Strength and Conditioning with Rehabilitation - BSc (Hons)

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.

At ARU, we’re proud to be ranked fourth in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2023.

Course details

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.


  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

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.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Psychology, Physical Education, Sports Studies or a Science subject. 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be required prior to commencing your course.


Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules. To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.


We’ll assess you using a range of methods, including presentations, practical skills tests, scientific reports, case study critiques and online assessments. We’ll also encourage you to reflect on your work, and participate in peer assessment.

  • Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 1
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching and Development
  • Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 2
  • Practical Delivery of Sport and Physical Education
  • Professional Development – Level 4

Optional modules

  • Gym Instructor
  • Applied Research Skills
  • Physiological Profiling for Strength and Power
  • Functional Rehabilitation
  • Practical Competencies in Biomechanics
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Teaching and Coaching
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Professional Development – Level 5

Optional modules

  • Personal Trainer
  • Biomechanics: Analysis of Motion
  • Physiological Profiling for Endurance
  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport
  • Rehabilitation for Performance
  • Exercise Medicine
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Optional modules

  • Undergraduate Research Project
  • Advanced Work Placement
  • Physiological Basis of Training
  • Current Topics in Biomechanics
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Physiological Responses to Training