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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- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.
You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.
2018 entry requirements
We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.
The entry requirements for this course are 128 - 136 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.
Required subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Physical Education, Sports & Exercise Science, Health Science
Excluded subjects: General Studies.
GCSEs: GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
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 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 Future Students Enquiry Team 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 Future Students Enquiry Team – it may be that we can still consider it.
Access courses: 128 - 134 tariff points in a required subject with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades
- Extended Diploma: 128 tariff points (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) in a required subject
- Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
- BTEC National Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
- BTEC National Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 128 - 136 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects including 36 points in a required subject.
Cambridge Technical qualifications:
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 tariff points)
- Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
- Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
- Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 32 - 33 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects including grade H5 in a required subject.
Scottish Advanced Higher: 128 - 136 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers including 32 points in a required subject.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
Extended Project Qualification:Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent
Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
Occupational Health (OH) Checks
This course is physically and mentally demanding and you will need to be mentally and physically able to undertake your chosen course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, and this will be carried out at the University Hospital Southampton. Health conditions need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy, back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition to OH. The University can then consider the recommendations made by OH and whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on your chosen course. If you require more guidance please contact us for more information.
You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.
The University has an expectation that all students will comply with the vaccination programme. This ensures that you will be able to undertake the wide range of training placements that your course will require. Occasionally some vaccinations are contraindicated in certain medical conditions. OH will advise the University in these cases.The University will consider students on an individual basis. Refusal to have immunisations will result in the student not being allowed to attend practice placement and being withdrawn from the course. There is no opportunity to appeal against the requirements of the immunisation policy.
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
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.
The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.
Changes to this course
Where the change was made
2018 entry requirements have changed to 128 - 136 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject.
Key facts and 2018 entry requirements
The entry requirements for this course are 128 tariff points from 3 A levels or equivalent, including 32 points from a required subject.
2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
2018 entry requirements
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 qualifications.