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World Renowned Sports & Performance Courses
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Welcome to Setanta College, an internationally renowned centre of excellence in all aspects of strength & conditioning and athletic development.
Founded in 2006, our passion is to help people realise their full potential through bespoke courses in which we deliver both the technical and interpersonal skills that enable our people to shine in their careers.
Come join us – and see what we can achieve together.
Undergraduate Strength & Conditioning Courses
Gain a 9-month Certificate up to Degree level qualification in S&C. Setanta College graduates work throughout the world with top professional teams and athletes. Others support their local schools, clubs, special populations and local community by applying their knowledge to help improve coaching practice and general health and wellbeing.
Diploma in Personal Training and S&C
Our Diploma in Personal Training also comes with a certificate in Strength & Conditioning which will set you apart in the industry.
Along with REPS Ireland approved lectures on Personal Training you will cover three S&C specific modules covering a wide range of subjects which will result in a vastly superior skill set of how to screen and train individuals and teams.
Master of Science in Performance Coaching
Those with a primary degree in S&C, Sports Science, Sports Physiotherapy, Athletic Training or a similar field of study can now enrol onto our groundbreaking Masters. This programme will produce graduates capable of coaching, planning, managing and implementing the latest sports technology and methodologies in the upper echelons of sport.
Online/Blended Education understands that students will have varying degrees of technical experience and ability when they begin their studies. However, due to the key role technology plays in Online/Blended Education students’ studies all students must be able to engage with relevant technologies to a minimum level. It is expected that students will have a computer competency level equivalent to the International Computer Driving Licence (IDCL) (https://icdl.org/). That is, students should be familiar with using email, browsing the Internet, and using the word processing package Microsoft Word.
In addition, students must have regular access to a good quality Computer (loaded with Microsoft Office) and a broadband Internet connection. The web browser a student uses must be able to play Macromedia Flash, Shockwave, Java and the Adobe Acrobat PDF file reader. (These internet browser plug-ins are freely available.)
The reason that students must have a regular access to a computer with broadband is that substantial use is made of online support via the virtual learning environment Moodle, with some learning resources only being available from that source. Students are required to access the online journal databases available through the Setanta College online library. Students should also be able to attend ‘live’ virtual classrooms. In order to facilitate online communication in ‘live’ virtual classrooms students should have a high quality headset/microphone (built in microphones and speakers in laptops or desktops cannot be used as they give rise to sound problems) and a webcam is also desirable.
All of our tutors have at least a degree from a third level institution with many having a Master’s degree in their chosen area of expertise. In addition, tutors have extensive practical coaching experience in their sport and are recognised as content and practical experts in their chosen field.
All Setanta College undergraduate programmes are accredited by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland).
QQI is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. It was established in 2012 by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. For more information please visit www.qqi.ie
Missing a week or two should not present too many problems as the lecture notes may be printed off and studied at any stage within the 12 week module period. You should contact our Administration Office and your Tutor to inform them of your details and a plan can be developed to suit you when you have to travel.
If you miss a workshop it can be repeated at a later date.
A student can take a break after a module and continue in a few months/a year’s time and continue where they left off. Each module restarts every three months.
There are no sit down written examinations. The grade for each module is determined by continuous assessment. The breakdown for assessments and their grades can be seen below:
- Online Logbooks Tasks: 15%
- Assignment 1: 25%
- Final project: 40%
- Workshops Assessments: 20%
*Please note that for certain modules the breakdown of marks may alter slightly.
Normally there are two workshops per module which take place on a Saturday. However, in some modules there may be an additional workshop.
Workshops for all courses take place in the new state of the art Sportslab at LIT-Tipperary in Thurles. We also host workshops in Dublin for the Diploma in Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning.
Each module is 12 weeks in duration and students study one module at a time. Once one module is completed, the student then progresses onto their next module.
The majority of the work is completed online. It is recommended 4-5 hours a week study time. Additional videos and reading are available to supplement the written lecture notes.
Setanta College courses are delivered through the blended learning process. This means that the lectures (written and video) are presented online to the student on a weekly basis. Furthermore, practical workshops take place at regular intervals during each module (at weekends). It is recommended that the prospective coach or student is actively involved in coaching (either with a team or an individual athlete) or is personally training throughout the course.
Currently we provide four QQI accredited part-time blended learning undergraduate programmes. They include:
2. Diploma in Personal Training and Resistance Training (10 months)
3. Certificate in Strength and Conditioning (18 months)
4. Higher Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (3 years)
5. Bachelor of Science in Strength & Conditioning (4 ½ years)
Our educational pathway allows students to move from certificate level up to degree level seamlessly.
Setanta College offers a Masters of Science in Performance Coaching which is delivered via online blended learning over one year with additional time given for the final project at the end of the programme. This is a joint programme by Setanta College and the Irish American University. The Master of Science in Performance Coaching is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of the world’s leading accrediting bodies, recognised globally and come under the US Department of Education’s Council of Higher Education Accreditation.
You can enrol on the following courses in March, September and December of each academic year:
- Certificate in Functional Screening and Resistance Training (9 months)
- Certificate in Strength and Conditioning (18 months)
- Higher Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (3 years)
- Bachelor of Science in Strength & Conditioning (4½ years)
The Maters of Science in Performance Coaching commences in September each year.
The Diploma in Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning has intakes in February, May and October each year.
Working with an athlete/team would be advantageous. However, it is not a necessity. We advise that you enlist to become a practicing coach during the course to allow you to practically apply the knowledge you have gained.
We will have an online induction webinar prior to the commencement of your first module. This will allow you to ask questions and to be given the opportunity to work through the college learning portal under supervision.
Applicants must be 18 years or older on the 1st of January on the year of admission. Applications for all our undergraduate programmes must meet the minimum entry requirements for the college. A minimum of two H5’s and four O6’s (to include English & Maths) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent, is required. All applicants under the age of 23 will have to provide their Leaving Certificate transcript and proof of age prior to enrolment. Minimum admission requirements for graduates of QQI/FETAC Level 5 awards (former NCVA Level 2 or 3) is a full QQI/FETAC award in a course in a cognate area with a distinction grade in at least three modules.
There is an open-entry policy for all our undergraduate course for all students over the age of 23. There are no academic prerequisites for entry onto these programmes.
You can register for the Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Strength and Conditioning without holding any previous qualifications. Our courses cater for everyone from relative newcomers to people with experience.
In terms of career development, the majority of our graduates are working in the Health & Fitness industry, Sport industry, or pursuing postgraduate study. Students will be prepared to work with sport and recreational participants across a wide range of levels from beginners through to elite athletes. Additionally, students will be provided with the skills to perform effectively in a wide range of fitness related industries, such as rehabilitation, personal training, gym instructing, health and wellness, community activity, tutoring etc. We also have a number of graduates who have moved to PE teaching and physiotherapy.
All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more in duration have been approved for tax relief purposes under section 473A Taxes Consolidation Act 1997.
Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.
The cost of the Masters of Science in Performance Coaching is €9,500 for EU students | $13,500 for International students.
Each module for our undergraduate programmes costs €600. All students are required to pay before commencing a module. Many students opt to pay for their first module up front and then start pre-paying for their next module.
Students can also pay for three modules upfront and avail of a €150 discount.
The cost of the Diploma in Personal Training is €3,000 upfront or else 3 instalments of €1,100 paid throughout the course.
Setanta College is in close contact with all stakeholders as it develops ongoing contingency plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. This includes consultation with Quality and Qualifications Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills through our membership of the Higher Education Colleges Association. Detailed contingency plans have been approved by the College Academic Council, in consultation with learners, academic faculty and administrative staff.
A summary of the current plan can be found below. Specific details of contingencies are dependent on the programme and cohort in question and will continue to be communicated to the relevant learners.
- Upcoming learner inductions and onsite practical workshops will be delivered online, supported by the existing College approach to blended learning.
- Practical based assessments that are unable to be conducted at onsite workshops will be adapted and to be facilitated via video based assessments. Guidelines for learners and staff are being developed to support this approach and to maintain assessment integrity.
- Plans are being discussed by programme boards on how best to structure future practical workshops by observing social distancing protocol when the College is in a position to resume practical workshop later in the Summer or Autumn.
- Research project submission dates have been revised and students have been issued with guidance on data collection in the current circumstances.