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Sports Therapy - BSc (Hons)

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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....

  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

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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.

Professional Placement Year

This course offers an optional professional placement year. This allows you to spend a whole year with an employer, following successful completion of your second year, and is a great way to find out more about your chosen career. Some students even return to the same employers after completing their studies.

If you choose to pursue a placement year, you will need to find a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study. You will be able to draw on the University’s extensive network of local, regional, and national employers, and the support of our Careers teams. If you are able to secure a placement, you can request to be transferred to the placement version of the course.

Please note that fees are payable during your placement year, equivalent to 20% of the total full-time course fee for that year.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this 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 studying this course, you’ll split your time between our recently extended £71 million campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and the world-class Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham which contain our state-of-the-art sport and exercise laboratory, sports therapy rooms, cutting-edge resources and a designated sports area. The Stadium was home to the Commonwealth Games in summer 2022, and the University is investing an additional £5m in areas across both main stands which will be home to our students.

Accredited By

This course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists

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Greg Downes

Greg never saw himself attending university while growing up in Australia. He planned to pursue a career here in the UK as a professional footballer. When an injury ended his dream, he wanted to do something to help others experiencing the same thing, so decided to apply for our BSc Sports Therapy course to tackle injury management. Since then, he has embraced the opportunities BCU has given him to achieve his goals in his chosen career.

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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, enabling you to become an accredited practitioner upon graduation.
  • You will be taught in small practical groups - this creates an excellent close sports therapy community, where you will get to know your peer group as well as teaching staff.
  • Experienced staff – teaching staff have clinical experience in professional rugby, cricket, football, basketball and netball, as well as working in and running private injury clinics. Course Leader, Peter Thain has worked at the Commonwealth Games 2018 and 2022 as the lead therapist to Team England’s Basketball Teams. Peter is currently the clinical lead for the Great Britain Senior Women's Basketball Team.
  • Research active – teaching staff are research active and have presented their work at international conferences and within international journals. Read about our current research projects.
  • In-house Work Experience – you will have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal injuries, within our bespoke in-house sports massage and sports injury clinics, starting in your first year.
  • World-class facilities - You’ll split your time between our campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and - from early 2024 - the world-class Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham. We have a lease for space across the East and West stands of the Stadium and are investing £5 million in developing the space to house our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge resources, including physiology labs and a sports therapy suite.

    Open Days

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    Next Open Day: 30 September 2023

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    Entry Requirements

    These entry requirements apply for entry in 2024/25.

    All required qualifications/grades must have been achieved and evidenced at the earliest opportunity after accepting an offer to help confirm admission and allow for on-time enrolment. This can also include other requirements, like a fee status form and relevant documents. Applicants can track their application and outstanding information requests through their BCU mySRS account.

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

    If your Level 3 qualifications do not meet the UCAS tariff for this course, you may be offered a place on our Sport Foundation Year instead. This course offers an alternative pathway onto our Sports Therapy course. You do not need to submit a separate application but will automatically be considered for this if your predicted grades fall below the UCAS entry tariff. Find out more about the Foundation Year.


    120 UCAS Tariff points from three A Levels or equivalent

    Candidates who are successfully shortlisted are required to undertake an interview. Interviews are currently online via Microsoft Teams.

    Applicants must normally have evidence of formal study within the last five years. However, we are sometimes able to waive this requirement if a candidate has a significant amount of professional experience in a relevant field, for example healthcare, social care, or education.

    Applicants must also obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service report and a satisfactory Occupational Health clearance via the Faculty prior to enrolling onto this course.

    Level 2 qualifications


    GCSE English Language or Literature, GCSE Maths and GCSE Science at grade C/4 or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.

    Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)

    See level 3 entry requirements under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

    Scottish National 5

    English Language or Literature, Maths and Science at grade C or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.

    Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) qualifications

    A level and Advanced VCE

    • BBB / 120 UCAS points
    • Must include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Sciences, Psychology or Physical Education at grade C or above
    • Excluded subjects: General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project

    Access to HE Diploma

    • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction which must be in a Biology, Chemistry or a Health-related subject
    • Must be in Science

    BTEC Extended Diploma

    • DDM
    • In Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science

    OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

    • DDM
    • Must be in Applied Science or Sport and Physical Activity
    • Sport and Physical Activity must include a Merit in 'Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity' and 'Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation’

    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    • Obtain a minimum score of 28 overall, with grade 4 or above in Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Higher Level
    • 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 English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma
    • 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

    Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

    • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 120 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects
    • This must include English Language and Maths taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O4) or Higher level (minimum grade H4)
    • Must include Sport, Health or a Science-related subject at Higher level

    Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

    • Achieve a minimum of 120 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 CCC
    • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken, you must achieve grades of CC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers
    • Must include a Sport, Health or Science subject


    • Merit overall
    • Must be in Science
    Other qualifications

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

    Extra information for EU/international students


    • Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no subtest below 6
    • If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTS must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement

    Fees & How to Apply

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    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 2024

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    • Fees
    • £1542 per 20 credits

    Fees for Part-time students

    This course can be studied on a Part-time study basis. The cost per year of study is based on credit requirements for that year.

    International students

    Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

    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.


    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.

    DBS check

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


    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.


    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.

    Guidance for UK students


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

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    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.

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    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.

    Course in Depth

    First Year

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

    Second Year

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

    Professional Placement Year

    In order to qualify for the award of ‘BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy with Professional Placement Year’ you must successfully complete the following module:

    Final Year

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

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    Course overview

    Our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy course aims to create competent, autonomous and industry ready graduates who are prepared for a career in sport or private practice. They will be able to practise effectively within the global sporting context and be sensitive to the needs of diverse cultures. Graduates will be able to critically reflect upon research and their own applied practice, as they continually seek to develop their professional competence, and adapt to the growing demands of industry.  

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

    The Society of Sports Therapists

    This course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists



    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

    Facilities & Staff

    Teaching for our Sports courses is split between our £71 million campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and the world-class Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Our cutting-edge facilities for sports students include a state-of-the-art sport and exercise lab, sports therapy suite, biomechanics lab and physiology labs.

    The Stadium was home to the Commonwealth Games in summer 2022, and the University is investing an additional £5m to develop space in the East and West stands as a home for our students.

    Our new home at Alexander Stadium

    Our staff

    Dr Peter Thain

    Associate Professor and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

    As a Chartered Physiotherapist and Sports Therapist, Peter has over a decade of experience working in basketball, football and netball. Peter successfully designed and validated the initial BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy, and after three consecutive 100% student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, continues to lead the sports...

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    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...

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    Katie Mitchell

    Admissions Tutor / Lecturer in Sports Therapy

    Kate has experience working for Rugby Union with Northampton Saints RFC, Racing92 and the Uruguay 2015 Rugby World Cup Team. She has worked in a private Physiotherapy clinic, alongside her role as first XV Sports Therapist at the women’s premiership team Worcester Valkyries RFC, and completing her Master's degree in Sports and...

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    Tim Leary

    Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy

    Tim has experience working as the Team Physiotherapist to a County Cricket Club, as well as basketball, private practice and the NHS. Tim is a practising musculoskeletal physiotherapist with extensive clinical experience in the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and management of sports and exercise related injuries. 

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    Joseph Matthews

    Lecturer in Sports Therapy

    Joe is a Lecturer in Sports Therapy at Birmingham City University with an interest in sports nutrition and muscle physiology. Joe has experience working across a range of professional sports teams and organisations including Wasps RFC, Coventry United Women’s FC, Luton Town FC, Movement Therapy Clinics, and The Fire Fighters Charity.

    More about Joseph