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Sports Therapy

BSc (Hons)

Sportspeople constantly push their bodies to the limit. Learn how to protect, diagnose and treat athletes with our degree in Sports Therapy.

UCAS Code: C603

Single Honours

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Designed for students wishing to specialise in a role related to sport and fitness, this fully-accredited course combines study with hands-on experience to teach you the latest techniques in exercise rehabilitation. Our graduates become confident sports therapists, trusted to support league division teams and international competitions. This course is available to study at the University of Worcester and also at Dudley College of Technology - use the link in the Key Facts box to select a location.

93%

of graduates said the course developed knowledge and skills they will need for their future

National Student Survey 2022-23
95%

of our Sport and Exercise Science graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022
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Accredited by the Society of Sport Therapists

Our course is accredited by the Society of Sport Therapists. This means you can apply to become a member at the end of your degree.


Overview

From your first year, you’ll get real-world experience on placement. You’ll spend at least 200 hours on clinical placement gaining real-world experience with our partners including professional sports clubs such as Valencia Basketball Club and Gloucester Rugby as well as private practitioners. You can develop your experience with our student-led clinics, University sports teams and external competitions, such as the London Marathon. In many cases, our placement providers become your employer, offering internships through to full-time positions.

Our lecturers teach you how to support your sportsperson and give you access to specialist facilities, such as our BASES accredited human performance labs. You can measure joint movement patterns on our isokinetic dynamometer or an athlete’s skeletal movement with clinical gait analysis. You’ll be encouraged to take extra qualifications to stand out, with the Sports First Aid, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and Advanced Trauma Qualification included in your tuition fee. There are also opportunities to work in our world-class University Arena – the UK’s first indoor sports hall specifically designed to include wheelchair athletes.

Our career-based assessment methods also compliment your placement opportunities. These include sports massage clinics, written laboratory reports and creating informative leaflets for athletes.

There’s plenty of opportunities to make new friends. You’ll peer review each other’s work, travel together for placement opportunities and get to join the societies which interest you.

When you graduate, you’ll join our course community of well-respected alumni, trusted to keep amateur and elite athletes on the pitch.

Placements

You’ll get hands on experience from day one through placements, supported by lecturers and mentors. You are required to attend 200 hours of placement so you can join the Society of Sports Therapists upon your graduation.

Our students have attended many successful professional placements including:

  • Worcester Warriors
  • Gloucester Rugby
  • The London Marathan
  • Kidderminster Harriers
  • University of Worcester Sports Societies
  • Valencia Basketball Club (Spain)

Student clinics at the Sports Centre

Sports Therapy degree student massaging
Four Sports Therapy degree students at a clinic
Sports Therapy degree students working at a clinic
Sports Therapy degree student working on a patient's leg
Two Sports Therapy degree students at a clinic
Sports Therapy degree student massaging
Four Sports Therapy degree students at a clinic
Sports Therapy degree students working at a clinic
Sports Therapy degree student working on a patient's leg

Course content

On this accredited course you’ll study theories backed up by substantial evidence, and then get the opportunity to apply this learning in professional practice.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and developments in the field, as well as feedback from students and employers. Therefore, modules do occasionally change to keep the course up-to-date and relevant.

All modules are mandatory to ensure you’re eligible to register with the Society of Sports Therapists.

Mandatory modules


Careers

You’ll graduate with clinical skills in the prevention, assessment and management of sports injuries. Our students go on to work with sports clubs at all levels, the NHS or in private practice as a personal trainer or massage therapist.

Our graduates have worked for teams and events such as:

  • West Bromwich Albion
  • Bristol City FC
  • Seattle Seawolves
  • Wasps Rugby
  • Wasps Netball
  • Birmingham Commonwealth Games
  • Diamond League Athletics

Postgraduate Study

You’ll be taught the research skills to study a masters degree in sports, such as our Applied Sport Physiology MSc. You can also study postgraduate courses such as sports science or sports medicine.

Teaching

Some of our graduates also decide to become teachers. You can train to teach with a one-year Primary or Secondary PGCE at Worcester.


Course highlights

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Specialist Sports Therapy Facilities
We have a specialist sports rehabilitation teaching suite with industry standard equipment for skills labs, group-based practical sessions and our student-led injury clinic.

Teaching and assessment

Our Sports Therapy course creates career-ready graduates by giving you practical experiences. You are taught with interactive lectures and seminars, whilst completing practical sessions both in the classroom and on professional placement.

Our assessments aren’t just essays. You’ll run sports massage clinics, write laboratory reports and create business plans, so you have real-world, assessed examples of work to put on your CV.

Teaching and assessment contents

You are taught through a combination of traditional and online lectures, theoretical and applied seminars and practical sessions in clinical and applied settings. 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.

In addition, meetings with Personal Academic Tutors (PAT) are scheduled on four occasions in each year of a course. The purpose of these meetings is to support your progress and enhance your learning through a personalised approach to meet individual student needs.

You have an opportunity to consolidate your practical skills and communication skills in clinics, at external events and placements throughout the course. Links have been forged with a number of local professional and amateur football, rugby, cricket and basketball teams - other sports also provide placement opportunities.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the academic team that you'll be learning with.

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Dr Darren Cooper

Darren 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 and Teaching.

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

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Dr Christopher Holland

Christopher is a graduate Sports Therapist and has been teaching in Higher Education since 2005 across all areas of Sports Science and Sports Therapy. He has a background as a professional footballer and has worked as a Sports Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach across a variety of elite level sports and within private practice. He is also currently a Director of the Society of Sports Therapists and as such brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and insight to the course.

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David Hickman

David has been a Sports Therapy lecturer at Worcester since 2016. As part of his role David leads the Sports Therapy provision for the Worcester Wolves Women's Basketball team and Severn Stars Netball Elite Pathway.

Externally David is a video reviewer in the Women’s Rugby Premiership for Worcester Warriors, where he works closely alongside team doctors to provide footage which may be used as an indicator for head injury assessments.

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Dr Darren Cooper

Darren 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 and Teaching.

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

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Dr Christopher Holland

Christopher is a graduate Sports Therapist and has been teaching in Higher Education since 2005 across all areas of Sports Science and Sports Therapy. He has a background as a professional footballer and has worked as a Sports Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach across a variety of elite level sports and within private practice. He is also currently a Director of the Society of Sports Therapists and as such brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and insight to the course.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 104

Typical Offer
QualificationGrade
A-levelBCC
BTEC National Extended DiplomaDMM
T-levelMerit

We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


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Contact

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

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David Hickman

Senior Lecturer (Teaching) in Sports Therapy

Admissions office

01905 855111