Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) / FdSc

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
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Course length
2 years full-fime
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This course is offered as both a BSc (Hons) and FdSc. Students studying the FdSc will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BSc (Hons) at the end of year 2.


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, injury clinics and the NHS are increasingly turning to therapists to help sportsmen and women train and compete safely, rehabilitate injuries and manage the physical and emotional trauma of injury. 

This specialist Sports Therapy course integrates academic learning and the development of practical sports therapy skills to an advanced level. On completion of the BSc course, you will be qualified to join the industry’s largest professional body, The Society of Sports Therapists, as a Graduate Sports Therapist.

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 for 2019

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, when it opens in 2019. 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?

  • You will examine the role of the sports therapist, learn about sports injuries and understand how to strengthen and condition muscles.
  • 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 and additional qualifications/CPD to allow you to specialise, tailoring your studies to your future career.
  • You will get the chance to design and complete 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 sports events across the UK to assist in treating injuries and gain further practical experience whilst on work placement and treating clients in our sports injury clinics.

Uniform and kit costs

This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £100. Please also be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.

Open days

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

Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Student Conference

UCB's first sports conference was held last year where industry leaders from across the country, as well as UCB’s own expert sports lecturers, gave an overview of some of the most pressing issues currently affecting sports performance and rehabilitation.  Watch highlights from the conference here.


Sports Injury / Massage Clinics

There are two Sports Injury / Massage Clinics where the University's Sports Therapy students offer a variety of services to professional athletes, students and members of the public. Students are trained to assess and treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries and deliver services such as massage and rehabilitation courses

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 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 practical areas such as the injury clinics, gym, sports hall and Human Performance Laboratory
  • Tutorials: 3 hours – a mix 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 placement 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’s online teaching environment provides 24-hour access to resources and support material.


Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and understanding in a number of ways, so a variety of assessment methods are used. This is a competency-based course and, therefore, has a greater emphasis on practical assessment.

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

  • Coursework - 41%
  • Practical assessment - 48%
  • Written examinations - 11%

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

Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

A Level: An A level grade profile of BCC

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of DMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 104 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Sports Therapy FdSc

A Level: An A level grade profile of DC

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MPP, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56UCAS Tariff points

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact to check your eligibility.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2019/20 entry

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page. 

UCAS Tariff calculator

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Qualification Grade Points
Modules (NV)


FdSc students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdSc students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.

Year 1

Musculoskeletal Anatomy must be passed before you are able to move onto the next stage

Academic Development Exercise Science for Sports Therapists Introduction to Sports Injury Management Musculoskeletal Anatomy Soft Tissue Therapy Strength and Conditioning

Year 2

Functional Anatomy must be passed before you can move onto the next stage

Plus one option from:
Sports Psychology Creative Business Enterprise Sports Nutrition Sports Coaching Athletic Movement Analysis

Year 3

Plus one option from:
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 2019/20. 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 have the opportunity 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 path in: 

  • Health and fitness clubs
  • The leisure industry
  • Local authorities
  • The health care sector
  • Sports clubs
  • Sports injury clinics
  • Self-employed sports therapist 

Alternatively, BSc (Hons) degree graduates who want to continue their studies can progress onto postgraduate level courses offered at UCB, the University of Birmingham or elsewhere. 


hired@UCB is our 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, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • 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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Mohammed Wasim

Sports Therapy

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Unistats Data (NV)