Do you want to further develop your existing skills and experience around sports nutrition and athlete conditioning and performance? Our Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition Top-up course combines theory and practical work to help mould you into an effective strength and conditioning coach or an expert in sport and exercise science.
Our course emphasises use of the latest research around strength, conditioning and nutrition to ensure you have the most up-to-date practitioner knowledge based on the latest evidence in the field. You will combine these disciplines with an ability to manipulate an athlete’s nutritional plan to benefit their performance, as well as knowledge and skills to assess and develop athletic fitness. Not only will you put your skills into practice in our brand new Human Performance Centre and other cutting-edge sports facilities at University College Birmingham, but you will also have the chance to take on work experience to engage directly with the industry.
This degree top-up is one of only a small number of courses in the UK accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as part of the NSCA Education Recognition Programme. You will also have options to gain further industry-accredited qualifications to enrich your studies and boost your employability, as well as the opportunity to apply for UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation.
Why choose this course?
- Excellent facilities – As a student on one of our strength and conditioning courses, you will have access to our new state-of-the-art Human Performance Centre and Laboratory, featuring the latest equipment and facilities including a 35m sprint track, lifting platforms, anti-gravity treadmill, isokinetic dynamometer and much more
- Enrichment opportunities – Boost your CV with a range of additional sport qualifications, including Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 1/2 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weightlifting) and Level 3 Sports Massage. (Note: extra qualifications incur an additional fee)
- Work experience – In addition to your studies, you will have work experience opportunities throughout your course to maximise your industry engagement
- Industry approved – Studying on an NSCA-accredited strength and conditioning qualification means you will be prepared for long-term professional success in the industry after you graduate
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
Our Clean Sport commitment
University College Birmingham adopts the UK Anti-Doping and World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact of sport on society. Further details about UKAD and WADA can be found on their website, or on twitter
View our Clean Sport Commitment statement (PDF)
Accreditations and endorsements
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is carried out by experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 12-15 contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching – 4 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching – 9 hours of teaching in the practical areas, including labs, gym, sports hall and Human Performance Laboratory
- Tutorials – 2 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic sessions
- Field trips and sports events – you are encouraged to attend a range of sporting events while on the course, such as BodyPower Expo. Some visits to external facilities will also be included as part of your course
- Work experience – we will support you to find appropriate work experience opportunities through our employability tutor and hired@UCB
You are expected to commit to about 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. Our virtual learning environment Canvas provides 24-hour online access to learning and support material.
Assessment is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and a variety of assessment methods are used.
An example breakdown of the assessment for this top-up is as follows:
- Coursework – 73%
- Practical assessment – 27%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Sport and Exercise Science, with 240 credits.
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: email@example.com
Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Throughout this course, you are encouraged to gain work experience in order to put your learning into practice alongside qualified professionals. Over the years we have developed close working relationships within the industry so that we can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies.
Our hired@UCB team will make sure you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.
What our employers say
At University College Birmingham, we understand the importance of work placements within your studies, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.
There are additional opportunities available too, including a recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the exercise, health and wellness sector.
You will be able to pursue a career in:
- Strength and conditioning (preparation towards UKSCA accreditation is included in the course)
- The fitness industry
- Personal training
- Sports nutrition
- Injury prevention
- Self-employment (as a business owner)
Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies. University College Birmingham offer a range of postgraduate degrees – such as our MSc Strength, Conditioning and Performance course – and you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.
hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.
Based in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships and apprenticeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps - UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition