Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons) 1 Year Top-Up


Sport Science students at City and Islington College

About the course

UCAS Code: C630 (View this course on UCAS) | UCAS Institution Code: L68

This 1 year top-up degree course prepares you for a career in the fitness industry. If you want to be a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach or Applied Sports Scientist, or if you're already working in the industry and would like a qualification that can take your career to the next level, this course could be for you.

It is for those who have already gained 240 credits from an HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent and wish to `top-up' to an Honours Degree. (See Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning FdSc).

Offering the right balance between acquiring knowledge and developing practical skills, the course reflects current practice in the fields of personal training, strength and conditioning and applied sports science.

You will need:

  • Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent (240 credits) in a sports science-related subject
  • GCSE English language and Mathematics at Grade C (or equivalent) or above.
  • Students for which English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of level 6.

This course will give you the skills you need to take advantage of the growing field of athletic development, equipping you for work in personal training, strength and conditioning, and applied sports science.

You will focus on developing a range of practical skills underpinned by scientific knowledge.As an important part of the course, you will prepare for accreditation by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) - a prerequisite for working in the strength and conditioning field. You will undertake a variety of theoretical and practical case studies that would potentially be evaluated during your UKSCA assessments.You will learn from a course team with strong links within various sports science settings, giving you opportunities to gain valuable experience of elite level sport.

The course emphasises work experience in order to increase your employability, contacts and career prospects on completion, and previous students have been placed with Charlton Athletic FC, London Scottish RFC, Gymbox, LA Fitness and a variety of athletic clubs.You will learn in a fully-equipped gym and laboratory, using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, including Olympic lifting platforms, force plate analysis, VO2 Max, and blood and lactate testing. This knowledge and practical experience will put you at the forefront of the personal training/strength and conditioning industry.

Modules include:

  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Technical Analysis of Strength and Conditioning
  • Work Based Learning
  • Research Project

See full course specification here [PDF]

You will be assessed through coursework and observational practicals, plus reflective practice in some assignments allowing you to plan your future career.

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve a BSc (Hons) in Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning.This course prepares you for a career in personal training, strength and conditioning or applied sports science. During the course, you will be based in an athletic sports environment working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, or you will build a client base either 'in-house' at your current facility or externally with private clients. This work experience, alongside UKSCA accreditation and the knowledge you have gained throughout the course, will enable you to apply for strength and conditioning posts, fitness coaching posts or personal trainer/fitness manager posts.

My experience has been brilliant and I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of my tutor

Nathan Watt

Nathan Watt

Studied: Foundation Degree in Personal Training and Fitness Consultancy

Destination: Won scholarship to teach and learn at the Michael Johnson Performance camp in Texas, USA

Since school, Nathan, 25, from Northern Ireland had been interested in strength training.

He said: “Being a keen rugby player meant I needed to be big and strong. After school I trained individuals for 2 to 3 years and decided I needed to increase my knowledge of the fitness and sports training world. This is when I found the course at City and Islington which was perfect for me.”

Nathan was referred to the scholarship in America by his tutor at the College and beat 10,000 applicants with the use of a training video and Skype interview.

“Alongside this experience I have been working with kids aged 7-12. The facilities here are amazing and some of the equipment is used only on this training camp.

“The experience has been brilliant, and I could not have done any of it without the course and my tutor at the College. If you are passionate about personal training and fitness then this is an ideal route for you to take.”

Course information

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24 September 2018

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Course level
Level 5
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