Bachelor of Science (Honours) Strength and Conditioning CW198

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW198
  • 18
  • 390
  • 4 Years
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What is the Course about?

Strength and conditioning is an applied science that focuses on ways to improve athletic performance including endurance, speed, strength and power.

This four-year programme is designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills and analytical techniques in the sub-disciplines of sport and exercise sciences. Students gain the knowledge and skill to help athletes and players achieve optimum sports performance. The programme combines theoretical and practical elements and modules include Anatomy and Physiology; Exercise and Fitness Instruction; Physical Sciences; Athletic Assessment and Monitoring; Strength and Conditioning (power, speed, endurance,); Sports Nutrition, Biomechanics and Performance Analysis. Year 4 includes a 14 week work placement in a variety of national or international sites.

Special Features:

  • Students gain hands-on practical experience working with IT Carlow’s elite athletes and sports teams.
  • 14-week work placement with sports organisations or bodies  such as the GAA or FAI. 
  • Premium facilities including a dedicated elite athlete performance gym, large general gym, fitness assessment suite and performance analysis laboratories.
  • Exit Award: Higher Certificate in Strength and Conditioning (NFQ Level 6).

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to apply for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at IT Carlow or a wide range of taught or research postgraduate programmes at IT Carlow or other third level Institutions.

What exemptions will I receive?

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) based in the USA.



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates of the programme will be sports science experts in strength and conditioning and related areas and may be employed as Sports Advisors or Development Officers with sports agencies, regulatory authorities or sports governing bodies. Graduates can also practice as advisors in the areas of fitness, testing, exercise prescription, personal training, fitness consulting and exercise, or work with specific population groups such as seniors or paediatrics. Graduates can also work with physiotherapists, sports rehabilitators and athletic therapists in both the prevention and rehabilitation of athletes returning to performance from injury.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better. 
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed. 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director/Work Placement Co-ordinator
Paul Byrne, BA, MSc