Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning SE903

  • NFQ Level 8
  • SE903
  • 340
  • 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 course 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.

Course Structure

The course includes practical classes for the application of knowledge in an applied environment. Year 3 includes a 14-week work placement in a national or international sport organisation. An independent project is carried out in Year 4.

Is this course for you?

Graduates will be working as professional Strength and Conditioning practitioners. This will be due to the evidence-based approach to working with athletes from a broad range of age groups and sporting ability. If you have an interest in sport, and want to understand the underpinning scientific principles while gaining excellent practical skills, then this course is for you.

Special Features:

  • Students gain hands-on practical experience working with SETU Carlow's elite athletes and sports teams.
  • 14-week national or international work placement with sports organisations.
  • Premium facilities including a dedicated elite athlete performance gym, large general gym, fitness assessment suite and performance analysis laboratories.
  • Engagement with community groups, local schools and institute events.
  • Exit award: Higher Certificate in Science 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 SETU Carlow or a wide range of taught or research MSc/PhD postgraduate courses in SETU Carlow or other thirdlevel institutions.

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 exemptions will I receive?




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

Graduates of Strength and Conditioning will be able to use scientific knowledge and practical expertise to guide the design and implementation of training programmes and monitoring of athletes. Graduates will also have expert knowledge in the application of strength and conditioning for both children and older adults.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7
  • Garda vetting required

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Paul Byrne
BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, CSCS