Set yourself apart as an industry-ready sports therapist and rehabilitation specialist, fully prepared to go into practice after graduation. Starting your studies with a foundation year gives you all the support you need to excel.
- Choose the four-year degree incorporating a foundation year for a stimulating introduction to this crucial sphere of the sports industry
- Take a route which is designed especially for students considering a new career or who lack the formal qualifications to join our honours degree directly
- Fulfil your ambitions on a course which sets high academic and professional standards, with accreditation from The Society of Sports Therapists
- Apply theory to practice by undertaking over 200 hours of clinical placements working under expert supervision
- Perfect your techniques in manual therapy, exercise therapy and sports massage to aid the rehabilitation process
- Go on exciting fieldtrips to major events where you can see sports therapists in action
- Take full advantage of the outstanding learning facilities in our new sports centre
- Learn from highly experienced staff who regularly provide professional consultancy services to elite track and field athletes, golfers and footballers
Demand for skilled and confident sport therapy professionals is running at an all-time high. This course ensures you are ideally placed to take full advantage of the exciting career opportunities ahead.
Fit for the future with a foundation year
By starting your degree with a foundation year, you’ll build vital skills, knowledge and confidence which will give you the edge throughout your future studies and career. You’ll cover core aspects of sport and exercise, human behaviour, human anatomy, physiology and physics while benefiting from extra support with academic study skills, research and data handling.
The foundation year is a wise option if you want to pursue a new subject area or are exploring a potential career change. It also opens doors if you don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter our honours degree programme right away.
Degrees of this kind are continuous, which means you won’t have to apply again to complete your full BSc (Hons) once you have completed the foundation year successfully.
Gain industry-ready skills
Clients and patients rely on sports therapists to help them reach optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports-specific fitness. As a professional working in this field, you’ll harness the principles of sport and exercise to help boost performance and develop injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes. You’ll also deliver assessments and treatments in a variety of recreational, training and competitive settings.
This course offers a powerful blend of science and practice. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of anatomy and movement while covering the rehabilitation process in all its aspects, including manual therapy techniques, exercise therapy, and sports massage.
Throughout, we spotlight the latest research in this rapidly evolving discipline to help advance your practice as a therapist and ensure your work is informed by current thinking.
Boost your professional credibility
Many jobs within sports therapy and rehabilitation today require applicants to be registered with The Society of Sports Therapists. Because our BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Society, you’ll graduate with a highly regarded and nationally recognised qualification, together with a professional standing.
As the lead organisation for sports therapists in the UK, the Society gives its seal of approval to degrees which set high professional standards. When you start your course, you’ll therefore have the opportunity to become a member of the Society. Once you graduate, you’ll then be eligible to apply for full membership as a graduate sports therapist. This represents an important addition to your CV and will help you stand out when meeting potential employers.
Your studies will be varied, inspirational and grounded in the realities of professional practice. No day is the same: you could be taking part in placements, heading off on fieldtrips, investigating real-world case studies, undertaking laboratory work or challenging yourself with problem-solving exercises.
Opportunities for work placements are a cornerstone of this degree, enhancing your career prospects and ensuring you are ready to practise effectively once you graduate. You could gain hands-on experience with private therapy clinics or University sports teams, working with clients under expert supervision. Your clinical placements will amount to more than 200 hours overall.
Our programme of fieldtrips is equally important in broadening your professional outlook. In the past, our students have visited sporting events such as 10-kilometre runs, half marathons and golf tournaments for a close-up view of the work of the sports therapist.
Draw on our vast professional experience
You’ll be inspired and motivated by a teaching team with substantial expertise in sports therapy and rehabilitation, as well as wide-ranging partnerships with sports clubs. Such is the reputation of our staff that they are often called upon to provide consultancy services for elite track and field athletes, golfers and professional footballers.
Thanks to our strong industry collaborations, our course features exciting opportunities for you to attend guest lectures, take part in demonstrations and undertake employer-led projects.
Impressive sports facilities
Your learning experience – and your social life at University – will be enriched by the imposing facilities at our new £10.8m Sports Centre. You can improve your practical know-how in our dedicated sport therapy clinical teaching rooms.
The centre also features a main hall, fitness gym with strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café. With floodlit all-weather pitches and tennis courts adding to the picture, it means there is a wealth of opportunities to take part in a diverse range of sports – for elite performers and beginners alike.
You'll study modules such as:
- Study Skills in Science
- Research Methods in Data Handling
- Foundation in Sport and Exercise
- Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
- Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Foundations in Physics
If you already have level 2 English and Maths, you will not be required to take English and Maths core modules.
- Research and Academic Skills*
- Introduction to Therapeutic Principles*
- Musculoskeletal Anatomy
- Introduction to Sport and Injury Biomechanics
- Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Sports Massage
- Research Methods*
- Sports Specific Rehabilitation*
- Musculoskeletal Assessment: Peripheral
- Manual Therapy
- Sports Trauma Management
- Injury Biomechanics and Corrective Principles
Industrial Placement Year (optional)
This course offers an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year of studies.
- Independent Study*
- Clinical Placement*
- Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Assessment: Spinal
- Advanced Soft-tissue Skills and Clinical/Critical Thinking
- Sports Conditioning
You’ll learn through a combination of clinics, lectures, practical sessions, seminars, laboratories, workshops, tutorials, and guided self-study. During your study, you will complete a number of work placements in our real world learning labs and, using the knowledge, skills, and understanding you acquire, you’ll learn to evaluate research and use it to develop your clinical decision making skills and inform your practice as a therapist.
The course assesses the professional, academic, and scientific skills considered key to becoming a research savvy, industry-ready sports therapist and rehabilitator. Assessments will include oral presentations, structured clinical examinations, written projects, problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, professional development work, exercise prescription tasks, essays, practical viva voce, and case studies.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Because this course is aligned to the professional guidelines set out by The Society of Sports Therapists, you’ll be fully prepared to go into practice as an injury and exercise-based rehabilitation and fitness specialist. You can also progress to roles working in multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary healthcare teams.
Your qualification also puts you on the pathway to postgraduate education, including the exciting and innovative masters courses available at Derby. You could consider our MRes Sport and Exercise programme or our MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- To welcome you to our team, you’ll receive a University of Derby, Sport and Exercise Science t-shirt
- If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement, this is included in your fee if done via the University
- Annual membership of the Society of Sport Therapists for the duration of your studies
- A hydrotherapy and cryotherapy trip
- Pitchside First Aid Qualification (we will contribute to or pay the full cost of additional qualifications which are arranged by us. For other additional qualifications you’re interested in, we may contribute to or fund these but this is at the Sport department’s discretion)
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- If not already owned, appropriate clothing for practical sessions such as tracksuit bottoms and trainers - approximate cost is £50-£100
- Two bound copies of Independent Study (dissertation) - approximate cost is £12
- Travel to placements - cost varies depending on your placement venue of choice
Optional costs not included in your fees
- You may wish to purchase optional textbooks or e-books to support your studies - costs for these are dependent on your choice
- To support your studies, you may want to invest in additional qualifications such as a Sports Massage Qualification, Kinesiotaping or Safeguarding - costs will vary depending on your choice
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.