

    • Movement Analysis (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      You will be provided with a broad knowledge of anatomy to develop an understanding of the principals of movement. You will explore the function of the skeletal system and identify the joints range of movement and type structuring the human skeleton. This will provide a platform to understanding how bones interact with muscles in order to produce primary movement at joints. You can then utilise the knowledge gained and apply this to advancing their coaching skills across a wide range of sports.

    • Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning (15 credits) - Compulsory

      On completion of this module, you will gain an understanding of aspects of strength and conditioning for a range of sports performers. You will develop their knowledge by examining the principles and concepts of training theory from a variety of sources.  By understanding these broad principles, you will become proficient in training, planning and practically be able to execute a simple movement screen to highlight functional strengths and weaknesses, as well as performing weightlifting derivatives and plyometric exercises.

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

      This module aims to introduce and apply key scientific concepts and principles across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics. You will gain a broad understanding of human movement, physiological mechanisms that underpin these movements and core psychological concepts that affect health and sporting performance. You will also learn how to work effectively in a team by carrying out investigations in all three sport and exercise disciplines.

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

      This module will provide a broad understanding and knowledge of the key academic skills required for students to successfully complete their undergraduate degree. You will know the underlying theoretical frameworks for research methods and academic writing by demonstrating their understanding of literature, sourcing literature, the components of research and identifying strengths and weaknesses.

      This module will also provide the students with key employability and personal development skills.

    • Fundamentals of Training Principles in Sport & Exercise (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to introduce the underlying theoretical frameworks of health and fitness, to provide you with the confidence and practical skills to deliver effective training sessions. You will develop their coaching knowledge through a variety of topics, ranging from the benefits and risks of physical activity, the development and maintenance of health, fitness, and understand how to optimise and monitor sports performance. The theoretical sessions will support you to undertake complex and routine practical performance tasks, orientated around developing effective coaching skills, both on an individual and group basis.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with the skills to analyse a range of academic information, comparing alternative methods and techniques. This will involve them collecting and synthesising this information to inform a subject specific research question. You will have knowledge of well-established research methods and concepts evidenced by the awareness of inconsistencies, gaps and limitations within literature.

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

      This module aims to introduce additional advanced sport science concepts, from a variety of disciplines. You will examine and analyse their role in optimising sports performance and/or health in a field setting. You must demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of how the theoretical principles of coaching, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, and rehab can be integrated and applied to working with a client in the field. This module will enable you to experience and apply appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge, tools and procedures in working with both elite athletes and general populations..

    • Applied Performance Analysis (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with a detailed theoretical knowledge of performance analysis concepts and practical skills to prepare them for work in an applied performance analysis environment. Learning to collect, analyse and present relevant performance-related data to understand how performance analysis can be utilised in sport. You will also learn the roles and responsibilities of the performance analyst developing and adapting interpersonal and communication skills to a range of sporting scenarios and audiences.

    • Applied Sports and Exercise Nutrition (15 credits) - Compulsory

      To provide detailed knowledge of key concepts and theories of sport & exercise nutrition that can influence sporting performance. You will explore the physiological and biochemical basis of sport & exercise nutrition and develop their understanding of applied strategies to enable an adaptation in sporting performance. You will discuss such strategies in a sporting context by interpreting and analysing scientific literature through an oral presentation and written case study.

    • Applied Strength and Conditioning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with a detailed knowledge of well-established concepts within human movement and programming skills.  This will allow you to identify and produce effective training programmes from a range of sources to allow athletes to be monitored, tested and communicated to appropriately.  Furthermore, an understanding of how to collect and synthesise information related to movement patterning to avoid injury and maximise performance are key skills. This allows you to interact effectively with a team and provide feedback applicably to athletes and coaches.

  • Year 3

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

      This module aims to introduce additional advanced sport science concepts, from a variety of disciplines. You will examine and analyse their role in optimising sports performance and/or health in a field setting. You must demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of how the theoretical principles of coaching, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, and rehab can be integrated and applied to working with a client in the field. This module will enable students to experience and apply appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge, tools and procedures in working with both elite athletes and general populations.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from the your undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry-based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of higher level of theorising. You will select a topic relevant to their degree on which they wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. You will judge the reliability, validity and significance of the evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations.

    • Advanced Strength and Conditioning (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your systematic understanding through a wide knowledge base of principles used within the strength and conditioning field. Equally, you will seek to apply knowledge to use up to date equipment and techniques, which can be used to critically analyse performance and evaluate the outcomes. You will analyse data using a range of established subject-specific techniques and provide output data that is effective in various professional situations.


    • Work Based Learning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your ability to apply the in-depth knowledge and skills gained from prior learning in relation to a professional practice environment. You will be required to reflect and evaluate their working practice and be able to adopt a problem-solving approach to practice and a working environment.


More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning – typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. EU from Sept 2021
  3. International
  4. Additional costs

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.

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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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