If your ambition is to be a strength and conditioning coach and be able to work across the fitness and health industry, this course is for you. At ARU, we're proud to be ranked third in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2022. This is an exciting and diverse course where you'll discover that strength and conditioning is more than just gym work. You'll help athletes to develop the speed, agility, endurance and strength they need to compete at the highest levels. You'll consider correcting movement patterns to improve efficiency or avoid injury; and adopt different coaching methods for the different performers you work with. At times, you’ll need to understand how to progress the rehabilitation of an injured client. But there are options outside of professional sport too, with an emerging and urgent need for qualified fitness professionals to engage the community in physical activity. You’ll consider different populations in the community and how you could support their differing needs. As mentioned, strength and conditioning professionals will work alongside rehabilitation specialists so providing a seamless transition for the client back into sport or being active in the community again. Our Sport and Exercise Science course is aligned to UK Strength and Conditioning Association standards and endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), so you'll graduate ready to work in the UK’s burgeoning sport and fitness industry or to continue your learning journey to postgraduate study. Find out more about our approved and accredited courses. Our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning with Rehabilitation degree allows you to focus on the areas that really interest you, gain fitness industry qualifications, and obtain valuable work experience on an optional placement year. Based in our specialist, accredited labs in the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, you’ll learn how to help people develop their speed, agility, endurance and strength – whether they’re professional athletes training for elite competitions or local clients seeking to improve their physical activity levels. With different equipment at your disposal, you can track, monitor, correct and capture different data on performers to support your learning and development towards your career goal. You’ll have opportunities to specialise in biomechanics or exercise physiology from Year 2, and to conduct your own research or take a work placement in Year 3. Supported by our highly-experienced strength and conditioning specialists, sports therapists, coaches, health and exercise professionals and world-leading researchers, you’ll learn how to rehabilitate, recondition, and maximise the potential of sportspeople safely and ethically. There’s the chance to hear from world-leading guest speakers too, through our Excellence in Sports seminars. As you’d expect from a university that’s passionate about sport, you’ll find an array of sports clubs and societies here. And to top it all off, there’s financial support for talented athletes.
Year 1 Core Modules Foundation in Sports Science Year 2 Core Modules Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 1 Introduction to Sport Coaching & Development Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 2 Practical Delivery of Sport and Physical Education Professional Development - Level 4 Year 2 Optional Modules Gym Instructor Year 3 Core Modules Applied Research Skills Physiological Profiling for Strength and Power Functional Rehabilitation Practical Competencies in Biomechanics Strength and Conditioning Applied Teaching and Coaching Ruskin Module Professional Development - Level 5 Year 3 Optional Modules Personal Trainer Biomechanics: Analysis of Motion Physiological Profiling for Endurance Year 4 Core Modules Talent Identification and Development in Sport Rehabilitation for Performance Exercise Medicine Advanced Strength and Conditioning Year 4 Optional Modules Undergraduate Research Project Advanced Work Placement Physiological Basis of Training Current Topics in Biomechanics Applied Biomechanics Physiological Responses to Training
We’ll assess you using a range of methods, including presentations, practical skills tests, scientific reports, case study critiques and online assessments. We’ll also encourage you to reflect on your work, and participate in peer assessment.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Applicants who do not meet the two years post GCSE study at level 3 may be considered based on their satisfactory employment history, which must be a minimum of two years full time employment supported by employer evidence and deemed appropriate by the University for meeting the course of study applied for. Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.