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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Strength and Conditioning

UCAS Code: C632

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Excluding General Studies

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

Pass with 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades

UCAS Tariff

96

Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Exercise for health

This focused area of sport science covers performance optimisation and the strength and conditioning of the human body. You will learn how to determine the unique needs of an athlete and assess their performance levels. You’ll be able to boost an athlete’s performance for competition, whilst protecting them from injury. You’ll work closely with professional athletes and teams, acquiring expertise through experiments and scientific investigations.

**Why this course at Marjon?**
• Designed to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) requirements.
• Extensive opportunities to take professional qualifications during your course, further enhancing your employability.
• Work in our accredited sports labs and sports centre.
• Our laboratory and conditioning facility includes a climatic chamber that will allow you to study varying environmental conditions including altitude, extreme heat and cold.
• Work with individual and team sport athletes, whilst being mentored by accredited coaches.
• Option to study abroad in the USA.
• 100% Student Satisfaction (NSS, 2018).

**What might I become?**
UK sports bodies employ more strength and conditioning coaches than any other member of the athlete support team. Careers include strength and conditioning coach, fitness instructor or personal trainer.

**Find out more at Open Day**
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Strength and Conditioning at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and look around our world class Sport & Health Centre. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

Book on to an Open Day at: www.marjon.ac.uk/open-day

**Why study at Marjon?**
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Rankings published 23 September 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates. Based on National Student Survey 2018

Modules

Caroline Westwood - Course Lead, Strength and Conditioning;
In the first year you will learn about biomechanics and the movements people make within sport. You’ll also gain knowledge around human anatomy. You will undergo strength and conditioning training and become a level two fitness instructor. During your second year you will become a level three personal trainer, learn advanced performance analysis techniques and look at research methods within a sporting context. In the third year you will do a research project, run performance
lab practicals with athletes and learn the latest strength and conditioning techniques.

1st Year
Introduction to human movement and biomechanics
Sport, exercise and health psychology
Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise
Academic, personal & professional development
Foundations of applied practice in sport & exercise science
Strength and conditioning
Principles for sport and exercise

2nd Year
Research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences
Work-based learning: sport and exercise science
Performance and technique analysis for sport
Sport and exercise physiology
Applied strength and conditioning for sport and exercise
Applied strength and conditioning for sport and exercise II

3rd Year
Honours project
Performance biomechanics
Applied exercise physiology
Advances in strength and conditioning
Nutrition for strength and conditioning

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will mainly be based on the production of lab reports, practical assessments, essays, presentation, e-portfolio and website development.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Department:

School of Sport, Health and Wellbeing

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

90%
high
Exercise for health

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Childcare and related personal services
12%
Sports and fitness occupations
11%
Health associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

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