FdSc Strength and Conditioning

About the course

This Foundation Degree course has been designed to provide students with the practical skills, academic knowledge and delivery expertise that will ultimately enable them to gain employment as strength and conditioning professionals, or to start a career in the wider fitness industry.

It is an ideal choice of course for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge of the fitness industry from a practical perspective. Students will gain vital work experience in and out of the gyms and fitness suites, from training principles to human anatomy and physiology. The course is based around the work of the modern strength and conditioner and encourages students to develop innovative modern ideas, underpinned by traditional values and practices.

The main elements of the course include a range of strength and conditioning modules that cover the philosophies, styles and practices of training and the elements of program planning, fitness testing and sport specific strength and conditioning. Other modules focus on the key areas of sport science utilised in strength and conditioning; such as anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.

On commencing the course students may be required to complete a DBS check at a cost to the student.

Course modules

Year 1

Principles of Planning and Programming

The focus of this module is to provide the theory of planning and periodisation within a strength and conditioning programme. It outlines the knowledge required for a coach to be able to plan and implement a periodised plan meeting the needs of the individual athlete.

Practical Coaching Techniques in Strength and Conditioning

Students will be able to understand and evaluate the various technical aspects of exercises and movements used in strength and conditioning. This module will focus on the practical components of strength and conditioning delivery. Using a theoretical base (supported by current and relevant literature) and industry based practices/protocols, students will seek to create an indivisible relationship between the theory and practical application of the topics covered. Students will engage in practical elements designed to assess their technical competencies and their ability to safely coach selected exercises and movements.

Anatomy, Physiology and Human Movement (double module)

The module will introduce students to fundamental anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of human movement. This is supplemented by an understanding about the role of each discipline in the provision of a strength and conditioning programme.

Fitness Testing, Monitoring and Evaluation

The module will introduce the scientific basis of fitness testing, monitoring and evaluation. The assessment methods used within current sport and exercise science genres will provide students with a skill set which is required within the industry. Using a theoretical base (which is supported by research) to develop an understanding of essential terminology the module will seek to create an evidence based practice model for students. This will be achieved through an applied modular delivery based on field testing and specific conditioning/prescription modalities. Students will engage in a substantial practical component, designed to assess competencies in both testing and needs analysis.

Work Skills Development

This module provides students with first-hand experience where students will use their industry environment to develop practical and technical skills. Students will record and reflect on their own personal development during the module.

Year 2

Biomechanics of Human Movement

This module will build on prior learning of biomechanical principles at level 4. The students will study these principles in a more applied manor, linking these to different sporting activities and movements. Much consideration will be given to how, as strength and conditioning coaches, knowledge of these principles can positively impact the programming of training for athletes.

Special Consideration in Strength and Conditioning

This module aims to enable the student to logically and critically appraise current knowledge and best practice at the forefront of the professional strength and conditioning sector. Experiences will allow the student to differentiate the common strength and conditioning factors associated with specific populations and to enable the student to recognise important current issues for best practice analysis.

Work Project

This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the Work Skills Development module. It will utilise a structured work environment for students to identify a suitable project, develop and manage the project and report on the outcomes. Students will be encouraged to use the work project to develop professional working relationships and identify their chosen career options.

Research Development

The aim of this module is to develop the ability of students to undertake investigative research and underpin dissertation and double project work at Level 6. The module will focus upon information-related academic and market research skills, research methodology, data collection techniques, data analysis and writing skills.

Sport Specific Strength and Conditioning

This module aims to apply the principles of strength and conditioning, covered in other modules, to specific sports and activities. The module should give students a complete understanding of how strength and conditioning delivery is differentiated between sports/activities, based on a detailed understanding of the bioenergetic, physiological, biomechanical, and locomotive demands of the sport or activity.

Applied Physiology of Training

The module will develop understanding of the key physiological factors of training following on from year one modules. The module will focus on such interaction within both an acute and chronic response framework to exercise stress.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)

Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:

  • 2 A Levels (A2), at least one at C or above
  • BTEC/C&G Level 3
  • 2 Scottish Highers at C or above
  • 3 Irish Highers at C or above
  • International Baccalaureate at 24 points
  • NVQ Level 3 in a relevant disciplineAS Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively. Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at Level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview.

AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview.

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.

Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course.

Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an on-line learning environment and reference facility.

Assessment:

There is a wide variety of assessment methods, which help all learners. Practical assessments, written assessments, oral presentations and observations are spread across the course modules.

What Work Experience can I get?

There is no formal work placement on this course. The Academic and Vocational Skills and Industry Project modules will utilise both on and off site working environments to provide the opportunity for students to develop real practical and technical skills and help prepare them for employment in their chosen subject area.

Progression

On successful completion of the course, students may apply to progress to the final year of the BSc Strength & Conditioning course at UCLan.

Special requirements

Students are expected to be prepared for practical sessions and are expected to maintain a presentable appearance when representing the College in the community.

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

  • Sports Kit £100
  • BUCS membership £60

Our Partnership with UCLan

All our Higher Education programmes are awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Myerscough College is an Associate School of the University of Central Lancashire, a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary university located in Preston city centre. UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK with world-leading and internationally excellent research areas. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.