Sports Therapy - BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code: C630
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time (3 years)
  • Location: City South

Our innovative, practice-based Sports Therapy course is a chance for you to develop specialist skills in the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Underpinned by sports medicine and sport and exercise science, this course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. This ensures that the knowledge and competencies you gain during your time on the course are aligned with professional industry standards.

You will learn with a dynamic, expert and research-rich team of sports therapists, health professionals and sports scientists, enabling you to gain a holistic education in sports therapy. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be fully equipped with the clinical skills to work with professional sports teams, as well as with individual elite performers. Alternatively, you may wish to work in private practice, treating a wide variety of individuals in a musculoskeletal injury clinic.

What's covered in the course?

You will cover all competencies required by The Society of Sports Therapists, such as examination, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, delivery of soft tissue therapies, peripheral and vertebral joint mobilisations, sport and exercise rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and trauma management to name a few.

There will be compulsory work placements built into all three years of your course providing you with invaluable real-life, hands-on learning. These will include both internal and external opportunities with sporting teams and musculoskeletal injury clinics. Additionally, you can opt to complete a 12 month placement (sandwich course), which could either be within the UK or abroad.

By taking this course, you will be studying at the brand new home for the School of Health Sciences, which contains state-of-the-art sports therapy clinical rooms, laboratories, cutting-edge resources and a designated sports area. These are all designed to optimise your learning experience.

Why Choose Us?

  • Professional accreditation - this  course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, the largest governing body of Sports Therapists in the UK, to ensure the course remains fresh and evidence-based, whilst also enabling you to become an accredited practitioner upon graduation
  • Professional membership eligibility - 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 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
  • First-aid qualification - 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
  • Host a sports injury clinic for staff and students - you will have scheduled time in each year of the course 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 to develop your practical experience
  • Work experience - 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
  • Experienced staff - learn from a dynamic, expert and research-rich team of sports therapists, health professionals and sports science backgrounds. Our course leader, Peter Thain actively works alongside sports teams as a physiotherapist, including Women’s GB Basketball Team 2019 and for the men’s basketball team during the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Expert knowledge - 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
  • Get work experience abroad - you can apply for a travel scholarship and take part in exchange programmes, as part of our Go Abroad scheme to carry out exciting work placements overseas
  • You will study at our £71 million campus - we have recently invested an additional £41 million into our £30 million City South campus complete with new, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge resources and equipment – including a sports therapy clinic, fitness suite and specialist labs
  • Get involved in live events - 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 – read about our students supporting with the London Marathon

Students outside Millennium Point

Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 24 November 2019. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

Book your place

This course is not open to International students

Sport at BCU feature image

Sport at BCU

Check out our sport facilities, clubs, athlete support and weekly activity sessions that are offered here at BCU. 

Find out more

Course Accreditations

This course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists

SST

Entry Requirements

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

A minimum of 5 GCSEs, including Double Science, Mathematics and English Language at Grade 4 (formerly a C) or above, no equivalencies can be accepted. 

Level 3 qualifications:
UCAS points 112 excluding General Studies. To include one subject in Biology / Human Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Mathematics / Physical Education with minimum Grade C

A Level: To include one subject in Biology / Human Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Mathematics / Physical Education with minimum Grade C.

Access to HE: Diploma to Science (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be at distinction. Must include Biology or Chemistry at Level 3.

BTEC: Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science. Extended Diploma in Sport (2016 specification) is also acceptable but must include a Distinction in 'Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology' (no other BTEC Extended Diplomas are acceptable).

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

In addition, applicants will be required to attend and be successful at interview. Applicants must also obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty prior to enrolling onto this course.

 
  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees

Sorry, this course is not available to EU and International students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Our advice for applying to a health care course

Applying for a course and preparing for an interview can be a daunting process, so we have created a series of films to help you through the process, including what to put in your personal statement.

More guidance

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Find additional costs for your course

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.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

Get personal statement advice

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

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

Applied Anatomy for Sports Therapy
20 credits

This module provides an introduction to human anatomy, relating to structures, properties and functions of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscle, in relation to the mechanical principles that govern human movement. The axial and appendicular skeleton will be studied with regard to joint type and associated movements, whilst the skeletal muscle system will be investigated in terms of the proximal and distal attachments of selected muscles and the movements they produce.

Biomechanics of Human Movement
20 credits

The primary purpose of this module is to introduce the mechanical principles that govern human movement and thus equip students not only with the ability to observe and measure human movement (i.e. to describe movement), but also to begin to understand the mechanisms by which human movement is controlled and effected (i.e. to explore why we move the way that we do).

Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment 1
40 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to the skills required to examine, assess and treat healthy and pathological tissue. You will develop an understanding of how to recognise key factors relating to lower limb injuries, including signs, symptoms and mechanisms of injury. You will also learn how to apply sports massage techniques to prevent and treat injuries; additionally, you will be able to justify this choice of treatment. This module aims to set the foundations of professionalism within the sports therapy industry, alongside providing you with a basic skill set in order to become a safe and effective practitioner.

Professional Skills and Evidence Based Practice
20 credits

This module covers the process of research and enquiry in the discipline of sports and exercise science, nutrition, sports therapy, and PE and School Sport. It provides guidance on how to interpret scientific literature, so that you can find relevant sources of information for a study or an assessment, gain an understanding of different sources of information and consider how knowledge is generated.

Sport and Exercise Physiology and Principles of Training
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with the underpinning knowledge of various physiological systems in the human body, and key training principles, which relate to sport and exercise. You will be introduced to the concept of the body working as multiple interrelated physiological ‘systems’. Whilst each system has its own independent function, the function of one will have a direct impact on the function of another and will subsequently impact upon sports performance or health.

Year Two

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

Sports Injury and Exercise Rehabilitation
40 credits

This module provides you with the principles of rehabilitation and exercise therapy in the early, intermediate, late and pre-discharge stages of recovery from injuries sustained in a sports and exercise environment. You will learn to plan, implement, progress and regress comprehensive rehabilitation programmes in order to return the athlete to full sporting participation.

Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment 2
20 credits

This module builds on your knowledge and application of examination and assessment protocols from Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment 1. You will learn how to examine upper limb injuries that could occur in a sport and exercise environment; whilst developing your skills to interpret the findings of an assessment. This module will also require the application of your upper limb anatomy knowledge from Level 4.

Manual Therapy of Peripheral Joints
20 credits

This module explores the use of manual therapy techniques for the restoration of normal joint biomechanics at the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and wrist. Building on your knowledge from Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment 1 and 2, you will further assess joint biomechanics, particularly focusing on the relationships between accessory and physiological movements. This module will allow you to explore normal and altered joint function and apply these to sport and exercise-related injury scenarios.

Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
20 credits

In this module, you will learn how manipulation of both physiology and nutrition can impact aspects of health, exercise and sports performance. You will gain extensive knowledge on how the human body tolerates and adapts to a physiological stressor both acutely and chronically. This module will also cover how nutrition can support upregulation of physiology both acutely and chronically.

Planning and Conducting Research
20 credits

This module is a key part of the BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Sport and Exercise Nutrition, and PE and School Sport Programmes in that it is studied in preparation for your Level 6 Final Year Project. Information and activities on more complex inferential statistics will be presented building on from your level 4 research module.

Year Three

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

Injury Prevention and Conditioning for Sport
20 credits

The aim of this module is to allow you to acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of strength and conditioning in relation to optimising exercise and sports performance. You will gain an insight into musculoskeletal screening and you will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the process of programme design in terms of periodisation.

Examination and Rehabilitation of the Vertebral Column
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to common injuries associated with the spine and to provide you with the theoretical underpinning for the use of joint mobilisations for the vertebral column. You will be introduced practically to the examination and assessment of spinal disorders, and the use of vertebral joint mobilisation as an assessment and treatment tool.

Clinical Practice
20 credits

The module aims to consolidate your clinical and practical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of sport and exercise related injuries in a supervised sports therapy setting.

Advanced Application and Clinical Reasoning
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to draw on assessment and treatment tools from previous years of study to address complex clinical case scenarios. It will integrate examination, assessment, pathophysiology, rehabilitation and manual therapeutic methods for the treatment and management of sports injuries. You will be encouraged to think about contemporary issues in Sports Therapy and will develop advanced clinical reasoning and assessment tools to assist your differential diagnosis skills.

Independent Research Project
40 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to design and carry out a substantive piece of independent research which is focused on an area of interest related to your programme of study. This in-depth, self-managed study will encourage you to examine a critical issue from your sector or discipline.

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.

You'll have the option of taking a sandwich year between Year 2 and Year 3 of study. 

SST
The Society of Sports Therapists

This course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists

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. 

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.

Firewalking

BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

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.

More about Graduate+

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. 

Our facilities

Our sports facilities include a fitness suite, sports hall, biomechanics lab, nutrition kitchen, research lab and sports therapy clinic. Over £750,00 has been spent on our sports facilities making them industry-standard to expose students to systems and equipment that they will be expected to use in the work place after graduating.

These facilities mean that our students are able to host and work with professional sports teams, schools and clients which provides students with real-life experience right here on campus. 

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

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.

Peter Thain profile

Peter Thain

Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Peter is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy at Birmingham City University. Arriving in October 2016, Peter successfully designed and developed the programme, which is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. Having previously worked at the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Hertfordshire, Peter brings his experience of delivering high quality teaching to Birmingham City University.

Chelsea Papworth

Chelsea Papworth

Lecturer for BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Chelsea is a member of The Society of Sports Therapist and has a range of clinical and sporting experience spanning the past 10 years. She has worked in basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, athletics and rugby, within the UK and Canada. Her primary roles included; lead Sports Therapist within a non-league football club, Sports Therapist for an Academy side and work within a Sports Injury clinic.

Chelsea has a wealth of event experience, including supporting a Paris to London challenge and runners completing 12 marathons in 12 days. She also works alongside Children with Cancer UK to provide Sports Therapy and Massage support at London Marathon each year.  

Chelsea brings her passion for Sports Therapy and her enthusiasm for teaching to Birmingham City University.