Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) Top-up

This degree course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.

This course is available as a top-up subject to mapping.

Overview (NV)
Course length
1 year full-time
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Whether it is working alongside professional footballers or treating sports injuries in a clinic, qualified sports therapists are in demand throughout the sports, health and leisure industries. Sports clubs, athletic teams and sports injury clinics are increasingly turning to therapy to help sports men and women train and compete safely, rehabilitate injured athletes and deal with the physical and emotional trauma of injury. 

This specialist Sports Therapy top-up course integrates academic learning and the development of practical sports therapy skills to an advanced level. On completion of this course, you will be qualified to join the industry’s professional body; The Society of Sports Therapists.

After graduating you will have many options: you can set up your own sports therapy practice, treat injuries in sports injury clinics or work alongside professional athletes to improve their performance.

Why should I choose this course?

  • By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the industry.
  • You will study the science of sports therapy through anatomy modules and receive practical training in the techniques of sports massage.
  • You will get the chance to select from a range of optional modules which areas you want to specialise in, tailoring your studies to your future career.
  • You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area or field of sports therapy that interests you.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend key sports events to assist in treating injuries and gain further practical experience whilst on work placement and treating clients in our sports injury clinics. 

Human Performance Laboratory

The Human Performance Laboratory is used for undergraduate teaching, data collection for the research project and sports therapy consultancy.


the society of sports therapists

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have an up to 15 contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching: 3 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching: 9 hours of teaching in the practical areas to include clinics, gym, sports hall, Human Performance Laboratory
  • Tutorials: 3 hours being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
  • Field trips and sports events: Students are encouraged to attend a range of sporting events whilst on programme providing sports therapy and/or sports massage support to athletes. Examples of such events include the London Marathon and the Ride Across Britain.
  • Work experience: UCB will support students in sourcing appropriate work experience opportunities.

Individual study

In addition you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.


Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. This is a competency based programme and therefore has a greater emphasis of practical assessment.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 38%
  • Practical assessment - 42%
  • Written examinations - 20%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a relevant HND with a Merit profile or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

If you have any queries, please email:

Modules (NV)


Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise Nutrition for Performance Work Based Learning for Sport Sports Psychology II
Placements (NV)

Work placement

You are encouraged to gain work experience throughout this course because it is a great opportunity to put what you have learned into practice alongside qualified professionals. Over the years we have developed close working relationships within the industry so that we can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies.

Our hired@UCB team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

Employability (NV)


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the sports therapy sector. Graduates have also gone on to work in health promotion, supporting sports teams or working as self-employed sports therapists. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:

  • Health care
  • Sports clubs
  • Sports injury clinics
  • Health and fitness
  • Sports and leisure centres 


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises specialist staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

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Anthony Bosson

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Megan Dixon

Megan Dixon

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Lance White

Lance White

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