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This course provides the opportunity for graduates of sports science or similar to develop the practical and theoretical skills needed to become a Sports Therapist. On successful completion of this masters you will be entitled to become a member of The Society of Sports Therapists and practice as a Sports Therapist in your chosen field of specialism.
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Why study this subject?
Sports Therapy is a rapidly developing area of healthcare, with the public and sporting population becoming increasingly more aware of the requirements to care for their bodies from a health and exercise perspective. This means that there is also a higher risk of injury. Studying this course will provide you with opportunities to join the profession and work with elite athletes, in the NHS, or as part of your own Sports Therapy business.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
This course is fully accredited by the professional body for Sports Therapy - ‘The Society of Sports Therapists’. As a student of Bucks, you will have student membership of The Society of Sports Therapists, paid for by the University. This brings added benefits to the study of your course, including access to the student members’ area of the website and free access to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Following graduation, you will be eligible for professional registration with The Society of Sports Therapists and for insurance to practice.
Sports Therapy placements are the backbone of this course. The course team recognise that it is not only what you know but also what and where you have work experience that will enhance your employment. Because of this, we have developed many partnerships with placements available in a variety of elite, professional and semi-professional sports teams (including but not limited to: Watford FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, England Handball, Wasps RFC) as well as in hospital and more traditional clinic settings (Wycombe Hospital, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Halsa Clinic) as well as working within the university’s own Sports & Wellbeing Clinic.
Current students on our Sports Therapy programmes record their placement hours on a google based ePortfolio and many have over 350 hours. This is an ideal start to their careers in this exciting profession.
This course encompasses all the elements I really like and allows for a more practical approach which I prefer.Charlotte Hopper
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When 3rd year students, have passed all required assessment and treatment elements they have the opportunity to perform injury assessments and treatments under the supervision of staff at the University’s Sports and Wellbeing Clinic. The clinic is open to members of the public providing a friendly, high quality treatment, and is conveniently located in the centre of High Wycombe with allocated parking available.
What will I study?
The course will cover the five pillars of competency: prevention; recognition and evaluation; management, treatment, and referral; rehabilitation; and education and professional practice issues. The course is designed around these pillars and in accordance with the educational competencies of a Sports Therapist as set by The Society of Sports Therapists. The degree will take you through the ability to deal with an injury from the point of trauma (including a trauma management qualification) to assessment and diagnosis, followed by development of a full therapeutic treatment and exercise rehabilitation plan to return the patient back to their previous level of sport or exercise.
This course will help you:
- gain the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to practice as a Sports Therapist.
- develop a critical understanding, evaluation and synthesis of the concepts, theories, principles and practices of Sports Therapy.
- enhance your technical, supervisory and management skills, with sports therapy milieu.
You will develop the skills and knowledge required to cope with musculoskeletal injuries from the point of injury to a full recovery and return to the level of sport or exercise previously completed. This course will equip graduates with the therapeutic knowledge and skills to train and become a fully qualified Sports Therapist, working in the ever-expanding healthcare sector.
How will I be taught and assessed?
A range of specific learning and teaching methods will be utilised throughout the course, including:
- Practical/laboratory sessions
- Visits to or from industry partners
- ‘Working with a client’ projects
You will be assessed through a variety of formative and summative assessments, including presentations, reports, practice document and work related assessments, oral and practical examinations, reflective essays, case studies, and portfolio production. You will also be required to a minimum of 200 recorded hands-on supervised clinical practice hours during the course.
What are the course entry requirements?
This course is aimed at sports science graduates. Graduates should ideally hold a degree with a 2:1 classification in a relevant subject such as sport or exercise science (lower classifications will be considered based on experience). Some experience of working in the healthcare industry would be beneficial.
You will be interviewed by a member of the course team. If you do not meet the entry requirements a member of the course team will be able to advise you regarding additional training you may undertake at the university or outside in order to be eligible for the course.
You will also need to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Injury Assessment and Management
Research Methods for Sports Therapy
Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
Sports Injuries Work Experience
Sports Therapy Research Dissertation
Tissue and Pain Management
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,100 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£14,300 per year
What are my career prospects?
A Sports Therapist is a healthcare professional. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to apply for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists. With appropriate insurance this will enable you to work autonomously within professional and elite sport, the NHS or in private practice. This course is based upon placement and work experience opportunities which will enable development of key contacts within industry to help the progression into a career in Sports Therapy. Your dissertation will also be centred around the opportunity to publish your work and may lead into further research work, including PhD.
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation.
Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.