Strength and Conditioning (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Strength and Conditioning (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C758; Short form: S&CFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Behind every elite sports star sits an elite support team. If you want to help high performance athletes perform at their physiological and physical best, this extremely popular degree will prepare you for a rewarding, fascinating career. You’ll graduate with the ability to design and deliver effective strength and conditioning programmes for a range of people, after studying within a diverse and interesting peer group. The field of strength, conditioning and human performance is rapidly expanding - this dynamic course will enable you to take full advantage of this growth as you start your professional career.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points, Science preferable (Biology, PE, Sport & Ex Science). We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
  • Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning


  • Professional Work Environments for Sport
  • Practical Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

Year 2

  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 1
  • Principles of Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • Training Theory
  • Functional Anatomy

Year 3

  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 2
  • Applied Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • High Intensity Training and Conditioning
  • Common Sports Injuries and Prevention

Year 4

Compulsory Modules: 

  • Research Project
  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 3

Select two modules from the following:

  • Advanced Movement Analysis in Strength and Conditioning
  • Training Prescription for the Elite Athlete
  • Biomechanics of Posture and Injury in Sport



Further Information

Why study this course?

This degree has been designed to provide you with an intellectually stimulating and vocationally relevant programme if you are interested in strength and conditioning as it relates to human performance.

The BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning degree at UCLan allows students to gain both theoretical knowledge and practitioner skills and apply them in a real world setting. Students will be given the opportunity to assist with performance testing of professional teams in order to gain invaluable experience of working within high performance sport.

Students will be taught by staff who coach at the elite level and who also undertake contemporary research at the highest level in the field of strength and conditioning. The skills and experience gained from these two crucial areas is used to create a relevant, practical and contemporary learning environment.

Students will graduate from the course with the knowledge and practical coaching competency to begin an exciting career as a Strength and Conditioning coach. The course is also aligned with the guidelines issued by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) and British Weightlifting (BWL).

Exciting Opportunities

Throughout your time at UCLan you will have the opportunity to gain a variety of experiences through volunteering and internship opportunities. These could be with professional sports clubs and undergraduate research internships. You’ll also have the opportunity study abroad during year 2 via student exchange programmes. We have links with universities in the United States, Canada and Spain.

Potential Careers

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Performance Analysis
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Lecturing
  • Fitness Professional


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Industry Links

Our strong links with industry and the sports profession - including Preston North End, Blackpool FCC, Burnley FCC, Wigan Warriors - mean you can gain experience of working with high performance athletes while developing your own invaluable network of contacts.

You'll also enjoy student membership of BASES (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences), allowing you to build your academic and research expertise while on the course - and beyond, as membership transforms to professional upon graduation.

Professional Accreditation

The course will prepare graduates for UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation. UKSCA is the UK body for strength and conditioning courses; the level of professional recognition in this field has seen accreditation with UKSCA rise to practically a prerequisite to work within this field.

Students will also get the opportunity to take additional relevant qualifications such as British Weightlifting Coaching Award, and coaching badges for a number of sports.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of different ways. These include key note lectures, use of case study material, seminars and practical sessions, and problem-based learning. The degree utilises a variety of assessment strategies, including case studies, presentations, assignments, practical vivas and a project. Students will also develop practical competency by spending time in the gym, purpose built lifting suite at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) and visiting clubs to experience hands on coaching.

Teaching staff on the Strength and Conditioning course are not only academic but are active in research and coaching in the field of high performance sports. The majority are still in professional practice. The course is led by Chris Edmundson.


The course will make use of some of the outstanding facilities at the University, including the biomechanics and physiology labs, and the multi-million pound UCLan Sports Arena (USA). The latter houses a purpose built strength and conditioning facility, which has received a significant investment in equipment.

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