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Strength and Conditioning

BSc Honours

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Strength and Conditioning

BSc Honours

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    Year of entry: Sept 2019 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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  • Placements:

Open Days Wednesday 21 November 2018

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Course Overview

Do you want to help athletes achieve peak performance while reducing the risk of injury?

Strength and conditioning is widely acknowledged by athletes and coaches as a vital component of achieving peak performance and reducing injury. It’s a growing area, with demand for strength and conditioning coaches increasing rapidly.

On this course, you’ll work towards the key requirements for strength and conditioning coaches – a degree in sport and exercise sciences that will help you develop the knowledge you’ll need to become accredited by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

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Why study with us

Work towards your accreditation as a strength and conditioning coach. Our course content is aligned to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association competencies.

Access excellent facilities, including a Sports Science Laboratory and a Strength and Conditioning Suite.

Get an international perspective. Complete your professional work placement abroad or take part in our Study Abroad programme.

Choose your path. At the end of the first year of this course, you can continue with Strength and Conditioning or transfer to Sport and Exercise Sciences or Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition), giving you flexibility.

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90%

of our Sport and Physical Education students are satisfied overall with their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)

95%

of our Sport and Physical Education students are satisfied with the learning resources on their course.

(National Student Survey 2018​​)

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018) ​​

Course Information

About this course >

You’ll study the core components of sport and exercise sciences, including psychology, physiology, biomechanics, and research methods. But unlike other sport and exercise sciences courses, you’ll also learn the practical techniques required to become a strength and conditioning coach.

You’ll explore a range of theories and concepts, but most importantly, you’ll develop key laboratory skills in a range of disciplines in order to improve the performance of athletes.

Putting theory into practice, you’ll complete two professional work placements. You can complete your placements in the UK or abroad, and you’ll have the opportunity to volunteer or study abroad as part of your degree.

You’ll also have access to excellent facilities and equipment, including our specialist Strength and Conditioning Suite.

Further Study

Postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance your skills further and really specialise within an area. Following this course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport Management, MSc Health and Well being, Master by Research programme and PGCE courses, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

Year 1

In year one you will study a range of modules covering the core principles of sports and exercise science such as anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis and psychology. You will also study an introduction to the techniques in strength and conditioning. In addition you will be able to select one optional specialist modules from exercise psychology or health and fitness. You will also study a module which will combine these disciplines and allow you to develop your applied experience in an interdisciplinary setting with programme level assessment.

Year 2

Year two will focus on strength and conditioning throughout the year and in addition you will develop your general knowledge and understanding further with core modules in psychology, biomechanics and physiology. The second year also allows you to develop your employability skills and provides the option of either undertaking a second professional block placement or a volunteering module which will allow you to use any ongoing volunteering experience towards your degree programme. You will also study general research principles in preparation for your final year dissertation.

Year 3

The final year is mostly optional modules which covers applied strength and conditioning and sports nutrition. The other modules are optional to allow you the flexibility to tailor your degree within your preferred specialism. Possible modules include, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, sports injury, and health based modules for physical activity. You will also undertake a final year project which will allow you to use the research skills you have acquired throughout the programme and research an area of your interest.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SHN4282 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • SHN4302 - Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • SHN4312 - Performance Analysis
  • SHN4412 - Techniques in Strength and Conditioning
  • SHN4472 - Exercise Psychology
  • SHN4502 - Health and Fitness
  • SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN5142 - Research Methods 2
  • SHN5152 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • SHN5162 - Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition
  • SHN5172 - Physiology of Training
  • SHN5222 - Biomechanical Analysis and Performance
  • SHN5262 - Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice
  • SHN5272 - Strength and Conditioning in Practice

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6202 - Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
  • SHN6212 - Performance Physiology
  • SHN6222 - Sports Injury
  • SHN6242 - Applied Biomechanics and Movement Analysis
  • SHN6252 - Advanced Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • SHN6302 - Applied Strength and Conditioning

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 14.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 199 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 931 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 15.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 199 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 914 hours of independent teaching; 138 hours on placement

Year 3 – 14.9 % of scheduled learning and teaching; 179 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,021 hours of independent teaching

 

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.

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Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars or laboratory-based practical sessions.

On this programme students undertake two professional work placements in Level 4 and Level 5. There is also an optional Level 6 module called Professional Learning through Work to further enable students to gained credit for their learning in the workplace.

Practical strength and conditioning modules align to the requirements of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation programme. These are conducted in a high specification strength and conditioning suite.

At Level 6 students will complete a 40-credit Dissertation to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and skill development. Dissertations are often carried out on real projects or for organisations so that the work is very professionally relevant for the employer and student towards future career opportunities.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. Students will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

The department of Sport, Health & Nutrition offer all students the opportunity to take part in sports volunteering on or off-site and, or, to take coaching awards to add to their CV. They have a dedicated Sports Development team to organise sports coaching and volunteering as part of the extra-curricular activities.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus. Each Module Leader will provide lecture notes on this site to support their learning and other activities such as quizzes to check learning or additional reading or online tutorial activities in addition to the taught sessions.


Assessment


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 89.2% coursework; 10.8% written exams

Year 2 - 100% coursework

Year 3 - 100% coursework

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

The variety of assessments in Sport, Health & Nutrition are noted by the External Examiner to be "the very best of practice in the sector" Staff are very creative in their assessments, providing engaging assignments. Students may be asked to carry out oral assessments and practical assessments in the sports laboratory.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language, Maths and Science.

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions​@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

Find out more

Placement Opportunities

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete two professional work placements in your first and second years. Our students have worked with professional sports clubs and strength and conditioning coaches, as well as working with primary and secondary schools, human kinetics publishers and personal trainers.

Graduate Opportunities

​Our students have also been successful within the business and marketing sector, proving that the course provides you with valuable transferable skills to work in a wide range of areas.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Sport and Exercise Sciences (Strength and Conditioning) Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Sport and Exercise Sciences (Strength and Conditioning) alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.