The Course

This specialist degree is informed by current research and innovation within the sector. It focuses on developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills in applied strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics and nutrition.

Throughout the degree, students have access to specialist equipment in the University’s Human Performance Centre, which contains a fully-equipped strength and conditioning training facility, laboratories and an endless pool, as well as our Sports and Recreation Centre, which includes a fitness suite. These facilities provide students with an opportunity to engage in applied work and increase their practical experience.

A number of staff within the School of Sport and Exercise Science are nationally accredited as strength and conditioning specialists and are actively involved in the delivery of ongoing strength and conditioning support to both University of Lincoln Sports Bursary athletes and external athletes visiting the School for consultancy. Students on this degree may have the opportunity to work with staff on research and contribute to consultancy projects.

A number of the modules on the degree programme align to the professional standards of industry, recognised qualifications such as Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise Referral. Students may choose to undertake these qualifications alongside their degree at no extra cost.

Academics from the School of Sport and Exercise Science are engaged in strength and conditioning-related research and regularly present at conferences. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their own research in collaboration with staff and showcase their work at national conferences, such as the annual British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association Conference.

This course provides an opportunity to acquire a critical understanding of the knowledge and practical competencies required by strength and conditioning professionals. Key concepts are presented throughout the three years, with deepening layers of complexity.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

In the first year, assessment is 75% coursework and 25% written exams. In the second year, it is 50% coursework, 10% practical exams, and 40% written exams. In the third year, it is 61% coursework, 10% practical exams, and 29% written exams.

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that may be used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests.

The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.


First-year students currently provide weekly applied support to talented University-based athletes through a scheduled Strength and Conditioning Clinic.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching, and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
  • International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and a Science or sport related subject. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

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Last updated April 10, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
3 years
15,900 GBP
per level. International students. | Home/EU students: £9,250 per level
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