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Certificate in Strength & Conditioning


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Course Overview

Course Background

This internationally recognised programme is designed to suit the working professional and fit flexibly into your daily schedule.

This 18-month Certificate is regarded as the industry standard for specialist Strength and Conditioning Coaches. This course is delivered at the equivalent of NFQ Level 5 and provides graduates with the equivalent of 120 credits*.

*This qualification is awarded by Setanta through their EU accreditation by Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI). It consists of an internationally recognised university-level award, the Certificate in Strength & Conditioning. This programme carries 60 ECTS credits awarded at Level 6 on the Irish framework of qualifications. 

Course Content

The six modules completed in this course include:

Modules covered:

  1. Functional Screening
  2. Resistance Training
  3. Resistance Training 2
  4. Advanced Resistance Training
  5. Speed Development
  6. Endurance Development

Course Details & Information

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 campus locations.

We are 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 Service 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 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), The UK Strength and Conditioning Association (3,000 members), The International Confederation for Registers of Exercise Professionals (300,000 members), and Titleist Performance Institute.
  • Major winning golfer 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 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 students get to use the latest technology in sport because of our partnerships with StatSports, ForceDecks, and Orreco, as well as our state of the art 3D Markerless Motion Capture System.
  • Our practical application workshops are delivered at world-class facilities at each campus location.
  • Setanta lecturers are qualified to MSc or PhD level and are former high-level athletes, 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 delivery of our practical workshops is twice a year in four-day blocks in London, United Kingdom.

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.

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On successful completion of this course the graduate will:

  • Display a specialised knowledge of functional screening and advanced resistance training.
  • Understand the key components of fitness and principles of coaching.
  • Critically evaluate the needs of his or her players/athletes
  • Gain a range of practical skills with a focus on:
    • Warm up and cool down
    • Periodisation
    • Speed
    • Endurance
  • Formulate exercise and training programmes based on sound scientific principles.
  • Apply the principles of training to their specific sport.

This course prepares graduates to operate as gym instructors, personal trainers, design and implement resistance training programmes, coach Olympic lifts for sport and to be capable of functionally assessing athletes or individuals. This programme qualifies graduates to work within Strength & Conditioning as an ‘S&C Trainer’. Graduates also have the opportunity to progress on to higher-level qualifications with Setanta.

Setanta offers a range of Professional Development courses up to our industry-led Masters in Performance Coaching.

Setanta 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 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.

  • Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for this course,  which are as follows: International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, GCE A-Levels, Maturita, or equivalent.
  • 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
  • In the case of learners where English is not their first language, they will be required to demonstrate a sufficient level of English Language proficiency. Setanta accepts the following:
    1. 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.
    2. CEFR standard (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B2+ which must be dated within 2 years of enrolment onto programme.
    3. Successful completion of major award at level 4 or higher completed through English.

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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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