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Course summary

OVERVIEW If you are keen on a career as a strength and conditioning coach or working in the field of sport and exercise science, this foundation degree offers you a unique opportunity to combine the study of strength and conditioning with sports nutrition. Featuring a combination of theoretical and practical work, our course uses the latest up-to-date research on strength, conditioning and nutrition to ensure your practitioner skills are based on the latest evidence from the industry. Our Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition course is one of only a small number in the UK that is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), preparing you for long-term professional success after graduation. Supported by University College Birmingham’s cutting-edge sports facilities and equipment, along with a range of opportunities for you to gain practical experience, you will learn how to use a broad range of conditioning skills to optimise an athlete’s performance, as well as gaining an understanding of how nutrition can improve results. Alongside your strength and conditioning course, you will also have the chance to gain a wide variety of further industry-accredited qualifications during your studies. Options range from first aid to gym instruction and coaching weight lifting. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Industry approved – Graduate with an NSCA-accredited strength and conditioning qualification, as well as gaining NSCA student membership during your studies
  • Work placement – Boost your hands-on experience through industry placement opportunities – past students have worked with a range of top sports clubs
  • Practical application – Apply your training through practical strength and conditioning work in our state-of-the-art facilities, including our Human Performance Centre and gym
  • Enrichment – Study for additional qualifications including first aid training, REPS accreditation, Level 2 Gym Instructor and UKCC 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Weight Lifting (British Weight Lifting)*
*Note: extra qualifications may incur an additional fee FACILITIES Students on our sports courses have access to a wide range of excellent facilities. Our Human Performance Centre features the latest equipment including a 35m sprint track, eight lifting platforms, 7m rig and large screens displaying live analysis data. We also have a purpose-built Human Performance Laboratory which hosts an anti-gravity treadmill, isokinetic dynamometer, Monark LC7 cycle ergometer and SECA body composition analyser. Our sports clinics on campus are open to the public, enabling students to put training into practice treating and assessing patients. We also share the impressive £3m Avery Fields complex with Bournville RFC, offering an all-weather pitch, two grass pitches and a clubhouse with function room and modern changing facilities. ACCREDITATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS This course is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. PLACEMENTS We encourage students on our course to gain work experience throughout your studies. Employers we have worked with include West Bromwich Albion FC, Wasps Rugby Academy, City of Birmingham Basketball and MSC Performance. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Exercise physiologist (in the sports sector)
  • Secondary school teacher (physical education)
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BSc (Hons) degree.
  • Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Academic Development
  • Anatomy for Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles I
  • Practical Strength and Conditioning Principles II
  • Principles of Nutrition
YEAR 2
  • Field-Based Conditioning
  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Research for Sport
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Plus one option from:
  • Athletic Movement Analysis
  • Creative Business Enterprise
  • Health, Fitness and Wellbeing
- Voluntary Initiative

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk ASSESSMENT Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

  • Coursework – 43%
  • Practical assessment – 32%
  • Written examinations – 25%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C611
Institution code:
B35
Campus name:
University College Birmingham
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-fees/ EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx
Strength, Conditioning and Sports Nutrition at University College Birmingham - UCAS