The principal aim of the programme is to prepare students for employment within the strength and conditioning industry. This is achieved through academic staff with both experience in the applied sector and currency of research within the strength and conditioning profession and related areas.
The programme also benefits from many industries based visiting lecturers. This is the first programme of its kind to offer a dedicated internship module through which students can gain academic credits while undertaking work experience in a club structure, professional organisation or National Governing Body. The programme offers the following course-specific compulsory modules:
- Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application
- Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice
- Training Science
Learning & Teaching
The programme embraces a plethora of delivery modes to engage the learner. These include lecture and practical delivery, round table discussions with visiting lecturers, tutorials and small group projects. In order to maximise the experience, there is the expectancy for students to engage with curriculum and self-directed study, in addition to tasks and demands of work experience and the internship environments. Support is provided by a personal tutor offering pastoral support and through the University's Virtual Learning Environment and extensive library resources and academic support.
Employability & Careers
Graduates of the programme can continue their studies and register for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject. Other graduates will pursue careers as a professional strength and conditioning coaches working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies, technical coaches, work within the health and fitness industry, act as consultants and lecture (further and higher education).
Previous graduates and current students of the programme work within the following establishments/organisations:
English Institute of Sport; Sport Wales; Newport Gwent Dragons; Scarlets Rugby; Leicester Tigers Rugby; Cardiff City FC; Glamorgan County Cricket; Bath Rugby; Cardiff Met Sport; Cardiff and Vale College
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- An honours degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or exercise related area appropriate to the programme.
- An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the Programme Director.
- Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in coaching, working within the health and fitness industry, sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme
For non-UK applicants, the minimum IELTS English Language requirement for this programme is 6.5 or equivalent.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.