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.

Avery Fields

Students also have use of the state-of-the-art, all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3m transformation, with the all-weather pitch situated alongside two, new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse, which includes function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite. 

New sports facilities

The fantastic news for anyone joining our sports-focused degree courses is that they will have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art facilities at our new higher education building, Moss House. These will include a cutting edge gym incorporating all the latest equipment and sports technology and a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.

Find out more about our new Moss House campus.

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.

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Accreditations and Endorsements 

 University of Birmingham Accreditation -Partnership Logo 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

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the area of Sports Therapy with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email:

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)  

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email



Modules (NV)


Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise Nutrition for Performance Work Based Learning for Sport Multidisciplinary Practices in Sport
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
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. 

Located on the ground floor of Moss House, 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.

anthony bossom

Anthony Bosson

Sports Therapy

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Megan Dixon

Megan Dixon

Sports Therapy

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Lance White

Lance White

Sports Therapy

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