DSC1 – International Diploma In Strength and Conditioning

Do you want to be the Complete Sports Coach?

This course presents an unique opportunity to coaches of all sports to gain a comprehensive understanding, appreciation and knowledge of the physical fitness conditioning training and development strategies required to prepare  individual players, athletes or teams for successful performance in the competitive arena.

The expert knowledge you will obtain when undertaking this course, combined with previously acquired knowledge and coaching qualifications, will make you an expert in coaching, conditioning and producing skilled and well-developed performers, and ensure they have a distinct competitive advantage in the performing arena.

Module Options

To complete this course participants must complete all 10 modules.

However in Module 6 each participant can select from a few module options. There will be 7 different options at least. The options include:

  • General Sport
  • Gaelic Games
  • Association Football
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquet Sports
  • Basketball

Students selecting option 1 will study fitness for a selection of sports in less detail but will have a good overview of coaching strength and conditioning in general. However all successful participants will be awarded the same accreditation award: International Diploma in Strength and Conditioning.

Course Modules

Module 1 – Physical Fitness, Conditioning and Training

This module examines quickly the history of sport as well as the classification of sports. However the main objective of the module is to present the Components of Fitness and to study the Principles of Training which are seen as the guidelines for the coach in planning and delivering efficient training and conditioning programmes.

The upgrading of this module has been completed.

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Text pages:                           203 

Topics:                                    17              


Module 2 – Warm-up, Cool-down and Flexibility Development

This module examines the warm-up in great detail – including the Benefits, Elements and the appropriate Length of an efficient warm-up. It presents a comprehensive study of how cool-downs should be delivered. Finally it looks at the whole area of flexibility, mobility and stretching in great detail ensuring the coach understands and appreciates the importance of the component of fitness we refer to as “Flexibility”. There are two major topics in this module and these are: The Physiology of Stretching and Understanding the Various Types of Stretching.

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Text pages:                           189 

Topics:                                    11              


Module 3 – Endurance Development

This module examines endurance training in general and the energy systems that supply the energy to the body to perform in sports. It looks at the two important types of endurance training – continuous and intermittent while also delving into the various ways that continuous and intermittent training can be manipulated as training methods for sports training in general and specifically for the optional sports.

Important topics discussed include: the Energy Systems and Sports Fitness, the Factors limiting Endurance Development, the many Different Types of Endurance and finally examining the Importance of Endurance in Field and Court sports Training.

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Text pages:                     162               

Topics:                              11                     


Module 4 – Speed and Agility Development

This module presents an in-depth examination of speed and agility training in general and its importance to a range of optional sports as well. It examines all the elements of speed and how they apply or not apply to various sports. It delivers the theory and practice of making athletes and players re-act faster, run quicker and stop rapidly as needed in field and court sports.

This module is very comprehensive and among the topics of this module are: Elements of Speed, Speed development, The Principles of Speed Training, Recognition, Reaction and Starting speed, Anticipation and Decision making speed, Acceleration and Deceleration Speed, Agility Speed, Top and Flying Speed as well as proving many Sample speed and agility training sessions/work-outs.

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Text pages:                        250    

Topics:                                12                   


Module 5 – Strength and Power Development

This is another very comprehensive module in which we present the many elements of resistance or strength training. It leads the coach to discover the various training methods that can be used to develop the important elements that relate to the speed and power sports such as football and hurling, rugby, football, hockey, tennis and sprinting, hurdling, jumping and throwing in athletics, and sprint events in swimming or cycling.

Among the topics in thei module are: The Function of, Types of and Principles of Strength Training The Importance of Strength for Sport the concept of strength training for Youth Sport as well as programming of Circuit training, Kettlebell, Core stability, Body Weight and Partner Exercises as well as Weight training to the maximum effect for sport performers.

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Text pages:                            323

Topics:                                    21                 


Module 6 – Fitness Demands for Specific Sport

This module examines endurance training as it applies to fitness training for various options available of the course.

Each participants or learner has 6 options and selects the option best suited to his or her needs as a strength and conditioning coach: The options include: General Sport – Gaelic Games – Football (Soccer) – Rugby – Hockey – Lacrosse.

This module presents an investigation into the Sports Fitness Indicators, the Physical Demands of the Game and the Needs of the Athlete/Player as well as examining Motion Analysis Studies in each specific sport.

Please Note that we are in the process of re-editing Module 6

Click for details of Module 6 – Gaelic Games option is presently available. Other sports will be available by Oct 2017.

Text pages:                            160 – varies according to the sport

Topics:                                    13                 


Module 7 – Basic Sports Nutrition

This module educates the coach or manager in a basic understanding of the energy demands of sports and the importance of balancing energy intake and energy needs in a successful training programme. It also examines the importance of protein, carbohydrate, fat, minerals and vitamins and the part they play in performance and in training for sport.

Note that we are in the process of re-editing Module 6.

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Text pages:                193 pages presently (will possibly increase in the re-edit)            

Topics:                        14                                                 

Module 8 – Fitness Testing for Sport

In this module we present a series of fitness tests which can be used for testing in various sports. For example for speed we set-out 3 speed tests and 2 agility tests. We state the sports that each test is suitable for and we allow the coach to decide on which test they can use. It is similar how test are presented for strength, power, flexibility and endurance.

The design, lay-out and protocols for each test are laid out very clearly. The module also covers the need for testing and how to make out fitness testing reports.

Note that we are in the process of re-editing Module 7.

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Text pages:        210 pages presently. Will increase in the re-edit.                    

Topics:                14                                     


Module 9 – Planning and Managing the Training Programme

This module presents how to design and deliver a comprehensive annual training programme through the use of the principles of training and the principles of periodisation.

Note that we are in the process of re-editing Module 8.

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Text pages:                    163 pages    

Topics:                             13 topics                        

Module 10 – Course Assessment Module

Note that we are in the process of re-editing all the modules

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This module contains the 8 questions one has to answer to complete the written section of the course. 

Participants are asked to answer only 6 of the 8 questions.   Therefore one can select the questions on such topics as speed, strength, stamina, flexibility etc.                                  

Course Overview

This course will develop an overall understanding of the various coaching competencies needed as a fully rounded coach to deliver expert strength and conditioning programmes in sport in general. It is intended to help the coach gain the confidence to condition and prepare teams and players for all sports irrespective of performance standard, level or age-category. The course will add to one’s coaching skills and methods particularly in the general approach to physical fitness development for performance in sport.

Strength and conditioning for any sport should not be confined to the weights room or to the strength coach. It must be integrated by the experience and coaching know-how of the sports coach. Strength and conditioning is as much a part of work on the field as skill training. The only successful strength and conditioning programme is the one that maximises the skill and physical training as a comprehensive unit and under the control of the main coach or be implemented by a coach who understands the needs of the athlete/player and the physical and fitness demands of the game/sport itself.

The course is all-embracing and will cover important aspects such as the Principles of Training, the Key Component of Fitness – Speed Strength, Endurance and Flexibility Development and Training, as well as Nutrition and Programme Planning and overall player development. Upon completion of this course the coach will be enabled to enhance the performance level of the players and teams in their future coaching careers. The course presents modern, comprehensive and cutting-edge coach education content to greatly enhance the application of the coaching skills of a coach or manager.

The approach the course takes is practical, fresh and suited to coaches of all levels. The coach oversees the technical and tactical development of his or her team and ensures that they play to achieve success. By completing this international diploma course they will enhance their overall ability to develop better players and ensure greater success on the field. They can confidently know that preparation and conditioning is appropriate to the specific sport. They will develop cutting edge skills to ensure the appropriate and winning application of their previously acquired coaching skills.

This particular course is one of the first ever online courses in Strength and Conditioning. It will present all the modern state of the art motion analysis research on various team sports from the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA so that coaches can understand the actual physical demands occurring in modern sports and at various levels of sport. It is expected that completing this course will influence greatly the coach’s overall awareness of how sports training and conditioning will progress in years to come.

In summary, participants who undertake this course will become qualified in strength and conditioning coaching by developing the practical skills, know-how and competences to implement a programme of strength and conditioning development for their athletes, players or teams in sport in general.

Course Videos

There will video presentations in all modules of the course and up to 5 hours of videos in some modules.

  • All topics in each module will have a video summary
  • All topics will have experts presenting their views of some topics or some subject matter
  • All Modules will have some demonstrating videos of exercises, drills or physical activity to help the coach understand the implementation of certain aspects of the course

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for Coaches, Trainers, Managers, Teachers, PE Teachers, and Parents of adult, junior, youth and juvenile – male and female – field and court individuals and teams.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • display a specialised knowledge of strength and conditioning for sports
  • exhibit a range of practical understanding and skills related to strength and conditioning preparation for sport
  • demonstrate competencies of understanding and awareness of the role of the strength and conditioning coach
  • formulate exercise and training programmes that are based on best practice and sound scientific principles
  • identify the needs of the athlete, player and fitness clients involved in the pursuit of strength and conditioning development
  • transfer and apply theoretical concepts and technical skills to a range of sporting contexts
  • take responsibility for the design, planning and implementation of a comprehensive programme of fitness development for their athletes, players or teams
  • display resourcefulness in structuring and implementing a strength and conditioning programme

Registering/Paying for the Course

If you wish to register for the course, you have 2 options:

  • Full Payment: Go to end of the page and pay for the Full Diploma Course by clicking “add to basket
  • Pay per Module: Go to the end of the page and just pay for module 1 ONLY by clicking the second “add to basket” button.

Course Information

This course is delivered in modular format. As soon as you gain entry to Module 1 to the course all the module content is accessible to the participant. Each module will contain a series of topics. We encourage participants to study them in the order presented.

Each participant selects his or her progression rate throughout the course. Those who have time may like to progress quickly and those who are busy may progress at a much slower pace – and this may change from person to person and at different times of year for the same person. Our system works at a pace that suits each individual.

Course Assessment

Assessment for the course is by written assessment in Module 9. This final assessment poses a number of topics to be answered in essay form and students select 6 out of a possible 8 essay headings.

Written assessment is corrected by college tutors. The college will then distribute  the Premier Sports College Level 5 certificate to the successful students

Module Assessment

Assessment for each module is by MCQ. This MCQ contains 20 questions. Each question will have 4 possible answers. However some questions will have more than one correct answer and in such cases there may be up to 8 optional answers.

A MCQ can only be attempted ONCE. It is your responsibility to ensure that mobile phones are turned-off and you should seek to be alone for the duration of the MCQ. The MCQ for this course can take up to 45 minutes.

In the case of failing an MCQ arrangements will be made to allow a second attempt. As soon as you have submitted the Module MCQ, you are asked to email admin@premiercollege.com to let us know that you have completed the module and this also let’s us know to enrol you for the next module. Those paying by module should compete that process as soon as they wish their enrolment of the next module to become active.

Course Enrolment Details

Each participant is enrolled for 60 days in one module at a time and are given this period in which to complete the module and the module assessment. It is expected that most students will complete each module in 60 days or less

If one has problems with completing the course in the time allowed, they are asked to email admin@premiersportscollege.com for an extension. The request must arrive before the 5th last day of enrolment.

Course Fee

Fee for this course can be paid by module €95.00 per module or by purchasing the full course for €850.00

If purchasing either by module or in full in advance make sure that you select your location on the home page. There are 3 choices – Ireland/Europe in € euro, UK in £ sterling or USA in $ dollars


Pay and Enrol

Fee for DSC1 – International Diploma In Strength and Conditioning: $950.00