Aimed at serving Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors (RAPTCIs), Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructors (PTIs), and Royal Navy/Royal Marine Physical Trainers (PTs), our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations course will equip you with the necessary sports science knowledge and practical strength and conditioning skills needed to help you optimise the health, wellbeing, and physical preparedness of service personnel.
Why study this subject?
This course has been designed to address the specific educational needs of Armed Forces PTIs and will educate you for both in-service and civilian applications. Building upon your current knowledge, skills and experience the programme will develop your practical coaching, research and critical thinking abilities in order to allow you to critique, synthesise and apply the latest sport science research within your own practice.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU is already successful at developing and delivering flexible and applied programmes, specific to the needs of military students. You can be sure that you’ll receive a high quality education with us.
The university is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and is registered as a Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme Administration Service (ELCAS) training provider.
Furthermore, the programme is closely mapped to the new United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standard.
What facilities can I use?
You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with use of our state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory. Equipped with a range of physiological, biomechanical, and psychological testing equipment including a 30 m indoor three-lane running track, 3D motion-capture, force plate, and breath by breath gas analysis technology you will learn how to assess, monitor, and optimise human performance capabilities.
What will I study?
On the course, you will develop an understanding of the concepts, theories, and techniques which underpin effective strength and conditioning practice. Areas of study will include biomechanics, physiology, sports psychology, nutrition, applied strength and conditioning, performance analysis, research skills, skill acquisition and learning, sports injury and rehabilitation, topical issues in strength and conditioning and the application of strength and conditioning in tactical populations.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This degree is offered in a part-time, flexible, and distributed learning format, delivered over a 24-month period.
Modules on the course are delivered in a sequential format and are delivered through blended learning methods which include monthly residential study weekends, online tutorials, self-study distance learning and a combination of written assignments, practical exams, and a research project.
Depending on the specific module, residential study weekends will be held at our High Wycombe campus, or the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT) located in Aldershot.
You’ll be taught by highly experienced lecturers, including the course leader for this programme who is an ex-RAPTCI with over 15-years of military experience.
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