BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning with Rehabilitation

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Introduction

Study in Cambridge for a rewarding career as a strength and conditioning coach. Learn about exercise science, movement, coaching and rehabilitation – then apply your knowledge across different population groups.

Experience Sport and Exercise Science at ARU

Studying sports science at ARU

We're ranked number 1 in the country for sports science courses by the Guardian League Table 2021. Hear what our students have to say about studying at ARU.

If your ambition is to be a strength and conditioning coach and be able to work across the fitness and health industry, this course is for you.

At ARU, we're proud to be ranked number 1 in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2021.

This is an exciting and diverse course where you'll discover that strength and conditioning is more than just gym work. You'll help athletes to develop the speed, agility, endurance and strength they need to compete at the highest levels. You'll consider correcting movement patterns to improve efficiency or avoid injury; and adopt different coaching methods for the different performers you work with. At times, you’ll need to understand how to progress the rehabilitation of an injured client.

But there are options outside of professional sport too, with an emerging and urgent need for qualified fitness professionals to engage the community in physical activity. You’ll consider different populations in the community and how you could support their differing needs. As mentioned, strength and conditioning professionals will work alongside rehabilitation specialists so providing a seamless transition for the client back into sport or being active in the community again.

Our Sport and Exercise Science course is aligned to UK Strength and Conditioning Association standards and endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), so you'll graduate ready to work in the UK’s burgeoning sport and fitness industry or to continue your learning journey to postgraduate study. Find out more about our approved and accredited courses.

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Facilities and accreditation

Specialist equipment

At ARU you’ll be based in our Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Science. Its specialist exercise testing and human movement labs feature:

  • a strength and conditioning suite (3 lifting platforms, open physical conditioning space)
  • a rehabilitation clinic
  • a 3D motion capture suite
  • notational analysis software
  • heart-rate monitors
  • GPS monitoring technology
  • breath-by-breath oxygen-analysis systems
  • accelerometers

Multiple ways to learn

As a Strength and Conditioning with Rehabilitation student, you’ll be able to:

  • learn from highly experienced lecturers, including practising sport therapists, coaches and conditioning specialists. Our team currently includes a Paralympian World Record holder, a Scottish Women’s Rugby player and a judo champion
  • get bespoke opportunities to gain experiences in the strength and conditioning domain
  • take an optional placement year and gain additional work experience
  • join student-led sports clubs and societies
  • hear from guest speakers at our Excellence in Sport seminars
  • become a qualified fitness professional.

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), meaning employers will view you as 'job ready' for roles in sport and physical activity.

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

You’ll be based in the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, using specialist facilities accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Careers

As our course is aligned to UK Strength and Conditioning Association standards, you’ll be able to work as a strength and conditioning coach as soon as you graduate.

You also have the option to work as a gym instructor or personal trainer if you complete our optional modules, and become a qualified member of The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), the professional development body for the UK's sport and physical activity sector, and the sector's only chartered professional body, meaning employers will view you as "job ready" for roles in sport and physical activity.

You might choose to be self-employed or work for a team or organisation, with professional or recreational athletes, or with inactive or older people.

Whichever path interests you most, you can be sure that you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs. We work with employers, and they help us review what we teach and how we teach it – offering hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships and placements.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study a postgraduate degree such as our MSc Sport and Exercise Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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