Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning (Top-up) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

London Met’s Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning (Top-Up) course will prepare you for a career in strength and conditioning, personal training or applied sports science. Taught in collaboration with City and Islington College, you'll have access to a modern gym and laboratory with up-to-date equipment. The course also offers opportunities for work experience thanks to our connections with Charlton Athletic FC, LA Fitness and a variety of athletic clubs, as well as preparation for assessment by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

More about this course

The Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning (Top-Up) BSc course will enable you to take advantage of the growing field of athletic development, providing you with the expertise needed to work in this field.

You’ll develop practical skills underpinned by scientific knowledge that is fundamental to this field of work. This is essential for those wanting to become personal trainers, strength and conditioning professionals or applied sports scientists.

A key focus of the course is to prepare you for accreditation by the UKSCA, an important prerequisite for work in the strength and conditioning arena. This is done through a variety of theoretical and practical case studies that would potentially be tested during your UKSCA assessments.

There is also an emphasis on work experience to increase your employability upon completion of the course. The course team has strong links within various sports science networks, allowing you to gain valuable experience of elite level sport. Previous students have been placed with Charlton Athletic FC, London Scottish RFC, Gymbox, LA Fitness and a variety of athletic clubs.

The Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning (Top-Up) BSc course is delivered in a fully-equipped gym and laboratory with up-to-date equipment, including Olympic lifting platforms, force platforms, VO2 Max, blood and lactate testing. This will put you at the forefront of the personal training, strength and conditioning industry.


Assessment methods include coursework, exams and observational practicals, as well as an element of reflective practice in some assignments allowing you to plan your working future.

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Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code C630
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent (240 credits) in a sports science-related subject
  • GCSE English language and Mathematics at Grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Students for whom English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test and achieve a minimum of level 6. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time. Please refer to the City and Islington College website for further information.

Modules include:

  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Technical Analysis of Strength and Conditioning
  • Industry Experience
  • Research Project

After the course

This course prepares you for a career in personal training, strength and conditioning or applied sports science. Roles you could apply for include strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, fitness coach and fitness manager.

Studying at City and Islington College with London Met

This course is offered only through one of London Metropolitan University's collaborative partners, City and Islington College. Teaching will take place at the College, but you will enrol at London Metropolitan University and you'll receive your award certificate from the University when you graduate.

You will have a London Met student card that will grant you access to our libraries, and you'll be eligible for student membership of our sport and fitness facilities. You'll have the best of both worlds, as you'll also be able to take advantage of the City and Islington College library and IT facilities, including free on-site Wi-Fi and a virtual learning environment, so you can access course materials and assignments online even when you’re not at college.

At City and Islington College you'll benefit from small class sizes and regular one-to-ones and group tutorial sessions. City and Islington College advisers can also provide support with any out-of-College matters, including accommodation and financial concerns, as well as careers guidance.

For Unistats information please refer to the City and Islington course page.

How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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