- Study Mode: Part Time
- Location: High Wycombe / Aldershot
- Duration: Two Years
- Start Date: September 2021
Aimed at serving Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors (RAPTCIs), Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructors (PTIs), and Royal Navy/Royal Marine Physical Trainers (PTs), our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning (Armed Forces) will equip you with the necessary sports science knowledge and practical strength and conditioning skills needed to help you optimise the health, wellbeing, and physical preparedness of service personnel.
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Why study this subject?
This course has been designed to address the specific educational needs of Armed Forces PTIs and will educate you for both in-service and civilian applications. Building upon your current knowledge, skills and experience the programme will develop your practical coaching, research and critical thinking abilities in order to allow you to critique, synthesise and apply the latest sport science research within your own practice.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU is already successful at developing and delivering flexible and applied programmes, specific to the needs of military students. You can be sure that you’ll receive a high quality education with us.
The university is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and is registered as a Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme Administration Service (ELCAS) training provider.
Furthermore, the programme is closely mapped to the new United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standard.
What facilities can I use?
You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with a professional sports environment. At our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, the Human Performance Laboratory features an indoor three-lane running track which incorporates 3D motion-capture technology.
Our incredible facilities help to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique and assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Human Performance Laboratory is equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.
What will I study?
On the course, you will develop an understanding of the concepts, theories, and techniques which underpin effective strength and conditioning practice. Areas of study will include biomechanics, physiology, sports psychology, nutrition, applied strength and conditioning, performance analysis, research skills, skill acquisition and learning, sports injury and rehabilitation, topical issues in strength and conditioning and the application of strength and conditioning in tactical populations.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This degree is offered in a part-time, flexible and distributed learning format, delivered over a 24-month period. We want to make sure your learning accommodates for the particular needs of service life.
Modules on the course are delivered in a sequential format and are delivered through blended learning methods which include monthly residential study weekends, online tutorials, self-study distance learning and a combination of written assignments, practical exams and a research project.
Depending on the specific module, residential study weekends will be held at our High Wycombe campus or the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT) located in Aldershot.
You’ll be taught by highly experienced lecturers, including the course leader for this programme who is an ex-RAPTCI with over 15-years of military experience.
What are the course entry requirements?
This course is open to RAPTCIs, Royal Air Force PTIs, and Royal Navy/Royal Marine PT’s who are qualified in trade. All applicants from these service branches will be eligible to commence this programme at Level 5.
If you require further information or wish to enrol upon this programme please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Applied Exercise Physiology
Applied Sport & Performance Psychology
Applied Strength and Conditioning
Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise
Performance Analysis in Sport
Research in Sport and Exercise
Year 2 Modules
Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport
Advanced Strength and Conditioning
Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£4,100 per year
What are my career prospects?
Upon completion of the programme, as a graduate you will be encouraged to sit the UKSCA accreditation assessment and the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam.