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Course summary

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), our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations course will equip you with the necessary sports science knowledge and practical strength and conditioning skills needed to help you optimise the health, wellbeing, and physical preparedness of service personnel. 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 Core Applied Exercise Physiology Approaches to Applied Sport and Performance Psychology Applied Biomechanics in Strength and Conditioning Applied Strength and Conditioning Sports Nutrition Military Research Methods and Data Analysis Year two Core Advanced Strength and Conditioning Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations Military Research Dissertation

Assessment method

Most modules within your course have only one summative assessment which will be either a written essay, report, presentation, or viva. (A summative assessment is a one-off test at the end of a module) However, several of the more applied modules have two practical summative assessments which is a one-off practical test at the end of the module. All assessments are designed to make sure you are making progress towards the learning objectives, and we are adequately providing the learning criteria for each module. Failure to submit an assessment or upon failure of an assessment, a re-submit is required within 4 weeks. In addition, we will let you know of any deadlines at least 3 weeks before submission is required.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

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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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