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BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

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Qualifying and practicing as a Sports Therapist will enable you to provide advice and treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Upon graduation you'll be able to empower sports men, women and children to achieve optimal potential and performance.

The course is split between theoretical and practical elements, and you'll learn how to provide advice and treatment to manage the individual needs of a person within their sporting environment.This may involve designing and carrying out injury prevention programmes, providing immediate care of injuries and basic life support in a recreational, clinical, training and competitive environments. There will be opportunities to assess and manage sports injuries by providing specialist advice and treatments like  sport and remedial massage and musculoskeletal interventions as part of  a rehabilitation programmes.

This course at Bournemouth University is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists who will provide insurance for 250 hours of practice. On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply for membership with them.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years Full-time, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement


The Society of Sports Therapists

Relevant subjects:

Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology

Required subjects:

Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry: 128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDM.

For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

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Year 1

Core units

  • Foundations of Sports Therapy: This includes  building on your  foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology and relating it to, common sports injuries, the process of tissue healing and practical sports massage therapy.
  • Athlete Welfare: This unit will enable you to identify risk factors associated with participation in competitive and recreational sport and exercise, specifically the interaction between the athlete, their environment and their own responsibilities concerning the maintenance of optimal health and wellbeing.  
  • Exercise Prescription in Sports Therapy: Involves  learning to apply the principles of exercise theory to plan and implement comprehensive exercise programmes.  learningabout physical fitness tests, contemporary testing equipment and accepted test protocols and measurements.
  • Assessment of Sports Injuries 1: Gaining an understanding of current knowledge and best practice in identifying and managing  acute sports injuries and illness. As well as acquiring skills in carrying out initial assessments and primary surveys in the acute sports injury setting. This unit involves observing practice in a sporting environment.
  • Research Methodologies 1: Learning research skills for effective literature searching, and for designing, collecting and analysing/interpreting data sets gathered from original research studies.
  • Early Career Professionalism: This unit  sets the foundations for you to develop into an effective, compassionate, robust, resilient and responsible professional with excellent communication skills.

Year 2

Core units

  • Soft-Tissue and Therapeutic Modalities: l Learning about advanced soft tissue and therapeutic techniques within the context of sports injury management.   
  • Assessment of Sports Injuries 2: This unit  covers the principles and rationale of clinical assessment and evaluation of the peripheral joints. Enabling you  to  apply your skills relating to subjective and objective assessment, to plan treatments, monitor and evaluate different  clinical presentations.
  • Applied Physiology:  Developing your theoretical and applied understanding of the physiological changes that occur as a result of training and exercise.  Learning about physiological assessment within a laboratory setting and the application to the individual for example in relation to  exercise/rehabilitation programme design.
  • Manual Therapy 1 – Peripheral Joints: This unit  develops your understanding and practical application of the principles and practices of manual therapy techniques for the peripheral joints.
  • Rehabilitation in Sports Therapy: This unit  enables you to combine your pathophysiological knowledge and injury rehabilitation theory in order to  plan, implement and monitor comprehensive rehabilitation programmes that progress a client from injury to full functional fitness.
  • Research methodologies 2:  Building on research practice from the first year this unit enables you to understand  a range of research methodologies and provide a critical understanding of their use.

Year 3

Throughout the course all students undertake a minimum of 250 hours of placements. There is an option of taking a further minimum 30-week placement at the end of your second year of study.

Year 3/4

Core units

  • Manual Therapy – The Spine: Developing understanding and practical application of the principles and practices of manual therapy techniques to the spine.
  • Innovation in Sports Therapy: Exploring innovation in research, education and/or professional practice.  Integrating evidence informed practice and the appreciation of wider health care issues to produce a  justified innovation.
  • Sports Therapy Practice: This unit builds on and  further develops your skills to plan, implement and monitor injury prevention strategies and return to play programmes that involve a comprehensive understanding of components of sport and exercise science. You’ll gain an understanding of the relationship between the sports therapist, other organisations and agencies and reflect upon experiences in sports therapy practice.
  • Service Improvement Project: The purpose of this unit is to provide an opportunity to undertake  interprofessional project work with a variety of health practitioners and develop your skills in team working. Collaborative working is considered an essential skill for sports therapy  practice.
  • Research Project: You will carry out a programme of independent research involving either the gathering  primary data or being involved in  analysis of existing data. This will enable you to evaluate findings in the context of a critical review of published literature and present the results and conclusions of a substantive piece of research.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

There is a strong emphasis on the understanding and application of practical skills.  In your first year there is a requirement to undertake 20 hours of acute sports injury placement observations. In your second year there is a requirement to l undertake 30 hours of observations relating to clinical sports injury assessment and treatment. In your final year there will be a requirement to undertake a minimum of 200 hours of supervised sports therapy  experience.

Engagement with placements will develop from observation to managing a  caseload over the three/four year course. You’ll be supported throughout this time to enable you to apply  theory in practice.

How long is my placement?

As well as the placements interwoven throughout the course, you also have the option of taking a further minimum 30-week placement at the end of your second year of study. Do we have any hours students will have to do during the course? (now listed above)

What will my placements include?

A list of placements sourced by the placements team will be provided to students in Level 4 and they will be supported in engaging in this first year. The  students in level 5 and 6  will be  responsible for finding and organising their own placements.. The placements may be with a Physiotherapist, Sports Therapist or Sports Rehabilitator- each placement provider has to be recognised by an appropriate professional body.  

We have established links with sports injury clinics and sports clubs throughout the local area who will be able to provide placements for you during the course.

Your application

For Sports Therapy, we are looking for applicants who are:

  • Experienced in health, fitness, sports and/or rehabilitation settings
  • Motivated, committed and enthusiastic about being involved in Sports Therapy
  • Able to demonstrate a  clear understanding of the Sports Therapy profession and can demonstrate the skills and qualities relevant to the profession
  • Able to demonstrate that they have a career plan and are thinking of future employment  opportunities. 

Selection methods

UCAS applications will be used to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Because we need you to have practical and applicable skills in this particular subject, we’ll then invite the very best students for an interview. These interviews are designed to demonstrate that you have the necessary insight into Sports Therapy, as well as the motivation and commitment to become a Sports Therapist.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications).

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry

The entry requirements for this course are 128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDM. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Required subjects: Biology/Human Biology or Physical Education

Relevant subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Sociology or Psychology

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies A or AS-level but Critical Thinking is accepted.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A*-C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading)including Maths and English or equivalent qualification. 

Numeracy and Literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access Courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3 remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects; any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC Qualifications

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit from the Extended Diploma in either Health Science or Sports Science. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
  • Diploma: This course requires a Distinction, Distinction in addition to an A-Level at grade C, in a required subject to achieve the overall tariff. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: The Subsidiary Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 75%.

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 32 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff and include relevant subjects as appropriate.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but do not have Biology/Human biology and this is a required subject for your course we recommend you consider studying the Open University course SK277.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma and one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects. Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification:The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Other Health Care Level 3 Qualifications and Bridging Programmes: We are aware that there are a wide range of health care qualifications which people undertake in their workplace. Find out more information about Bridging Programmes and some frequently asked questions about them here. If you would like to know if the qualifications you have or are working towards meet our entry criteria; please ring  01202 967307 or email us for further information and advice.

Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

Non-academic requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as CRB)

All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barred List check; this will be a condition of offer and will need to be completed prior to commencing the course. Please see the Government website for the most up to date information.

International entry requirements

From September 2017 we will be welcoming international students to this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.


If shortlisted for interview you will be notified of the interview arrangements once your application has been processed. 


There are a variety of career options for students once you’ve graduated from this course. These include:

  • Working in a sports therapy clinic- either setting up your own practice or working for others
  • Working with all levels of sports teams for both injury prevention and injury rehabilitation
  • Researching musculoskeletal function and performance in relation to sports injuries and sports therapy
  • Working in the health and fitness industry
  • You will also develop transferable skills such as time management, managing data, project management, enhanced communication skills and critical thinking skills.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

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