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LSBU Achieves Accredited Degree Status

London South Bank University (LSBU), ranked joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity in Sports Science, is the latest institution to obtain Degree Accreditation from the International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association (IUSCA).

This accolade, for their BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree, gives an industry ‘seal of approval’ and recognition for the quality and content of the course.

“We are very happy that our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science programme

has been endorsed by IUSCA and equally happy to have them as an academic

partner", said Dr. Darren James. Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Course Leader of BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at LSBU.

The IUSCA Degree Accreditation has been developed through consultation with industry leaders, professional organisations, and leading universities. It is now recognised as the international industry standard for S&C related education in universities. It also allows students following an S&C pathway to obtain provisional Accredited International Strength and Conditioning Practitioner (aISCP) status upon graduation.

Mr. James continued, "The aISCP scheme is a welcome addition because it gives students a focus following successful completion of the gym instructor and personal trainer awards attained during their studies. It also provides more opportunities for our students to

develop their practitioner and translational skills, which I am sure will improve their

attainment and employability prospects."

To ensure high-quality outcomes for students and future employers, the IUSCA Degree Accreditation has established a profile of skills that will be recognisable 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

There is now also the opportunity to embed an industry Level 2 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning within the first year of the degree and a Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning within the second year. This culminates in the ability of the student to become a fully accredited practitioner upon graduation.

To find out more about the IUSCA Degree Accreditation, please click on the link below or email

To find out more about the IUSCA Accredited Degree offered by London South Bank University, please click the following link:

You can also find out more about all of the potential educational pathways within S&C and Sports Performance by downloading our Education Guide.



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