Strength and Conditioning is widely acknowledged by athletes and coaches as a vital component of achieving peak performance and reducing injury. This is a growing area with demand for Strength and Conditioning Coaches increasing rapidly. To become a Strength and Conditioning Coach there are typically two requirements; a degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences and accreditation by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). On this course, you can work towards both at the same time.
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On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:
This module introduces research methods in health and science. This is the first of two research methods, and students will study the fundamental concepts in research. On completion of the module, students will appreciate ethical considerations in research, and will have undertaken basic qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Students will then communicate their findings, presenting qualitative and quantitative data in the appropriate manner.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic anatomy and patterns of movement, including anatomical reference points and planes of movement; identify the role of biomechanics in the study of human movement and sports performance through the study of kinetic and kinematic principles; outline and evaluate the models for technique analysis in sports skills; understand and evaluate the basic principles of notation analysis in performance enhancement and conduct a technique analysis of selected sports skills
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to; demonstrate an awareness of health and safety considerations in strength and conditioning; describe and demonstrate the fundamental techniques in strength and conditioning; demonstrate an understanding of a variety of methods of training and analyse muscular involvement and actions in specific movements.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to; identify the major anatomical structures and systems of the human body; describe the function and role of major organs and tissues and relate the links between organs and systems to the normal functioning of the human body; describe the physiological systems that maintain homeostasis and communication; demonstrate an understanding of the cardiovascular, neuromuscular and respiratory systems at rest and during exercise; demonstrate a critical awareness of ethical issues in the field; demonstrate competence in a range of practical and subject specific skills; understand, and be able to comply with safety in the laboratory and demonstrate skills in the evaluation and interpretation of laboratory and field data.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of kinematic and kinetic methods used in the biomechanical analysis of angular motion; explain how air and water exert forces on athletes and objects moving through them and how these forces can be modified to improve performance; describe the characteristics of sports surfaces and footwear and how the interaction of these can influence performance and injury; apply experimental protocols used in biomechanics laboratory to investigate sport and exercise techniques; analyse and interpret biomechanical data obtained in a laboratory setting and evaluate the limitations of the data when using biomechanical assessment tools, and appreciate the need for reliability and validity in data collection.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to; identify the specific requirements of a variety of sporting activities; evaluate appropriate awareness of methods of performance testing related to sporting activities; construct an appropriate strength and conditioning programme based on appropriate training principles; apply the concept of periodization to training programme design and demonstrate an understanding of methods of sport specific conditioning.
The individual student will negotiate with a tutor a topic for research reflecting personal interest and areas, or approaches, previously introduced in the programme.
This will include original research and data collection and will involve the use of techniques such as case studies, dietary surveys, laboratory work, interviews and surveys.
Students may undertake a discipline-based, or professionally focused, study, e.g. developing and testing a marketing initiative, a nutritional behaviour change programme, or an educational intervention.
Students will be required to comment on the significance of their results in relation to the work of other researchers and communicate their findings coherently.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to; demonstrate basic analytical skills required to understand published biomechanical material; critically evaluate the evidence base supporting an experimental design; analyse, interpret and discuss motion capture (video) and force-plate data and demonstrate a critical appreciation of scientific rigour in the processes of experimental design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to; critically analyse the risk factors that contribute to a range of sports injuries, and understand the role of physiological, biomechanical and psychological factors in the occurrence and treatment of injury;demonstrate an understanding of the body's tissue repair process, and be able to apply this knowledge to the design of rehabilitation programs; demonstrate practical knowledge of a range of treatment exercises and modalities, and be able to incorporate these techniques into appropriately designed rehabilitation programs and Ccritically evaluate the evidence base underlying the occurrence, treatment and prevention of sports injuries.
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars or laboratory-based practical sessions. On this programme students undertake two professional work placements in Level 4 and Level 5. There is also an optional Level 6 module called Professional Learning through Work to further enable students to gained credit for their learning in the workplace.
Practical strength and conditioning modules align to the requirements of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation programme. These are conducted in a high specification strength and conditioning suite.
At Level 6 students will complete a 40-credit Dissertation to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and skill development. Dissertations are often carried out on real projects or for organisations so that the work is very professionally relevant for the employer and student towards future career opportunities. All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. Students will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects. The department of Sport, Health & Nutrition offer all students the opportunity to take part in sports volunteering on or off-site and, or, to take coaching awards to add to their CV. They have a dedicated Sports Development team to organise sports coaching and volunteering as part of the extra-curricular activities. We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus. Each Module Leader will provide lecture notes on this site to support their learning and other activities such as quizzes to check learning or additional reading or online tutorial activities in addition to the taught sessions.
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.
The variety of assessments in Sport, Health & Nutrition are noted by the External Examiner to be "the very best of practice in the sector" Staff are very creative in their assessments, providing engaging assignments. Students may be asked to carry out oral assessments and practical assessments in the sports laboratory.
In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.
You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.
On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language, Maths and Science.
Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Find out more
Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Find out more
We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
I joined Leeds Trinity University in 2007 and I’m the Programme Leader for Sport and Exercise Sciences. I teach within the areas of Biomechanics and Performance Analysis. I’m currently undertaking a PhD in the Biomechanics of the Field Hockey drag flick.
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Graduates will be able to pursue a successful career as strength and Conditioning Coaches (UKSCA qualified), Fitness Instructors, Advanced Personal Trainers and following postgraduate study, a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. Employability skills developed throughout the course will give graduates success within and outside of sport.
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