Professional Development in Strength and Conditioning

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 21 March 2025
19 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C6S612 Strength and Conditioning,
MSC C6S624 Strength and Conditioning

Module description

This module provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working as a coach or practitioner to develop students underpinning knowledge of key applied practice in strength and conditioning.

This module centres on professional development through mentorship, where students will be supported by professionals working in strength and conditioning to develop specialised skills. The module will shine a light on various aspects of strength and conditioning to better equip students with insider knowledge of various aspects and contexts within sport. Students are encouraged to adopt a reflective approach to develop their expertise and practice.

Module aims

To enable students to apply, evaluate and analyse approaches to developing themselves as professionals.

Module learning outcomes

1. Experience in a work-based environment related to strength and conditioning.
2. Independently identify opportunities to develop scope of practice.
3. Critically evaluate evolving scope of practice and preparedness for qualified practice.
4. Communicate clearly, in a well-structured manner, to synthesise how practice has evolved and critically discuss the impact on future developments.

Module information

Professional Development in Strength and Conditioning requires students to source and complete 60 hours of professional development activities using a variety of resources. This may include supervised placement in a strength and conditioning or related environment (please see Placement Handbook for guidelines), interaction with a mentor to support the development of specialised skills, peer-review of coaching practice, engagement with practitioners working in strength and conditioning to support student development (including engagement with the Masterclass lectures and practical's), and guided tasks. This will allow students the opportunity to develop practical skills unique to the role of the strength and conditioning coach, the opportunity to work within an inter-disciplinary team and understand the role and scope of the strength and conditioning coach's practice. Skills to promote reflective practice will be developed through online seminars with their assigned tutor and university staff member.

Indicative content will include:
CPD and development of own needs
Preparation for professional accreditation and recognition
The use of peer feedback in development of self
Emotional intelligence
Preparation of self for placement and practice
Developing a coaching philosophy
Peer feedback and coaching (formative assessment)
Reflective practice in coaching
Problem-solving complex issues in a strength and conditioning environment

The module will also include a series of asynchronous online and synchronous face-to-face (during spring onsite period) Masterclass lectures, delivered by University of Essex teaching staff and Visiting Lecturers. Evidence within the reflective essay (and within the appendices) for engagement with the lectures will count towards the accumulation of professional development hours. Topics will include (but not limited to):
Working with disabled and paralympic sport athletes
S&C for health and wellbeing
Working as a self-employed practitioner
Advanced strength training techniques (i.e., eccentric strength training, velocity-based training, etc.)
Insights into working in specialised environments (e.g., professional team sports, track and field, court sports, performance arts, etc.)

Learning and teaching methods

The module will encompass a series of lectures that will be delivered online in a pre-recorded format making them easily accessible to students who have varying schedules or life circumstances that impact their ability to access the lectures at time of delivery. Practical classes will be delivered by University of Essex teaching staff and visiting lectures during the spring onsite period


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Reflective essay      

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Nicholas Clark, email:
Dr Nicholas Clark, Dr Jamie Tallent, Dr Louis Howe, Dr Jason Moran, Dr Emily Cushion.
SRES Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Thomas Ian Gee
University of Lincoln
Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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