BSc (Hons) Strength, Conditioning and Fitness

Strength, Conditioning and Fitness at Winchester seeks to develop students' knowledge, skills and understanding so they may excel within the strength, conditioning and fitness domain.

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BSc (Hons) Strength, Conditioning and Fitness at University of Winchester

UCAS code: C630

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2016 Entry: 240-280 points

2017 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing)

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary.  Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years)

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary.  Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900

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Additional costs:

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Other Information

Accreditation:

The programme is seeking accreditation from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) through the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES). The programme will also be aligned with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) guidelines for practice.

Study abroad (optional):

USA

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

The King Alfred Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities such as a Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratory, a Sport and Exercise Biomechanics Laboratory, a custom-built Sports Analysis Suite, University Gym, fitness suite, sports hall, and multi-purpose courts. The Winchester Sports Stadium, located at Bar End, offers superb track and field facilities.

Student Satisfaction:

This is a new course and so there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

Strength, Conditioning and Fitness at Winchester offers an exceptional blend of practical and scholarly exploration of the discipline area of sports conditioning and fitness. The primary focus of this degree is to equip students with the graduate skills necessary to enter and positively contribute to the sports (strength and conditioning) and fitness (health and fitness) industries through evidence-based practice as well as producing impactful research into these areas. 

By the end of this degree, students are able to undertake a comprehensive needs analysis for team sports, individual performers and individual exercisers. Using this information, students can plan and implement training programmes designed to elicit specific physiological adaptations, such as improving athletic performance or addressing areas of weakness/potential injury, and develop programmes to enhance broader health and wellbeing.

The programme is composed of three key strands which combine to form an innovative programme of study:

  • Strength, Conditioning and Fitness strand
    This strand focuses on the key skills, knowledge and expertise required in strength, conditioning and fitness. The strand develops students understanding of applied practice and ability to teach a range of specific activities designed to enhance a range of fitness variables including strength, speed, power, mobility, and aerobic fitness. The strand explores the key factors underpinning physical training and how to develop and tailor individualised programmes of training. The programme examines the underlying physiological adaptations that occur during sport and address issues pertinent to today's competitive athlete. Consequently, the strand specifically addresses wholebody system integration, looking at factors such as metabolism, trainability and adaptation, as well as hormonal and cardiorespiratory responses. It examines nutritional requirements from the recreational athlete to the elite competitor students to study methods of physiological assessment along with their application to different sporting and exercise activities for the purposes of implementing appropriate training programmes and assessing various components of fitness.
     
  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics strand
    This strand centers on the mechanical analysis of human movement with a focus on reducing injuries and improving performance within both competitive sporting and recreational exercise settings. The strand incorporates mechanical principles of motion, kinematic and kinetic concepts, anatomical knowledge and a range of quantitative measurement techniques which allow for a greater understanding of the muscular, joint and skeletal actions of the body during the execution of a given task, skill or technique. There are focused modules designed to provide a greater understanding of how these actions may be altered or affected by injury or disability and treated through rehabilitation or manipulated through the engineering and development of specific sporting equipment and assistive devices with specific material properties which are deemed to be desirable.
     
  • Research Methods strand
    This strand seeks to develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting contexts. The acquisition of such skills not only underpin learning from coursework in other strands, but is also a prerequisite for completion of the dissertation. The use of technology in a performance setting, such as video match analysis, is also an essential element of the strand. In particular, this strand provides a unique opportunity for students to become accredited performance analysts in conjunction with Dartfish analysis technologies.

The dissertation is designed to provide an opportunity to study an area which students are most interested in. It represents the most independent piece of research that is carried out at undergraduate level. Students are supervised throughout this process but are expected to take increasing responsibility for the development of this piece of work.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Foundations of Strength and Conditioning

Year 2

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Physiological Assessment
  • Training Methodology
  • Behaviour Change and Working with Clients
  • Strength, Conditioning and Fitness

Year 3

  • Research Dissertation
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics
  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Exercise and Health
  • Advanced Strength, Conditioning and Fitness
  • Working with Special Populations
  • Health and Fitness
  • High-Performance Sport

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of each course, students develop independent and critical learning skills, as well as building their confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available.

Students on this programme have the opportunity to develop academic skills and research literacy, subject knowledge, professional skills and evidence based practical competency. Opportunities for group work and understanding collective dynamics and responsibilities contribute to communication and personal development in addition to enhancing the students' ethical and social awareness. The programme is also committed to innovative and enquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching.

Course delivery is reflected in a balance between lectures, seminars, workshops, practical and laboratory work and tutorials. The programmes also structure work in between sessions by setting tasks for students to prepare for following sessions. However, many sessions are made up of a mixture of teaching styles and learning activities. We also encourage students to work together and support each other in small groups, and access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services within the University.

Teaching team

We provide high-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment and pride ourselves in the quality of support and guidance we offer students. Staff from the department are continually striving to find new and innovative ways to teach and support students. All tutors are interested both in sport and how to teach it. We firmly believe active learning and practical activities as well as directed independent learning to help our students to excel. We have a well-established reputation for educating students in a variety of academic disciplines related to the study of sport and exercise. Many of the staff are actively engaged in their own research. This research continually feeds back into our curriculum to provide areas for debate that are right at the cutting edge of the study of sport and exercise.

Dr Stewart Cotterill, Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise, and Reader in Sport and Performance Psychology
E: Stewart.Cotterill@winchester.ac.uk

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

 

The majority of the work in the sport and exercise programmes is based on coursework. This coursework includes assignments such as essays, laboratory reports, presentations, practical skills assessments, role plays projects, group debates, case studies and the dissertation. Although there are some examinations, many of these are based around seen papers. Such diversity ensures students become competent at expressing themselves academically through a number of different types of assessment.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates work as strength and conditioning practitioners, personal trainers, fitness instructors or sport and exercise scientists. Others enter careers in teaching, leisure, tourism, education, research and health.

Students develop a wide range of transferable employability skills including the ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and collaboratively. These skills are valued in a range of graduate careers, including those not directly related to sport and fitness. Many students also continue on to study for postgraduate qualifications to further enhance their employability. New innovative master's level programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they are at the forefront of contemporary study.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

 

Course Enquiries and Applications

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International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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