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This course gives you the latest skills needed to work in the cutting-edge field of sports therapy. You’ll learn how to assess injuries, apply treatments (such as sports massage, electrotherapy and joint mobilisation), learn pitch-side injury management and design injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes. You’ll also study the underpinning theory of practice: anatomy, clinical biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports nutrition and psychology. Our students enjoy access to specialist labs and high-tech facilities, such as our dedicated sports injury clinic, and take valuable clinical placements in a diverse range of sport and exercise environments.

Why choose this course?

  • The degree in Sports Therapy is an ideal course for those who wish to train in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sporting injuries.
  • We offer a sandwich year enabling you to go on a full year placement to gain invaluable clinical experience with professional sports teams, either within the UK or overseas.
  • Graduates are eligible for full membership with the Society of Sports Therapists.
  • We have specialist labs for: Physiology, Biomechanics and Sports Therapy. You can also make use of the University’s Hertfordshire Sports Village at the de Havilland campus. 

Additional opportunities include:

  • Visits to observe human dissections,
  • Massaging at events such as the London Marathon
  • Presenting research at national conferences.
  • First aid cover at events such as the Women’s Rugby World Cup and Various sports events
  • Pre-season testing with Saracens and Northampton Saints
  • Sandwich Year and Work Placement opportunities
  • Specialist paramedic input onto sports trauma modules
  • Personal tutor scheme
  • HSE First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Find out more about our sports staff.

What job can I get?

Our graduates have gone on to work for professional sports teams, in sports injury clinics, in health centres and gyms, or on a self-employed basis.

Professional Accreditations

The BSc Hons Sports Therapy is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

Course details

Careers

The Sports Therapy degree has led graduates to a wide variety of employments. Opportunities may be found working with professional sports teams, in independent sports injury clinics, in health centres and gyms, or on a self-employed basis. In addition, graduates have gone on to study for a MSc or PhD, complete a PGCE to become a teacher, or found opportunities with athletes with disabilities or in schools and youth sport. The skills that are developed throughout the course give the graduate many choices as to where to take their career, with the strong vocational element of the degree and the extensive clinical experience giving a head start in the jobs market. 

Teaching methods

Due to the nature of Sports Therapy, each module has both theoretical and practical components. You will learn through a variety of lectures, practical classes, workshops, tutorials and clinical placements. Our lectures are interactive and encourage applying theories to relevant real life situations, and in the practical classes you will learn your clinical techniques. During workshops your skills are put into problem solving and sports specific scenarios, and individual tutorials enable you to discuss areas of your choice. Along with clinical placement, in your own time you will be directed towards the university's vast learning and research resources for independent study.

As everybody learns differently, methods of teaching and assessment are varied. Modules may require written coursework, practical assessments, and written exams at the end of each semester. Some modules also have oral presentations, group work, portfolios, and poster sessions to ensure that all key skills of the graduate Sports Therapist are evidenced.

On the full time programme, you will study four modules at a time. Each module typically consists of four hours contact time per week, with further reading, research and coursework completed independently. On the part time programme, the course structure is considered on an individual basis with the Programme Tutor, depending on your needs and other commitments.

Clinical placements are completed in your own time, allowing flexibility to gain experience during usual working hours, at evenings or weekends, and during University vacations if preferred. Extensive extra-curricular opportunities are encouraged to supplement your standard programme. Visits and excursions to develop your skills and experience are offered, along with short courses and qualifications including first aid and personal training.

Part-time study

If you are studying part-time you have 6 years to complete your course. You will complete 60-90 credits per year. All modules are compulsory, there are no options. Your timetable will depend on which modules you pick. Certain modules must be passed at each level before progression onto higher level clinical modules.

Work Placement

The optional year on placement provides a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills, gain incredible experience, enhance your employability, and travel. Whether abroad or in the UK, working with professional athletes in state of the art facilities gives you an amazing insight to the world of Sports Therapy, improving your practical abilities, theoretical knowledge and understanding, and personal skills such as communication and confidence.

Previous year placements have included Queensland Reds RFC, Australia, Nelson Giants Basketball, New Zealand, Georgia State Athletic Training Room, USA, and in the UK at Worcester RFC, Newport Gwent Dragons RFC, Charlton FC and Watford FC to name just a few.

Sports Therapy student Sarah Gallacher did her placement at the Sports and General Injuries Clinic in Bournemouth:

'The main benefit I have gained is being able to put theory into practice. I have been able to deal with real patients who have a wide variety of injuries. Being able to observe treatments and having practical sessions with feedback from a Sports Therapist has allowed me to gain confidence in carrying out treatments with clients. I was therefore able to undertake sports massage appointments with clients giving me the chance to see regular members. Following this I was able to carry out the assessment and treatment of other clients. I have also learnt a lot about the general running of a business which is essential if you want to set up your own clinic after graduating. I have always thought I'd love to run my own clinic and not only has the placement year confirmed that but it has also shown me that it is possible to set up your own clinic after doing a sports therapy degree.'

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Examination and Management of Lower Limb Sports Injuries - 15 Credits
  • Therapeutic Modalities - 30 Credits
  • Foundations of Human Physiology - 30 Credits
  • Foundations of Nutrition - 15 Credits
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Biomechanics: Sports Therapy - 0 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Exercise Physiology - 30 Credits
  • Research Design - 15 Credits
  • Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation - 30 Credits
  • Examination and Management of Upper Limb Sports Injuries - 15 Credits
  • Applied Manual Therapy - 15 Credits
  • Sports Trauma Management - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Special Populations - 15 Credits
  • Examination and Rehabilitation of the Vertebral Column - 15 Credits
  • Applied Independent Research Project - 30 Credits
  • Sports Therapy Clinical Placement - 30 Credits
  • Strength and Conditioning - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Management of Sports Injuries - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Sandwich Placement - Sport - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad: Sport - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Scholarships

  • University of Hertfordshire Sports Scholarships

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

96-168 UCAS points 

A Levels

To include grade C in GCE A Level Biology or other relevant life science.

BTECs

BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science or Applied Science (no other BTEC Extended Diplomas are acceptable). Plus GCSE English language, mathematics and double science at grade 4 (C) or above  (or 2 single sciences). 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

120 points with a minimum of 2 HL subject at grade 4 or above including one Science subject (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

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Access to Science

Access to HE in a Science based subject with 60 credits overall and 45 at Level 3 with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for those for whom English is not their first language. Subject to interview and DBS check.    

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)