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BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Qualifying as a sports therapist enables you to provide advice and treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries - to empower people of all athletic levels to achieve optimal potential and performance.

  • UCAS Code:
    846W
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Why study BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy at BU?

  • Placement experience throughout the course means you will gain relevant experience in real sports therapy settings from observation of clinicians to managing a caseload
  • This course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists meaning that on successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply for membership with them
  • We have strong links with sports injury clinics, sports clubs and some of the biggest names in the sports industry to inform our teaching and provide placement opportunities
  • Blending theoretical and practical elements – you'll learn how to assess and manage sports injuries, and provide specialist advice and treatments like sport and remedial massage and musculoskeletal interventions
  • Lecturers are from a broad range of sporting and sports therapy backgrounds which is fed back into our teaching, and 100% of our students said our sports therapy staff were good at making the subject interesting in the latest National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Get involved in our variety of sporting clubs and teams at BU.   

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course accreditation

This course 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 2022, September 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus and Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 4-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement (both options require the completion of 200 hours supervised practice in your final year)

Accreditations:

The Society of Sports Therapists

Required subjects:

Biology, Human Biology, Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Health Science, Health & Social Care, Physical Education, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science, or other sport-related subject.

Entry requirements:

For September 2022 entry: 128 - 144 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A - levels or equivalent including 40 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2022 entry: 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.

Course details

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 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  rehabilitation programmes.

This course 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.

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 and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 527 kb)

Placements

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.

Entry requirements

This course requires 128–144 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*A*C, AAA, A*BC or ABB, BTECs DDD or DDM in a required subject. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

Calculate your UCAS tariff points

2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs) GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all of the equivalencies.
Required subjects for  September 2022
  • A-level: Biology, Human Biology, Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Health Science, Health & Social Care, Physical Education, Sport, Sport & Exercise Science.
  • BTEC Nationals: Applied Human Biology (Extended Certificate or higher), Sport & Exercise Science (Extended Certificate or higher), Sport (Extended Certificate or higher), Health & Social Care (Extended Diploma), Sport and Outdoor Activities (Extended Diploma), Sport, Fitness and Personal Training (Extended Diploma), Sporting Excellence and Performance (Extended Diploma), Sports Coaching and Development (Extended Diploma), Sports Science and Therapy (Extended Certificate or higher)
  • Cambridge Technicals: Health & Social Care (Extended Certificate or higher), Sport and Physical Activity (Extended Diploma)
Excluded subjects General Studies (unless accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent in appropriate subjects)
A-level and AS levels

128–144 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject.

AS levels are accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject.
Access to HE Diploma 128–144 tariff points from any combination of Distinction, Merit and Pass grades. This must include 15 level 3 graded credits in one of our required subjects: Applied Human Biology, Biology, Human Biology, Applied Science, Health Science, Health & Social Care, Physical Education, Sport, Sport & Exercise Science. An Access to HE Diploma contains 60 credits overall, with 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits.
BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 128–144 UCAS tariff points, to include a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects including 40 points in a required subject.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Foundation Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate/Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Extended Project Qualification Accepted as part of the overall tariff, but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject.
International Baccalaureate Certificates 128–144 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) 32–34 points including grade H5 in a required subject.
Scottish Highers 128–144 tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers including 40 points in a required subject.
Scottish Advanced Highers 128–144 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable). 

International 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.

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.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 76-85%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,4 – 4,4,5 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 75-85%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 75-85%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 7.5 or 8. Grade depends on the 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:

For September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, 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.

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. 

How to apply

Careers

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section

Our fees and funding section also includes information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice in the sports therapy sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. 

You can find out more about some of the staff that are currently teaching on the course and their research activities below. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

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