Taught course

Youth Athletic Development

Cardiff Metropolitan University · Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

The School is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy under which all applicants and students are treated equally regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, disability, sexuality, age, beliefs or sporting ability. Each applicant is considered on their academic merits and their ability to demonstrate an interest and ability in the subject area. The School is committed to high standards of academic performance and involvement in sport and exercise. Each applicant must meet suitable criteria as outlined in the University criteria for the admission of students to modular Master’s Degrees (and for Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes)​.

The policy of the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is to recruit students who are capable of successfully completing and benefiting from a designated Post Graduate programme offered by the School.

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

• An honours degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or exercise related area appropriate to the programme.

• An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the Programme Director.

• Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in coaching, working within the health and fitness industry, sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme

Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application and a CV.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Youth Athletic Development postgraduate degree at Cardiff Met provides you with the underpinning knowledge and practical application within the fields of youth strength and conditioning. Throughout the programme you will explore the fundamental principles of youth development, including; growth and maturation, talent identification, and assessment and monitoring. Furthermore, students will study the science and application of developing fitness qualities in youth, covering topics such as athletic motor skill competency development, strength, power, and speed development, energy system development, and the pedagogical skills needed to deliver training programmes to youth populations. There are also modules dedicated to reducing injury risk in youth, and students will explore risk factor identification and programming to reduce injury risk. These core modules will combine a mix of remote online distance learning, and in-person sessions delivered during two one-week long on-campus periods during term 1 and 2 respectively.

*Please note: Students will need to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and sustenance for the on-campus delivery

Work-based learning is a key element of the programme, to enable you to apply your knowledge from the programme in real-world settings and to gain valuable experience to use as a foundation for future employment.

This holistic approach to youth athletic development, delivered by world-class researchers and practitioners, will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills for future employment within the youth strength and conditioning sector.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Fees and funding

As a postgraduate, research or part-time student, the tuition fees you are charged will depend on the course you choose to study. Full information is available on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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