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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Strength and Conditioning Science

UCAS Code: C607

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits including 45 credits at Level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

at least grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24-28

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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

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UCAS Tariff

96-112

To include at least one A Level (or equivalent) in Science/Sport or PE We will generally make you an offer if your predicted grades are at the top of this range and you meet any subject specific requirements (where applicable). If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we can still consider your application but will also take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSE (or equivalent) profile and/or relevant non-academic achievements, references and your motivation for study.

91%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

St Mary's is internationally recognised as the front-runner for strength and conditioning education. The programme is delivered in a 5,000 square-foot Performance Education Centre, which provides students with the opportunity to practice their skills in a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility. Developing coaching experience alongside your studies is crucial. The programme has excellent links with numerous clubs and organisations in the region to enable students to obtain the necessary coaching experience they require to secure employment upon graduation.

There are eight specific strength and conditioning modules on the degree, which address the skills and knowledge required to pass the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation.

The degree will also prepare you for completion of the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) qualification in the USA.

Modules

Year 1 - The first year is a foundation year for all students within the sport sciences. In addition to core sport science study you will cover additional modules in fundamentals of strength & conditioning, field based training techniques, & strength training techniques, which require a significant level of practical involvement. The training techniques covered over the first year include weightlifting, plyometrics, strength training, speed & agility, gymnastics, aerobic & anaerobic conditioning & aquatic training. Year 2 - You will now move more deeply into practical understanding & the application of acquired theoretical knowledge. Core topics will progress to cover all of those required as part of the UKSCA & NSCA accreditation processes. Year 3 – You will complete, alongside other theoretical & practical modules, both a work placement & an extended research project. Students have the option of splitting their final year & gaining credit for a work placement or internship.

The Uni


Course location:

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Department:

Department of Sport and Exercise Science

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.

80%
med
Sport and exercise sciences

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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

88%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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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.

£19,190
high
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
77%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Sports and fitness occupations
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Childcare and related personal services
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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