Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

64-96 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

C632

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Prepare for a career where you can help athletes boost their performance and remain in peak condition. This course gives you highly specialised knowledge and advanced practical skills.

This far-sighted new course equips you for a career centred on maximising athlete performance, reducing the risk of injury and devising effective rehabilitation regimes. This is a field where technology and research are constantly evolving, so we keep you up-to-date with the latest developments.

Kickstart your studies with a foundation year

A major advantage of the foundation year is that you will acquire skills, knowledge and confidence to ease your transition to studies at honours degree level. You’ll explore the fundamentals of sport and exercise, human behaviour, human anatomy, physiology and physics. You’ll also benefit from extensive support as we focus on developing your skills in scientific study, research and data handling.

After you complete the foundation year successfully, you can advance directly to stage one of the honours degree: there is no need to re-apply for the BSc (Hons).

Students who might be particularly interested in taking this route include those who are considering changing their career or their study subject and who want a solid platform to reach their goals. It is also invaluable for anyone with ability and ambition who may not quite meet the entry requirements to embark on our three-year honours degree programme immediately. 

Join a new generation of sport specialists

Our course is specially designed to meet a growing demand for strength and conditioning specialists who are also skilled in injury rehabilitation and risk reduction. It has been launched at a time when greater collaboration is needed between sport science experts and medical or injury management teams.

We introduce you to the most up-to-date practices, techniques and applications so that you are fully prepared for a range of career roles in the sports industry.

See the professionals in action

We’re committed to delivering a first class student experience, so we draw extensively on our thriving partnerships with sports organisations such as Derby County FC, Leicester City FC, Burton Albion FC, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derventio Swimming Club and the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.

There are opportunities to go on fascinating visits to see the professionals in action. One example was a trip to Perform at St George’s Park where students learned how hydrotherapy can be used to aid athlete rehabilitation and recovery.

Our collaborations also pave the way to rewarding work placement opportunities. You could begin by observing and shadowing professionals working in the strength, conditioning and rehabilitation arena, then advancing to a more hands-on role as your experience and confidence grows. One Derby student, for instance, secured a Strength and Conditioning Internship at Sheffield United FC.

Cutting-edge resources

A bespoke strength and conditioning suite is among the many state-of-the-art facilities in our new £10.8m Sports Centre. It incorporates a VICON 3D motion capture system and integrated Kistler Force Plates. Here you can build your practical and coaching skills in weightlifting, prehabilitation and metabolic conditioning while also becoming familiar with session planning and delivery.

You’ll also discover up-to-the-minute equipment for testing and measuring the parameters of health and fitness in our sport and exercise physiology laboratory and our biomechanics laboratory. We introduce you to a broad range of computer software packages for statistical and movement analysis too.

Throughout your studies you can make full use of all the facilities at our award-winning Sports Centre, which boasts a main hall, fitness gym, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café.

High-quality, relevant teaching

Actively involved in research, high-performance sport and applied sport science consultancy, our staff will give you all the expert support you need to fulfil your ambitions. They are accredited professionals who belong to leading bodies such as the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and the Society of Sports Therapists.

You will also hear from established sports practitioners who deliver masterclasses offering vital pointers to foster your employability skills and maximise your chances in the graduate job market.

Challenge yourself

Take your passion for sport further still through Team Derby, the organisational body for athletes representing the University. You could find yourself showcasing your talent in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions across the country.

What you will study

You’ll study core modules in strength and conditioning and rehabilitation to provide you with specialist knowledge, combined with optional modules.

You'll study modules such as:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Study Skills in Science
  • Research Methods in Data Handling
  • Foundation in Sport and Exercise
  • Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Foundations in Physics

If you already have level 2 English and Maths, you will not be required to take English and Maths core modules.

  • Academic and Applied Skills for Sport and Exercise*∆
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Principles of Sport Biomechanics and Performance Analysis
  • Introduction to Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Coaching and Skill Acquisition
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise*∆
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Injury Rehabilitation for Sport and Exercise
  • Corrective Exercise Techniques
  • Field Based Conditioning
  • Athlete Testing and Assessment
  • Independent Study for Sport and Exercise*
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction


You'll also choose two from the following optional modules:

  • Advanced Athlete Testing and Assessment
  • Advanced Field Based Conditioning
  • Applied Sport Science

* Module includes Professional Development Activities

∆ Module includes Work Placement

How you will learn

Teaching and learning will take place in our new £10.8m, state-of-the-art sport centre, equipped with a bespoke strength and conditioning suite and 50m running track with motion analysis. Further sport science facilities will be used to ensure students gain the required knowledge and skills to work in the applied arena of strength, conditioning and rehabilitation.

Assessment

Assessments will employ a combination of theoretical and practical assignments, such as case study presentations, field based assessments, written coursework, and professional discussions. This variety of assessments will enable learning and assess necessary skills required in future employment.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64-96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEN/A
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Please Note: Whilst you are not required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before starting this course, you will be required to obtain a DBS certificate before you start any placement where you will be working with children, young people or vulnerable adults. A DBS certificate is a compulsory element of the SEND and TESOL pathways. If you are unable to obtain a DBS certificate you will be unable to complete any of the specialist pathways (in SEND or TESOL) and your placement will need to be located where there is no legal DBS requirement. Payment for the DBS initial process is included in your course fees.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Find out more about Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

As a graduate of this course, you can look forward to challenging and rewarding career opportunities in areas such as elite and participation sport, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and sport coaching.

Your studies will also prepare you for pursuing further qualifications at postgraduate level. At Derby you can develop advanced knowledge on the MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science, which includes Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology pathways.  Another exciting possibility is the MRes (Sport and Exercise) where you can further your applied sport science and research skills.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: James Keenan (Programme Leader) J.Keenan@derby.ac.uk +44(0)1332 591733
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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