BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

About the course

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
  • Opportunities to support research

Find out more about our sports staff.

What will I study?

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 fitness instructor qualifications.

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.

Professional Accreditations

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

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. 

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.

'The main benefit I have gained from doing a placement 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.'

Sarah Gallacher, BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Placement at the Sports and General Injuries Clinic in Bournemouth