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Undergraduate study
Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
BSc (Hons)

C630 BSc/STR (C639 BSc/STRFY for Year 0 entry)


Course overview

Strategies for optimal rehabilitation to aid return to function are important for elite sport, recreational activity and health.

On this course you develop the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to recognise associated risks, assess and treat injury, and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes for sport, exercise and health. These include planning, implementing and interpreting pre-participation screening, and identifying predisposing factors to musculoskeletal injury and health. You learn essential skills in specialist sport laboratories, collecting, interpreting and reporting on fitness data. You also have the opportunity to obtain additional vocational awards in fitness instruction (for a small additional fee).

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Sports Therapy Organisation and The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers.


Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Study Skills Toolkit

This module will assist you in developing the personal and academic skills that you will need for undergraduate study. It focusses on developing skills such as information retrieval, evaluation, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills and group work.

Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to the historical and contemporary development of social science disciplines and will provide examples of theoretical challenges and the ways in which research is applied in society. You will gain an understanding of the critical differences between disciplines and how interdisciplinary research is fostered through collaboration. You will also be introduced to academic standards, ethical guidelines and research protocols, personal development planning and to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to your degree course and beyond.

Fake News: Propaganda and Polemics, Past and Present

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills in thinking critically about the information and analysis presented in an array of media in today’s digital world, drawing on the methodologies of a range of disciplines within the social sciences, humanities and law. You will explore examples of the debates over fake news in both the past and present, and look at how fake news can be used to both support and undermine the status quo, enabling you in the process to become more savvy and engaged citizens.

Introduction to Sport and Psychology

This module will provide students with an introduction to the core scientific principles needed to engage effectively with research in the disciplines of sport and psychology. You will learn biological principles underpinning physiological and psychological functioning, approaches to and applications of research in health and well-being and you will be introduced to research and statistical practices in the social sciences.


This module allows students to identify an area of interest related to their undergraduate degree and to explore this through a small scale research project where students will be required to produce an analysis of an area of focus.

Teesside: History, Literature, Culture, and Society

This module provides you with an opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the Teesside region. You will learn about Teesside’s history, culture and society through the examination of various topics which will give you a deeper understanding of the region, both past and present.


Year 1 core modules

Clinical Anatomy and Biomechanics for the Sports Therapist

You study aspects of clinical, functional and surface anatomy along with the biomechanical assessment of movement. Knowledge of the workings of the human musculoskeletal system is vital in all aspects of sport and exercise science. Theoretical anatomy is transferred to practical surface anatomy allowing you to palpate and identify structures throughout the musculoskeletal system. You learn how to describe motion and the action and structure causing motion using both scientific and anatomical terminology.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

This module introduces you to the physiological systems of the body, such as the cardio-respiratory system, skeletal muscle and the metabolic system. A typical teaching week will comprise of a one-hour lecture and either a two-hour laboratory or seminar session. The laboratory sessions are designed to teach you sport science laboratory techniques such as taking blood, measuring oxygen uptake, monitoring heart rate and others.

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 1

This module aims to introduce you to conducting research and the accompanying requisite study skills that you will need throughout your studies. Specifically, this module is intended to help you to develop essential intellectual and study skills in reading, writing and reasoning. You will discuss the history of science, including the fundamental concepts. You will also look at how the separate disciplines within sport and exercise such as psychology, biomechanics, physiology and sociology function by themselves and in combination.

Sports Clinical Assessment

You develop your skills of diagnostic examination assessment and immediate treatment of sports injuries and is the first step in the development of the professional skills required as a practitioner in the field of sports therapy rehabilitation. It comprises the role of the practitioner in diagnosis, understanding and prevention of common musculoskeletal injury. You focus on clinical examination and assessment of upper and lower limb and spine. Common injuries are identified throughout the development of assessment skills and their safe and effective first aid treatment is explored. Your aim is to become a safe and effective practitioner.

Sports Massage and Clinical Experience 1

You develop the manual therapy techniques and professional practical skills to enable you to commence the clinical experience associated with sports massage and soft tissue manipulation. This enables you to apply these techniques in the context of sports related problems. The theoretical underpinning emphasises pathology relative to the practice of sports massage.

Teaching Exercise

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to teach exercise in a variety of disciplines. It module reflects modern practices in teaching exercise and takes into account the national occupational standards developed for the sector by the National Training Organisation for Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations. The course is designed to ensure that you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to work with participants and be able to promote adopting and maintaining regular physical activity.


Year 2 core modules

Advanced Sports Clinical Assessment and Clinical Experience 2

You further develop skills of first-aid, assessment and acute injury management introduced in Sports Clinical Assessment and Sports Massage and Clinical Experience at level 4. Taught elements include: kinesiology taping and strapping techniques, indications for and application of electrotherapy, ultra sound, tens and interferential therapy. You gain clinical experience through acting as first aiders with university sports teams and through management of injuries within the university massage and injury clinics under supervision of qualified professionals.

Applied Exercise Physiology

You focus on the immediate and long-term effects of exercise on the physiological systems, for example - energy metabolism, cardiovascular system, neuromuscular system and the endocrine system of the human body. At the same time you develop the relevant practical skills required to establish a professional working practice in both the exercise physiology laboratory and field environments. Key areas of exercise physiology are covered, including introduction to health physiology, endurance performance, high intensity intermittent exercise, resistance training and nutritional ergogenic aids. A major focus is the development of your key practical skills and the application of theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Aquatic Rehabilitation

You study rehabilitation in an aquatic environment. This unique environment enables you to consider human movement, biomechanics and motor control from a new perspective transferring knowledge from dry land to an aquatic setting. You learn and apply theory to why and how athletes move their bodies to complete movement tasks on dry land alongside learning how the body regulates the motor system to control movement and how this is adapted to aquatic environment. You gain an insight into human movement in an aquatic setting which is considered in relation to aquatic rehabilitation techniques.

Peripheral Mobilisations and Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques

You are introduced to advanced manual therapy techniques that further develop the basic skills acquired at level 4. You look at advanced forms of stretching such as neuromuscular techniques, muscle energy techniques and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation; advanced soft tissue techniques such as soft tissue release, trigger point therapy and deep transverse frictions; and peripheral joint mobilisation and manipulation.

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 2

You build on the foundation given in Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 1, exploring experimental design, data analysis, statistical testing and distinguishing between quantitative such as collecting fitness testing data in a sport science laboratory and qualitative methods for example, interviewing athletes about their experiences within a sport. You are also introduced to the ethical considerations of research.

Strategies for Rehabilitation

You gain the confidence and practical skills to be able to formulate and apply sport specific progressive rehabilitation programmes in relation to the injured athlete. The importance of therapeutic exercise in the rehabilitation of the injured athlete is stressed through a practical teaching strategy and problem solving approach.


Final-year core modules

Clinical Experience 3

Practical experience is an integral component of this degree programme. You are placed in a sports injury environment, where you meet the complexities of real clinical situations. You retrieve and synthesise material previously learned in the University setting and integrate it with new information gathered in relation to the patient. You apply practical, academic and other key skills appropriately, with the whole process organised through the sequence of data collection - including patient examination and assessment, interpretation, synthesis and evaluation. Your sound clinical reasoning must be justified from a theoretical underpinning and appreciation of evidence. This is followed by your application of skilful and safe treatment and inter-personal strategies.

Clinical Reasoning

This module is designed to enhance your clinical skills. You carry out evidence-based problem solving and clinical reasoning approach to learning. You use the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation skills developed through the course to manage sport and health related injuries. Through reflection you evaluate the use of evidence based practice and the challenges of implementing this into clinical practice. You study major peripheral joints and carry out an in-depth critical approach to patient management, using skills learnt from previous modules. Recent controversies within sports medicine is discussed and critiqued including closed kinetic or open kinetic chain activity, accelerated v’s traditional rehabilitation programmes and Platelet-rich Plasma. You evaluate and put into practice the principles of sport specific rehabilitation protocols, functional progression, functional musculoskeletal screening and the sensitivity and specificity of special tests.


This project-based module builds on your research skills acquired in Levels 1 and 2. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of designing an experiment, analysing data and testing statistics to investigate a research question of your choice within the field of sport and exercise.

Special Populations and Trauma Rehabilitation

You gain an understanding of the management and rehabilitation of complex conditions and multiple pathologies that you may expect to encounter not only in sport but within general populations. You can apply your basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology to the rehabilitative management of chronic conditions, musculoskeletal pathologies and traumatic injuries within sporting and non-sporting contexts. You build upon the knowledge and skills attained this far throughout the programme and underpin the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements of sports trauma management. An externally certificated sports trauma management course is linked to this module.

Spinal Mobilisation

You further develop the manual therapy, assessment and treatment skills acquired at levels 4 and 5 to enable you to apply these in the context of sports-related vertebral problems. You focus on the examination of the vertebral column to enable you to evaluate signs and symptoms, and to identify the relevance of neurological symptoms and signs. You further develop spinal assessment skills, spinal mobilisation and manipulation treatment techniques, and apply these skills to the management of sports-related vertebral problems.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The programme employs a diversity of learning and teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, problem based learning, workshops, laboratory sessions, independent research projects. All modules on the programme are delivered via blended learning, which uses a combination of face-to-face learning and online delivery. Each module has a site in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard), which adheres as a minimum to the University’s Threshold Quality Standards. Where applicable modules include electronic submission, assessment and feedback.

Timetabling information
As a full-time student your timetabled hours are between Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. On Wednesdays the latest you will be timetabled is until 1.00pm. Hours of attendance vary between 12 hours and 20 hours per week. Part-time undergraduate students are required to attend during the same days and times as full-time students but for only a proportion of the time, dependant on the modules being taken. Module choices are discussed with course tutors during the enrolment and induction period. Further details are automatically sent to applicants due to enrol this year.

Your full teaching timetable for Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year should be available from 1 September 2018. Standard University term dates can be found here.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 88-112 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) - one should be in a sport, science or PE subject. You must also have GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent. We recommend an Access course if you're a mature student.

For entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year) a typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

Applicants will be required to have a satisfactory DBS disclosure - please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Work placement

You are required to complete a CPD portfolio which is an integral part of the programme to enhance your employability skills and help you to meet professional body requirements.

Career opportunities

The BSc Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation course gives you a clear pathway towards a career in sports therapy, sports rehabilitation and related fields.

This course is the only one of its kind in England to be accredited by both the Sports Therapy Organisation and the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers. Having accreditation by two governing bodies provides you with excellent career prospects within the fields of rehabilitation, sport, health and exercise.

Through registration with governing bodies, students can seek careers specifically within the National Health Service, Ministry of Defence and numerous sports environments.

Graduates will have the required skillset to be autonomous healthcare practitioners specialising in musculoskeletal management, exercise-based rehabilitation and fitness.


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Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year
  • UCAS code: C630 BSc/STR
    C639 BSc/STRFY for Year 0 entry
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  • Typical offer: 88-112 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Up to 5 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
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