SPORTS AND EXERCISE THERAPY

BSc (Hons) / FdSc

 

Accredited by the University of Warwick

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3 years full-time

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C600

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September

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From working alongside professional footballers to treating sports injuries in a clinic, qualified sports and exercise therapists are in demand across the sports, health and leisure industries. Our specialist Sports and Exercise Therapy degree combines academic learning with developing your practical sports and exercise therapy skills to an advanced level, opening up a wide range of career options when you graduate.

Having developed your understanding of the therapist’s role, the science of sports and exercise therapy and rehabilitation techniques, you will have a vast array of opportunities to gain experience putting your training to the test in the real world. Our past students have gained prestigious placements with Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and with the Scottish Rugby Union at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Six Nations, as well as working for a host of other prolific sports clubs, organisations and events. You will also have the chance to work in University College Birmingham’s cutting-edge sports facilities, including our sports injury/massage clinics and our Human Performance Centre on campus.

During your studies, you can gain a variety of further industry qualifications including sports massage and first aid. On completing our Sports and Exercise Therapy course, you will also be qualified to join the industry’s professional body, The Society of Sports Therapists.

Why should I choose this course?

  • WORK PLACEMENTS – Build invaluable professional work experience through a variety of placement opportunities – past students have worked with top-level football and rugby clubs and national sports teams
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your therapy skills into practice in our on-campus clinics and at major sporting events, such as the London Marathon and Ride Across Britain
  • ENRICHMENT – Enjoy a variety of industry trips including St George’s Park and King’s College London/Wembley Stadium, as well as our annual Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Conference
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Undertake your own research project on a subject of your choice using state-of-the-art equipment in our clinics and Human Performance Centre.
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the University of the Year offering the best Student Support in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022)

Our facilities

Students on our sports therapy courses have access to outstanding training facilities at University College Birmingham, with two purpose-built sports injury/massage clinics on campus where you can hone your practical skills. We also have a variety of other state-of-the-art sports facilities, including our gym, Human Performance Centre and clinics.

Human Performance Centre 3D tour

Course breakdown

Students on the FdSc have the option of progressing onto the final year upon completion of the foundation degree.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Core Modules

Exercise Instruction for Sports Therapists

The module will prepare students to work as informed and knowledgeable exercise practitioners as a sports therapist. Students will acquire the relevant skills needed to perform satisfactory and safe health screening to an individual before exercise participation. Students will gain the relevant skills needed to provide safe, effective exercise programming and prescription to a client in the context of sports therapy.

Exercise Science for Sports Therapists

Students will develop an understanding of the key sports and exercise science principles relating to sports therapy. This will include areas such as applied biomechanics, bioenergetics and exercise physiology.

Fundamentals of Movement Assessment

The module will develop learners' understanding of functional musculoskeletal anatomy and ability to perform joint movement assessment skills.

Introduction to Sports Injury Management

The module will introduce learners to the events which may result from sports injury and the treatment options available and how to safely and effectively implement them.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

You will be introduced to basic anatomical structures of the body including bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as other tissues related to the musculoskeletal system. You will explore the basic functions of regional anatomy within a sporting context to understand its relevance within the industry. Anatomy is a key underpinning component of Sports Therapy practice.

Personal Development and Evidence Based Practice

This module will aim to give the learner an understanding of what attributes are needed to be a university sports therapy student. The module will also aim to facilitate the transition of learners from FE to HE via a structured delivery of academic study skills related specifically to their Sports Therapy programme.

Core Modules

Pathology of Sports Injuries

This module aims to evaluate the predisposing factors for musculoskeletal injury, coupled with the common aetiology and presenting signs and symptoms. An appreciation of processes related to injury such as soft tissue healing and pain will also be considered in relation to regional musculoskeletal complaints.

Peripheral and Spinal Assessment

This module further develops key musculoskeletal assessment & examination skills in conjunction with basic clinical reasoning to provide students with the skills required to be able to carry out more detailed musculoskeletal assessments.

Research for Sports Therapists

The process of data collection and analysis will allow you to develop research techniques specific to a sports therapist. You will critique and analyse current research and scientific methods to develop your critical thinking abilities and key research skills.

Screening and Intervention for Injury Prevention

The module aims to explore the role of the Sports Therapist in identifying and reducing injury risk. Using a data collection project, students will recognise and apply methodological approaches to identify the epidemiology (distribution and determinants) of injury. Students will appraise injury prevention methods and from an analysis of the collected data, design and implement suitable methods to reduce the risk of injury.

Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation 1

This module introduces exercise rehabilitation in the management of sports injuries. It aims to provide students with an insight into exercise management, planning and prescription in a rehabilitation context.

Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation 2

This module further develops exercise rehabilitation in the management of sports injuries. It aims to provide students with the ability to return an athlete to sport following injury and enhance sporting performance.

Core Modules

Exercise as Medicine

The module aims to promote health and wellness through the increased use of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease. Students will be able to provide brief interventions on physical activity advice whilst protecting and promoting the health of patients.

Multidisciplinary Practices in Sport

A common employment destination for Graduate Sports Therapists is sports teams. The focus of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of how a Graduate Sports Therapist would operate in a sports team environment.

Professional Clinical Practice

This module will allow the development of the clinical skills required of a sports therapist via exposure of working in a supervised sports injury clinic. In support of the practical component, lectures and seminars will develop the use of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and personal critical analysis skills, by means of reflection and assessment of learning needs.

Sport and Nutrition Project

You are required to select a research question or topic aligned to your profession, formulate the best way to answer the question, and present your written findings in both a written and presentation format (poster presentation).

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Sports and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)

A-levels: An A-level grade profile of BCC-CCC.

T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component of grade C.

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

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 104-96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 104-96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

You must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

It is desirable but not essential to hold a science qualification at level 3 or a strong science GCSE grade. Most importantly, we are looking for enthusiasm for the subject of subject of sports and exercise science/therapy, whatever your academic background.

Sports and Exercise Therapy FdSc

A-levels: An A-level grade profile of CD-DD.

T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component profile less than C.

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP-PP. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 56-48 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56-48 UCAS Tariff points.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff-based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry. Please complete our enquiry form here to check your eligibility.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to University College Birmingham. 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.

You must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

It is desirable but not essential to hold a science qualification at level 3 or a strong science GCSE grade. Most importantly, we are looking for enthusiasm for the subject of sports and exercise science/therapy, whatever your academic background.

EU/international students

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

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. 

Teaching 

Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours): 

  • Large group teaching – 3 hours 
  • Smaller group teaching – 9 hours 
  • Tutorials – 3 hours 
  • Field trips and sports events
  • Work experience 

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. 

Assessment

Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

  • Coursework – 40%
  • Practical assessment – 44%
  • Written examinations – 16%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Additional qualifications and training

Alongside your degree, you will get the opportunity to complete other courses such as the Lubas FASE 1 and FASE 2 first aid courses (included in the degree cost), as well as the ITEC Level 4 massage course which is heavily subsidised at approximately £300.

Uniform and kit costs

This course incurs additional costs of approximately £100 for uniform and kit. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. There will be no change to this tuition fee for the forthcoming two academic years (2022/23 and 2023/24).

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £13,500 per year.

If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half-year placement.

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Scholarships and bursaries

Sporting Excellence Scholarship

Students on our sports courses at University College Birmingham may be eligible to receive one of our Sporting Excellence Scholarships. These are open to applicants from any country who are able to demonstrate ongoing excellence in sporting achievement.

Two levels of support package are available, with awards of up to £3,000 towards competitions, training costs and equipment over three years of study. The scholarship also includes:

  • University-branded training kit 
  • Free gym membership 
  • Individually tailored programme - may include nutrition, sports psychology, strength and conditioning or lifestyle support 
  • Weekly sports therapy/massage 

To find out more about the levels of support and eligibility criteria, visit our scholarships and waivers page.

Kick-Start Scheme

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

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.

UCBconnect - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit ucb.ac.uk/ucbconnect.

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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our Hired team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Placements are a requirement of The Society of Sports Therapists, so we encourage students on our FdSc and BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy courses to gain work experience throughout your studies, working on placement with professional sports therapists.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Scotland Rugby team
  • Team Scotland (Commonwealth Games)
  • Aston Villa FC
  • Leicester Tigers RFC
  • West Bromwich Albion Ladies FC
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge (physiotherapy department)

I’ve wanted a career in sport for as long as I can remember. And, wow, what an unimaginable start. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work alongside Scotland Rugby, especially during the World Cup in Japan, and I was very excited to get stuck in and help the team.

Kayleigh Jones Sports Therapy BSc

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Sports physiotherapist

Average salary: £23,000 – £45,000

Occupational therapist

Average salary: £24,907 – £62,001

Sports therapist

Average salary: £17,000 – £37,000

Health promotion specialist

Average salary: £24,907 – £44,503

Personal trainer

Average salary: £14,000 – £30,000+

Higher education lecturer

Average salary: £35,211 – £43,367

Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BSc (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto our postgraduate courses such as Strength, Conditioning and Performance MSc or Enterprise Management MSc/PGDip.

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