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What will I learn?

As a S&C Trainer, you will be taught the skills required to be fully qualified to deliver physical training to athletes taking part in sport (all the way from grassroots to elite level) in order to improve their performance and prevent injuries.

This includes learning how to teach and plan sessions for the development of:

  • Foundational movement skills (improving an athlete’s ability to move their body efficiently and effectively)
  • Energy systems (i.e. aerobic and anaerobic fitness)
  • Strength and power
  • Speed and agility


Foundation Movement SkillsEnergy System TrainingStrength Based TrainingSpeed Training
  • Squat
  • Hinge
  • Lunge
  • Push/Pull
  • Quadrupedal
  • Rotations
  • Running, Jumping and landing


  • Training to improve aerobic and anaerobic endurance


  • Foundation Movement Competency
  • Strength
  • Muscular Endurance
  • Hypertrophy
  • Explosive movements


  • Accelerate
  • Decelerate
  • Change of Direction


You will also be upskilled on the holistic nature of S&C coaching, including the underpinning science of training and planning as well as how to create an engaging and positive S&C environment.

Knowledge and SkillsApplication
Understanding the role of the S+C TrainerDeliver appropriate ‘performance led’ S+C programmes across a diverse range of participants. Understanding when to refer.
Underpinning scientific basis of strength and conditioningApply the principles of training to deliver effective sessions
Effective trainingDemonstrate, describe and coach effective movement, progressing/regressing where appropriate
Planning training programmesDesign and write medium term training plans based on a comprehensive needs analysis
Understanding technical modelsObserve, Coach and feedback movement based agreed technical models
Effective coaching Effectively engage, educate and communicate with participants across a wide background 

What does the course entail – what will be required of me?

You will be required to complete 5 assessments. The first 3 assessments will be practical and completed at the face-to-face sessions with your peers on the course. Once you have completed these, you are required to deliver a 12-week program to someone outside your course. The final assessments will consist of creating a portfolio and presenting to your course leader whilst you plan, deliver, and reflect on the 12-week program.


Practical Assessment A

Foundation movements coaching - coach a 20 minute session to a small group

Practical Assessment B

Coaching safety in the gym - spotting and failing safely

Practical Assessment C

Strength-based training assessment - coach a 40 minute session to an individual

Assessment D - Programming & Planning

With a real life participant, carry out a consultation, needs analysis, performance testing, and design a 12-week programme. 

You will then present this work to your assessor, 1-to-1 (can be done via Teams/Zoom).

Assessment E - Impact Assessment & Reflective Practice

Deliver and submit evidence of programme changes, and reflective log. You will be required to present your reflections and complete an anatomy and physiology quiz.