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Strength and Conditioning Level 1 | 7HSK0313 | Level 7 | Credits 15 | 2023/24
Health & Social Work
Application Portal
Strength and Conditioning Level 1 | 7HSK0313 | Level 7 | Credits 15 | 2023/24
20/05/2024 | Semester C-All teaching days are normally 9am – 4pm, students are expected to attend all teaching dates. Normally this module is taught on the de Havilland Campus. | Limited Availability
20/05/2024 (On campus), 21/05/2024 (On campus), 17/06/2024 (On campus), 18/06/2024 (On campus), 16/07/2024 (On campus), 20/08/2024 (synchronous on-line presentation and VIVA. Student availability required for on-line synchronous live assessment, time slots confirmed nearer assessment date )

This course is suitable for physiotherapists, sports therapists and other health, sport and exercise rehabilitation professionals who are interested in strength and conditioning.  
Course content

Strength and power training 



Physiological & biomechanical principles 


Advanced practical skills 



Sports specific training interventions 


Scientific principles 


Needs analysis 



Functional movement screening 


Corrective exercise 


Cardiovascular training 



Fitness testing




Programming and periodisation



Course aims 

The course aims to enable you to acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of strength and conditioning principles and applications in order to optimise performance, and plan, implement, deliver, and evaluate programmes and periodised plans.  


This module is equivalent to 150 hours of student effort including 5 taught days and 1 assessment day. All applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Once the module is full the application portal will close, so early application is advised. 



The module forms part of a broader CPD framework and can be taken as a standalone module for CPD.


The assessment involves a case study presentation. Case Study - 15 minutes PowerPoint presentation, 10 minutes of questions (on-line format)


Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding: 

Successful students will typically: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and an in depth understanding of the physiological function of the human body in response to exercise and how human athletic and physical performance is optimised using strength and conditioning techniques, including demonstrating an understanding of the scientific principles of training and adaptation.

  • Critically evaluate the biomechanical and physiological demands and injury analysis in a clinical, occupational specific and/or sports setting, as well as demonstrate a clear understanding of the validity and reliability of performance tests and how to feedback and report. 


Skills and Attributes:  

Successful students will typically: 

  • Select, justify and administer performance tests and screens as well as design and implement a sports specific, individualised perioidised programmes.

  • Demonstrate mastery of technique and coaching ability of resistance training.

  • Critically evaluate appropriate research and published literature, rationalise decisions, debate and articulate ideas, protocols and actions 

What our students say:

“Teaching & support, including opportunities for shadowing have been outstanding. Facilities are excellent”

“I've studied at various universities and tutored on post grad courses over the last 20 years. This has to be one of the best, if not the best course I have done during that time. It is absolutely spot on and the tutors have been amazing in terms of knowledge and delivery. Nothing has been too much trouble for them”

Course Notes

The course is coordinated by Fiona Scott who is the Head of Physical Performance at Performance Herts, University of Hertfordshire as well as a regional S&C coach for England Golf. There is additional contribution from expert lecturers in the field. The course takes place on the University’s de Havilland campus and includes access to the Performance Strength and Conditioning Gym for practical work.

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Course Leader
Name: Dr Mindy Cairns & Andrea Moulson
Name: Julie Porter
Tel: 01707 284800


The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Gov.uk Master’s Loan

Learner Hours
Scheduled 30 hours & Independent 120 hours
Mode of Delivery
Blended learning
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