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BSc (Hons) Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation & Massage

Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: C607

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.


Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage degree includes core modules within the fields of strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and sports massage, as well as modules in the underpinning sports-science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics. 

Work-based learning is a key element of the final year of study, to enable students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings and to gain value experience to use as a foundation for future employment. 

Furthermore, the learning outcomes for modules across the programme are clearly linked to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) competencies and role delineations, leaving students well placed to pursue accreditations with these professional bodies upon graduation. The programme is also approved by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as part of the Education Recognition Program and also an approved school with the Sports Massage Association (SMA). This enables students to gain an SMA accredited L4 qualification in Sport Massage and Soft Tissue practices through completion of the appropriate modules.

Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.

​Course Content​

Year One:


  • Introduction to the Research Process*
  • Introduction to Applied Principles & Techniques in Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
  • Introduction to Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Practices
  • Introduction to Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation

Year Two:


  • Research Process*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Sport Massage and Soft Tissue Practices

Options (Select 2):

  • Physiology of Sport & Exercise*
  • Biomechanics of Sport & Exercise
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology

Year Three:


  • Independent Project*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Work-Based Learning

Programme Options (Select 1 or 2):

  • Advanced Strength & Conditioning
  • Advanced Sports Rehabilitation

Options (Select 0 or 1):

  • Biomechanics of sport and Exercise
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology for Health*
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

Learning & Teaching

The course utilises a range of learning and teaching strategies to provide students with a holistic experience that also reflects the nature of the role they would hope to secure after graduation.  You will experience theory lectures as a cohort in a lecture theatre, but also have opportunity to engage in small group seminars with staff to address specific subjects and discuss your personal development needs.  The course includes a large practical aspect, whereby you will be afforded the opportunity to develop the practical skills required of being a Strength and Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Sport Massage practitioner.  The practical sessions also draw upon the theory aspects of the course, providing opportunity for  you to apply theory to practice and develop clinical reasoning skills. ​

Each student can expect to receive between 12-18 hours of contact time per week via lectures, personal tutors and practical workshops.


The School of Sport assessment strategy varies for each module to ensure that the most appropriate method is used for a given area of study. It is feasible that a module could be assessed completely via a single coursework submission, whilst others could be assessed solely via a traditional unseen examination. In practice however, the undergraduate modules are assessed primarily by a combination of varying types of coursework submissions and examinations. Students who wish to obtain an honours degree award will be expected to produce an independent project of not more than 10,000 words in the final year. This course will also require significant practical and clinical competency examinations throughout all levels of study.

Employability & Careers

This course provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, sports massage or sports science settings. Graduate would be ideally placed to pursue careers with a range of populations including youth/ development academies, professional teams, sports governing bodies, national institutes of sports, health and fitness industry, or as independent practitioners.  Graduates will also be well placed to undertake further study at Masters or PhD level or complete a PGCE.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Maths* and Science at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 120 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A Levels: 120 points to include grades BB, one within a Science (acceptable Sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE/Sport Studies, Psychology, Mathematics or Social Biology). Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject​

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDD within a relevant subject
  • VTCT Extended Diploma in Sports Studies with DDD overall
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 120 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades, one within a Science subject (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4) 
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 120 points to include grades CC
  • Access to Higher Edu​cation Diploma: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Applicants should preferably have a strong sporting profile

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels (or equivalent) or are not predicted to meet the standard tariff offer above, applications will be considered based on the strength of the whole academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Sport Applicant Days:
Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Part-time applications should be made direct to the university at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Support Team:

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