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BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy with International Foundation Year

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: January 2022

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No need to wait until September! We are offering you the opportunity to fast-track your foundation year into just six months, starting in January and ending in July.

Upon successful completion, you are then guaranteed a place for your chosen degree course, starting in September.

Do you have a passion for sport? Are you interested in a career ‘backstage’ where you can support elite athletes maintain their peak fitness and mobility? Whether it’s about competitive performance or simply having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those you work with, this course is perfect for anyone dreaming of a career in sports therapeutics.  
On this ‘The Society of Sports Therapists’ accredited course, you can expect industry-experienced lecturers, guest speakers, work placements and our state-of-the art human performance laboratory, to help boost your employability.


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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 first class care to a range of sport, exercise and recreational participants.

You could find yourself working with individual athletes and teams as part of a big organisation or running your own private practice – whatever you choose, this course will prepare you to succeed in your future career.

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 BNU, you’ll have student membership to the society, paid for by the university.

Membership will bring you added benefits as you study like access to the student members area of the websites and free access to the British Journal of Sports Medicine meaning you’ll have even more resource to support your studies.

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

We’ll give you a deep knowledge and understanding of this exciting field and offer you opportunities to gain a broad range of practical experience in the professional environment, we even have our very own sports clinic here at BNU.

At BNU, we have strong links with 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).

We also have close relationships with Wycombe Wanderers FC, Wycombe Hospital, Norwich City FC, Reading Ladies Football Club, and the FA meaning you’ll never be short on opportunities for work experience.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend national events like The London Marathon, and provide hands-on care for athletes before and after their competition.

What facilities can I use

You’ll have access to our Human Performance Lab which has been designed to enhance athletes by analysing their techniques to develop the most effective strength and conditioning regime.

This facility will help you understand injury prevention and rehabilitation in a way that you won’t be able to get from a textbook – another unique thing about joining BNU!

What will I study?

This course is ideal for you if you’re interested in the broader area of sports medicine. You’ll learn how to diagnose injured athletes and treat them effectively. You’ll also explore the biomechanics of human movement. Physiology and functional anatomy.

Modules will range from core scientific principles of exercise to injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Over the three years you’ll spend at BNU, you’ll learn about human anatomy, health and exercise physiology, therapeutic interventions and data analysis. In your final year, you’ll also work closely with your personal tutor to dive more deeply into an area you’re passionate about to deliver your final dissertation project.

Most Sports Therapists work as self-employed practitioners, so this course has been designed to combine therapy and business skills to give you the confidence and entrepreneurship you’ll need to start a small business.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, 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 degree.

By studying our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy course, you’ll always learn through a combination of theoretical and practical methods.

Our expert academic staff will teach you through lectures, seminars, practical/lab sessions and tutorials, and importantly you’ll also participate in work placements and independent study.

We also offer all our students the opportunity to visit or be visited by external industry partners so you can hear from the professionals currently working on the ‘front line’ of sports therapy.

Each module will have its own assessment criteria, but you’ll largely be working on presentations, vivas, reports and essays, case studies, work-related and practical assessments.

To support your learning, you’ll also have access to lots of additional resources too like journal articles, online books, electronic databases and our library, all of which will help with your independent study.

Placements Plus

Throughout the course you’ll have plenty of practice-based learning experiences with an anticipated total of more than 300 placement hours. These will help you develop your clinical skills and learn how to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injured athletes and patients.

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Documents

BSc Sports Therapy Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

English for Academic and Professional Communication

Global Business and Management

Inquiry Based Learning

Global Health and Wellbeing

Year 2 Modules

Human Anatomy

Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise

Essentials of Sports Therapy

Introduction to Health Physiology

Foundations of Exercise Physiology

Foundations of Biomechanics

Issues in Professional Practice

Year 3 Modules

Assessment and Evaluation

Applied Exercise Physiology

Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injury 1

Research in Sport and Exercise

Therapeutic Interventions

Year 4 Modules

Advanced Sports Therapy

Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injury 2

Professional Practice

Research Dissertation

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship

What are the tuition fees

International, Academic Year 2021-22:

  • Year 0 (Foundation Year): £9,250
  • Year 1: £13,750  - Scholarships on offer: [/node/3031]Vice Chancellor’s International Student Scholarship
  • Year 2 – 3: £13,750




From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

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

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.

With our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree, 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.

Alternatively, you may choose to further your studies at postgraduate level in an area like sports medicine, sports science and physiotherapy.

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

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