Taught course

Strength and Conditioning

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Entry requirements

There are two primary entry requirements to the course: - Experience in the strength and conditioning field amounting to at least ten hours per week. This can be either paid or voluntary work. - A 2:1 in an undergraduate degree, preferably in Sport Science or a related field. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Strength and conditioning provision has increased substantially in the UK over the past decade, both in terms of availability to athletes across the spectrum of performance levels and developmental stages, and in terms of quality and professionalism. The programme therefore designed with five principal aims in mind:

- To provide advanced professional development to existing strength and conditioning coaches who wish to enhance their level of professional practice.
- To provide rapid up-skilling of sport scientists, personal trainers and coaches wishing to move towards a career in the physical preparation of athletes.
- To aid new coaches in the process of preparing for professional accreditation in the UK (UKSCA) and abroad (e.g. NSCA).
- To provide useful opportunities for continued professional development of physiotherapists, sport coaches and teachers.
- To provide a high level educational opportunity to staff responsible for physical preparation of military personnel.

The distance learning nature of this course has several advantages for professionals. The online format is built around forums that students are required to take part in on a weekly basis, sharing ideas and opinions on the materials of the course and their coaching experiences. The structure gives students the ability to organise study around their personal schedule - lectures can be downloaded and watched when suitable.

This course is delivered by an effective mix of experienced coaches and sport scientists ensuring that whilst your level of science will be upgraded, that practical application is never lost.

On-site strength and conditioning resources include a state-of-the-art Performance Education Centre - as well as a six-platform weightlifting facility inside the fitness suite - and multiple sports halls, pitches and 400m athletics track. The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science also houses three physiology laboratories and two biomechanics laboratories with a wealth of performance evaluation equipment.

Information for international students

Please contact international@stmarys.ac.uk for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
18 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Jon Goodwin
020 8240 4000