This 18 month course is regarded as the industry standard for specialist Strength and Conditioning coaches. The Certificate in Strength and Conditioning is a QQI Level 6 (60 credit) qualification. Each of the six modules provides a comprehensive overview of key areas and topics within Strength and Conditioning, with enrolments now open. The programme is designed to produce coaching professionals capable of working as part of a team or support staff in a Strength and Conditioning or health and fitness related environment. Students will study one module at a time, each lasting three months. The course duration is 18 months and student intakes occur at different stages throughout the year, during the first week in March, June, September and December.
This module introduces the coach to functional screening. It examines different approaches or schools of thought in this area. It traces the development of the area through to current and what may be considered state-of-the-art concepts and then introduces a range of basic screens – showing the learner how to set-up, conduct, and interpret the screens. It discusses the issues of compensations, weak links and several other aspects of this fascinating area. In addition it examines the scientific support for functional screening and training. By the end of the module the learner will:
Display a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning Functional Screening
Conduct functional screening tests for one or more athletes/players
Design effective development programmes for their athlete/players based on the screening outcomes
Appreciate the diverse approaches to screening for both sporting and non-sporting individuals
This module introduces the coach to the area of Resistance Training in general. It features a historical description of the development of the field of study. It then examines the key principles upon which Resistance Training is based. The many and varied methods used in stability, strength, power and muscle mass development are described. The student will also acquire a range of skills including knowledge, know-how and competence within the area of Resistance Training so as to become a specialist coach of Strength and Conditioning. The practical areas covered are many and varied and include traditional circuit training, core stability, kettlebell, medicine ball, chain and other Resistance Training modes. By the end of the module the learner will:
Display a broad understanding of the Principles of Resistance Training
Appreciate the many and varied methods used to build stability, strength, power and speed-strength
Demonstrate an ability to coach a variety of resistance training methods
Understand and apply the concept of Periodisation in planning
This module introduces the coach to weight training and weight lifting. It places particular emphasis on establishing excellent coaching skills. The content looks at the health and safety issues relating to weight training while the student is exposed to a detailed understanding of the practical coaching skills in weightlifting and weight training for sport. The module covers the many methods of introducing and teaching weightlifting and weight training to participants at the recreational level through to the elite level. Additionally, both the theory and practice of weight lifting and weight training for children is considered. By the end of this module the learner will:
Develop practical coaching skills in delivering weightlifting and weight training to the beginner and elite player or athlete
Become proficient in the application of the principles of weightlifting and weight training when planning and implementing conditioning programmes
Be proficient in organisation and planning weightlifting and weight training programmes of development for their chosen sport
Exercise creativity in delivering a programme of development within their training environment
This module aims to build upon the comprehensive knowledge gained in the previous two ‘Resistance Training’ modules . This module will cover a wide variety of topics related to advanced resistance training. The module will cover a number of training methods and modes such as power training methods, kettlebell training, blood flow restriction training, and many more. The module will also examine resistance training for special populations such as the youth, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions like obesity. Finally this module will provide some nutritional information around resistance training performance and adaptation from resistance training. By the end of this module the learner will:
Display a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Advanced Resistance Training methods, fitness and conditioning
Apply the Principles of Coaching and Training in their chosen sport
Critically evaluate the needs of his or her player or athlete
This module introduces the coach to the multi-faceted area of speed development and in particular to the various components of speed. It ensures that the learner has a deep understanding of all the components and elements related to speed. The methods used to develop and advance speed using a variety of approaches are described and discussed. The practical coaching of speed is also a key feature of this module’s work. At the end of this module the learner will:
Screen/evaluate the athlete or player and interpret and present the findings and implications
Outline and explain the background and principles in planning and preparing speed training programmes
Demonstrate practical coaching competency in administering a speed training programme
Exercise appropriate judgement in planning, design and supervisory functions
This module introduces the coach to endurance development. It considers the various components of endurance and examines the principles underpinning endurance development. The module will also describe the physiological basis for the development of endurance and the impact of concurrent training for other fitness components. The student will also study best practice for developing various types of endurance in general but specifically how to develop endurance for their own sport. At the end of this module the learner will:
Outline and explain the background and principles in planning and preparing endurance training programmes
Critically evaluate the different modes used for endurance development
Display specialised knowledge and competence in administering a practical endurance based programme
Recognise the limitation of current knowledge in endurance training
Strength and Conditioning is becoming globally recognised as a professional pathway in the sports and general wellness industries. Our programmes cover a broad range of topics such as functional screening, coaching skills, fundamental movement and fitness testing with a key emphasis on sports technology. Students are introduced to and get to use the latest technology whilst attending workshops at our SportsLab. As well as providing online programmes Setanta College partners with universities both in Ireland and internationally to provide full time academic programmes. We are also applying S & C and Performance Science methodologies and research into much broader fields such as general wellbeing. For example we work with the Army, Fire Brigade and Police Force to develop methodologies and bespoke programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff. These new developments will create a much greater marketplace within which our students can contribute and gain employment. Setanta College is recognised as a world-leading educator in Strength and Conditioning for the following reasons:
Our programmes are recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (30,000 members), World Rugby (35,000 registered on our partnership programmes) and Titleist Performance Institute. Padraig Harrington is our brand ambassador and has been implementing the philosophies and skills of Dr Liam Hennessy for 20 years. Padraig highly recommends Setanta College for knowledge and skills in Performance Science and Strength and Conditioning.
Dr Liam Hennessy and a global network of Strength and Conditioning practitioners have agreed the key elements which inform a world class Strength and Conditioning educational programme.
Each programme module is updated every 18 months with new developments and current thinking and research.
Setanta College students get to use the latest technology in sport because of our partnerships with StatSports, Daniel Cohen at ForceDecks and Orreco as well as our state of the are 3D Marker Less Motion Capture System.
Our practical application workshops are conducted at a €4 million specially designed Strength and Conditioning SportsLab.
Setanta College lecturers are qualified to MSc or PhD level and are former high level sports people, active coaches or both.
All modules of this course are delivered part-time via blended or distance learning. Weekly lectures will be delivered through our virtual learning environment and are completed entirely online. The practical face-to-face elements of the course are delivered on campus once every 4 – 5 weeks. Student knowledge is examined using continuous assessment comprising of online questionnaires and essay-style project work. The course has been designed to accommodate the working professional and will fit in a flexible manner into your daily schedule.
This course prepares graduates to design and implement resistance training programmes, coach olympic lifts for sport and to be capable of functionally assessing athletes or individuals. Graduates also have the opportunity to progress on to higher-level qualifications with Setanta College. Setanta College offers a range of Professional Development courses up to our industry led Master of Science in Performance Coaching.
Setanta College has appointed a world renowned advisory board to inform and oversee our programmes and research strategy. This board, comprising of professors and practitioners from around the world, keep Setanta College at the cutting edge of Performance Science, Technology and Strength and Conditioning. Our lecturers are qualified to MSc or PhD level and are former high level sports people, active coaches or both. We have a team of international specialists who lecture on both our online and full time programmes.
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.
If you are over 23 years of age you may apply as a mature student. Mature student applications are assessed on the basis of age, coaching/playing experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying.
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.
In the case of international learners where English is not their first language, they will be required to demonstrate a sufficient level of English Language proficiency. Setanta College accept the following:
IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent score of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) normally IELTS 6 which must be dated within 2 years of enrolment onto programme.
CEFR standard (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B2+ which must be dated within 2 years of enrolment onto programme.
Successful completion of major award at level 5 or higher mapped to the NFQ completed through English.
Fees & How To Enrol
To book your place on the Certificate in Strength & Conditioning programme, you can pay through instalments, for one module at a time or get a discount when you pay in advance.
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