What is Degree Accreditation?

Degree Accreditation is acknowledgement by an external body that a university degree program meets a defined set of overarching criteria.

 

Accreditation by the IUSCA recognises and supports the advancement of skills and education in Strength and Conditioning (S&C). 

The IUSCA Degree Accreditation program has established a profile of skills that employers will be able to recognise in graduates from accredited degrees.

 

These qualities include:

  • The ability to utilise scientific thinking in a variety of contexts

  • Breadth and depth of knowledge within S&C

  • The ability to write and communicate with clarity and effectiveness

  • Demonstrated technical abilities

  • Significant experience as a practitioner (750 hours)

  • The ability to review and evaluate their own and others' practice and performance

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Benefits of Accreditation

Students:

  • Professional accreditation within their specific field of study

  • Free attendance at online conference and events

  • Greater employability power within a competitive market

  • Confidence in the quality of their degree programme

Prospective Students:

  • Assurance that their intended degree programme is fit for purpose and will offer a competitive advantage in the job market

 

Universities:

  • Confirmation of academic quality and integrity

  • Enhanced student recruitment potential

  • Links to a wide network of partners, employers, and students

  • External, independent review and feedback

  • Sharing of best practice

 

Employers:

  • Confidence in ensuring a high quality applicant, with specific and relevant experience in the field.

  • A qualified member of staff, fulfilling best practice guidelines and health and safety requirements. 

  • The only Accreditation to guarantee significant practical experience 

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We are very proud to have the BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Sport accredited by the IUSCA. The opportunity for students to work towards the IUSCA’s Accredited International Strength and Conditioning Practitioner (aISCP) status provides a tangible industry qualification that evidences academic achievement (2.1 degree) and a depth of recorded practical experience

Dr. Thomas Gee, Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Lincoln

We are extremely proud to align the academic competencies in our MSc Strength and Conditioning with the robust criteria for IUSCA’s Degree Accreditation. This recognition provides valuable industry recognition of best practice, as well as professional support to our programme through placement and internship opportunities. This also means that our student are able to graduate with a credible industry recognised qualification

Dr. Fernando Naclerio, Professor in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Greenwich

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Which courses are eligible?

Degree Accredited status can be granted to BSc (hons) and MSc degrees in the UK, or BS and MS degrees in the USA or equivalent depending on the nation. 

Does it have to be a specialised S&C course? 

While being a specialised course may make it easier to align and achieve all of the designated criteria, in general, IUSCA Degree Accreditation is appropriate any Sport Science, Exercise Science, or other related courses. 

For example, a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science (SES) would likely meet the majority of the criteria, but there may need to be more emphasis placed on the student being proactive in meeting the required number of practical hours and the completion of a substantial portfolio.

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Accreditation Committee

The IUSCA Accreditation Board (IAB) develops and oversees Accreditation on behalf of the IUSCA. The IAB is responsible for assessing all applications, carrying out site visits to the HEIs, and is authorised to award accreditation to qualifying programmes.

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