Bachelor of Science (Honours) Strength and Conditioning (SCO) CW178

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW178
  • 18
  • 400
  • 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. The course combines theoretical and practical elements and modules include: Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise and Fitness Instruction, Physical Sciences, Strength and Conditioning (power, speed, endurance,), Sports Nutrition, Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning for Paediatrics and the older adult. 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 Institute of Technology 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.
  • Exit award: Higher Certificate in Strength and Conditioning (NFQ Level 6).
  • Engagement with community groups, local schools and institute events.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to apply for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at Institute of Technology Carlow or a wide range of taught or research postgraduate courses at Institute of Technology Carlow or other third level 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?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

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