Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition BSc (Hons) / FdSc

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
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Course length
2 years full-time
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This course is offered as both a BSc (Hons) and FdSc. Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BSc (Hons) at the end of year 2.


The Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition course offers a unique opportunity to combine the study of strength and conditioning with sports nutrition. You will develop a broad range of skills and experience in relation to the conditioning of athletes and preparing them for sports performance. You will combine these disciplines with an ability to manipulate an athlete’s nutritional plan to benefit their performance. You will gain the knowledge and skills to assess and develop athletic fitness and performance. Subject to validation, this qualification will be accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as part of the NSCA Education Recognition Programme. 

The course features a considered balance of theoretical and practical work to help you develop the skills to work as an effective Strength and Conditioning Coach or in the field of Sport and Exercise Science. There is an emphasis on the use of the latest research concerning strength, conditioning and nutrition to ensure your practitioner skills are based on the latest evidence in the field. There are options to gain further industry accredited qualifications throughout your studies, including First Aid training, REPS accreditation, Level 2 Gym Instructor and UKCC 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting) in year 1, UKCC 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting) and Level 3 Sports Massage between years 2 and 3. Extra qualifications incur an additional fee (reduced). 



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Why should I choose this course?

  • You will get a strong knowledge of strength, conditioning and sports nutrition and be able to apply these skills with confidence in practical ways
  • You will gain industry experience and qualifications that will boost your career prospects
  • You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area of professional interest
  • You will have work experience opportunities throughout your course to maximise industry engagement – and future job opportunities.
  • Teaching takes place in a small group environment, utilising university and industry facilities, so learning is highly focused. 

Avery Fields

Students also have use of the state-of-the-art, all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3m transformation, with the all-weather pitch situated alongside two, new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse, which includes function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite. 

New sports facilities for 2019

The fantastic news for anyone joining our sports-focused degree courses is that they will have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art facilities at our new higher education building, Moss House, when it opens in 2019. These will include a cutting edge gym incorporating all the latest equipment and sports technology and a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.

Find out more about our new Moss House campus.

Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Student Conference

UCB's first sports conference was held last year where industry leaders from across the country, as well as UCB’s own expert sports lecturers, gave an overview of some of the most pressing issues currently affecting sports performance and rehabilitation.  Watch highlights from the conference here.

Kit / uniform

For practical activities, a uniform is required at a cost of approximately £55. This consists of one polo shirt and a pair of track-pants. However, students may also choose to purchase additional items according to their requirements e.g. hoody, rain jacket, shorts etc.

Open days

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.


Performance Gym and Sports Hall

Our teaching and performance gym, alongside the University sports hall, is used for small group practical sessions to hone coaching and lifting technique as well as analysing movement biomechanics.  Additionally, we use local specialist facilities to ensure students are exposed to a wide range of industry facilities.

Richmond House Gym

This is a commercial level gym which is also used for teaching purposes. Here, students will learn more about exercise induction and delivery as well as conducting a variety of assessments.

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Human Performance Laboratory

The Human Performance Laboratory is used for undergraduate teaching, data collection for research projects and sport and exercise consultancy.

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Sports Injury / Massage Clinics

There are two Sports Injury / Massage Clinics where the University's Sports Therapy students offer a variety of services to professional athletes, students and members of the public. Students are trained to assess and treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries and deliver services such as massage and rehabilitation courses. 

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & 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 to include labs, gym, sports hall, Human Performance Laboratory
  • Tutorials: 2 hours – a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
  • Field trips and sports events: students are encouraged to attend a range of sporting events whilst on the course, such as BodyPower Expo. Some visits to external facilities will also be included as part of the course.
  • Work experience: UCB will support students to find appropriate work experience opportunities through our employability tutor and hired@UCB. 

Individual study

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. UCB Canvas provides 24-hour 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 Year 1 is as follows:

  • Coursework - 43%
  • Practical assessment - 32%
  • Written examinations - 25%

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.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements 

Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition BSc (Hons)

A Level: An A level grade profile of CCC

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction. 

Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition FdSc

A Level: An A level grade profile of CD

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS Tariff points

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact to check your eligibility.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.

Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2019/20 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.


UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email

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Qualification Grade Points
Modules (NV)


FdSc students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdSc students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.

Year 1

Academic Development Anatomy for Strength and Conditioning Exercise Physiology Principles of Nutrition Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles I Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles II

Year 2

Field-Based Conditioning Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Research for Sport Sports Biomechanics Sports Nutrition
Creative Business Enterprise Voluntary Initiative Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Athletic Movement Analysis

Year 3

Applied Strength and Conditioning Nutrition for Performance Sports Project Work Based Learning for Sport
  Please note
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 2019/20. 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.
Placements (NV)

Work placement

You are encouraged to gain work experience throughout this course because it is a great opportunity to put what you have learned 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 that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

Employability (NV)


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. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:

  • Strength and Conditioning (preparation towards UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation is included in the course)
  • Fitness industry
  • Self-employment – business owner
  • Personal training
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Injury Prevention

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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 on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, 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.