SPORTS THERAPY

BSc (Hons)

Accredited by University of Warwick

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BSc (Hons)

Duration

3 years full-time

UCAS Code

C600

Placement

Opportunities available

Entry

September

Fees

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Sport and Nutrition

£44m invested in flagship facilities on campus, including sport, to support your development and career prospects

90% overall student satisfaction*

*NSS, 2021

Qualified sports therapists are in great demand across sport, health and leisure, whether it's working alongside professional footballers or treating sports injuries in a clinic. Our Sports Therapy degree course develops your academic knowledge alongside building advanced practical sports therapy skills to open up a wide array of career opportunities after you graduate.

You will gain a deep understanding of the therapist's role, sports therapy science and massage techniques before having a wealth of opportunities to put your training into real-world practice. Past students have undertaken placements with prolific sports clubs and at major events, including working with the Scottish Rugby Union team at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Six Nations. You will also be able to gain experience on campus working in University College Birmingham's sports injury/massage clinics and our other cutting-edge sports facilities.

In addition to your main sports therapy course, you will be able to gain additional industry qualifications such as sports massage and first aid, while on completion you will be qualified to join the sector's professional body, The Society of Sports Therapists.

Why should I choose this course?

  • WORK PLACEMENTS – Gain valuable work experience through extensive placement opportunities, with past students having worked with leading football and rugby clubs and national teams
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply your training working in our clinics on campus and at top sporting events such as the London Marathon
  • ENRICHMENT – Go on a variety of industry trips including King's College London/Wembley Stadium and St George's Park, as well as attending our annual Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Conference (SPARC)
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Tailor your course to suit your career aims with a range of optional modules, as well as completing a research project on the topic of your choice
  • TEAM SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP – University College Birmingham will be the home for Team Scotland at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, offering unique opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes

Our facilities

For students on our sports therapy and massage courses, we provide outstanding training facilities including two purpose-built sports injury/massage clinics, as well as other cutting-edge sports facilities such as our Human Performance Centre and Laboratory.

 Human Performance Centre 3D tour

Course breakdown

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Core Modules

Academic Development

This module will aim to facilitate the transition of learners from FE to HE via a structured delivery of academic study skills related specifically to their Sports Therapy programme.

Exercise Science for Sports Therapists

Students will develop an understanding of the key sports and exercise science principles relating to sports therapy. This will include areas such as applied biomechanics, bioenergetics and exercise physiology.

Introduction to Sports Injury Management

The module will introduce learners to the events which occur when an injury occurs during a sporting fixture and in a clinical environment. This includes the treatment options available and how to implement them.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

You will be introduced to basic anatomical structures of the body including bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as other tissues related to the musculoskeletal system. You will explore the basic functions of regional anatomy within a sporting context to understand its relevance within the industry. Anatomy is a key underpinning component of Sports Therapy practice.

Soft Tissue Therapy

By studying the theoretical principles and practically applications of soft tissue techniques, you will develop an appreciation of safe and effective clinical skills used in sports therapy. You will enhance your hands-on skills in a range of sports massage and soft tissue techniques, as well as providing you with a solid knowledge base.

Strength and Conditioning

This module will provide the student with an introduction to strength and conditioning concepts and their application to sports therapy practice. Fitness components and training principles, variables and modalities will be identified, discussed and applied.

Core Modules

Pathology of Sports Injuries

This module aims to evaluate the predisposing factors for musculoskeletal injury, coupled with the common aetiology and presenting signs and symptoms. An appreciation of processes related to injury such as soft tissue healing and pain will also be considered in relation to regional musculoskeletal complaints.

Peripheral and Spinal Assessment

This module further develops key musculoskeletal assessment & examination skills in conjunction with basic clinical reasoning to provide students with the skills required to be able to carry out more detailed musculoskeletal assessments.

Research for Sports Therapists

The process of data collection and analysis will allow you to develop research techniques specific to a sports therapist. You will critique and analyse current research and scientific methods to develop your critical thinking abilities and key research skills.

Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation 1

This module introduces exercise rehabilitation in the management of sports injuries. It aims to provide students with an insight into exercise management, planning and prescription in a rehabilitation context.

Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation 2

This module further develops exercise rehabilitation in the management of sports injuries. It aims to provide students with the ability to return an athlete to sport following injury and enhance sporting performance.

Choose 1 optional module

Athletic Movement Analysis

This module is essential to identifying potential risk factors and causes of injury, using screening tools as a crucial component in injury prevention. You will be equipped with the skills to select and administer a range of tests to analyse athletic movement in order to identify movement dysfunctions, interpret results and prescribe a range of suitable exercises to aid correction.

Creative Business Enterprise

Have you ever wanted to create a new event concept, start a business or take over the world? Well Creative Business Enterprise gives you the knowledge, tools and skills to do just that. Creative Business Enterprise places you at the centre of the learning experience by combining theory with fun hands-on activity workshops and innovative business games to develop your understanding, knowledge and skills and achieve your goals.

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

You will examine the nutritional needs of athletes and those undertaking substantial exercise programmes, exploring the importance of nutrition in achieving health and performance. Other topics addressed will include exercise and metabolism, energy generation, hydration and vitamin and mineral needs for athletic performance.

Sports Coaching

You will gain an understanding of the coaching process and the wide range of factors that influence it. This will provide you with an understanding of the key psychological and physiological considerations a coach has to take into account when developing athletes and how this can vary with regard to the athlete population.

Sports Psychology

The aim of this module is to investigate the composition of sport in relation to psychology. You will analyse and review the area of sport psychology focusing on key areas such as motivation, personality, learning and aggression. You will always examine the role of the coach and participants in relevance to psychological concepts.

Core Modules

Exercise as Medicine

The module aims to promote health and wellness through the increased use of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease. Students will be able to provide brief interventions on physical activity advice whilst protecting and promoting the health of patients.

Professional Clinical Practice

This module will allow the development of the clinical skills required of a sports therapist via exposure of working in a supervised sports injury clinic. In support of the practical component, lectures and seminars will develop personal critical analysis skills, by means of reflection and assessment of learning needs.

Sport and Nutrition Project

You are required to select a research question or topic aligned to your profession, formulate the best way to answer the question, and present your written findings in both a written and presentation format (poster presentation).

Choose 1 optional module

Multidisciplinary Practices in Sport

A common employment destination for Graduate Sports Therapists is sports teams. The focus of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of how a Graduate Sports Therapist would operate in a sports team environment.

Nutrition for Performance

You will explore advanced concepts in sports nutrition and look at the application of diet in response to individualised sport specific needs through the assessment of anthropometry and caloric assessment. You will analyse the use of contemporary and emerging diets within sport such as the Palaeolithic diet, ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting practices.

Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise

What does it mean to become an expert in the sports environment? You will gain an understanding of how to develop sport expertise through the use of evidence-informed coaching practice through theory, sampling and specialisation. You will also analyse and critique methods to facilitate motor and perceptual cognitive skills acquisition.

Sports Psychology II

You will design and implement a range of interventions addressing areas such as concentration, motivation, aggression, anxiety and injury. You will critically evaluate measurement tools and the impact of regulatory and ethical issues. Using sports psychology in this manner benefits all professionals working in the sports environment.

Work Based Learning for Sport

The aim of the module is for students to gain work based experience within the sport and fitness industry. The experience will allow the students to further enhance both their career specific skills and transferable skills. Throughout the work based learning module students will have the opportunity to experience and observe a variety of different practices. The module further aims to develop the student's ability to analyse the work based experience, with the use of reflection models. In addition the module is focused upon ensuring the students are employment ready following the completion of their studies.

The modules listed above are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain up-to-date as well as being informed by industry and the latest teaching methods. Occasionally we may need to make unexpected alterations to modules – should this happen, we will communicate with all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

An overall average of at least 65% in 12th Standard from both State and Central Examination Boards.

Advanced entry to certain undergraduate degree programmes may be possible for students who hold a UK HND or India Diploma in a relevant subject.

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

English Entry requirements for students applying from India  

Board Minimum Requirement (2021)
CBSE B Grade
ICSE 60%
Cambridge B Grade / 6 Pointer
Maharashtra State 60%
Andhra Pradesh 60%
Kerala 60%
Karnataka 60%
West Bengal 60%

If you do not have one of the above qualifications, please see here for the full list of accepted alternatives.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS 6.0 with no element less than 5.5

Key information

Assessment

An estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework – 41%
  • Practical assessment – 48%
  • Written examinations – 11%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024 (UK website).

Uniform and kit costs

This course will require you to purchase a uniform and kit costing approximately £100. (Costs are subject to change each year – more details on exact pricing and how to order the items you need will be supplied to you before you enrol.)

Scholarships and bursaries

Sporting Excellence Scholarship

Students on our sports courses may be eligible to receive a Sporting Excellence Scholarship. These are open to applicants from any country who can demonstrate ongoing excellence in sporting achievement.

We offer two levels of support, with awards of up to £3,000 towards competitions, equipment and training costs over three years. The scholarship also includes:

  • Free gym membership 
  • University-branded training kit 
  • Weekly sports therapy/massage 
  • Individually tailored programme, which may include nutrition, strength and conditioning, sports psychology or lifestyle support

Find out more about the support available and our eligibility criteria by visiting our scholarships and waivers page.

Tuition fees

For international students enrolling on a full-time BA/BSc degree in 2020/21, your fee for the academic year will be £11,500 per year.

If you undertake a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half year.

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Work placements

Placements provide you with vital real-life experience and help build your skills and confidence before you graduate, as well as potentially leading to a job after your studies. Our dedicated hired@UCB employability team will help you to find your ideal placement.

As work placements are a requirement of The Society of Sports Therapists, we encourage all students on our BSc Sports Therapy course to get experience working alongside professional sports therapists throughout your studies.

Work alongside experts in your field

Some of the employers we have worked with include:

  • Scotland Rugby team
  • Aston Villa FC
  • Leicester Tigers RFC
  • West Bromwich Albion Ladies FC
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge (physiotherapy department)
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel overseas for placements, residential trips or project work may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please see our Covid FAQs page (UK website) for more information.

I’ve wanted a career in sport for as long as I can remember. And, wow, what an unimaginable start. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work alongside Scotland Rugby, especially during the World Cup in Japan, and I was very excited to get stuck in and help the team.

Kayleigh Jones Sports Therapy FdSc

Career opportunities

  • Sports physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Sports therapist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Personal trainer
  • Higher education lecturer

Thinking of continuing your studies beyond this course? On completing the BA (Hons) degree, you will be able to progress onto our postgraduate courses such as Strength, Conditioning and Performance MSc or Enterprise Management MSc/PGDip.

Please note: The examples of roles are to serve only as a guide.

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