• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Prepare for a career where you can help athletes boost their performance and remain in peak condition. This Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation with Foundation Year (Hons) course offered by University of Derby gives you highly specialised knowledge and advanced practical skills.

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. 

The 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.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • 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
  • 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
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Injury Rehabilitation for Sport and Exercise
  • Corrective Exercise Techniques
  • Field Based Conditioning
  • Athlete Testing and Assessment

                            English Language Requirements

                            You need the following IELTS score:

                            • Minimum required score:


                              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                            Academic Requirements

                            Typical entry requirements:
                            • UCAS points - 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
                            • 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.
                            Alternative entry qualifications:
                            • BTEC - MPP
                            • Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International Applies to you

                              13250 GBP/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                            • EU/EEA Applies to you

                              9250 GBP/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                            Living costs for Derby

                            • 540 - 860 GBP/month
                              Living Costs

                            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                            You may be eligible for one of the University of Derby bursaries or scholarships, which provide a small contribution towards the costs of studying with them. These can range from £100 to £5,000 and you usually have to meet certain criteria to get these. Scholarships and bursaries are available for both UK/EU and international students.

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