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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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.

Students studying the FdSc will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BSc (Hons).

What our staff and students say

Why choose this course?

  • Work placement – 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
  • Enrichment opportunities - You will get the chance to select from a range of optional modules, tailoring your studies to your future career. You will also benefit from the Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Student Conference - watch highlights from last year
  • Specialise your studies - 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
  • Practical application - You will study the science of sports therapy through anatomy modules and receive practical training in the techniques of sports massage
  • Develop your knowledge - You will examine the role of the sports therapist, learn about sports injuries and understand how to strengthen and condition muscles

Inspiring experiences

Our students enjoy a world of additional opportunities to broaden their horizons. Here is a small selection:

Course-specific facilities

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.

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.

The University’s teaching facilities also includes an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment:

  • Human Performance Laboratory - The Human Performance Laboratory is used for undergraduate teaching, data collection for research projects and sports therapyconsultancy. View virtual tour.
  • 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.  View virtual tour.

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 might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

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. 

Our Clean Sport commitment

University College Birmingham adopts the UK Anti-Doping and World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact of sport on society. Further details about UKAD and WADA can be found on their website, or on twitter

View our Clean Sport Commitment statement (PDF)

Accreditations and Endorsements 

 University of Birmingham Accreditation -Partnership Logo the society of sports therapists UKAD

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 CD

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP. 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 – a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS 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

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email

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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

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

Year 2

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 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. You will gain invaluable work experience, training and working alongside professional sports therapists during your placement. Work placements are a requirement of the Society of Sports Therapists.

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 students have worked as trainee sports therapists in placements at:

  • Leicester Tigers Rugby Club
  • West Bromwich Albion Ladies football team
  • Aston Villa FC
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge (physiotherapy department)

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

Work Placement - School of Sport and Creative Services - University College Birmingham

What our employers say

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.    

If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

Employability (NV)

Graduate careers

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

Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies. University College Birmingham offer a range of postgraduate degrees, including MSc in Strength, Conditioning and Performance. You may also be eligible for a postgraduate loan.


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 in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, 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.

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Anthony Bosson

Sports Therapy

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Megan Dixon

Megan Dixon

Sports Therapy

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Chloe Davies

Sports Therapy

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