Sport and Exercise Science

Sport Science: Strength and Conditioning

Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Leaflet Code: CR40232FT


As sport participation rates are forecast to increase over the coming years, the study of sports science and specifically strength and conditioning is becoming more and more important. Now is the perfect time to complete this Foundation Degree with us and develop the skills that will help you enjoy a rewarding career in the industry.

Focusing on the three main disciplines of sport science – Physiology, Biomechanics and Psychology – as identified by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), you’ll look at the principles of training, exploring how sports performance is affected by these factors in both theoretical and practical tests.

The programme benefits from state-of-the-art sports laboratory, strength and conditioning and sports coaching suites, equipment and facilities, including:
• Sports laboratory catering for physiological analysis including Cortex Metalyzer Gas Analysis, Douglas Bag Gas Analysis, Blood Lactate, Cholesterol and Glucose measurement and Wattbike Cycle Ergometer
• Fully equipped strength and conditioning suite with Olympic lifting equipment and video technology as well as resistance and cardio-vascular equipment
• Sports hall catering for a plethora of sports such as football, basketball, and badminton with stadium seating and video analysis equipment
• Performance analysis suite for conducting match analysis
• Outdoor playing fields and astro turf

Along with studying the biochemistry of sport and exercise, you’ll also learn about the theory behind applied strength and conditioning techniques including biomechanics, and complete practical assignments to understand this subject in more detail inline with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association occupational standards. Each topic will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a sports science related role. This course is validated by Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Openshaw Campus
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • September 2024

Awarding Partner:

Manchester Metropolitan University

You will be taught by a team of experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport and fitness sector including nutritionists, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches. All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s qualifications. Our staff maintain strong links with Manchester Metropolitan University and regularly update their knowledge and skills

• 64 UCAS points based upon a relevant full level 3 diploma in the subject area.

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

• Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a related subject for example Public Services, Health and Social care, A Levels etc (Contact the course tutor for further details).

• Applicants should possess two A levels (an A level in PE would be an advantage), or a BTEC Level 3 in a related area

• Applicants are welcome with vocational qualifications such as the Certificate/ Diploma in Personal Training alongside relevant work experience.

• Recognition of prior learning/experience will be accepted in line with University policy and procedures.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Foundations of Anatomy and Biomechanics (30 credits)
Foundations of Anatomy and Biomechanics (30 credits). This unit will provide an introduction to human anatomy, kinesiology and the biomechanical principles that are relevant to movement during sport and exercise

Fundamentals of Psychology and Motor Learning (30 credits)
Fundamentals of Psychology and Motor Learning (30 credits). This unit will provide students with an insight into the major theoretical concepts associated with sports psychology and the application of motor learning strategies to enhance sports performance

Principles of Training (30 credits)
Principles of Training (30 credits). This unit aims to introduce students to the principles of sport training and conditioning. It aims to develop student’s ability to assess, prescribe, coach and monitor clients in exercise to professional standards.

Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Professional and Academic Development (30 credits). This unit will support student transition to graduate level study and professional careers. It will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers.

Level 4
25% practical
38% portfolio/ assignment
25% presentation
12% examination
Level 5
50% assignment
25% presentation/video
25% examination

All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.