Sports Therapy - BSc (Hons) - New course for 2017/18

UCAS Code:
C630
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years), Part Time (6 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

This course is currently closed for 2017 applications. The next start date you can apply for will be September 2018. Applications will open soon. 

Underpinned by the latest research, and seeking accreditation by the Society of Sports Therapists, our new Sports Therapy BSc course is a chance for you to develop specialist skills in the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. 

We offer the opportunity to undertake a sandwich year, where you'll take on a work placement, providing you with invaluable experience, networking and real-life hands-on learning. These placements could be national or international and could see you working with professional sports teams or private sports injury clinics. Even if you don't decide to opt for the sandwich year, work placements are an integral part of the course throughout all years. We have partnerships with Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Sports Birmingham, providing valuable placements, trips and case studies.

What's covered in the course?

Through the academic study of sports medicine and sport and exercise science, the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme will give you the knowledge and skills to be confident and effective in preventing, assessing and rehabilitating sports injuries.

Year One

In the very first week, you will have the opportunity to gain a pitch-side first aid qualification, enabling you to start working pitch-side with the university sports teams. Throughout the first year we will introduce you to the professional and initial practical skills required as a Sports Therapist. You will begin to develop knowledge and an understanding of the signs, symptoms, and mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries, as well as the practical skills required to effectively assess and treat lower limb sporting injuries. You will also be taught sports massage and soft tissue techniques, which you will then be able to apply to patients within the internal sports injury clinic. You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of human anatomy and movement, physiology and principles of training, as well as research methods.

Year Two

In the second year, you will build on your first aid knowledge by acquiring advanced knowledge and practical skills in sports injury trauma management. You will also be introduced to the principles of sports injury rehabilitation and injury prevention, where you will apply your pathophysiology knowledge and stages of healing, to design and implement rehabilitation programmes for the acute stage of injury, through to return to elite sporting performance. You will be exposed to contemporary rehabilitation methods and some sessions will be delivered in the hydrotherapy pool. Your knowledge and practical skills required to effectively assess and treat sporting injuries will focus on the upper limb. You will also be introduced to peripheral joint mobilisations as a treatment option as well as electrotherapeutic modalities. Physiology teaching will become specific and focus on exercise physiology and nutrition. You will also develop your research skills as you prepare for the final year independent research project. Throughout the second year you will have scheduled time to work in the internal sports therapy injury clinic under the guidance of experienced teaching staff.

Year Three

During the final year, you will acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of strength and conditioning in relation to optimising exercise and sports performance, as well as gaining an insight into musculoskeletal screening. Your knowledge and practical skills required to effectively assess, treat and rehabilitate sporting injuries will focus on the spine, incorporating vertebral mobilisations. You will have scheduled hours to work in the internal sports therapy injury clinic under the guidance of experienced teaching staff, enabling you to apply your knowledge and skills to real patients. You will also have to complete and document 200 supervised placement hours by the end of the final year. This will be comprised of the hours you have obtained from working within the internal sports injury clinic as well as hours gained from working in external sports clubs and private sports injury clinics. You will also complete an independent piece of research within the field of Sports Therapy.

Why Choose Us?

  • The course is seeking accreditation by the Society of Sports Therapists - the largest governing body of Sports Therapists in the UK. This will ensure the course remains fresh and evidence-based, whilst also enabling you to become an accredited practitioner upon graduation.
  • Whilst studying here you will be eligible for student membership of the Society of Sports Therapists, giving you access to the Society website, student forums, sportEX, and the British Sports Medicine Journal. You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Society of Sports Therapists Student Travelling Scholarship. This is awarded each year to one outstanding student, and provides the winner with an unforgettable 6 week Sports Therapy experience working in Canada.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain your pitch-side first aid qualification as part of your induction, enabling you to start working with the university sports teams.
  • You will have scheduled time in each year of the programme to work in the internal sports therapy injury clinic under the guidance of experienced teaching staff. You will be assessing and treating university staff and students in this clinic, which is replete with state-of-the-art technology.
  • There will be compulsory work placements enabling you to gain first-hand experience in the assessment, treatment, management and rehabilitation of sports injuries. These will include both internal and external opportunities with sporting teams and sports injury clinics.
  • Learn with a dynamic, expert and research-rich team from sports therapists, health professionals and sports science backgrounds.
  • You’ll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and are experts in their field, providing you with the very latest best practice and advice.
  • There will be the opportunity to engage in international exchanges, as well as trips and visits that will aid your study.
  • There will be the opportunity to undertake optional assessments to obtain additional industry related qualifications.
  • You’ll gain a holistic education in sports therapy, enabling you to treat professional athletes, youth athletes, and weekend warriors, all on their road to recovery.

This course is open to International students

Changes to funding

In the Government's Autumn Statement (25 November 2015), Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to funding for students starting nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects from Autumn 2017.

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Entry Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points not including General Studies.

BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) - DMM - 112 UCAS points.

IB Diploma with 28 points from the IB overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates. At least one Higher Level subject with grade 4 or above from Group 4. AND students must have grade 4 in Maths (Standard Level). AND English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5 

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants:

A minimum of two GCSEs at Grade C or above, must include English and Mathematics.

Previous experience, whether it be some coaching or just a thorough knowledge of sports, will be desirable.e.

International candidates:

Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with a score of at least 6.5.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) - New course for 2017/18 Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year
SW 4 years £9,250
PT 6 years £6,935 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) - New course for 2017/18 Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year (subject to change*)

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

This course is currently closed for 2017 applications. The next start date you can apply for will be September 2018. Applications will open soon. 

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is available part-time

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*Fees information

Fees stated are in line with 2016/17 prices, but may be subject to change when the course starts in 2017/18.

Year 1

Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics
40 credits
Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment 1
40 credits
Sport and Exercise Physiology and Principles of Training
20 credits
Professional Skills and Evidence Based Practice
20 credits

Year 2

Sport Injury Rehabilitation and Trauma Management
40 credits
Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment 2
20 credits
Manual Therapy of Peripheral Joints
20 credits
Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
20 credits
Planning and Conducting Research
20 credits

Year 3

Independent Research Project
40 credits
Injury Prevention and Conditioning in Sport
20 credits
Examination and Rehabilitation of the Vertebral Column
20 credits
Advanced Application and Clinical Reasoning
20 credits
Clinical Practice
20 credits

How you'll learn

Right from the start you will 'learn by doing' as you work pitch-side as the appointed first aider with the university sports teams. This practice-led approach is evident throughout the whole course as you will have scheduled time working in the internal sports therapy injury clinic, under the guidance of experienced teaching staff.

The course will be a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical study, and you’ll be supported throughout by a personal tutor. As a Sports Therapy student, you will spend a large proportion of your time in the sports therapy suites as the theoretical content is delivered in a practical room, enabling you to immediately apply your knowledge to practice. You will learn exercise rehabilitation in the new sports centre, whilst sports and exercise science modules such as nutrition and physiology will be delivered in laboratories with the very latest sports science equipment. You’ll also work on live injury case studies linked to professional sports teams we have collaboration with, to ensure you can solve problems and develop new skills. As well as contact time with staff in sessions, you will be supported in each module by online activities (such as quizzes and multiple choice questions) to help you learn and gauge your knowledge and understanding.

As part of the Society of Sports Therapists requirements, you will have to complete a series of placements. We will provide internal placement hours within our internal sports injury clinic, but you will also be undertaking external placements. These may be with professional sports teams or private sports injury clinics. External placements are completed in your own time, allowing the flexibility to gain experience during usual working hours, at evenings or weekends, and during University vacations if preferred.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study within the UK or abroad during the sandwich year. The sandwich year option is available to all students and takes place after the second year of study. Here you may choose to work with a professional sports team, an overseas collegiate sports team, or a private sports injury clinic. 

Professional Accreditation 

The course is seeking accreditation by the Society of Sports Therapists - the largest governing body of Sports Therapists in the UK. This will ensure the course remains fresh and evidence-based, whilst also enabling you to become an accredited practitioner upon graduation. 

Placements

You’ll have placements built into all three years of your course. Starting with pitch-side first aid in year one, you will progress throughout your time studying with us until you are working in our on-site sports injury clinic, treating and managing complex sporting injuries. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to take a sandwich placement year, which could either be within the UK or abroad, working with professional sports teams or in private sports injury clinics.

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OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Further studies

Upon completion of this degree, you may wish to continue with further education and study for an MSc or PhD. Other graduates may wish to move into a teaching-based qualification, such as a PGCE. 

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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Our staff

Our staff have incredible industry links and a wealth of experience, and often continue to work in their specialist areas. Our staff are PhD-trained and are still research active.

UK prospective students:

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