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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LEED2070 Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

10 creditsClass Size: 64

Module manager: Tim Jarrett

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module will provide students with an opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of strength and conditioning (S&C) coaching and how it is an integral part of the performance sport support service. Students will be able to gain exposure to both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills which underpin the practice of a Strength and Conditioning coach,and provide students with an opportunity to reflect on how these competencies can be used for career development. Designated a Special Skills module, this module is open to students on all degree programmes. Information about the full portfolio of LEED discovery modules can be found at


Students will show they have an understanding of;
- Human movement, needs analyses and the principles of training;
- Analysis of physiological and biomechanical adaptations to exercise that underpin the creation of effective S&C programmes;
- How to design a training plan that applies concepts of coaching practice with training theory;
- An introductory level of practical experience and theoretical knowledge that it takes to become an effective S&C coach;
- Clarity and direction in shaping their future career paths within high performance environments.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Identify and analyse principles of physiology and biomechanics related to strength and conditioning training;
2. Analyse and evaluate principles of training theory and justify their use within a strength and conditioning training plan;
3. Identify and analyse concepts of coaching practice and apply them within a strength and conditioning context;
4. Discuss and evaluate core professional skills and competencies of a strength and conditioning practitioner working in a high-performance environment;
5. Reflect on your personal development throughout the module and evaluate it’s impact on your career pathway.

Skills outcomes
- To have been involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of group S&C training.
- To have experienced S&C coaching from the point of view of the athlete.
- To have learnt fundamental movement competencies and basic lifting techniques


Introduction to S&C coaching, including:
- Anatomy and physiology linked to the improvement of strength and conditioning specific adaptations and techniques;
- Principles of coaching;
- Principles of training;
- Training methodologies;
- Short and long-term adaptations to training;
- Planning and programming;
- Testing and evaluation.
- Basic movement and lifting skills.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment20.501.00
Independent online learning hours28.00
Private study hours50.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Research for lectures & seminars
Practical assessment preparation
Planning & research for strength and conditioning practical
Analysis and reflection for written assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Throughout online and in-person delivery sessions, the session lead will plan activities and challenges that present formative feedback opportunities. These will include strategies such as;
- Online formative quizzes, discussion boards and journals;
- Practical session with peer and teacher feedback;
- Conditioned situations aimed at testing students against the skill demands of practical environments;
- One to one discussions in tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation15 minute group presentation (Training plan justification)50.00
In-course MCQMCQs worth 25 marks20.00
Reflective log1000 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The coursework requirements which are not assessed directly but which must be completed are: A Reflective log of the student’s coaching practice/performance.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 06/07/2021 10:21:12


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