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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

Performance Analysis (Physiology & Biomechanics)

Professional Skills for Practice

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

You will study, practise and assess ways of applying sports and remedial massage techniques to improve physical function and psychological wellbeing. These methods will include relaxation massage, pre and post event sports massage and remedial massage applied to specific body regions. The techniques applied will include soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation and assisted stretching techniques. You will also study remedial massage techniques to be applied to the lower limb, upper limb and torso. There will be a practical massage assessment in week 20 and a 50 question short answer exam in week 24.


Year 2 core modules

Advanced Clinical Practice

Designing a Research Proposal

This module builds on the content embedded throughout all first year modules, which provide a foundation in research and study skills. In this module you explore how to identify and define a research problem, develop a research question, select the appropriate experimental design, and distinguish between quantitative (for example, 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 aware of the ethical considerations in research.

Health Factors in Physical Activity and Sport

Orthopaedics and Trauma Management

Peripheral Mobilisations and Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques

Sports Rehabilitation


Final-year core modules

Business and Leadership

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.

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 2020/21 academic year should be available from 1 September 2020. 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 2020/21 academic year

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

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

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

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