Strength and Conditioning

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 26 March 2021
01 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C607JS Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C607NS Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module will provide students with key academic and practical skills needed to design and administer strength and conditioning programmes in performance athletes and teams. Students will learn how training is organised, administered, monitored and practically delivered to individuals and teams.

Through practical sessions (in laboratories and using gym facilities) students will learn how to safely administer; warm-ups and cool-downs, resistance training (using machines an free weights), spotting techniques, flexibility training (static, dynamic and ballistic), Speed-Agility-Quickness (SAQ) drills, plyometric training and aerobic endurance training. Through lectures and seminars they will learn now to combine these techniques to create safe and effective training programmes.

Module aims

This module aims to prepare students to take the NSCA Level IV Strength and Conditioning Award and or a UKSCA qualification.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module students will need to be able to:

1. Discuss the core concepts and applications of exercise science in strength and conditioning.
2. Discuss and show practical competence in these exercise techniques.
3. Demonstrate competence in the design of strength and conditioning programmes for individual athletes and/or teams
4. Discuss organisational, administration and health and safety issues associated with strength and condition facilities and program

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

20 hours lectures / seminars 20 hours practical classes


  • Joyce, David; Lewindon, Dan. (2014) High-Performance Training for Sports: Human Kinetics Publishers.
  • Paul Gamble. (2012) Training for Sports Speed and Agility: An Evidence-Based Approach, London: Routledge.
  • Harvey Newton. (2002) Explosive Lifting for Sports, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Cook, Gary. (no date) The Functional Movement Screen and Exercise Progressions Manual.
  • Jeffreys, Ian. (no date) Warm up revisited – the 'ramp' method of optimising performance preparation: UK STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Case Study    10% 
Practical   Practical exam 1     
Practical   Practical exam 2    25% 
Practical   Presentation     25% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Benjamin Jones, email:
Dr Ben Jones, Justin Mills & External Coaches
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 65 hours, 18 (27.7%) hours available to students:
47 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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