Royal Army Physical Training Corps

BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Aldershot
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

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 in Tactical Populations course 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?

Fully mapped to the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standard and endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) this programme has been specifically designed to address the educational needs of Armed Forces PTIs and will educate you for both in-service and civilian applications.

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. Therefore, 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 university has all the necessary processes in place to support the unique requirements of Armed Forces personnel.

With our campus being within a 30-minute commute of London and 35-40 minutes from Heathrow airport we are an accessible, open, and welcoming university with easy access links no matter where you are based. In addition, our programme offers you the opportunity to take your learning online which helps you fit around your schedule.

BNU are proud to support the wider armed forces community and offer programmes for UK Armed Forces personnel that maps the skills of staff to the characteristics of typical civilian businesses and services. The Armed forces offers a range of different financial support, Bursaries and Scholarships for selected candidates during further and higher education.

What facilities can I use?

With opportunities to use our Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), containing state of the art equipment such as a 30m Mondo indoor running track, high-performance HP Cosmos treadmills, Vyntus Jaeger breath-by-breath gas analysers, Hawkin Dynamics portable force plates, Cybex Isokinetic dynamometer, Qualisys 3D motion capture system, and best in class Eleiko strength and conditioning training equipment, you will find technical support for any learning or research goal you want to pursue.

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Thanks to our investment into facilities, we can provide the equipment that is needed to fully develop your skills as a strength and conditioning expert to the highest level.

In addition, our library is open 24/7 and packed with all the information you need for your assessments – you’ll have access to hundreds of specialist books, scientific research, articles and online journals. Not to mention there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study time.

What will I study?

The discipline of strength and conditioning requires you to be both an effective coach and a knowledgeable sport scientist. Therefore, on this programme, we will develop your understanding of the concepts, theories, and techniques which underpin effective strength and conditioning practice. Furthermore, building upon your current skills, knowledge, and experience you will develop your practical coaching, research, and critical thinking abilities.  

Areas of study will include physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, applied strength and conditioning, nutrition, research skills and data analysis, programme design, 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?

Most modules within your course have only one summative assessment which will be either a written essay, report, presentation, or viva. (A summative assessment is a one-off test at the end of a module) However, several of the more applied modules have two practical summative assessments which is a one-off practical test at the end of the module.

All assessments are designed to make sure you are making progress towards the learning objectives, and we are adequately providing the learning criteria for each module. Failure to submit an assessment or upon failure of an assessment, a re-submit is required within 4 weeks. In addition, we will let you know of any deadlines at least 3 weeks before submission is required.

BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations Programme Specification

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


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£4,400 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

Upon completion of the programme, you will be encouraged to sit the UKSCA accreditation assessment and the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. At the end of this course, you will be well prepared to take your knowledge of strength and conditioning to a higher level. You will have gained new skills, new insight, and a greater understanding of strength and conditioning. Should you choose to take this knowledge into civilian fields, or advance further within your current organisation, the skills gained here will be invaluable.

The BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Populations programme is a proven and strong course, with an excellent reputation, and it will make a great addition to have on your CV. Taking a programme of higher education will help open doors to many new opportunities for you and increase your potential at all levels, not just within your discipline but within your personal development goals too.

In addition, students who graduate with a 1st or 2nd class BSc (Hons) will also be well prepared to go onto postgraduate study at MSc level, such as our MSc in Human Performance Optimisation (HPO) programme.


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