Undergraduate Course

BSc Sports Therapy

BSc Sports Therapy


The details
Sports Therapy
October 2020
3 years
Colchester Campus

Our BSc Sports Therapy aims to provide you with the knowledge base to underpin your practical skills and expertise in order to become eligible to register as a sports therapist. Our course focuses on employability and self-development, supporting you to become an autonomous practitioner upon graduation, confident in your practice yet aware of the need for continuing professional development.

BSc Sports Therapy builds on the experience of delivering physiotherapy. You develop a range of treatment options including electrotherapy, exercise and manual skills.

A high proportion of our specialised teaching is practical-based in small classes and upon graduation you are eligible to register with the Society of Sports Therapists, allowing you to work independently in a clinical setting or with a team or club.

In August 2017, this course moved into our new School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This will not change the content of the course but provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. This will allow us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

We offer you one of the best student experiences around. You experience a lively, informal environment with many possibilities to pursue your own interests, whether you are studying part time or full time. There are a number of societies within our Students’ Union which allow you to pursue your interests, including Charity Society, St John ambulance and many others.

Placement Opportunities

Students are expected to take up placements in accordance with 'normal' Sports Therapy practice.

During the placement students will work (supervised) as a Sports Therapist, practising elements of the profession which they have been taught and assessed in.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

Why we're great.
  • Take advantage of having easy access to our brand new multi-million pound Essex Sport Arena and new lab facilities
  • Work with elite athletes and gain experience in our renowned Human Performance Unit
  • Gain in-depth knowledge by using our cutting-edge advanced research equipment
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Specialist facilities

Our School is based in our Essex Sport Arena at our Colchester Campus, where you'll also find purpose-built accommodation to meet the needs of a growing and lively School.

We have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills. You also have access to the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science, which has five fully equipped Sports Science laboratories, state-of-the-art analytical equipment, and access to the equipment used by the Centre for Brain Science.

We offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials. You can take advantage of our links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects, many for Government, EU and other public agencies, and has its own library. The UK Data Archive is also based at our Colchester Campus and stores national research data.

Your future

Graduates will be eligible to register as a sports therapist with the Society of Sports Therapists working as an independent private practitioner, with a team or in a sports and leisure club. There is an increasing emphasis on the use of exercise in health promotion which offers other opportunities.

The course also prepares students for postgraduate study, which could be in a range of areas including sports science, other healthcare professions (including nursing and physiotherapy) or teaching (PGCE teaching qualification) for example.

We also work with our University's Student Development Team to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

"I have really enjoyed the structure of my course and love my practical modules; I get to apply what I’ve learnt and it’s very engaging. Last year, I was lucky enough to study abroad at Brock University in Canada. I was able to experience a new culture and gain an insight into how they practice sports therapy. I had the opportunity to work with their basketball team’s sports therapist and helped treat players during and after their games. I am really grateful for the experience, because I had the chance to travel the world and make lifelong friendships. I would strongly encourage all students to do a year studying abroad!"

Hopkins Langlah, BSc Sports Therapy student

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and Science C/4

A-levels: BBB, including one science subject or Mathematics (PE and Psychology count as science A-levels)

BTEC: DDD, depending on subject and units studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including Higher Level Science or Mathematics grade 5, and Standard Level Mathematics and Science grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level.
Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.
Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

From 2021, we will accept grade 4 in either Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Higher Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation or grade 5 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.

Please note that a satisfactory enhanced DBS check may be required prior to starting any placement(s) for this course. This will be organised by the University where required.
A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS Check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

Flexible offers
Eligible applicants that choose us as their firm choice by the relevant deadline will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements than those published here so, if your final grades aren’t what you had hoped for, you could still secure a place with us. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.


Example structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory and optional modules chosen from lists. Below is just one example structure from the current academic year of a combination of modules you could take. Your course structure could differ based on the modules you choose.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view the compulsory modules and full list of optional modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.

Professional Skills and Development 1

Ask difficult questions, and develop the skills needed to answer them. In this module, you learn how to critically analyse research literature to find gaps in scientific understanding, and gain the fundamental practical skills needed to create new knowledge.<br><br>Develop skills in research design, the application of key methods, the statistical analysis of data, and the interpretation and presentation of research findings. The practical skills that you will develop in this module, such as blood sampling, heart rate monitoring and psychological testing are also the professional competencies expected of Sports Scientists and acquiring them will begin to prepare you for a career in Sports Science support or in the field of exercise and health.

View Professional Skills and Development 1 on our Module Directory


Top athletes can move their bodies with astonishing speed and precision. But how? This module is concerned with the physical and mechanical principles that govern how our bodies move. You consider the effects of force, mass, speed, velocity, acceleration and momentum, and study how our bodies interact with other moving objects. You get hands-on right from the start, investigating theory through a number of laboratory-based practicals.

View Biomechanics on our Module Directory

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Is it all in the mind? The margin between victory and defeat is thin, but can an athlete’s psychology really give them an edge? You explore the potential application of Freudian Behavioural and existential psychology on a range of sport and exercise topics, focusing particularly on coaching and training. Investigate how psychology may be used to improve sports performance, and its role in sport with reference to the social forces of racism and sexism.

View Sport and Exercise Psychology on our Module Directory

Introduction to Sports Therapy

What is sports therapy? Explore the ethics and obligations behind the practice and the fundamental skills required to be a sports therapist in this fast-growing profession. You will also be introduced to remedial sports massage techniques and the concept of reflective practice.

View Introduction to Sports Therapy on our Module Directory

Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Sports Therapy Practice

How is the human body organised? How does it function? Explore the anatomy and pathophysiology of the human body in relation to sports therapy practice. You will look at the key systems of the body and their functions including the skeletal, circulatory, integumentary and nervous systems, and the common sporting disorders associated with them.

View Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Sports Therapy Practice on our Module Directory

Rehabilitation and Remedial Exercise

Investigate the role of functional rehabilitation within the practice of sports therapy. Exercise is an essential component of injury management, and you pay close attention to injury prevention and performance enhancement. You develop your abilities to prescribe and deliver progressive exercise programmes, and learn to make reasoned decisions in the selection of exercise, basing choices on factors such as flexibility, endurance, strength, skill and co-ordination. You also explore the topics of return to sport, warm-up and cool down, the participation of specific populations in exercise and sport, and the role of exercise and mental health.

View Rehabilitation and Remedial Exercise on our Module Directory

Evaluation of Sports and Exercise Injuries

Building on knowledge gained in previous modules, you develop your skills in assessment and diagnosis, and explore the treatments currently utilised by Sports Therapists. You explore interventions such as soft tissue and other manual techniques, including spinal and peripheral joint mobilisations.

View Evaluation of Sports and Exercise Injuries on our Module Directory

Applied Biomechanics and Movement Analysis

To optimize performance in sports or rehabilitation, we first need to understand it. Biomechanics provide an interesting tool to do so. You start by exploring the most common and basic human movement: walking. You will learn about research on human gait and how we can use biomechanics to better understand human movement and enhance performance. In a practical, you will collect your own data and perform scientific experiments to understand and characterize the effect of footwear on performance, moving on to other cyclic movements, such as wheelchair exercise and mobility in the context of rehabilitation.<br><br>You also consider how biomechanics can help to prevent injuries in Paralympic wheelchair athletes, or improve mobility for persons in a wheelchair. Learn how to apply biomechanics in the multi-disciplinary context of sport sciences by modelling cyclic sports performance using an energy flow model.

View Applied Biomechanics and Movement Analysis on our Module Directory

Exercise Physiology

How do our bodies respond and adapt to exercise and training? You review the structure and function of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, assessing how they respond to physical strain, and how they contribute to the limitations of human performance. You also consider how the nervous and endocrine systems are affected as well as the overall influence of environmental temperature and altitude.

View Exercise Physiology on our Module Directory

Research and Evidence for Practice

In this module students will explore data, approaches to collecting data and the issues surrounding validity, reliability and trustworthiness of data. Students will experience and learn from the realities of planning and conducting research and interpreting findings in an academic setting. Group activity will be undertaken within an inter-professional learning environment. Students will also be encouraged to work in autonomous groups to collect and analyse data appropriately.

View Research and Evidence for Practice on our Module Directory

Advanced Sports Therapy

This module introduces you to therapeutic modalities including electrical (neuromuscular electrical stimulation, transcutaneous electrical stimulation, inferential), mechanical (ultrasound), electromagnetic (laser). The focus is on the development of your use of clinical reasoning to ensure you can justify your approach to treatment using the appropriate evidence base.

View Advanced Sports Therapy on our Module Directory

Academic and Practical Sports Therapy

Using a regional case-based approach, you examine the evidence behind the assessment and management strategies currently employed in Sports Therapy. You also refine your clinical skills, building upon previous knowledge of first aid and considering more advanced emergency and trauma management.

View Academic and Practical Sports Therapy on our Module Directory

Advanced Sports Trauma Management

This module will explore and expand on First Aid scenarios for both pitch/courtside and treatment rooms, with an emphasis on the emergency action plan for the Sports Therapist. Exploring the use of advanced trauma management techniques, this module will provide learners with a greater understanding of how to deal with the conscious but unresponsive, unconscious both breathing and non-breathing, AED, recovery positions, choking, fracture management and varying types of bleeding.

View Advanced Sports Trauma Management on our Module Directory

Sports Therapy Placement

Students undertake 200 hours of supervised clinical placement in a sport and/or exercise related environment. At least 60 of these hours will take place in the University's clinic. On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate achievements of the Society of Sports Therapists Standards of Proficiency drawing on their learning from the experience undertaking this module and other modules within the course.

View Sports Therapy Placement on our Module Directory


On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.

Year abroad

On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.


  • This course combines University learning, e-learning and work-based learning to help you enhance your practice skills
  • Modules have their own accompanying webpages on Moodle where you can download relevant readings, power-points, podcasts and YouTube clips, and contribute to online discussions
  • We also work closely in partnership with the NHS and the independent health sector to provide placement opportunities


  • Your assessment is by a combination of written coursework and end-of-year examinations

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee


International fee


Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

What's next

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2020 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020


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