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Strength & Conditioning Coach Course (Level 6)
National Diploma in Strength & Conditioning

Course Type:

Location:

Kildare

Duration:

6-8 Weeks

Accreditation:

RQF, OFQUAL, NSC

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This programme will enable you to design and deliver sport specific strength and conditioning programmes to teams and individuals.  Throughout this qualification you will develop an underpinning knowledge of the biomechanical demands and physiological responses related to high performance training.  You will also develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to plan, design and instruct an effective sports strength and conditioning session.  On successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to develop and instruct strength and conditioning programmes for teams and athletic individuals in the sport and active leisure industry.

Online Lectures/Study
  • Biomechanical, Physiological and Psychological Factors Affecting Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance.
  • Programming Strength and Conditioning Activities for Sports Performance.
  • Delivering Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance.
Practical Training Day 1: Functional Mobility Screening & Reconditioning
  • Benefits and Limitations of Functional Mobility Screening
  • Client Screening / Postural Analysis
  • Communicating and Evaluating the Functional Mobility Screen
  • FMS Test Sequence
  • Identifying Asymmetries through Screening
  • Corrective Strategies
Practical Training Day 2: Coaching Olympic Lifting
  • History of Olympic Lifting
  • Client Screening & Suitability
  • Skill Related Components of Olympic Lifting
  • Breathing Technique, Form, Balance, Centre of Gravity & Mobility
  • Coaching Cues, Progression/Regression Techniques
  • Coaching the Clean & Jerk
  • Coaching the Snatch
Practical Training Day 3: Coaching Speed, Agility & Quickness (SAQ)
  • History of SAQ Training
  • Client Screening & Suitability
  • Skill Related Components of SAQ
  • Hi/Lo Tech Skill Related Fitness Testing
  • SAQ Drills addressing the Various Skill Related Components
  • Coaching Cues, Progression/Regression Techniques
  • SAQ for Various Age Groups and Abilities
Practical Training Day 4: Periodisation Principles & Biomechanics of Movement
  • Understanding Macro, Meso and Micro Cycles
  • Programming General Preparatory, Specific Preparatory and Transition Periods
  • Planning Considerations / Progression Hierarchy
  • Physiological Responses to Training
  • Nutrition/Hydration Guidelines for the Athlete
  • Female Athletic Triad & Common Eating Disorders in Sport & Athletics
  • Sports Supplementation
  • Biomechanics of Sport
  • Postural Analysis
  • Injury Prevalence in Sport
  • Repetitive Injuries in Sport

 

This training day is supplemented with online study.

Course Start Date: September 1st, 2024 – 2 Courses are Available.

Theory/online modules are released on September 1st, 2024, followed by practical sessions starting September 4th, 2024.  Practical contact days are:

 

Weekday Course Option:
Wednesdays - 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Dates: September 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.

 

Weekend Course Option:
Saturday/Sunday - 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Dates: September 7th/8th, 21st/22nd.

During the month of September and October students will complete their online training and submit their final projects October 31st, 2024.

Theory, research and assignments are completed outside of practical training days via recorded online lectures and video tutorials.  All practical training days occur at NSC’s South Kildare College location.

 
Limited Places Available

The National Diploma in Strength & Conditioning runs twice a year (March & September) from NSC’s Kildare College location.  Weekday and weekend course options are available.  Our next course start date is September 1st 2024.  Student places are limited. 

Early registration is advisable.  In 2025 this course will run in March and September.

Course tuition fee includes access to our online classroom, course notes, online teaching materials, e-books and access to equipment and materials for college practical sessions.  International Learner Registration, Assessment and Certification Fee: €100. 

The course tuition fee of €895 and learner registration/certification fee of €100 must be paid in full prior to the course start date. 
A refundable course deposit of €195 must be paid to reserve a student place on this programme.   

 

Course Fee Option 1: Early Bird Tuition Fee: €895

Deposit = €195 (refundable up until August 1st, 2024).

Final Tuition Payment of €700 paid before your course start date of September 1st, 2024.

International Learner Registration and Assessment Fee of €100 due September 1st, 2024.

 

Course Fee Option 2: Standard Tuition Fee = €995.

Deposit = €195 (Refundable up until August 1st, 2024).

2 Payments of €400 due September 1st and October 1st, 2024.

International Learner Registration and Assessment Fee of €100 due September 1st, 2024.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must hold a Personal Trainer qualification which is recognised by the Irish (Level 5) or UK (Level 3) education system (NFQ/QQI/RCF/OFQUAL).  PT qualifications from NSC, Focus Awards (UK), VTCT (UK), ITEC (UK), NCEF (Ire) or similar are recognised.  All practical training days must be attended.  Course learners must be computer literate and have access to a computer with broadband availability.  Course notes, power-points, video tutorials, e-books and assignments are only available online. Completed assignments are also required to be uploaded online.  

  • National Diploma in Strength & Conditioning (NSC)
  • UKL4/IRL6 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (RQF/OFQUAL)
  • CPD Award in Functional Mobility Screening & Reconditioning (NSC)
  • CPD Award in Coaching Olympic Lifting
  • CPD Award in SAQ – Speed, Agility & Quickness
  • CPD Award in Sports Nutrition

This joint NSC/RQF/OFQUAL qualification is comparable to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Ireland and has international recognition.  NSC/OFQUAL qualifications allow graduates to obtain professional indemnity insurance to practice in Ireland, the UK

 and internationally.  

The National Diploma in Strength & Conditioning consists of 4 modules, taught part-time through blended learning and completed over a 6-8 week period.  This is a blended learning programme which involves online lectures, video tutorials and written assignments, coupled with practical in-person sessions.

 
Eligibility

Applicants must hold a Personal Trainer qualification which is recognised by the Irish (Level 5) or UK (Level 3) education system (NFQ/QQI/RCF/OFQUAL).  PT qualifications from NSC, Focus Awards (UK), VTCT (UK), ITEC (UK), NCEF (Ire) or similar are recognised.  All practical training days must be attended.  Course learners must be computer literate and have access to a computer with broadband availability.  Course notes, power-points, video tutorials, e-books and assignments are only available online. Completed assignments are also required to be uploaded online.

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