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Strength and Conditioning (Distance Learning) MSc, PGDip, PGCert

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

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Course Description

This Master's degree is designed to support students in developing into outstanding Strength and Conditioning coaches.

To be an excellent strength and conditioning coach requires a wide knowledge across several domains and a number of different skill sets. These include:

  • An extensive "toolbox" of training exercises and interventions
  • An understanding of movement and the ability to teach movement
  • An understanding of how the body adapts to training and how to organise training to maximise desirable  adaptations
  • An ability to coach
  • The ability to understand various sources of evidence (including scientific evidence) and use it to inform your  practice

Our Master's degree in Strength and Conditioning has been designed with these demands in mind and aims to support students in developing as excellent strength and conditioning coaches.

 

This Master's degree is designed to support students in developing into outstanding Strength and Conditioning coaches. To be an excellent strength and conditioning coach requires a wide knowledge across several domains and a number of different skill sets. These include: An extensive "toolbox" of training exercises and interventions An...

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Course Content

Modules

  • SAC7101: Practical Techniques in Strength and Conditioning 
  • SAC7102: Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 
  • SAC7103: Biomechanics and Skill Acquisition in Strength and Conditioning 
  • SAC7104: Physiology of Training 
  • SAC7105: Programme Design, Planning and Monitoring 
  • SAC7106: Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning Science 
  • SAC7107: Independent Project 

Modules SAC7101: Practical Techniques in Strength and Conditioning  SAC7102: Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice  SAC7103: Biomechanics and Skill Acquisition in Strength and Conditioning  SAC7104: Physiology of Training  SAC7105: Programme Design, Planning and...

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Entry Requirements

Experience in the strength and conditioning field amounting to at least ten hours per week is also required. This can be either paid or voluntary work.

Some flexibility in requirements is possible for those achieving lower degree classifications where they can demonstrate substantial industry experience and that their current commitment to study has progressed from the time of their first degree.

Non-degree entrance

There's also a non-degree entrance pathway for those meeting one of two entry requirements:

  • At least five years of experience working in sport in roles related to physical preparation of athletes.
  • Full-time employment and at least five years of experience in a role relating to the physical preparation of military personnel.

Suitability for non-degree entrance is assessed through the completion of two entrance essays that should be completed and submitted along with your application. Details of the entrance essays can be downloaded here.

If you're offered a place on the non-degree entrant's pathway, you'll be restricted to two modules in your first year (meaning that the quickest you can complete the degree is in three years). In addition, you will study a non-credit bearing study skills module designed to help you quickly upskill in the areas necessary for Master's level study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Experience in the strength and conditioning field amounting to at least ten hours per week is also required. This can be either paid or voluntary work. Some flexibility in requirements is possible for those achieving lower degree classifications where they can demonstrate substantial industry experience and that their current commitment to study has progressed from the time of their...

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Assessment Methods

The programme makes an extensive use of non-traditional assessment methods, alongside more traditional methods of assessment.

Non-traditional modes of assessment include the posting of video blogs, practical coaching vivas, lab report (timed) and production of a website. Traditional modes of assessment include essays, case studies, presentations and viva voce examination.

The programme makes an extensive use of non-traditional assessment methods, alongside more traditional methods of assessment.

Non-traditional modes of assessment include the posting of video blogs, practical coaching vivas, lab report (timed) and production of a website. Traditional modes of assessment include essays, case studies, presentations and viva voce examination.

Additional Information

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree. Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study....

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