Spotlight on Strength and Conditioning Degree Programmes
Universities are at the forefront of the S&C industry. The degree courses that they offer, and the students that they educate, are shaped and guided by universities and therefore they have a massive influence on the future of the S&C profession. In this series of articles, we will be looking at the different S&C degree courses on offer around the world. Over the past few years the number of these courses has grown dramatically and there are now many at undergraduate and postgraduate level. We will be highlighting what these courses cover and what makes them unique. If you are interested in studying S&C at university level, then hopefully these will help guide your decision making and help you choose the right course for you.
Next up in this series is undergraduate programme in Strength and Conditioning at Buckinghamshire New University, Wycombe, UK, one of our partner institutions, which is led by Jonpaul Nevin.
Buckinghamshire New University is a new breed of University, focusing on degrees that are professional and practical, as well as academic. Taking this into account our BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning degree combines underlying scientific principles from the sport science disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports coaching together with practical strength and conditioning training methods to develop the knowledge and skills required by the contemporary strength and conditioning practitioner.
Our programme is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and closely mapped to the new United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach (GSCC) professional standards.
Utilizing our state-of-the-art facilities, including our Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), students on the course study biomechanics, physiology, sports psychology, nutrition, sports coaching, applied strength and conditioning, performance analysis, research skills, skill acquisition and learning, sports injury and rehabilitation, and topical issues in strength and conditioning. Our students are also encouraged to prepare for the UKSCA accreditation assessment and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam upon graduation.
Enhancing employability when they graduate, our students also have the opportunity to practice in a professional working environment, including the provision of strength and conditioning support to Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athletes and work placements at several local sports clubs and organisations including Wycombe Wanderers FC, the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) located in Aldershot, and the Living Tennis Academy located at Sport England’s, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. Furthermore, courtesy of the International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association (IUSCA) our students have the opportunity to sign up for internships at a number of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Universities in the United States.
Want to find out more about studying this BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning? Head over to the Buckinghamshire New University website or give the department a follow on Twitter!
BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning
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