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What makes an Integrated Masters in Sports Therapy* at Worcester special?

Sports Therapy at Worcester is about more than injury treatment and prevention. You'll develop your skills and experience across a broad base of sports science disciplines, for a wide range of sports therapy careers.

This four year Integrated Masters programme will allow you to consolidate and develop your skills beyond those you'd attain on a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy course. It will enable you to advance a multitude of skills and learn to employ them in a variety of different settings with newfound autonomy. All with the added reassurance of experienced supervision and guidance from highly experienced staff.

As a result, by the time you complete the course you'll be a polished and competent graduate sports therapist. Whether that's as the first responder to a trauma incident, taking a nervous patient through their first musculoskeletal assessment, or working with elite performers at the highest levels of their sport.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists*, preparing you for a role as a graduate sports therapist
  • Two substantial external placement opportunities with our superb range of placement providers - giving you the skills employers tell us they need
  • Opportunities to gain experience in the clinical environment - through our universities sports massage clinics and sports injury clinics, as well as with Worcester Wolves, a top-tier professional basketball club
  • Gain a variety of additional qualifications, for example in sports massage, advanced trauma and taping & strapping
  • Masters level vocationally specific research project
  • Develop multi-disciplinary team leadership skills
  • Opportunities to continue onto further research degrees

*subject to approval

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 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 (C/4) in English and Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education Diploma accepted - please contact us for further details.

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.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview.

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?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Massage, Injuries and Illness
  • Principles and Practice of Training
  • Study Skills for Sports Therapists

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Biomechanics for Sports Therapy
  • Trauma Management, Examination and Assessment
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy for Sports Therapists
  • Research Process for Sports Therapists
  • Sports Nutrition and Psychology for Sports Therapists 

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Sports Therapy Independent Research Project
  • Clinical Placement
  • Advanced Sports Therapy
  • Sports Therapy in Action

Year 4

Mandatory

  • Professional Placement
  • Research Methods
  • Research Thesis
  • Developing Practitioner

Your masters level Research Thesis will have implications to change policy or practice as a result of evidence-based inquiry and advanced data analysis methods.

The thesis will be supported by the Research Methods module to ensure that you have a vast array of data analysis techniques at your disposal. 

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.

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through/in a combination of lectures, interactive practical’s, seminars and clinical settings. The lectures are for the dissemination of key concepts that relate to the interactive practical’s and seminars which enable you to apply the principles and understand them fully. Clinical settings are used to develop hands-on skills which are supported by the interactive practical’s and seminars with the use of case-based scenario’s, blended learning, online materials and Problem Based Learning (PBL) that you will present to the group.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years 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.

Contact time

In a typical week (Level 4 and 5) you will have around 15-16 contact hours of teaching. In your third and fourth years (Level 6 and 7) you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to undertake more independent study and clinical placements. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • One hour of (large group) lectures
  • Three hours of supervised practicals.

Or

  • Two hours of (large group) lectures
  • Two hours of supervised practicals.

Both modes of delivery will be utilised across the course and the method will be specific to each module and the nature of its content.

In addition to scheduled module activity you will also attend University Sports Massage Clinics during Level 4 and 5, and University Sports Injury Clinics during Level 6 and 7.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake at least 22 hours of personal self-study per week, module tutors can guide you on further areas of self-study if you are seeking to consolidate your knowledge above and beyond. Typically, this will involve practising handling techniques and clinical skills, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

 

Duration

Four years full-time.

Students can opt onto or off of the MSci Sports Therapy during level 4 or level 5 (year 1 or year 2). Upon the successful completion of levels 4, 5 and 6 students are eligible for the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy exit award.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week, and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics with research and consultancy experience, postgraduate students, laboratory technical staff and demonstrators. In addition, you can expect to receive sessions with guest lecturers who are currently engaged in Sport and Exercise science activities outside of the university.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and the majority of lecturers on the course have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles

Assessment

The MSci Sports Therapy aims to develop autonomous, independent and evidence-based Sports Therapy practitioners with a diverse range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills. The course provides numerous opportunities throughout each academic year to assess understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments in addition to ‘summative’ assessments.

Each module has one or more formal, ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include practical examinations, online examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as videos, literature reviews, lab reports, portfolios, presentations, an independent study project and a final year research thesis.

You will receive extensive feedback on ‘formative’ and ‘summative’ assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is will be provided in written or audio form, and further feedback is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate to support your academic development.

In person teaching from September

We intend to start the academic year as planned in September 2020.

For many years, the majority of our teaching has taken place in small group settings such as seminars, laboratory classes, tutorials, clinical simulation and other practical sessions. We are planning to continue to teach these in person, while strictly following the Government safety guidelines in place at the time.

Other sessions will be delivered through a blend of in-person and online learning. You can read more about this approach in our coronavirus FAQs.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. 

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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.

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

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Christopher Holland

Christopher is a graduate Sports Therapist and joined the University of Worcester in April 2016. He has been teaching in Higher Education since 2005 across all areas of Sports Science, and has taught on Sports Therapy programmes at both degree and Masters levels.

Christopher has a background as a professional footballer with Bournemouth, Bristol City and Exeter City, as well as playing semi-professionally for a number of regional conference clubs. He has significant experience as both a Sports Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach within semi-professional football. He has also worked with athletes from sports including distance running, mixed martial arts, golf, fitness competitions and cyclists. Christopher is co-lead Sports Therapist for the Worcester Wolves basketball team, and was the medical lead for Wales under 20 and under 18 squads. He also runs his own successful private Sports Therapy practice.

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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. She became course leader for the undergraduate programme in 2004 and has been working at the University of Worcester since 2007.

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David Hickman

David joined the University in 2012 on an internship following his graduation from the Sports Therapy programme at Worcester. Since then David has enjoyed a number of roles at the University including delivering exercise rehabilitation programmes and classes to a variety of population groups, as a Sessional Lecturer in the Institute of Health and supervising sports therapy students in massage and injury clinics. He soon realised that he had a passion for teaching and joined the sports therapy team full time as a University Tutor at the start of 2017.

David has worked with the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club, England Basketball and Team GB Wheelchair Basketball alongside clinical work. David's areas of interest are sports injury and rehabilitation through exercise, specifically within a musculoskeletal and neurological population.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability is one of the key strengths of the Sports Therapy course at Worcester. 100% of our graduates were employed or further study six months after graduation in  both 2015/16 and 2016/17.

A key reason for this is the pro-active approach that the course has to placement opportunities, the superb range of placement opportunities and the excellent clinical tutors that the course work with carefully to prepare graduates for employment.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Throughout the course you may wish to purchase textbooks for your own personal use. There will be placements which may incur travel expenses and there will be additional excursions that are not mandatory for the course but you may wish to partake in to consolidate and enhance your learning.

For the final year of the course, you will need Sports Massage, Taping and Trauma insurance which you will be advised about appropriately.

Accommodation

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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Sports Therapy MSci - CB64

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.

UCAS Code

CB64

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