Sport and Exercise Science with Strength and Conditioning with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

This course includes a Foundation Year, so it is a 4-year course. The additional Foundation Year will allow you to develop your skills and build confidence in your academic abilities, identifying your strengths and weaknesses so you can progress onto the undergraduate programme. The course is 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), with an additional year to prepare for academic study at degree level. Why study at BNU? 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, utilising our multidisciplinary experiences and in-depth first-hand knowledge. 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. With our university campus being within a 30-minute commute of London and 35-40 minutes from Heathrow airport we are an accessible, open and welcoming university with easy access links no matter where you are based. In addition, our programme offers you the opportunity to take your learning online which helps you fit around your schedule. We have been able to build great links within local emergency services, military, police and other organisations, and our course has developed a good reputation for quality in these areas amongst our peers. 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. Our course is a part-time, blended learning programme of study aimed at serving Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors (RAPTCIs), Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructors (PTIs), and Royal Navy / Royal Marines Physical Trainers (PTs). This course is an opportunity for any of these instructors to undertake a bespoke programme of higher education. Our course content has been aligned to the core requirements of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and the Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standard. Our course has been designed to address the specific educational needs of service PTI’s and will increase your knowledge in both in-service strength and conditioning applications and civilian life. The discipline of strength and conditioning requires you to be both an effective coach and a knowledgeable sport scientist. Career prospects Upon completion of the programme, as a graduate you will be encouraged to sit the UKSCA accreditation assessment and the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. At the end of this course, you will be well prepared to take your knowledge of strength and conditioning to a higher level. You will have gained new skills, new insight and a greater understanding of the disciplines of sport science, strength and conditioning and physiology. Should you choose to take this knowledge into civilian fields, or advance further within your current organisation, the skills gained here will be invaluable. In addition, students who graduate with a 1st or 2nd class BSc (Hons) will also be well prepared to go onto postgraduate study at MSc level, such as our MSc Sports Performance course.


Year one Human Behaviour Research Matters Human Science – Dissecting the details Human Communication Exploring Intersections Knowledge Unleashed Year two An Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice Foundations of Exercise Physiology Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise Foundations of Biomechanics Introduction to Health Physiology Foundations of Sport and Exercise Physiology Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning Human Anatomy Year three Coaching and Athlete Development Research in Sport and Exercise Applied Exercise Physiology Sports Nutrition Applied Biomechanics Performance Analysis in Sport Applied Sport and Performance Psychology Applied Strength and Conditioning Year four Contemporary Coaching Issues Research Dissertation Advanced Strength and Conditioning Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport Exercise Referrals

Assessment method

By studying our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning course, you’ll always learn through a combination of theoretical and practical methods. Our expert academic staff will teach you through lectures, seminars, practical/lab sessions and tutorials, and importantly you’ll also participate in work placements and independent study. We also offer all our students the opportunity to visit or be visited by external industry partners so you can hear from the professionals currently working on the ‘front line’ of sports therapy. Each module will have its own assessment criteria, but you’ll largely be working on presentations, vivas, reports and essays, case studies, work-related and practical assessments.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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Sport and Exercise Science with Strength and Conditioning with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS