Advanced Strength and Conditioning


This module builds on the SPS305 module (Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning). Students will explore more advanced training methods and theory, with an emphasis on developing long-term training programmes across a diverse range of sports. Units of assessments will be closely aligned with the UKSCA assessment framework.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to identify the physical requirements of various sports, identify strengths and weaknesses of individual performers and prescribe long term training programmes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand the scientific underpinnings of long term training.

2.  Identify the strength and conditioning requirements of athletes in a variety of sports and prepare long−term programmes to meet these demands.

3.  Demonstrate practical competency and technical knowledge of speed, agility and plyometric techniques.

4.  Demonstrate practical competency and technical knowledge of Olympic lifting weightlifting exercises (Clean Jerk, Snatch) and their variations.

Indicative Content

1 Olympic Lifting

A progression from the content covered in SPS305, practical competency and technical knowledge of the Clean and Jerk/ Snatch exercises and their variations.

2 Recovery Exercise

Understanding the mechanisms involved in fatigue and recovery during and after exercise.

3 Assessment of Strength and Power

Issues in strength and power assessment, specific laboratory based and field based protocols, designing testing batteries.

4 Speed, Agility and Plyometric Exercise

A follow on from material covered in SPS305, with emphasis on advanced programme design and interpretation of the scientific literature.

5 Performance Analysis

Identifying main physiological and biomechanical requirements of various sports and designing appropriate conditioning interventions.

6 S&C Industry Considerations

Understanding the structure of strength and conditioning, how to apply for positions and accreditation routes.

7 Practical Applications

Methods of dealing with a range of practical scenarios in strength and conditioning.

8 Interpretation and Dissemination of Information

How to interpret scientific data and articles and be able to disseminate findings to a range of populations (e.g coaches, athletes etc.).

9 Special Considerations for S&C

Consideration of contemporary S&C issues, e.g., specific populations (e.g., age and gender), as well as other industry specific considerations when working in the field.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment The module will be delivered by a series of interactive lectures, tutorials and practical workshops, which will involve formal delivery of material, in combination with practical development of training modes. The assessment strategy will have two distinct parts: 1) There will be a practical assessment in which your practical competency and technical knowledge of Olympic lifting and Speed & Agility/Plyometric modes will be tested; 2) there will be submission of a case study. Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing student skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. These are assessed in the following ways: Intellectual (learning outcome 1−4), Professional (LO 2,3,4),Personal (LO 2,3,4), Active Citizen (LO 2,3,4). It is expected that 50% of the contact time in this module will be devoted to active enquiry− based learning activities.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 8
Supervised Practical Activity 36
Unsupervised Practical Activity 36
Assessment 20
Independent 88

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.