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What makes Sports Therapy at Worcester special?

Top sports people constantly operate on the edge of injury as they push themselves to the limit. A skilled sports therapist can help keep an athlete on track.

At Worcester, sports therapy is about more than injury treatment and prevention - it is about developing your skills and experience across a broad base of sports science disciplines, giving you the confidence and the expertise to make an invaluable contribution to planning, preparing and delivering maximum performance when it counts.

Key features

  • Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, preparing you for a role as a graduate sports therapist
  • Work-based learning gives you a wealth of positive experience
  • Excellent industry links, including Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, Kidderminster Harriers Football Club and Worcester City Football Club
  • Top-class facilities such as our human performance labs, clinical teaching suite, strength and conditioning labs and the award-winning University of Worcester Arena
  • Opportunities to gain invaluable experience working with elite athletes participating in national and international competitions at the University

“The external events and the clinical placement opportunities were amazing. They really brought the whole course together, improved my confidence and showed me where I want to work in the future.”

Peter Khan, Sports Therapy BSc student

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points to include an A2 in either PE or Human Biology; or a BTEC in Sport or a Sports Related area such as Health that include Anatomy and Physiology units, plus GCSE (A-C) in English and Mathematics

Access to Higher Education:
60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Merit or Distinction, and 15 of those should be in Science related subjects

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as CRB, is required for this course. Successful candidates will also be required to complete a medical questionnaire

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

Your personal statement on the UCAS application form will also be looked at as a key part of your application. You should include the following items in your personal statement, if possible, to show the admissions staff that you are serious in your application to undertake a degree in Sports Therapy:

  • Evidence that you have done some research into the profession of Sports Therapy; you understand what the profession of Sports Therapist involves; how the job of a Sports Therapist may differ from other, similar jobs; you are clear that this is what you want to do in future.
  • You participate in sport or regular exercise. The level you play at is not particularly important.
  • You have some work experience in sport, for example coaching, or therapy, for example observing a therapist working in sport.
  • A sports coaching and / or sports first aid qualification will be a very favourable addition to your academic qualifications.
  • You can show the admissions staff that you understand the effort which will be required to complete this degree programme.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1

Core modules:

Sports Massage
Functional Anatomy
Sport & Exercise Physiology
Injuries & Illness in Sport & Exercise
Principles & Practice of Training

Year 2

Core modules

Biomechanics of Sports Therapy
The Research Methods
Trauma Management Examination and Assessment
Sports Rehabilitation
Manual Therapy for Sports Therapists
Sports Nutrition

Year 3

Core modules

Independent Study
Clinical Placement
Advanced Sports Therapy
Sports Therapy in Action

You will gain a solid working knowledge of all areas of sports therapy, including anatomy, human movement and biomechanics, physiology, exercise programme prescription, nutrition and sports psychology.

Work based learning is integral to the course and you will gain experience throughout your time with us in massage clinics, sports injury clinics, at external events, working alongside University sports teams, first aiding at various events and throughout a double module of clinical placement running across the final year. The wealth of practical experience alongside the theory and skills you will gain throughout the course will help to develop you into a competent and professional Graduate Sports Therapist ready for membership of the Society of Sports Therapy and employment.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Sports Therapists need an in-depth understanding of many sports science disciplines to appreciate the higher level of function required by athletes and to enable them to communicate professionally within a multidisciplinary team. You will learn the therapeutic skills of detailed anatomy, examination and assessment, joint mobilisations, massage, sports rehabilitation and other electrotherapy modalities. The course will also develop academic skills such as of scientific writing, researching, critical thinking and clinical reasoning utilising the current evidence base.  

Placement opportunities

Placement links have been forged with a number of local professional and amateur football, rugby, cricket and basketball teams - other sports also provide placement opportunities. Students in previous years have also undertaken placements abroad with a range of sports teams.

The Sports Therapy team provide an extensive range of internal placement opportunities in Sports Massage and Sports Injury Clinics and at a range of external events. In addition to the placement opportunities there is the potential to undertake a Sports Medicine Internship with Mr Nadim Aslam (Honorary Senior Lecturer Sports and Exercise Medicine, University of Worcester) a Consultant Knee, Sports Injury and Hip Specialist in the local area.


A variety of assessment strategies are used to prepare you for future employment, including: 

  • Practical examinations
  • Laboratory reports 
  • Essays 
  • Reflective practice 
  • Presentations 
  • Written examinations 
  • DVD-based assessments
  • Portfolios

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Darren Cooper

    Darren Cooper, Course Leader for Sports Therapy, has worked with athletes professionally since 2003 ranging from dedicated amateurs to Olympians. His areas of expertise are Sports Therapy, Elite Sports Performance, Sports Biomechanics and Learning & Teaching.

    He enjoys teaching on many modules, including the Functional Anatomy and the Advances and Developments in Sports Therapy modules.

    Darren is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists (MSST) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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    Sally Smith

    Sally gained a Diploma in Sports Therapy in 1993 and then worked in various amateur sports clubs, including rugby and volleyball. She also set up and ran several sports injury clinics, catering for amateur, recreational and elite athletes in the Sussex area.

    After graduating with a first class honours degree in Sports Therapy from University of North London, Sally joined the teaching team at London Metropolitan University in 2001.

    Sally’s interests include cooking (especially Indian and Italian) and she plays very competitive golf. 

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    Hollie Taylor

    Hollie has many years’ experience working as a graduate sports therapist in a variety of different sports including ice hockey, football, rugby and ultimate Frisbee. She currently works within rugby, is the GB Junior Ultimate Frisbee team’s therapist and has her own private practice.

    Hollie currently works as a sports therapist alongside lecturing, which means she can bring her experience and real life scenarios into the classroom.


Where could it take you?

Graduates can follow a number of career paths including Graduate Sports Therapist at a sports club or with a team, working in private practice as a therapist within fitness and leisure complexes. You may also choose to focus on the sports rehabilitation role. The course also provides a sound basis for a variety of postgraduate courses in sports science, sports medicine or PGCE teaching qualification.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sport Therapy BSc (Hons) C603 BSc/SpTh


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Darren Cooper
01905 542623