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Burnley College University Courses Launches Specialist Strength and Conditioning Degree

Burnley College University Courses (BCUC) students are getting the chance to learn from nationally-recognised experts as it launches its Strength and Conditioning degree.

The BSc(Hons) in Strength and Conditioning is a Sport and Fitness industry-recognised degree which can act as a passport to working with elite athletes and top-of-the-league sports clubs across the UK and the world.

The degree teaches you how to take coaching or instructing to the highest professional level – with a focus on bio-mechanics, physiology and psychology alongside practical training methods.

The course starts in September, and applications are now open – but Lecturers and trainers have already been sharing their expertise with British Cycling.

Twenty world-class cyclists from around the UK gathered for a day of riding on Lancashire’s roads and an intense training session in the Fitness Evolution gym – led by Strength and Conditioning lead coach Nathan Norris – who was instrumental in establishing the degree course in Burnley.

The cutting-edge course is validated by Buckinghamshire New University and combines practical skills and theory with a focus on analysis and evaluation.

Adam Blakeley, BCUC Curriculum Manager says:

“This is outstanding news for those individuals who share our passion for sports and fitness. It’s the next step into a career with elite sports clubs around the world. It opens so many doors.

“It gives those who want to progress from coaching or being a Physical Trainer to working at the highest levels in the industry a real chance to achieve their career goals.”

The launch of the exciting new degree this Autumn comes alongside the construction of a new high-performance gym at Fitness Evolution, which forms part of the learning hub for BCUC students at the heart of Burnley College’s £100 million Campus and brings cutting edge technology including cryotherapy and hydrotherapy to the heart of Burnley.


“We can now offer the training, the qualifications and the facilities you would find at the biggest sports clubs around the world.

“I’m so proud to be running this degree-level course which is the culmination of two years’ hard work and determination to bring the very best university-level studies in Sport and Fitness to Burnley.

“We’ve already had many students enrol and it will only grow from here.”

Nathan Norris

Strength and Conditioning Lead Coach

Dean of BCUC, Nina Parkin added:

“Burnley is rapidly becoming nationally-recognised for its Sport and Fitness expertise; the strength of its academic provision in this specialist field and the calibre of elite athletes it produces. This is testament to the passion and dedication of our Lecturers, coaches and trainers and their commitment to empowering learners to reach their full potential and achieve their career goals.”


Is your dream career working with elite athletes? Do you share our passion for training, learning and constantly improving? Arrange a visit to see our outstanding sports and fitness facilities and find out more about all the courses we offer – contact our specialist advisors at [email protected] or visit www.burnley.ac.uk/university