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Sports Therapy

Entry requirements

A level


Excluding General Studies

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

Achieve 30-42 level 3 credits at merit/distinction with a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


We will accept triple grades achieved from a combination of other BTEC qualifications

T Level


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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2024


Sports therapy

Sports Therapy is a hands-on career working with many types of people, from professional athletes to members of the public looking to maintain health and fitness. The sports therapy industry is growing at a rapid pace and demand for skilled, expert professionals is increasing in line.
During your study you will cover a range of disciplines including the design of injury prevention programmes; assessment and treatment of injury; sport psychology; rehabilitation programmes and soft tissue therapy techniques.

**Why this course at Marjon?**
• A minimum of 450 hours clinical experience.
• 95% go on to work or study within six months of finishing.
• Close industry relationships give you excellent placement opportunities with organisations like Plymouth Raiders, Plymouth Argyle FC, Plymouth Speedway, Plymouth Albion and Raiders Wheelchair Basketball.
• Experience in practical sports therapy starts from the very beginning of the course in our modern teaching clinic, always underpinned by scientific principles.
• Includes use of the latest technologies, such as diagnostic ultrasound, an innovative anti-gravity treadmill, RS footscan, electrotherapy modalities for clinical assessment and rehabilitation treatment.

**What might I become?**
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including Plymouth Argyle, Plymouth Albion and Torquay United, as well as setting up their own successful businesses.

**Find out more at Open Day**
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Sports Therapy at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and look around our world class Sport & Health Centre. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

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**Why study at Marjon?**
• First-class facilities used by world-class athletes
• Small, person-focused university with a big personality
• No.1 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2023)
• Southwest University of the Year for Student Life and Student Support (WhatUni Student Choice Award 2022)
• No.3 university in England for Learning Community (National Student Survey 2022)


Hannah - Third year, Sports Therapy;
"In the first year we learnt the basic anatomy and physiology needed to assess soft tissue injuries and we got hands-on experience learning massage techniques. In our second year we learnt about clinical diagnoses and different treatment techniques, and personal training and gym instructor qualifications are built in to the coaching module. Third year involves injury prevention, strength and conditioning as well as a dissertation. There’s loads of placement opportunities throughout the degree, including at the on-site Marjon Sports Therapy Clinic."

1st Year
Engaging with learning: Personal and professional development
Introduction to sport, exercise and health psychology
Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise sciences
Functional anatomy for sport therapy and rehabilitation
Soft tissue theory
Musculoskeletal assessment

2nd Year
Research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences
Work based learning
Injury treatment modalities
Principles of exercise, coaching and rehabilitation
Manual therapy of the spine
Pathology and clinical reasoning

3rd Year
Honours project
Injury biomechanics
Strength training, conditioning and rehabilitation
Diagnostic, rehabilitation and injury management
Sport therapy - clinical experience

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include case studies, written exams, essays, laboratory reports, poster, competence-based exams and practical exams.

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Plymouth Marjon University


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Top job areas of graduates

Childcare and related personal services
Sports and fitness occupations
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One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

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