Develop your skills with practising industry professionals and work with athletes on campus. Graduate ready to hit the ground running in your career.
This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc qualification.
This course is accredited with the Society of Sports Therapists, which means you’ll graduate ready to work as a qualified practitioner. You’ll benefit from lots of hands-on experience, working as part of multi-disciplinary teams to treat sports injuries and conditions. This degree is designed to develop your skills and knowledge of sports therapy through the study of sports medicine and science to be able to provide examination, assessment, injury management and rehabilitation to both the sporting and non-sporting populations.
This course ensures teaching and learning is contextualized to the realities of day-to-day practice, meeting industry needs whilst emphasizing the academic and transferable skills within the academic setting and placement opportunities. Our sporting campus is the perfect place to learn, students benefit by assisting with pitch-side first aid or working as part of our sports injury clinic. Students will also have the opportunity in their final year for placement work experience in addition to on-campus opportunities.
You’ll learn from lecturers and staff who are also practising industry professionals, as you gain the skills and knowledge you need. Throughout the course you’ll work closely with sports therapists, strength and conditioning experts, physiotherapists and others. You’ll study modules that have been informed by industry needs, which means you’ll graduate with the skills that employers are looking for.
You’ll undertake a minimum of 200 hours of in-practice work experience during the course. There is an optional integrated placement year to gain even more experience in industry.
We have strong industry partnerships with teams and clubs across Gloucestershire.
Our students also have opportunities to gain experience with our athletes and teams on-site.
This course is ideal for those who...
Have a passion for sport and exercise and want to learn the science and practical skills to work with athletes and the public through prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
This programme has a range of modules from anatomy and biomechanics, physiology to therapy-specific modules covering examination and assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.
Year 1 aims to provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge relating to sports therapy, developing and applying these further in Year 2. Within Year 3 you will be required to gain further understanding of the profession and will include a dissertation on a research area.
Throughout all three years there is opportunity for industry experience.
In addition to other university facilities, you'll be taught in our fully equipped sports therapy suites, sports exercise science labs and will have a range of teaching methods including lectures, practical sessions, seminars, workshops.
You'll be taught by lecturers with academic and professional experience to provide a high standard of learning and teaching to reflect the profession and the wider university community.
Learning and assessment
You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.
On graduation you can register as a graduate member of the Society of Sports Therapists. This means you’ll be eligible to apply for Professional Liability Insurance which you’ll need to practice as a sports therapist.
Graduates on this course can progress into variety of industries and sports therapy roles including sports therapist for a sports club or team, private practice, fitness and health industry, roles within the NHS and Ministry of Defence or postgraduate study.
Is there an integrated placement year option?
Four years full-time (five years with integrated placement year)