USW’s blended learning MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning is a programme all about helping you enhance your coaching in strength and conditioning. The programme takes an applied and real-world approach to the challenge of S&C coaching, to help you enhance your decision making, multi-disciplinary knowledge and inter-personal relationships.
The course is taught by an expert team of industry professionals, is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) via its Education Recognition Program (ERP) and aligned to the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association’s (UKSCA) expectations for Chartership.
While all MSc’s in strength and conditioning will focus on sets and reps, exercise technique and training methods, once you have this basic knowledge your effectiveness as a strength and conditioning coach is based more upon when and how you do things, rather than simply what you do. Our coaching focus moves you towards thinking about leadership, reflection skills, teaching and problem solving for long term career success.
Our blended learning approach allows you time to apply what you have learned in your own environment and learn in a flexible way. This provides the perfect opportunity for you to study, coach and grow as a practitioner with skills that matter and that set you apart from the competition. We welcome applications from coaches in all corners of the profession and different parts of the world.
What you will study
The Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning course can be studied full time over a year or part-time over two years. The following modules will be studied. Each has 20 credits with a final applied strength and conditioning solution carrying 60 credits. Part-time students can distribute these modules over two years.
Each module is delivered in a blended format with varying formats of residential practicals, online synchronous workshops and asynchronous lectures.
Maximising Human Performance – 20 credits
Module leader: Dr Chris Marley and George Rose
This module is designed to provide a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach to performance, thus providing the coach with the widest possible variety of tools and approaches to maximise their athlete‘s performance in a range of performance settings.
Strategic Planning and Decision Making for Human Performance – 20 credits
Module leader: Paul Bunce
This module will outline the nature of effective strategy and provide students with the necessary mastery of strategy to enable the most productive actions to be taken on a daily basis. It will also develop the ability to apply the three-tiered approach to evidence-based practice enabling coaches to generate effective solutions to multiple performance problems.
The Modern Coach – Thriving in a Complex World- 20 credits
Module leader: Richard Clarke
This module will enable students to take a multi-disciplinary approach to their coaching development and enable them to develop the knowledge and skills required to thrive in this complex world of human performance.
Advanced Methods in Strength and Conditioning – A Solutions-based Approach – 20 credits
Module leader: Nathan Evans
This module will allow students to develop a solutions-based approach to training; critically evaluating key performance indicators (KPIs) and applying a range of training methods and techniques to address these KPIs.
Bio-medical Aspects of Human Performance – 20 credits
Module leader: Dr Kate Williams
This module will look at more common injuries and movement dysfunctions encountered in sport and enable students to identify risk factors for these injuries, design programs of exercise that reduce the risk of injury, and programs that enable athletes who have suffered these injuries recover full function.
Innovation and Technological Application in Human Performance – 20 credits
Module leader: Morgan Williams
This module will look at the most relevant and current technological applications available to a coach and enable coaches to critically evaluate these in terms of their potential application, the key data to be derived and how this can be utilised to drive innovative approaches to performance monitoring and enhancement.
Applied Strength and Conditioning Solution – 60 credits
Module leader: Mel Tuckwell
This module will extend the course aim of developing multidisciplinary, independent thinkers, enabling students to generate true evidence-based practice that can be directly applied into their own coaching practices.
The postgraduate course is delivered in a blended format with varying formats of residential practicals, online synchronous workshops and asynchronous lectures. This is adapted to suit the content and learning needs of each module.
This format allows people to study whilst undertaking their normal coaching activities. Material will be provided on a weekly basis and students will be able to access this at their preferred time.
The blended format is ideal for students from all over the UK and overseas, allowing them to study online and attend the residential blocks at USW.
The residential blocks are designed to provide practical instruction, to discuss content covered online and to carry out appropriate assessment.
Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the University’s Sport, Health and Exercise Science Research Group which collaborates locally, nationally and internationally with partners from industry and academia to provide world-leading knowledge and impact. For you, this means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.
Assessment is built around the application of knowledge and wherever possible reflects the tasks coaches undertake in their daily work.
It entails a range of assessments, portfolios, reports and case studies, together with a final applied research project.
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