Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition


Bachelor of Sport Coaching

Strength and Conditioning with nutrition


The Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition major is one of five majors of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree (BSpC), which is a unique blend of practical application and theory that will immerse you in the sociology, science, theory and practice of sport and sport coaching. It is a popular degree choice for students seeking to move into education.

The Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition specialisation is targeted at those who wish to train and motivate individuals and teams to help them meet performance and body composition goals. The major focuses on nutrition, strength and condition, and offers optional courses in psychological skills training. Students will have the opportunity to work with individuals and teams to set and meet training goals, rehabilitate and recondition injured or under-performing athletes, and analyse and prescribe programmes for strength and conditioning training.

Courses will challenge students to critically assess various contemporary nutritional and recovery techniques and research their effectiveness. They will study the multi-disciplinary relationship between the sports nutritionist and the strength and conditioning coach to gain an appreciation of when it is appropriate to recommend a particular supplement or recovery intervention.

 Why study Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition at UC?

  • Strong practical elements, including a 120-hour internship in the final year, help motivate students to excel in their chosen field and to work towards getting the job they want.
  • UC students will be prepared to undertake the internationally recognized Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) qualification.
  • The degree also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education, outdoor education and health teaching, with the option to include an additional teaching subject such as mathematics or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.
  • All sport coaching courses are open to students from other degrees and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree at UC.

Applicants under 20 must have University Entrance. Applicants over 20 must provide evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully.


This BSpC requires 360 points of courses in total, including compulsory Sport Coaching courses and 120 points towards the Leadership major. For up-to-date course information, see the Regulations to the Bachelor of Sport Coaching.

100-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus these courses specific to Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition:

200-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus these courses specific to Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition:

300-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

 Plus these courses specific to Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition:

Double majors

Double majors may be completed in any combination of the Majors of the BSpC. For any double major combination, SPCO320 Internship must be in one or more of the major areas.


Strength and Conditioning, as well as Nutrition, may also be taken separately as minor subjects. These will enable students wishing to study towards a different major to gain expertise and recognition in the area of strength and conditioning or explore the challenges of applied nutrition and exercise prescription practice for sport and health. 

Career opportunities

The BSpC degree gives students a strong grounding in transferable career skills which are highly valued in the workforce, not just in sport and related fields but also in business and corporate management. 

A rewarding career could involve working as a strength and conditioning advisor, where you would help optimise performance and enhance nutrition for athletes or individual clients.

Recent UC Sport Coaching graduates have become health advisors, sports coaches, performance analysts, personal trainers, policy analysts, teachers, managers in community sports coaching organisations, outdoor recreation guides, school sports directors and community development officers. 

More information

College of Education, Health and Human Development - Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

Phone +64 3 369 3333

Physical location
College of Education, Health and Human Development
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Dovedale campus — see campus maps

Postal address
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand