Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)





About the course

Over 50% of this course focuses on developing your practical skills so you become a confident, competent and professional clinician in today’s sports therapy environment; from the NHS to private clinics, sports clubs and teams or in your own business.

You will study human anatomy, physiology, pathology and clinical management skills, sports science and clinical biomechanics

You will develop your clinical skills in our in-house sports massage clinics and externally within sports clubs, teams, local hospitals and clinics, and undertake an independent research project in your final year.

The University of Bedfordshire is proud to be the only Higher Education institution in the UK to be recognised as an Educational Member of the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) alongside chartered members which include Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine and the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers.

The vision of the WFATT is to be a coalition of healthcare professionals in the fields of sport, exercise, injury/illness prevention and treatment. The primary objective of the WFATT is to promote the highest quality of health care and functional activity through the collaborative efforts of its chartered members, educational members and members.



Sports Therapy - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - CB63
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Sports Therapy with Professional Practice Year - BSc (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Sports Therapy with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Sports Therapy with foundation year





Why choose this course?

  • Learn with a dynamic , expert and research-rich team from health professions and sports science backgrounds
  • Study assessment and management of sporting injury, manual therapies and how to apply them in training, sports performance and rehabilitation
  • Develop your employability skills through professional practice in field and clinical settings
  • Benefit from one of the best-equipped sports therapy and physical therapy teaching environments in the UK including new strength and conditioning gym and sports therapy suites and practise your clinical skills in our in-house diagnostic, sports massage and sports injury clinics, as well as in external sports clubs and clinics.

The majority of the course will focused on developing your practical skills so you become a confident, competent and professional clinician. The course places a strong emphasis on combining practical skills with theory (ranging from human anatomy, through physiology, pathology, clinical management skills, sports science, and biomechanics to psychology).

You will have the opportunity to be taught by an expert and dynamic team of research-active health and sports science professions.

Not only will you learn to use contemporary research evidence to underpin your clinical reasoning but in your second and third years, you will have an opportunity to design and execute a piece of original research.

The theoretical and practical knowledge that you will gain on this course, combined with the research and wider academic skills taught, will equip you well for employment in the Sports Therapy Industry and beyond and for further studies should you wish.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1

  • Gym Instruction
  • Reading and Interpreting Research
  • Introduction to Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Sports Massage
  • Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques
  • Introduction to Sports Injuries
  • Planning and Conducting Research
  • Advanced Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Field Practice

Year 3

  • Final Year Project
  • Electrotherapy and Therapeutic Modalities
  • Applied Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Practice



Discover the School of Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Degrees in Sports Therapy have been taught at the University for more than 10 years. Subjects related to Sport and Exercise Science, for example those in the biosciences, have been taught for more than 30 years.

The expertise and experience within the School has resulted in teaching and research in sport, anatomy and physiology being recognised by the Government's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) as excellent.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods all intended, not only to test your developing knowledge but to equip you with a range of different transferable skills.

  • Course work – developing your general and professional written communication skills
  • Practical assessments  - developing your ability to demonstrate safe client assessment and treatment , defending your knowledge and clinical reasoning to a colleague and reassuring and educating your clients
  • Presentations - developing your general and professional spoken communication skills
  • Posters – developing your skills of précis and clear communication using numbers, words and pictures
  • Research report – developing your organisation of information and written communication skills do that you are equipped to compile longer reports, collating and analysing/assessing data,  in your future employment

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

An interest in sport and good communication skills are desirable.

In addition to meeting our academic requirements you will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Screening (DBS) and may be required to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) depending on the outcome of current reviews.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Typical graduate destinations include the Sport, Health Care, Education, Gym, Fitness and Leisure industries. Many Sports Therapists spend their early career working in multiple guises such as the clinical environment, working with clubs and teams and as independent practitioners. 

This degree will also prepare you for employment that requires generic graduate level skills so you can make a sideways move out of the sports therapy industry into banking, commerce etc.

You will also be equipped you to pursue higher level studies such as MSc and PhD if you find that you have an aptitude for research, and perhaps wish to pursue an academic career.

We are a friendly and accessible department, offering the best possible student support and education. Our students are known for working hard for their collegiate (and sporting) spirit. We hope you join us; we will try to make sure your talents are recognised, respected and nurtured and prepare you for a future of successes.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

For this course you will need to have appropriate clothing and equipment. We estimate that the total spend to be around £500.

Sports Therapy uniform

  • T-shirt x 3
  • Hoodie
  • Tracksuit bottoms
  • Trainers
  • Waterproofs for pitch side

Specialist equipment

  • Massage couch and cover (optional)
  • Towels
  • Reflex hammer
  • Goniometer
  • Tape
  • Massage oil
  • Couch roll

Travel costs

During your Sports Therapy studies you will undertake a range of supervised placements. There will be travel costs associated with these placements.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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