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Level 4 VTCT Award in Strength and Conditioning

Higher Education

Course Overview

The level 4 Award in strength and conditioning is an exciting new qualification aimed at learners who want to pursue a career as a strength and conditioning coach. This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for strength and conditioning and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a strength and conditioning coach.

The course is spread over 4 sessions which implement the knowledge components, students then go away and practise their practical skills and develop a 12 month periodised programme before returning for 2 days of assessment.

Throughout this qualification learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant theories, concepts and techniques used in their different strength and conditioning programmes. You will also develop the ability to apply practically the knowledge, understanding and skills to plan, design, implement and evaluate a strength and conditioning programme, which includes demonstration and instruction of Olympic lifting.

In parallel, learners will develop their communication and research skills, which are valued highly by employers.

Course Content

The qualification is divided into two primary modules:

  • Principles and theories of strength and conditioning
  • Programming and delivering strength and conditioning

Within these modules you will cover: biomechanics of movement, physiology for athletic performance, appropriate athletic pre-programme screening, periodization models and concepts, the role of nutrition and hydration in sports performance, health and skill testing, practical demonstration and instruction of the key technical exercises, practical demonstration and instruction of the clean and jerk and the snatch and planning of a 12 month periodised athletic programme.

This qualification can act as preparation to become UKSCA accredited for the following UKSCA assessments:

  1. The multiple choice exam
  2. Case study presentation
  3. Weight lifting practical assessment.

Entry Requirement

The entry requirements for this qualification are a level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Personal Training.


This qualification will be assessed by:

  • Portfolio of evidence
  • External examination
  • Summative case study
  • Summative practical assessment

Where does this course lead to

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a strength and conditioning coach and become a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), which is independently accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. Learners may also gain entry to the register of exercise professionals (REPs) at Level 4.

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Course Outline

Course Code: JPBC014
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 19/10/2018
Duration: 24 Weeks
Tuition Fees: £750
Registration Fees: £90
Exam Fees: N/A
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