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Sports Therapy with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

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Underpinned by the latest research, our Sports Therapy with a Foundation Year BSc course is a chance for you to develop specialist skills in the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries....

  • Level Foundation
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

Course is Full for 2022/23 Entry

This course is now full for 2022/23. You can apply for 2023/24 via UCAS from September 2022.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2022, take a look at some of our other available courses.

Underpinned by the latest research, our Sports Therapy with a Foundation Year 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.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment. 

Tailor your Sport and Physical Activity Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education 
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Sport and Physical Activity, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Sports Therapy – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Sport and Physical Activity, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this 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.

In the first semester, 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.

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 a 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.

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?

  • 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 first semester, 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.

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

88 UCAS tariff points

Level 2 Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements
GCSE
  • Five subjects at grade C/4 or above
    Must include Mathematics, English language and two Science subjects (Double Science or two single Sciences accepted)
  • Level 2 equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills) are not accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)
  • See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
Scottish Intermediate 2
  • Five subjects at grade C or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Double Science
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
Scottish Credit Standard Grade
  • Five subjects at grade 2 or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Double Science
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
Scottish National 5
  • Five subjects at grade C or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Double Science
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
IELTS
  • Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6, with no subtest below 5.5
  • If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTS must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement
Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements
A level and Advanced VCE
  • CCD / 88 UCAS points
  • Including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology or Physical Education at A-level or Level 3 equivalent at Grade C or above
  • Excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
  • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or Level 3 equivalents
Access to HE Diploma
  • Science
  • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3 with 18 credits at Distinction which must be in Biology, Chemistry or a Health related subject
  • If applying with an Access course you only need GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C/4 or above or accepted equivalent. You are not required to hold five GCSEs in total and GCSE Science is not required
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma
    (2016 – present)

  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2002 – 2010)

  • MMM

  • Must be in Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science

  • Sport (2016 specification) is also acceptable but must include a Merit in 'Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology'

  • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma (2016 to present)
  • Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • 88 UCAS points
  • Can only be considered alongside A-levels to a maximum of three total A-Level equivalent grades
  • One of the A-level qualifications must be in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology or Physical Education Grade C or above
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Award (2002 - 2010)
  • 88 UCAS points
  • Can only be considered alongside A-levels to a maximum of three total A-Level equivalent grades
  • One of the A-level qualifications must be in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology or Physical Education Grade C or above

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above, we will accept grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above, we will accept Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB

Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

  • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H1-H7 (or A-D/A1-D3))
  • Must include Sport, Health or a Science subject related subject at Higher level

Scottish Advanced Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers
  • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD
  • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers)
  • Must include a Sport, Health or Science subject at Higher level or above

T-Levels

  • 88 UCAS points (Pass [with C or above in the Core] overall)
  • Must be in Science
Other qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Recent relevant study to GCE A-level standard or above must have been completed within five years of the course intake date the applicant is applying for.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree
  • £9,250 in 2022/23
  • Applications Closed

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

Please note, we operate a gathered field for applications to this course, which means that candidates who apply before 26 January will receive a decision on their application by the end of April 2022.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

DBS check

If your course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost is included in your fees.

Uniform

You will be provided with a BCU tracksuit.

Occupational health assessment

You will need to complete an occupational health assessment. The cost for this is included in your course fee.

Memberships

Membership of the relevant professional body is included in the course fees.

Project materials (mandatory)

This course includes project work that requires you to develop and produce a portfolio or collection. You'll be expected to provide the materials for use in your individual major projects; costs will vary depending on the materials selected.

Placement expenses (mandatory)

Placements are a compulsory element of many health and sport science courses. You'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

This course is now full for 2022/23. You can apply for 2023/24 via UCAS from September 2022.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2021, take a look at some of our other available courses.

Course in Depth

Foundation Year

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

You have the flexibility to transfer to a standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

How you'll learn on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

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.

Employability

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.

More about our placement opportunities

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

Facilities & Staff

Our Facilities

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to .

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.


Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre, which is located close to our City North Campus.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

Mark Hetherington

Course Leader HELS Foundation Year / Professional Navigator / Senior Lecturer

Mark joined the Professional Development Department (PDD) in 2018 as a Professional Navigator and as a Academic Skills tutor. During this time he has been involved in the development and running of the Faculty of Health Education and Life Sciences Foundation Year as both a course leader and module leader. At current there are two iterations of the...

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