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BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

UCAS CODE: 67V9 (Full-time) or 67V0 (Foundation Year)
TARIFF: 104 - 128 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three or Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2023

Interested in a career as a Sports Therapist? Whether you’re preventing injuries, or rehabilitating patients, our Sports Therapy degree is the foundation for an outstanding career in Sports Therapy. Studying at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) means you can make a positive impact on the mental health, wellbeing and performance of all those around you, at any level.

Become a key support worker for high performing athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts. This course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists so you can expect your lecturers to have extensive industry experience and to have the chance for excellent placement opportunities.

The three years on the course have been an amazing journey - the best part has been the hands-on practice you’re constantly exposed to throughout practical lessons and placements.
Monique Nobrega
MONIQUE NOBREGA
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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Why study this subject?

Working in Sports Therapy, you’ll be concerned with preventing injury and rehabilitating patients back to peak fitness. You'll learn to be a confident and effective professional who is able to provide care to a range of sport, exercise and recreational participants as well as members of the public.

You could find yourself working with individual athletes and teams as part of a big organisation or running your own private practice. Sports therapists differ from other therapists because they focus primarily on sport related injuries.

Sports Therapists play a key role in sports teams and organisations, as you allow professionals to: increase performance, cope with the rigours of competition, improve their training regime, keep consistent and most importantly continue to enjoy sport! There are a range of career options for a sports therapist both at professional and amateur level.

This course is also offered as four-year programmes, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

In today’s world, work experience is becoming more and more essential to getting a job, so as part of our multi million pound investment into our human performance, exercise and wellbeing centre, we created our very own working sports therapy clinic here at BNU. This facility is open to the public and is staffed by students with the support of lecturers, so you can get the experience you need while studying.

Learning will be encouraged through practical sessions, debates, observation, field trips, formal lectures and interactive seminars. At the core of each module in practical delivery is the Human performance and exercise wellbeing centre, the sports therapy teaching room and the Sports & Wellbeing Clinic.

At BNU, we have strong links with local sports organisations like the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey (home to several governing bodies of sport) and Stoke Mandeville Hospital (the birthplace of the Paralympics). Our placement opportunities are a great way for you to learn and network.

We also have close relationships with Wycombe Wanderers FCWycombe HospitalNorwich City FCReading Ladies Football Club, and The FA. You could have the opportunity to attend national events like The London Marathon and provide hands-on care for athletes before and after their competition.

Our BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists, the professional body for Sports Therapy, and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country. It also means our teaching content is vetted by an external body and kept current to the prevailing industry demands.

As a student of BNU, you’ll have student membership to the society, paid for by the University. Membership will bring you added benefits as you study. For example, access to the student members area of the websites and free access to the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Following graduation, you’ll be eligible for a professional registration with The Society of Sports Therapists, which will help boost your desirable profile to new clients and employers.

BNU offers you the opportunity to get all the skills, qualifications and experience you need, within a 30-minute commute to London, surrounded by a friendly student community and the opportunity to take part in free societies. Thanks to our big deal you can meet new people, take part in sports and make friends for life here!

With such a great opportunity to learn from the industry professionals, gain from working experience, take part in placements, study sport science and gain the skills you need, we think our highly reputable sports therapy course is a great option for your UCAS application.

The placements were a platform to apply my learning in real-life situations, whether that was with sporting professionals or on the public in clinics. The lecturers and practicals were highly informative and constantly challenging, which helped me develop as a therapist.
Luke Robertson
Luke Robertson

What facilities can I use?

As part of your course you are required to complete increasing hours of placement activities within a Sports Therapy setting, building levels of responsibility and applying your knowledge of theory to your practice. To enable this, we invested in creating a professional range of state-of-the-art facilities for use over the entirety of the course at all levels.

As part of your studies, you’ll use The Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, a professional and inspiring facility for our sport courses and contains industry standard equipment which is a part of your degree.

The Sports and Wellbeing Clinic is a real working clinic within the University and puts you directly in your workplace from day one. Members of the public pay for appointments in this student run clinic as well as professional athletes and sports teams, which gives you the opportunity to experience working in a clinic first hand.

Our Human Performance Lab is an additional facility which is designed to test and research the human body. It has been designed to enhance athletes through scientific analysis and develop the most effective strength and conditioning regime for their body types.

We also have our gateway gym where you can get personalised help and advice from personal trainers and use a range of fitness equipment yourself, Heavily discounted for students.

In addition, our library is open 24/7 and packed with all the information you need for your assessments – you’ll have access to hundreds of specialist books, scientific research, articles and online journals. Not to mention there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study time.

We’ll also sign you up to our Virtual Learning Environment which means you’ll have access to lots of online resources wherever you are! This is not a replacement for your course content which is taught primarily in person.

I chose Buckinghamshire New University because it is a pioneer in sports related studies. It’s strong reputation in the field gave confidence that I would develop the crucial skills to successfully start my career.
Henne Magalhaes
Henne Magalhaes

What will I study?

The primary aim of this course is to help you graduate with confidence in your abilities, with the knowledge, skills and experience to be a successful sports therapist. In addition, we are here to help you with, or discover, any professional or personal goals you want to pursue.

Our course will take you through the processes of injury prevention, assessment, therapeutic treatment, and exercise rehabilitation in order to return the patient back to work, full muscular functionality and their previous sport or exercise level. The underpinning basis of Sports Therapy is Sports Science, so we will explore this subject too.

Throughout the course you will be taking part in many practical classes with the emphasis of hands-on skills and experience. In order to truly develop these skills to make you the very best therapist by the time you graduate, this course ensures you put theory into practice by completing placements and having experience of various settings throughout the three years of the degree.

This approach has enabled our previous graduates to be experienced therapists at the point of graduation, leading to a great employment rate into the profession. We will help you distinguish the role, scope and your relationship with allied professions.

You’ll also explore the biomechanics of human movement, physiology and functional anatomy. We will teach you a holistic approach to sports therapy which covers the practice from a multidisciplinary approach. Modules will range from core scientific principles of exercise to injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

You will also learn about human anatomy, health and exercise physiology, therapeutic interventions and scientific research and how they influence sports therapy, graduating with an understanding of current knowledge but also its limitations. In your final year, you’ll work closely with your personal tutor to dive more deeply into an area you’re passionate about and deliver your final dissertation project on a subject of your choice.

You will learn the skills needed to help you become a confident and proficient self-employed sports therapist, with the option to be registered with the Sports Therapist Society. With an increased knowledge of the core themes and research within sport science, therapy and exercise science we will help you become confident, inspired, empowered and employed.

 

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How will I be taught and assessed?

Your course adopts a varied method of assessment. These will include practical assessments, presentations, vivas, reports/essays, case studies, and work-related assessments with evidence of achievement in practice. Learners will have the opportunity to access a variety of electronic resources including journal articles, on-line books, electronic databases, internet sources and material from the library.

You will be expected to consult academic journals more widely in the second and third year as you develop your academic study and writing skills. As per the teaching and learning strategy, the specific assessment methods are determined at modular level, but are designed to reflect the course aims and learning outcomes, to equip learners with industry knowledge and experience.

While there is a varied diet of assessment at all three levels, it is predominantly based on coursework and practical assessments and, where possible, is designed to mirror ‘real world’ being more authentic in nature to that of Sports Therapy practice.

The staff on this course are what drew me to BNU. Their passion for the subject really shows and it’s comforting to know that the course modules are all relevant and carefully selected.
Katy Wiltshire
Katy Wiltshire

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 104 - 128 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)

You will also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above and a minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

If your application is successful we will contact you to invite you for an interview. The interview is mandatory as part of your application as well as to ascertain your suitability for the course you have chosen, your individual motivation and interests and whether BNU is right for you.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Modules

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

This course has Opportunity modules.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. Find out more.

What are the tuition fees

Home

Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£9,250 per year

International

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£15,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bnu.ac.uk

What are my career prospects?

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.

After graduation you’ll be qualified to work as a sports therapist for professional teams, clubs and private clinics. You’ll be able to pursue a career in exercise management and rehabilitation, or as a physiotherapy assistant.

Studying a course accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists also enables access to the additional training you’ll need to work in professional football and rugby as well as pursue accreditation yourself. Alternatively, you may choose to further your studies at postgraduate level in an area like sports medicine, sports science and physiotherapy.

We will help you gain the skills and experience to help you get established in a competitive industry and have the confidence that you need to succeed. We have been helping graduates gain high level careers in Sports Therapy for many years, and we can offer you a tried and tested path for getting into the profession.

BNU graduates might be interested in our postgraduate courses such as MSc Sports Performance or MSc Physiotherapy.

 

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