Strength and Conditioning at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

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Course summary

Course overview Strength and Conditioning is an exciting topic examining the science behind athletic physical preparation. A strength and conditioning coach helps to meet the individual needs of their clients and the specific needs of sports competition. They help people increasing their physical activity, prepare for the demands of sport, and bridge the gap returning to play when recovering from injury. Strength and conditioning coaches are also skilled practitioners in the research and application of knowledge into practice. A specialist support service in its own right, strength and conditioning coaches typically operate and provide expertise as part of multi-disciplinary team. This course is ideal for students progressing on from relevant sports undergraduate courses such as Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Therapy or Football Studies. In addition, this course would suit practitioners returning to education to update and develop their knowledge and skills, for example, sports coaches, PE teachers, sports therapists and physiotherapists. The course is taught one day a week for full-time students. This is designed to provide enough time to read extensively, research topics and work on assignments. It will also provide ample time for gaining coaching experiences and apply knowledge into practice. As you progress through the course you will embed technical competency of resistance training and energy systems development within principles and physiology of strength and conditioning. You will generate a critical understanding of periodisation and programming to plan and progress your client’s goals over the short-term, medium-term and long-term. You will improve your session effectiveness utilising modern coaching science concepts and psychosocial elements. You will also develop an understanding of the analysis of movement patterns, particularly those related to injury prevention and recovery. This course has been developed in collaboration with governing bodies and professional bodies to ensure it meets the demands of industry. As part of the course you will benefit from practical hands-on lessons and multiple placement opportunities, both within the University and with external links to facilitate your experiential development. This course is for: This course is ideally suited to students graduating from an undergraduate degree in sport who want to specialise in the physical preparation of athletes. You may want to apply the knowledge to a team or sport you already work with, or use the skills and experience gained to align to job descriptions as strength and conditioning coaches at professional sports clubs. Applicants without a suitable undergraduate degree but with considerable industry experience will be considered through interview process.


• Advanced Physiology of Exercise Testing and Training Strength and Conditioning practitioners must have appropriate insight into applied human physiology and biomechanics. By undertaking this module you will work within the BASES accredited sport science laboratories (Physiology, Biomechanics, and Strength and conditioning) to consider, in depth, the systemic adaptations to an array of training and recovery stimuli. • Analysing Movement in Exercise and Injury Strength and Conditioning practitioners should recognise the potential for injury in athletes and their anatomy based on the demands of their sport. By undertaking this module you will perform physiological and biomechanical testing within our BASES accredited sport science laboratories to assess for muscular imbalances, technical incompetency's, and areas of weakness, as well as review training methods to prevent injury and rehabilitate should injury occur. • Applied Research Methods and Study Design This module aims to promote your knowledge and understanding of the research process, but also to develop the real-world skills necessary to undertake a successful research project. You will develop these skills by undertaking your own research project. • Contemporary Topics in Strength and Conditioning This module will introduce you to a number of contemporary topics, providing you with an insight into highly relevant, advanced and up to date practices, problems and gaps in knowledge or application. • Developing Effective Coaching Practice Through this module you will critically evaluate underpinning theory and research and apply them to real-world practice, by planning, delivering and reviewing your coaching skills, including coach-athlete communication, observing and understanding your athletes, adapting the training environment and reflective practice. • Independent Research Project This is a student-led module and as such the content is largely determined by you under the guidance of your supervisor. The module provides you with an opportunity to undertake a sustained, intensive and independent investigation into a theme of your choosing and present the work in a peer reviewed journal format. It will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your scholarly skills within a unique area of study. • Principles of Strength and Conditioning You will be able to reinforce your appreciation for the fundamental topics and benefit from broadening your knowledge base beyond your own experiences and sporting interests. Vital to postgraduate study is the opportunity you will be given when revisiting these central topics to question and critique the evidence behind the underpinning theoretical knowledge and the associated practical skills they serve. • Programming and Periodisation This module will allow you to examine and question the design process of athletic training, specifically questioning the sequenced ordering of physical conditioning over several months, an annual calendar and beyond into long-term development.

How to apply

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to check the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to visit our website to see the relevant information that outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

Entry requirements

• An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in relevant subject area. • Significant industry experience will be considered on an individual basis. If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University. Language Requirements Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading. • TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking • Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9675 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9675 Whole course
Scotland £9675 Whole course
Wales £9675 Whole course
Channel Islands £9675 Whole course
EU £17065 Whole course
International £17065 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £17065 Whole course

Additional fee information

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact [email protected].

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Strength and Conditioning at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS