BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Available to non EU students

About the course


Our Sports Therapy degree will train you in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sporting injuries. You will gain skills in the assessment of sporting injuries, the application of treatments such as sports massage, electrotherapy, and joint mobilisations, the pitch-side management of trauma in sport, and you will design injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes that take the athlete from initial injury back to elite sporting performance. You will also study anatomy, clinical biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports nutrition and psychology to develop as a thorough and competent Sports Therapist.

Sports Therapy is both an academic and practical based subject. We ensure that our students have a strong theoretical and evidence based approach to Sports Therapy, and we feel that hands on practical experience and well equipped learning facilities, such as our Sports Injury Clinic, are essential in producing a competent and well qualified graduate.

Year 1 - The first year has a strong emphasis on the immediate management of sports injuries. During the first weeks of the course, you will complete a nationally recognised first aid qualification, and you will be given the opportunity to work alongside one of the University sports teams as their appointed first aider. This provides fantastic experience of acute injuries and of working with a competitive team. You will develop theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in the implementation of sports massage, electrotherapy, and study the mechanisms and pathologies of lower limb injuries whilst gaining skills in joint assessment.

There is a focus on building a good foundation in human anatomy and physiology, in developing skills in scientific writing and research, and in relevant areas of sport and exercise science, such as implementing training regimens and studying patterns of human movement during sport. Sport psychology and nutrition are studied within the context of Sports Therapy.

Year 2 - The second year brings the study and assessment of sporting injuries of the upper limb, along with the implementation of appropriate treatments including joint mobilisations. During this year, you will become skilled at planning and delivering rehabilitation programmes, which are sport specific and return athletes from injury back to full elite fitness. You will also study the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and management of injuries, illness and trauma associated with sport and exercise participation on the field of play.

Sports science modules provide you with understanding of how the body's physiological systems adapt and function during sport and exercise, and you will be able to choose a specific area of Sports Therapy to develop your research skills in preparation for your final year project.

Year 3 - During the final year, the assessment of spinal injuries is introduced, along with the application of vertebral mobilisations. There is a focus on exploring the role of physical exercise as both a prophylactic and causative factor in a range of diseases, disorders and conditions, and you will learn how to implement strength and conditioning programmes in the prevention and rehabilitation of injury. You will also complete an independent project with the assistance of a supervisor, which includes research and testing in your chosen area of Sports Therapy, which is written up as your dissertation.

For the duration of the year, you will carry out clinical placement in our own Sports Injury Clinic, and also externally at sports clubs and independent sports injury centres and clinics nationwide. You will apply everything you have learned to real patients under the supervision of fully qualified staff. We have over 200 clinical placement opportunities in a diverse range of sport and exercise environments, allowing varied and invaluable experience with injured athletes.

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. Find out more about our facilities. You can also make use of the University’s £15 million 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.

Professional Accreditations

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


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


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


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


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


  • 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

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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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...

2018 entry 

120 UCAS points 

to include grade C in GCE A level Biology or other relevant life science, or 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 or above (or 2 single sciences) (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

 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).

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 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each band is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

Subject to interview and DBS check.  

How to apply


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