Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Strength and Conditioning



Course Overview

This programme will give you the knowledge and practical skills to work as a professional strength and conditioning coach in any high performance, sporting environment. The course has been specifically designed to address industry demands for practitioners who are able to not only design and implement strength conditioning programmes to improve athletic performance, but who also have specialist knowledge of sports injury, methods of returning to play and effective injury prevention.

You will be able to gain valuable work experience from placement opportunities throughout the programme. Graduates of the course will be well prepared to gain accreditation from major national and international strength and conditioning awarding bodies such as the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and the US National Strength and Conditioning Association.

While on this Strength and Conditioning programme, you will be able to gain important and desirable additional qualifications such as First Aid, Sports Massage and Gym Instructing, which will assist you in securing future employment. 

Our students will have access to our wide range of excellent sporting facilities including our sports rehabilitation suite, cross-training gym, spa baths, physiotherapy room, 3G sports pitches and Human Performance Laboratory. Students also have access to The Sports Academy Centre – a facility designed as an elite training environment which supports the programmes of Gloucester Rugby Club, Cheltenham Town FC and all seven of Hartpury’s sports academies. These facilities will not only enhance your academic studies but provide you with valuable experience ahead of a successful career in sports conditioning.

The programme can be completed full time in three years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager.

To help you make the most of your degree at Hartpury we have decided to provide professional related accreditation for exceptional students starting at Hartpury this September. We will offer to pay for your associate membership of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. Benefits of this membership include discount on all UKSCA workshops; the right to join the UKSCA's Special Interest Groups; annual subscription to Professional Strength & Conditioning, our quarterly journal; and online access to all articles published in Professional S&C since inception in 2005. For more information visit http://www.uksca.org.uk/become-a-member.asp

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science

Tariff points range

280 - 320

A level subjects grades

Two A2s to include a biological science/PE/Sport Studies subject

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

DDM in a science subject

International Baccalaureate

27 Points




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In Brief


3 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now.  Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.

If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or email admissions@hartpury.ac.ukto request a part-time university application form.

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    • Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
    • Principles of Strength and Conditioning
    • Human Physiology
    • Sports Injury and Pathology
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Applied Strength and Conditioning
    • Sports Massage
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Applied Physiology
    • Screening and Prevention
    • Sports Conditioning and Return to Play
    • Monitoring and Recovery for Sport Performance

Lee Douglas, Head of Strength and Conditioning for England Women’s Sevens


What I do 

I work with the 20 England Women’s Sevens players who signed professional contracts in September 2014 with the Rugby Football Union – 12 of whom won the Women’s Rugby World Cup. As their Strength and Conditioning coach, I’m responsible for making sure they are in peak physical condition, whether that’s by giving them more power, more speed or making them fitter. We do weights every day but we also do speed work, conditioning and work with the physios on rehab and injury prevention. These girls have come from playing 15-a-side, which is very different to Sevens, and the training has to be adapted for us to be successful on the pitch. This is also the first full-time programme for women, so it’s completely new, but they are loving the fact they can train every day. The gains they are making are staggering and it makes you feel like the best coach in the world! It’s hugely exciting helping them to unlock their potential and by the time they get to Rio 2016, I think they will be unstoppable.

How I got here
The opportunity to study strength and conditioning and play rugby at Hartpury was too hard to turn down. I realised quite quickly I wouldn’t go that far with my rugby and I knew that I loved the practical, conditioning side of my course so in my second year, I redirected my energy into my studies. The knowledge and the contacts I gained at Hartpury opened up an internship opportunity at Worcester Warriors in the summer after I completed my degree. I did everything I could to try to make myself indispensable and ended up being offered a full-time contract with their Academy.

I stayed at Worcester for six years before becoming assistant S and C coach at Edinburgh and then taking on the head S and C role at Bristol Rugby - that was fantastic progression for me. I started my current role with England Women in August 2014.

My time at Hartpury
Hartpury was the best decision I ever made. I truly believe that if I’d gone somewhere else, I wouldn’t be where I am now. The quality of the players and the coaches at Hartpury was incredible and I felt privileged to be studying in an environment that was so close to being at a professional club and that was at the forefront of developments in the industry. Initially I didn’t know which career to pursue, I just wanted to play sport but being on my course, I was learning from the best and was able to apply what we learned in the lecture theatre straight away out on the pitch and in gym sessions. That really fed my enthusiasm and made me want more.

Getting ahead in the industry
First and foremost you’ve got to love what you do. From the outside this looks like a nice job, but the demands on you are high. There are a lot of sessions and unsociable hours. So you have to be passionate about it and be willing to work very hard. When I was at Worcester, I moved to live with my auntie and cycled to the club every day because I couldn’t drive at the time! I see a lot of people with internships and it is the ones that work the hardest, go out of their way and show initiative and make themselves invaluable that are kept on.

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