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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

Bsc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning (with Foundation Year)

Study in a professional sports club-style environment. Work with elite athletes as part of our Sports Academy. Benefit from our connections with major sports clubs and governing bodies.

Focus on strength and fitness as you develop your own coaching style to enhance athletic performance. Learn from lecturers with professional experience. Achieve professional qualifications and develop a strong portfolio of experience ready for your career.

You’ll be encouraged to think creatively and challenge current practices on this degree, exploring new concepts as you gain practical experience working with athletes on campus from different sporting areas.  

You’ll develop and practise your skills in our near-professional coaching environment, making the most of industry-standard facilities. These include dedicated strength and conditioning gyms, as well as biomechanics and human performance labs. Opportunities to work alongside elite athletes on campus, and youth athletes through our industry partnerships, will enable you to gain experience with athletes of different ages and levels. As you progress through the course, you’ll hone your skills, developing strength and conditioning programmes for youth athletes as well as Olympic weightlifters.

Modules focusing on injury assessment, treatment and prevention, nutrition and coaching will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a high-quality strength and conditioning coach. Your first year will introduce you to the essential strength and conditioning practices as you learn about developing strength and power, and the principles of biomechanics. You’ll learn how to manage and monitor an athlete’s training load to prevent injury and optimise performance. The course will also give you insights into the roles of other sports science and medical professionals to prepare you to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team as part of your career.

Industry opportunities

In your second year, you’ll be able to achieve your 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Olympic Weight Lifting to strengthen your learning and experience. You’ll also benefit from our strong links with professional sports teams, industry governing bodies and our own Sports Academy that gives students the opportunity to work with elite athletes on campus. If you choose to undertake a sandwich year in industry, you’ll gain great experience ready for your career. Students have recently worked at Southampton Football Club, Gloucester Rugby, Bristol City FC, Sussex Country Cricket Club, Hartpury Sports Academy and the English Institute of Sport.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about athletic, physical and sporting performance and want to help athletes improve.


This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

Recently graduates have progressed into strength and conditioning coach roles at elite and non-elite levels at:

  • Wasps Rugby Club
  • Marlborough College
  • Dean Close School
  • Southampton Football Club
  • Gloucester Rugby
  • Malmo Football Club

Is there a sandwich year option?

Four years full-time (five years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics. 

A Levels | Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of one A Level.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

All applications for the Foundation year will be considered individually, however evidence of previous relevant study at level 3 (i.e. A Level, BTEC etc) is required.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Why study Sport at Hartpury University Centre?

Choosing Hartpury for your sport degree means studying in a unique environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional sports club with access to outstanding facilities on a 360-hectare specialist campus.

You’ll have countless opportunities to take insights from the classroom and apply them on site, working with elite athletes across Hartpury’s 10 sports academies, and to gain work and real world experience thanks to our long-standing partnerships and network of contacts with major sports clubs, organisations and governing bodies.

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional opportunities to develop as an athlete and to enjoy a wide range of recreational sports and activities.

Our sport graduates will use their qualifications in many ways; using the experience they gain at Hartpury to move into jobs in sport coaching, teaching, performance, therapy, strength and conditioning, business and media throughout the UK and internationally

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.