The role of a strength and conditioning coach is fundamentally to enhance the physical performance of athletes and minimise the likelihood of injury. Indeed, the modern strength and conditioning coach is a vital member of the team, behind the team, in most professional sports. Our strength and conditioning degree has been closely mapped to the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) core competencies and developed in line with the requirements of National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) stringent Education Recognition Program (ERP). As such, if your ambition is to pursue a career in performance sport or work as a personal trainer then our course will equip you with scientific knowledge and practical coaching skills, you need to succeed.
Using our state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facilities and Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), you will learn to apply a multi-disciplinary understanding of physiology, biomechanics, sports coaching, applied strength and conditioning, performance analysis, training programme design, and sports injury rehabilitation. In addition, you will also be given the opportunity to develop your practical coaching skills via work placements with clubs and organisations from a variety of sports.
Strength and conditioning coaches need to be able to draw on knowledge and expertise across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas. During this course you will learn about anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, coaching theory and practice, weightlifting for sports performance, speed, agility and plyometric training, performance analysis, training programme design, and sports injury rehabilitation.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to identify the key theories which underpin effective strength and conditioning and use this knowledge to design and deliver effective training programmes with the goals of optimising an athlete’s performance and minimising the likelihood of injury.
You’ll learn through a range of methods including practical sessions, debates and observations, as well as formal lectures and interactive seminars. You’ll have opportunities to work on small group projects which will help develop your problem-solving skills, and you’ll also be encouraged to take part in independent learning, so you keep up-to-date with the latest research. Whatever your learning style, you will be assessed in a variety of ways, ensuring you’re able to develop your skills in different areas.
During this course you will have the opportunity to take part in practical learning sessions to enhance your professional development. This could include working with individuals and teams, gaining practical coaching experience in a variety of settings, for example assisting with the coaching of the University’s weightlifting society. During your third year with us, you’ll be encouraged to take part in a more formal work-based learning module, working with clients.
We have a strong focus on the employability of our students. To ensure you’re well prepared for employment, you’ll be offered optional work placements in your second and third years. We’ve got well-established links with sports organisations, including Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, Watford Football Club, London Irish Rugby Club and FAB academy. These partnerships will enhance your course experience while you are a student with us, as well as provide experience and practical based learning. Your placements may initially involve observing or shadowing professionals working in strength and conditioning functions. You’ll then progress to more hands-on roles as your level of experience grows.