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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. The course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists and as a course team we pride ourselves on our engagement with the Professional Body to ensure the course is continually at the forefront of Sports Therapy.

Throughout this four-year course you will have the opportunities to gain a variety of additional qualifications and skills ensuring that you are fully prepared for your future as a Graduate Sports Therapist. These skills and qualifications can be practised with autonomy under the experienced supervision and guidance from our highly experienced staff.

By the time you complete the MSci Sports Therapy you will be a polished and competent Graduate Sports Therapist, be it as the first responder to a trauma incident, taking a nervous patient through their first musculoskeletal assessment and treatment session or working with elite performers at the highest levels of 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 University’s 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 (MDT) leadership skills
  • Opportunities to continue onto further research degrees

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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 

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of successful achievement of IELTS at 6.0 (not less than 5.5 in any section) prior to commencement of the course.

 

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
  • The Exercising Human for Sports Therapists
  • Sports Massage, Examination and Assessment
  • Study Skills for Sports Therapists
  • First Aid and Thermotherapies

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Peripheral Joint Assessment
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Research Process for Sports Therapists
  • Psychology and Nutrition for Sports Therapists
  • Electrotherapy and Taping

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Sports Therapy Dissertation
  • Advanced Sports Therapy
  • Sports Therapy in Action
  • Clinical Practice
  • Professional Development and Employability for Sports Therapists

Year 4

Mandatory

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Placement
  • The 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 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.

Placement Learning

  • Students will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop practice skills to enable them to become competent Sports Therapists. After gaining a first aid qualification, students will offer pitch side support to the University sports teams.
  • In levels 4 and 5, under the supervision of appropriately qualified staff, students will undertake practice in the Universities Sports Massage Clinics. During level 6 students will continue to work with the University sports teams and in the University Sports Injury Clinic but they will also undertake the minimum number of supervised practice hours in Sports Therapy environments as stipulated by the SST (currently 200 hours).
  • In level 7 (MSci) students will be able to practice some skills autonomously within a strict scope of practice (certificated and insured) and have the opportunity to undertake unlimited (in level 6 students are limited to 250 external hours) supervised practice hours under the insurance from The Society of Sports Therapists.

Contact time

In a typical week at levels, 4 and 5 students will have a minimum of 10 - 12 contact hours of teaching per week.

Typically, class contact time each week will be structured around:

  • 2 hour lecture and a 2 hour practical

Or

  • 2 x 2 hour practicals

In levels 6 and 7 students will normally have slightly less contact time (6-8 hours plus clinic and placement hours) in order to do more independent study and undertake placements.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake at around 24-28 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.

The amount of independent self-study is expected to increase as students progress through the levels with those in level 7 of the MSci actively directing their self-study.

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 or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include practical examinations, written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as videos, essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, an independent study project and a final year research thesis.

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance 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.

You will receive feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Additional Qualifications

Throughout both the Sports Therapy MSci and Sports Therapy BA (Hons) courses there are opportunities for students to gain additional qualifications if they do not already hold them. The majority of the content required hours (if applicable) and assessment will be aligned with the assessments that are within the modules. There may be some extra work required in order to gain an additional qualification. The exact details will be outlined once each provider is in place.

The MSci Professional Placement is where students will be able to fully utilise the additional qualifications and therefore it is expected that MSci students will engage in all of the opportunities throughout the course, however it is not mandatory.

The Sports First Aid, AED and Advanced Trauma qualification are included in the tuition fee.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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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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.

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Chris Bonell

Chris is a graduate Sports Therapist and joined the University of Worcester in 2012 working in partnership with the Fire Service as an Exercise Physiologist. Previously and during this time Chris has worked with a broad range of services users in a health, fitness and sports therapy capacity. Now having completed his MSc in the area of Nutrition, Chris is excited and interested how all these areas can complement each other to provide holistic approach to therapy.

Qualifications:

  • Currently studying a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • MSc Nutritional Therapy, University of Worcester
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, University of Birmingham
  • Reps Level 4 BACPR Cardiac Rehab Specialist
  • Reps Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Reps Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
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James Grant

James graduated from the University of Worcester with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy and has since joined the team and now working as a Sports Therapy Technician.

James started out his career as a Royal Marines Commando which saw him on operations around the globe.  After leaving HM forces James worked as a private security consultant, working in and around the Middle East for many years before deciding on a career change.  Subsequently, this led James into the health and fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and massage therapist.  Throughout James’s career he has gained a significant amount of experience in coaching boxing, running, football and fitness classes.  In addition to representing the Royal Marines in competitive boxing and cross country running.  James continues to keep in good health and is currently competing as an elite obstacle racer.

Upon completion of his degree, James set up is own private injury and rehabilitation clinic and now helps provide joint medical cover for the Worcester Wolves basketball team.

Zac Read

Zac Read

Zac graduated as a Sports Therapist from the University of Worcester before staying on in the team in a technician role. He committed himself to gaining as much experience as possible during his studies, finishing with three times the required placement hours logged. Zac took placement opportunities in professional rugby and cricket (Worcester Warriors RFC and Somerset CCC), semi-professional rugby and football, and amateur and youth rugby and football. Zac also took an opportunity to work in disability sport during 2018, with placements with the England Visually Impaired and England Learning Difficulties cricket teams. This wide variety in experience gained whilst studying has enabled Zac to become a well-rounded and knowledgeable graduate.

Shortly after graduating Zac, set up his own sports therapy clinic and provided pre-season cover for a variety of local semi professional football teams and rugby 7s matches. Zac currently mainly works with kickboxers, martial artists and rugby players.

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Naomi Huggins

Naomi is a graduate Sports Therapist who joined the University as an Associate Lecturer in 2019 for both Healthcare and Sports Therapy; then subsequently joined the full-time Sports Therapy lecturing team in 2021.

Naomi’s professional background is in clinical practice and international sport.  She has run a successful private practice since 2013 working with Great Britain boxers, gymnasts and sailors along with international netball, rugby, wheelchair rugby, weightlifting, cyclocross, crossfit and canicross athletes.  She spent 8 years working with Great Britain american football as Lead Sports Therapist across the globe (and club level), whilst also taking up the role of Anti-Doping Co-ordinator for the British American Football Association.  Naomi has also worked in rugby both local and international, notably a tour with Tonga rugby in 2015.  Naomi has had experience within Special Educational Needs (SEN) since 2006 which has led into her interest in the biopsychosocial approach to injuries.

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 2021/22 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 registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 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.

Aspects required for the course:

  • DBS £40 - One-time cost.
  • SMA Student Membership (Level 4-6) £30 per year.
  • SMA 1st year Membership (Level 7) £50 (Plus Insurance).
  • CNHC Registration (£70).
  • Strapping and Taping Course (TBC) ~£20-100.
  • Strapping and Taping Insurance ~£30 per year.
  • For the final year of the course you will need Sports Massage, Taping and Trauma insurance which you will be advised about appropriately.

SSES student kit - There is a requirement for School of Sport & Exercise Science students to wear sports kit for ALL practical sessions

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Sports Therapy MSci - C6B9

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

C6B9

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