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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Enjoy high-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment
  • Gain scientific knowledge, practical expertise and coaching experience
  • Excel in your studies and favourite sports at our cutting-edge sport and exercise facilities
  • Follow a programme syllabus aligned to UK Strength and Conditioning Association competency document

This dynamic degree prepares you to flex your physical and intellectual muscles in a career in the fast-growing field of sports and fitness. Our course is a front-runner in its field and equips you 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.

Centred around our state-of-the-art sport and exercise facilities, which include our own stadium complete with an eight-lane athletics track and a large sports hall on-campus, this innovative, science-based programme allows you to focus on the disciplines of whole-body system physical training, biomechanics and research methods within the field.

Expert teaching combined with bespoke amenities such as biomechanics and physiology laboratories ensure you have the knowledge base to critically evaluate and engage with contemporary sport and exercise research and practice.

By the end of this degree, you are able to undertake a comprehensive needs analysis for team sports, individual performers and individual exercisers. Using this information, you can plan and implement training programmes designed to elicit specific physiological adaptations and develop programmes to enhance broader health and wellbeing.

This course comprises three key strands:

Strength, Conditioning and Fitness
This strand develops your understanding of applied practice and your ability to teach a range of specific activities designed to enhance strength, speed, power, mobility, and aerobic fitness. This strand specifically addresses whole-body system integration, and looks at factors such as metabolism, nutrition, trainability and adaptation, as well as hormonal and cardiorespiratory responses.

Sports and Exercise Biomechanics
This strand centres on the mechanical analysis of human movement with a focus on reducing injuries and improving performance within both competitive sporting and recreational exercise settings. You study mechanical principles of motion, kinematic and kinetic concepts, develop anatomical knowledge as well as explore a range of quantitative measurement techniques.

Research Methods
This strand seeks to develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting and exercise contexts. The supervised dissertation then provides an opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research in an area you are particularly interested in.

Strength and Conditioning is a booming industry, providing work opportunities not just with elite athletes, but also with sports teams, the army, police force and specialist groups. 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.

Careers

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 masters level programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they are at the forefront of contemporary study.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Study abroad 

Our strength, conditioning and fitness course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the USA. 

For more information see Study Abroad

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars, you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours
Placement: 24 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester). 

Assessment

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

75% coursework
0% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

53% coursework
0% written exams
47% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

82% coursework
0% written exams
18% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

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

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 25 points
If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing. 

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023.

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Foundations of Strength, Conditioning and Fitness 30

This module intends to give students a basic, yet broad, grounding in key concepts critical for strength, conditioning and fitness. Students undertaking this module will gain basic knowledge of both practical and theoretical elements in strength and conditioning, coaching psychology and also build the foundation of knowledge required for strength conditioning and fitness based modules at levels five and six. In addition, this module will introduce students to the gym environment and provide practical experience of the coaching skill set required to deliver strength and conditioning programmes.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Physiology 30

This module intends to give students a basic, yet broad, grounding in key physiological systems critical for sport and exercise performance. Students undertaking this module will extend their basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and will gain the foundation of knowledge required for sport and exercise physiology based modules at levels five and six. In addition, this module will introduce students to the laboratory environment and provide practical experience in exercise testing.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 30

This module aims to introduce the basic concepts of biomechanics as they relate to human movement and sport performance. The basic physical, anatomical and biomechanical principles underpinning the practical analysis of movement will be described. In addition, this module introduces students to a laboratory environment and provides practical experience in exercise testing from a biomechanical perspective using a range of specialist tools. Students will also explore how biomechanics can be applied in a sport and exercise setting and how this may impact the development of sporting technique and equipment in the future. 

 

Introduction to Research Methods 30

This module introduces some of the essential study skills required to perform well in all modules and assessments in a sport and exercise context. The study skills element of this module will place a particular emphasis upon transferable skills. The module will also introduce students to the scientific philosophies that underpin quantitative and qualitative research. Students will then be introduced to a variety of specific quantitative and qualitative research methodologies appropriate for the interdisciplinary study of sport and exercise. This module will also introduce the concepts of reliability and validity.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Strength, Conditioning and Fitness 30

This module aims to extend students’ knowledge of the concepts of Strength, Conditioning and Fitness into specific gym based applications. There will be an emphasis on safe practice while coaching clients which will be underpinned by a strong theoretical understanding of the anatomical targets for each exercise and the adaptation mechanisms involved. Students will engage with the coaching methods of a number of exercises and training modes ranging from targeted exercises aimed at a single muscle group through to whole body methods and Olympic style lifting tasks.

Behaviour Change and Working with Clients 15

The aim of this module is to enable the student to develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required of a practitioner within the domain of strength, conditioning and fitness. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, students will explore a range of factors and the potential impact of each upon the approach adopted by the consultant. A core focus of the module will be to introduce students to core communication skills and how they can use these skills to build more effective professional working relationships. Crucially students need to develop the ability to communicate with their clients what ever their age, intellect or social group.

Training Methodology 15

In order to systematically enhance a range of factors including speed, strength, flexibility, power, endurance, skill level and ultimately performance it is crucial to develop an understanding of training methodology. This module will explore a range of important factors including periodization, testing and monitoring, recovery, programme design, aims/objectives, and pedagogical issues.
Throughout the module students will be asked to investigate and evaluate training methodology case studies that may include: the female athlete, the child athlete, the power athlete, the team sport athlete, the endurance athlete, the injured athlete, recreational exercisers, and senior populations.

Physiological Assessment 15

This module will outline the rationale and importance of physiological testing.  Students will address the advantages and disadvantages of several specific laboratory and field based tests as well as learning the skills to carry out these tests themselves. There will be an emphasis on the interpretation of data and results and how this can be fed back to athletes. Students will also critically examine how specific types of training may influence these parameters from a physiological interpretation perspective.

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 2 15

This module aims to encourage students to draw on their understanding of the concepts learnt at levels four and five to critically evaluate literature and raise their awareness of contemporary topics in sport and exercise biomechanics research. Students will be encouraged to utilise their practical skills and understanding of biomechanics to identify and conduct appropriate tests in research-based settings. Additionally, students will learn sound methods of data collection and analysis to enable the interpretation of results.

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 1 15

This module aims to extend students’ knowledge into the application of biomechanical assessment in sport and exercise activities. There will be an emphasis on the evaluation of technique through the practical assessment of movement. Allied to this, students will develop additional proficiencies related to the use of biomechanical laboratory equipment and the collection, collation and analysis of data generated. The biomechanical principles underpinning performance in a range of sports and exercise settings will be considered, compared, contrasted and evaluated. 

 

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise 30

This module seeks to develop a greater appreciation of how to research more complex and interdisciplinary issues in sport/exercise. Students will develop and extend their knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research design and methodologies as well as considering research that adopts a blend of both paradigms. In this way students will be challenged to consider mixed methodological approaches (‘triangulation)’ to produce more meaningful findings and to consider the ethical issues surrounding the undertaking of research. Through the development of a greater sensitivity to research methods, students will then carry out a small-scale research project.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Health and Fitness 15

The module aims to provide students with an overview of knowledge in the health and fitness area. Students will be encouraged to understand the interaction between exercise, physical activity, health and fitness. They will further develop knowledge of the changing environment of the fitness industry and how to develop best practice and sound coaching techniques within the industry.

High Performance Sport 15

The module will identify the specific requirements of high performance and elite level sport. This will synthesise a number of areas which have been covered across the programme including strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, nutrition, client interaction and the ability to manage behaviours. Students will also gather knowledge of the skills needed to function in a high performance setting and investigate the types of specific problems that high performance strength and conditioning practitioners may encounter.

Working with Special Populations 15

This module explores the pathophysiology of common disease states, their prevalence and implications for participation in an exercise programme. The module investigates the subsequent benefits of exercise participation for unhealthy individuals and special populations with particular focus on current research.
The specific aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the issues relating to exercise prescription and strength coaching for unhealthy individuals and special populations, with reference to contemporary exercise guidelines and emerging research. The module will further examine the interrelationship between a variety of drugs and their consequences on exercise tolerance and measurements taken during exercise.

Advanced Strength, Conditioning and Fitness 30

This module will encourage students to draw on their understanding of the concepts learnt at levels four and five to critically evaluate literature and raise an awareness of the contemporary trends in both relevant literature and applied practice within strength and conditioning. Students will then be encouraged to utilise their practical knowledge alongside this critical view of current trends to gain applied experience working with external clients. This will allow a critical reflection of not only their own skills and development but also highlight the importance of procedural steps such as risk assessments and proper session planning/progression.

Psychology of Exercise and Health 15

This module will critically examine those psychological factors which affect exercise and health-related behaviour. This module will also use contemporary theories and behavioural models to explore the possible barriers related to the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle within an environment where sedentary living is becoming ever more prevalent. The psychological processes that underpin the physical activity and exercise motivation literature will then be used to critically appraise the specific intervention programmes that practitioners may utilise. This module will also enhance the synthesis of psychological thought to provide a more comprehensive analysis of empirical and anecdotal issues in exercise and health research.

Nutrition in Sport and Exercise 15

This module aims to further evaluate the physiological and biochemical principles of sport and exercise within a nutritional context. Detailed consideration will be focused towards the macronutrients and their role and effectiveness in fuelling individuals for a range of sporting events. In addition, this module focuses on providing students with a variety of skills to assess nutritional intake and then to suggest practically how diets can be optimised. The use of ergogenic aids and nutritional supplements will also be reviewed and critically evaluated in terms of performance enhancement and health. Practical activities include dietary analysis and a range of laboratory workshops.

Rehabilitation Biomechanics 15

This module will aim to encourage students to draw on their understanding of the concepts learnt at levels four and five to critically evaluate literature and raise an awareness of the contemporary biomechanical and professional techniques used in the rehabilitation of injuries. Students will be encouraged to utilise practical knowledge and their understanding of the ethical implications of working with injured individuals to evaluate current practice and be critical of the role that biomechanics can play in the treatment and support of injured individuals.

Dissertation 30

The Dissertation is a double module that provides students with the experiences of planning and executing an independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Each student will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics which are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for students to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Optional Credits

Optional modules
  • Sport Psychology 15 Credits
  • Psychology of Transitions in Sport 15 Credits
  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise 15 Credits
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology 15 Credits
  • Disability Biomechanics 15 Credits
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad (Sport) 15 Credits

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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the optional costs for this course:

  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £50 - £200 per academic year. 
  • Kit: Students are expected to wear the appropriate attire for practical sessions. Students can buy a department kit or wear their own. Students can buy as little or as much they like. This cost is incurred in Year 1 and is £20 - £50 per item.
  • Printing and binding: Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding in their final year. Cost £10.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
C630
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester