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Strength Conditioning and Sports Coaching

Course Code: UF3593, UX3594

Level: 5
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years (full-time), three years (part-time)
When you'll study: Mondays, 9.00am - 4.00pm (part-time)

About the course

Full Fee

Full-time £14,900 (£7,450 per year)
Part-time £11,100 (£3,700 per year)

Do you have an interest or background in working with elite athletes? This Foundation Degree will give you the opportunity to develop practical skills and knowledge in the most effective methods of training athletes for elite-level performance. Whilst you will study underpinning science-related sports topics such as physiology, biomechanics and human movement, you will also develop practical skills in coaching effectiveness, Olympic weightlifting, speed, agility and plyometrics, and other athletic testing and monitoring skills. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to achieve a range of vocational fitness instructor qualifications.

Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to assist in strength and conditioning training sessions with a wide range of professional and elite athletes such as Plymouth Albion RFC, Exeter City FC Development Centre, the University of Plymouth Sports Scholars and City College Plymouth’s Academy teams for Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

What you'll learn

This Foundation Degree programme is pleased to have established links with a range of professional sport clubs – including Plymouth Argyle FC and the University of Plymouth Sports Societies/Scholars. Students will be given the opportunity to work within these professional clubs on both a weekly basis and as part of pre-season training camps. This will give students a fantastic opportunity to put theory into practise and become adept at working with the best – in fact, the vast majority of students experience working alongside elite athletes.The course includes the following subjects:

  • programme design for elite performance
  • strength and conditioning fundamentals
  • introductory sports therapy
  • anatomy of human movement
  • theory and practice of coaching
  • testing and monitoring of athletes
  • strength and conditioning clinic
  • sports nutrition
  • advanced exercise sciences
  • biomechanics of sport
  • research design
  • rehabilitation and recovery
  • opportunities to work abroad with European partners
  • opportunities to train professional and university-level athletes.

You will also have the opportunity to work abroad with European partners and to train professional athletes.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework including practicals, examinations and end of module tests.

What's next?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:

  • the one year BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation with Strength and Conditioning top-up degree at the College
  • the second or final year of health and fitness degrees at a range of universities
  • a wide range of careers in health, fitness and sports therapy industries.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

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Course Code: UF3593

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £7450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.