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Applied Sports Science with Strength and Conditioning - BSc (Hons)

Course Code: US958


Level

8

Duration

4 Years

Department

Sport & Early Childhood Studies


CAO Points

New course 2023

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Thurles

The BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science with Strength and Conditioning prepares students to work with children, youths, and adults in various sporting environments. This course focuses on the applied nature of exercise science.

The course content will be delivered through theory and practical classes. We place a significant emphasis on preparing students to be able to deliver the knowledge through practical coaching sessions. Over the four years, students will study the components of fitness, the principles of training, sports nutrition, sports psychology, learn how to analyse biomechanical movements and the science of sport.

Students who choose this course will specialise in strength and conditioning. Some modules include; resistance training, weightlifting, injury prevention, and periodisation. Covering the course content will allow students to take the ITEC gym instruction qualification exam.

This course is recognised the the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

**Please note that Garda Vetting is a requirement for this course.**

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Cert 

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.                                                           

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

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What modules will I study?

This exciting 4 year honours degree will allow students to study resistance training, weightlifting, programme planning, sports psychology, and injury and rehabilitation. A core element of this course is the applied nature of the study. Consequently, the modules that students will study have significant practical elements that focus on developing coaching competencies necessary to improve the athletes in their chosen sport.

  • Year 1

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    You will learn about the principles and practices of resistance training, nutrition, warm-up, coaching skills, psychology, and anatomy and exercise physiology.


  • Year 2

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    Will explore, learning to Olympic lift, fitness testing, biomechanics, speed and agility development, science for sport, endurance development and sports psychology.


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    Covers sports technology analytics, youth athletic development, injury management and rehabilitation, and an entire semester of work placement. The work placement opportunities include work alongside sports science staff while teaching athletes exercises in the gym, on-field warm-ups, sprint and conditioning activities, and assisting in the operation of GPS. This full semester of work placement greatly enhances students’ practical learning.


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    In the final year, students will study advanced resistance training methods, applied exercise physiology and anatomical assessment, coaching competencies and behaviours. Students will learn how to programme short, medium and long-term plans for a range of components of fitness, and develop strategies for monitoring athlete’s training loads. Finally, students will produce a final year thesis.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of this course may pursue further study at level 9 masters in a similar subject area.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates with sports science with strength and conditioning degrees can take up work in gyms, sports teams or set up their own sport business. Graduates can also further their education in sports performance, sports coaching, sports psychology and physiotherapy.

Graduates are expected to gain employment in sports organisations, sports’ national governing bodies, sporting clubs and colleges, health and fitness industry, community activity programmes and private enterprise.

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Why take this course?

Strength and conditioning coaches are in demand right across the lifecycle from designing programmes and coaching children, youth, adults, or older adults. This course offers students an opportunity to gain a qualification in the area of exercise science.

We place a significant emphasis on preparing students to be able to deliver the knowledge through practical coaching sessions. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to undertake conditioning programmes to support coaches and athletes in their performance improvements. In addition, we aim to prepare students to be industry-ready.