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BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy
BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

  • ID:BU440068
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • This course requires 104–120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*CC, ABC, BBB or BCC, BTECs DDM or DMM. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

English Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you will need: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. 

Course Information

Why study BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy at BU?

  • Placement experience throughout the course means you will gain relevant experience in real sports therapy settings from observation of clinicians to managing a caseload

  • This course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists meaning that on successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply for membership with them

  • We have strong links with sports injury clinics, sports clubs and some of the biggest names in the sports industry to inform our teaching and provide placement opportunities

  • Blending theoretical and practical elements – you'll learn how to assess and manage sports injuries, and provide specialist advice and treatments like sport and remedial massage and musculoskeletal interventions

  • Lecturers are from a broad range of sporting and sports therapy backgrounds which is fed back into our teaching, and 100% of our students said our sports therapy staff were good at making the subject interesting in the latest National Student Survey (NSS)

  • Get involved in our variety of sporting clubs and teams at BU.   

UCAS Code: 846W

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Year 1

Core units

  • Foundations of Sports Therapy: This includes  building on your  foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology and relating it to, common sports injuries, the process of tissue healing and practical sports massage therapy.

  • Athlete Welfare: This unit will enable you to identify risk factors associated with participation in competitive and recreational sport and exercise, specifically the interaction between the athlete, their environment and their own responsibilities concerning the maintenance of optimal health and wellbeing.  

  • Exercise Prescription in Sports Therapy: This unit involves learning to apply the principles of exercise theory to plan and implement comprehensive exercise programmes. You will learn about physical fitness tests, contemporary testing equipment as well as accepted test protocols and measurements.

  • Assessment of Sports Injuries 1: Gaining an understanding of current knowledge and best practice in identifying and managing  acute sports injuries and illness. As well as acquiring skills in carrying out initial assessments and primary surveys in the acute sports injury setting. This unit involves the opportunity to observe practice in a sporting environment.

  • Beginning Research: You will be introduced to the concepts, principals and skills of social and scientific research enquiry and to the role of research more widely in a variety of rehabilitation, nutrition, sport and exercise related contexts.

  • Early Career Professionalism: This unit  sets the foundations for you to develop into an effective, compassionate, robust, resilient and responsible professional with excellent communication skills.

Year 2

Core units

  • Soft-Tissue and Therapeutic Modalities: l Learning about advanced soft tissue and therapeutic techniques within the context of sports injury management.   

  • Assessment of Sports Injuries 2: This unit  covers the principles and rationale of clinical assessment and evaluation of the peripheral joints. Enabling you  to  apply your skills relating to subjective and objective assessment, to plan treatments, monitor and evaluate different  clinical presentations.

  • Applied Physiology:  Developing your theoretical and applied understanding of the physiological changes that occur as a result of training and exercise.  Learning about physiological assessment within a laboratory setting and the application to the individual for example in relation to  exercise/rehabilitation programme design.

  • Manual Therapy 1 – Peripheral Joints: This unit  develops your understanding and practical application of the principles and practices of manual therapy techniques for the peripheral joints.

  • Rehabilitation in Sports Therapy: This unit  enables you to combine your pathophysiological knowledge and injury rehabilitation theory in order to  plan, implement and monitor comprehensive rehabilitation programmes that progress a client from injury to full functional fitness.

  • Conducting Research: Prepare for independent research and develop your knowledge and critical understanding of social and scientific research applied to a range of nutrition, rehabilitation and sport and exercise science related contexts. You’ll learn how to critically evaluate research problems, and apply coherent ethical research designs and appropriate analysis.

Optional placement year

You'll have the option to complete a 30-week work placement (minimum) during the course, working in a professional environment. The placement provides you with an opportunity to enhance your personal development and future employability.

Final year

Core units

  • Manual Therapy – The Spine: Developing understanding and practical application of the principles and practices of manual therapy techniques to the spine.

  • Innovation in Sports Therapy: Exploring innovation in research, education and/or professional practice.  Integrating evidence informed practice and the appreciation of wider health care issues to produce a  justified innovation.

  • Sports Therapy Practice: This unit builds on and  further develops your skills to plan, implement and monitor injury prevention strategies and return to play programmes that involve a comprehensive understanding of components of sport and exercise science. You’ll gain an understanding of the relationship between the sports therapist, other organisations and agencies and reflect upon experiences in sports therapy practice.

  • Service Improvement Project: The purpose of this unit is to provide an opportunity to undertake  interprofessional project work with a variety of health practitioners and develop your skills in team working. Collaborative working is considered an essential skill for sports therapy  practice.

  • Research Project: You will carry out a programme of independent research involving either the gathering  primary data or being involved in  analysis of existing data. This will enable you to evaluate findings in the context of a critical review of published literature and present the results and conclusions of a substantive piece of research.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

There are a variety of career options for students once you’ve graduated from this course. These include:

  • Working in a sports therapy clinic, either by setting up your own practice or working for others

  • Working with all levels of sports teams for both injury prevention and injury rehabilitation

  • Researching musculoskeletal function and performance in relation to sports injuries and sports therapy

  • Working in the health and fitness industry.

You will also develop transferable skills such as time management, managing data, project management, enhanced communication skills and critical thinking skills.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 624 ($) GBP per year

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