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. This course is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as part of the NSCA Education Recognition Programme, one of only a small number in the UK.
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.
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 to enrich your studies and maximise your employability, and you have the opportunity to apply for UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation at the end of year 2.
Students studying the FdSc will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BSc (Hons).
What our staff and students say
UCB is not like other universities. The groups tend to be smaller so you can focus more on your studies. My favourite module so far has been the Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles where we spend time in the gym and learn about the techniques of different exercises.
Why choose this course?
- Industry accredited course - The course is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), preparing you for long-term professional success after graduation
- Enrichment opportunities - You will have access to additional qualifications and enhancement opportunities to enrich your studies and boost your career prospects. You will also benefit from the Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Student Conference - watch highlights from last year
- Specialise your studies - 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
- Employment edge – You will have work experience opportunities throughout your course to maximise industry engagement – and future job opportunities
- Practical application - Teaching takes place in a small group environment, utilising university and industry facilities, so learning is highly focused with exposure to real strength and conditioning working environments
Enrichment opportunities/additional qualifications
- In Year 1, you will be able to obtain First Aid training, REPS accreditation, Level 2 Gym Instructor and a UKCC 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting)
- Between Years 2 and 3, you can also work towards a UKCC 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting) and Level 3 Sports Massage
*Extra qualifications incur an additional fee (reduced).
New sports facilities
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. 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.
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.
The University’s teaching facilities also includes an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment:
- 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. View virtual tour.
- Human Performance Laboratory - The Human Performance Laboratory is used for undergraduate teaching, data collection for research projects and sport and exercise consultancy. View virtual tour.
- 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. View virtual tour.
As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Uniform and kit costs
This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £100. Please also be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.
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 & 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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.
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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.
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.
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.
What our employers say
At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.
If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as 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.
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
Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies. University College Birmingham offer a range of postgraduate degrees, including MSc in Strength, Conditioning and Performance. You may also 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