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If you are keen on a career as a strength and conditioning coach or working in the field of sport and exercise science, this degree offers you a unique opportunity to combine the study of strength and conditioning with sports nutrition. Featuring a combination of theoretical and practical work, our course uses the latest up-to-date research on strength, conditioning and nutrition to ensure your practitioner skills are based on the latest evidence from the industry.

Our Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition degree is one of only a small number in the UK that is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as part of the NSCA Education Recognition Programme, preparing you for long-term professional success after graduation. Supported by University College Birmingham’s cutting-edge sports facilities and equipment, along with a range of opportunities for you to gain practical experience, you will learn how to use a broad range of conditioning skills to optimise an athlete’s performance, as well as gaining an understanding of how nutrition can improve results.

Alongside your strength and conditioning course, you will also have the chance to gain a wide variety of further industry-accredited qualifications during your studies. Options range from first aid and sports massage to gym instruction and coaching weight lifting.

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Why should I choose this course?

  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Graduate with an NSCA-accredited strength and conditioning degree, as well as gaining NSCA student membership during your studies
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Boost your hands-on experience through industry placement opportunities – past students have worked with a range of top sports clubs
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply your training through practical strength and conditioning work in our state-of-the-art facilities, including our new Human Performance Centre and gym
  • ENRICHMENT – Study for additional qualifications during your course, and network with industry professionals at our annual Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Conference
  • TEAM SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP – Our University will be the home for Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, offering exciting opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes

Our facilities

Students on our sports courses at University College Birmingham have access to a wide range of excellent facilities. Our campus features a brand new Human Performance Centre, cutting-edge gym and sports injury and massage clinics, while you also have access to the state-of-the-art facilities at nearby Avery Fields, thanks to our partnership with local rugby club Bournville RFC.

 Human Performance Centre 3D tour

Course breakdown

Students on the FdSc have the option of progressing onto the final year upon completion of the foundation degree.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Core Modules

Academic Development

This module will aim to facilitate the transition of learners from FE to HE via a structured delivery of academic study skills related specifically to their Sports Therapy programme.

Anatomy for Strength and Conditioning

Students will be introduced to the basic anatomical structures of the body to include bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Knowledge of the human body will be applied to strength and conditioning activities to develop students' knowledge regarding the anatomical structures involved in conditioning.

Exercise Physiology

This module will provide students with underpinning knowledge about the physiological processes that occur within the human body as a result of strength and conditioning training.

Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles I

This module will provide students with an important foundation of practical strength and conditioning activities to build on in the second semester. Students will learn to coach basic lifts as well as some speed, agility and quickness drills.

Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles II

This module enables students to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles I module into coaching individual athletes. You will develop the skills to effectively coach in a one to one setting with the aim of improving an individual's physical capacity and/or motor skills. The skills developed during this module will be key to a successful career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Principles of Nutrition

On this module you will learn some of the fundamental principles of human nutrition. The content will focus on different body systems involved with energy metabolism and the dietary requirements for a healthy individual.

Core Modules

Field-Based Conditioning

Following the gym-based focus of year 1, this module develops the ability to offer effective training in a variety of sport specific settings, i.e. pitch based, running track or sports court. Students will develop the skills to administer conditioning activities and monitor athlete progression in both one to one and group scenarios.

Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Students will explore the use of effective strength and conditioning strategies to help to rehabilitate injury and prevent future injuries from occurring. The primary focus will be on the return to play phase of rehabilitation, making use of knowledge gained in previous modules to effectively analyse sporting movements and prescribe suitable rehabilitation and prevention strategies.

Research for Sport

You will be introduced to the management and application of research, looking at using primary and secondary research tools and techniques through various research activities. You will establish research aims, objectives, research methods and how to collect both qualitative and quantitative data for use in your own research.

Sports Biomechanics

Students will develop the skills required to effectively break down key sporting movements into their component parts, enabling them to successfully prescribe suitable conditioning activities to enhance performance.

Sports Nutrition

You will examine the nutritional needs of athletes and those undertaking substantial exercise programmes, exploring the importance of nutrition in achieving optimal health. Other topics addressed will include exercise and metabolism, energy generation, hydration and vitamin and mineral needs for athletic performance.

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Athletic Movement Analysis

This module is essential to identifying potential risk factors and causes of injury, using screening tools as a crucial component in injury prevention. You will be equipped with the skills to select and administer a range of tests to analyse athletic movement in order to identify movement dysfunctions, interpret results and prescribe a range of suitable exercises to aid correction.

Creative Business Enterprise

Have you ever wanted to create a new event concept, start a business or take over the world? Well Creative Business Enterprise gives you the knowledge, tools and skills to do just that. Creative Business Enterprise places you at the centre of the learning experience by combining theory with fun hands-on activity workshops and innovative business games to develop your understanding, knowledge and skills and achieve your goals.

Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

A key aspect in children and young peoples' development is how fitness contributes to health and wellbeing. You will critically explore how sport can contribute to health and how practical guidelines for this are developed by practitioners. This also includes the identification of drugs and the practicalities of working with children and young people involved with drug use.

Voluntary Initiative

The voluntary sector is one of the most dynamic sectors worldwide. You will have the opportunity to work on a volunteer project within a private, public or community organisation and see how they market themselves and compete for resources with other voluntary projects. You will be able to reflect on your experiences as well as develop your personal and professional skills within a working environment.

Core Modules

Applied Strength and Conditioning

Students will apply the knowledge and skills gained from the first and second years' of study to put together an effective programme of exercise for an athlete. This will include long term athlete monitoring strategies.

Nutrition for Performance

You will explore advanced concepts in sports nutrition and look at the application of diet in response to individualised sport specific needs through the assessment of anthropometry and caloric assessment. You will analyse the use of contemporary and emerging diets within sport such as the Palaeolithic diet, ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting practices.

Sports Project

This is a key project through which you will hone your independent learning, problem solving, analysis and data presentation skills. You will deepen your knowledge in a selected area of the industry of your own choosing to be explored as a case study or a journal submission. Both methods are supported by an additional poster presentation.

Work Based Learning for Sport

The aim of the module is for students to gain work based experience within the sport and fitness industry. The experience will allow the students to further enhance both their career specific skills and transferable skills. Throughout the work based learning module students will have the opportunity to experience and observe a variety of different practices. The module further aims to develop the student's ability to analyse the work based experience, with the use of reflection models. In addition the module is focused upon ensuring the students are employment ready following the completion of their studies.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition BSc (Hons)

A-levels: An A-level grade profile of BCC-CCC.

T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component of grade C.

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

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 104-96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 104-96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition FdSc

A-levels: An A-level grade profile of CD-DD.

T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component profile less than C.

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

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 56-48 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56-48 UCAS Tariff points.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff-based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry. Please complete our enquiry form here to check your eligibility.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to University College Birmingham. 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.

EU/international students

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

Key information

Teaching and assessment


Below sets out our intention for how teaching will look in the 2021/2022 academic year for each level/year of this course. You can view more information on our teaching plans here.


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

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

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Additional qualifications and training

  • 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 work towards a UKCC 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting) and Level 3 Sports Massage

Please note extra qualifications may incur an additional fee.

Uniform and kit costs

This course incurs additional costs of approximately £100 for uniform and kit. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250 per each full year. A half year tuition fee is £4,625. UK students do not pay tuition fees for any placement periods.

EU students

Following the UK’s departure from the EU to support our European applicants, University College Birmingham is offering an automatic EU Transition Award to all eligible European students who start their studies at UCB in September 2021 or January 2022 which will bring your fees to £9,250 for an undergraduate course and £8,000 for a postgraduate course. To be eligible for the award students need to be a permanent resident of an EU country and classified by the University as an international student for 2021/22 entry fees purposes. Non-eligible students will be charged the standard international student fee. To find out more information click here

International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £12,500 per year.

If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half-year placement.

Scholarships and bursaries

Sporting Excellence Scholarship

Students on our sports courses at University College Birmingham may be eligible to receive one of our Sporting Excellence Scholarships. These are open to applicants from any country who are able to demonstrate ongoing excellence in sporting achievement.

Two levels of support package are available, with awards of up to £3,000 towards competitions, training costs and equipment over three years of study. The scholarship also includes:

  • University-branded training kit 
  • Free gym membership 
  • Individually tailored programme - may include nutrition, sports psychology, strength and conditioning or lifestyle support 
  • Weekly sports therapy/massage 

To find out more about the levels of support and eligibility criteria, visit our scholarships and waivers page.


As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). This 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.

UCBconnect - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit

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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

We encourage students on our FdSc and BSc Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition courses to gain work experience throughout your studies.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • West Bromwich Albion FC
  • Wasps Rugby Academy
  • City of Birmingham Basketball
  • MSC Performance
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel abroad for placements, project work or residential trips may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please visit our updates and FAQs page for information.

What I enjoy most is the fact that we do lots of practical sessions in different facilities alongside other students, meaning we all learn from each other. I have never enjoyed any other practical sessions as much as the ones at University College Birmingham - the atmosphere makes them so much fun.

Kacper Bronikowski Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition BSc (Hons)

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Secondary school teacher (physical education)

Average Salary: £29,364

Personal trainer

Average Salary: £14,000 – £30,000+

Fitness centre manager

Average Salary: £23,000 – £30,000


Average Salary: £42,500

Exercise physiologist (in the sports sector)

Average Salary: £26,500

Strength and conditioning coach

Average Salary: £25,090

Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BSc (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto our postgraduate courses such as Strength, Conditioning and Performance MSc. If you are interested in teaching, you could also progress onto our PGCE course.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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