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University College Birmingham

Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy

UCAS Code: C619

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A level

C,D

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

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

PPP

This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

56

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sports therapy

**Course snapshot**

Sports massage therapists treat and work with clients from a wide array of sports, as well as those suffering from recreational or work-related soft tissue conditions. UCB's Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy foundation degree course will help you develop and implement vocational skills and apply them within a clinical setting, treating and supporting athletes as well as the general population. You'll be supported through your studies by our strong industry links and brand new, state-of-the-art sports facilities, while you'll also be able to gain further accredited qualifications and membership of professional bodies.

**Who’s the course for?**

This two-year course is specially designed for those who have an interest in becoming professional sports massage therapists, capable of working with a range of clients within the sport, health and leisure sectors.

**Why should I study the course?**

- Our course is all about the practical application of skills. You'll be working hands-on with clients in our sports injury/massage clinics, while you'll also gain invaluable experience through a work placement.

- As a UCB sports student, you will have exclusive use of our brand new sports facilities and equipment at our new campus building, Moss House (opening in 2019).

- When you enrol on our course, you'll automatically become a student member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA). After you graduate, you'll also be able to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK voluntary regulator of complementary healthcare practitioners.

- Alongside your studies, you'll also have the chance to work at sports events and gain further industry-accredited qualifications such as ITEC Level 4 Sports Massage or Level 2 Fitness Instructing (gym-based).

**Great. Tell me some more**

We have two purpose-built sports injury/massage clinics where our students offer a variety of services to professional athletes, students and members of the public. We also have a fully-equipped gym and sports hall, fitness testing equipment, anatomical models and a human performance laboratory, while our new Moss House campus will feature a cutting-edge gym with the latest equipment and sports technology.

Our course will enable you to gain invaluable experience on placement training and working alongside experts. Our past students have worked for the likes of Aston Villa FC, Leicester Tigers RFC, West Bromwich Albion FC Women and West Midlands Fire Service. You'll also have the opportunity to attend key sports events to assist with sports massage support.

You will need to buy a uniform for this course - UCB can help cover the costs for this through our Kick Start scheme. You will also be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which UCB will pay for and co-ordinate prior to your enrolment.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will learn all the necessary skills required to operate as a confident and successful sports massage therapist, gaining a high level of technical competency in all areas of soft tissue treatment and remedial therapy/exercise.

You will learn about the science and techniques of sports massage through theoretical and practical training, backed by industry research.

Working in our sports injury/massage clinics, you'll be trained to assess and treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries and deliver further services such as massage and rehabilitation courses.

**What about the future?**

This course will enable you to become a self-employed sports massage therapist, while you'll also be able to pursue a career in:

- Health and fitness clubs

- Sports clubs

- The leisure industry

- Local authorities and the health care sector

- Health farms

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of a relevant degree, including courses at UCB such as our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree.

Modules

**Year 1**

- Academic Skills
- Applied Physiology
- General Massage
- Anatomy 1
- Sports Massage and Assessment Techniques
- Remedial Exercise

**Year 2**

- Anatomy 2
- Common Sports Injuries
- Creative Business Enterprise
- Health and Wellness
- Remedial Sports Massage
- Research for Sport

Assessment methods

**Teaching**

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week will have up to 15 contact hours, made up as follows:

- Smaller group teaching - Approximately 9 hours of teaching focusing on theoretical areas. This includes various activities to assist in your learning but will allow you to learn the underpinning knowledge required to excel in this field.
- Practical sessions - Hands-on lessons to apply theory in practice, under the supervision and guidance of qualified teaching staff. Sessions take place in practical areas including clinics, the gym, the sports hall and the Human Performance Laboratory.
- Tutorials - 3 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.
- Field trips and sports events - Students are encouraged to attend a range of sporting events to provide sports therapy and/or sports massage support to athletes. Events could include the London Marathon and Ride Across Britain.
- Work experience - UCB helps students to find appropriate work experience opportunities with the support of our sports employability tutor and [email protected]

**Individual study**

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides 24-hour access to learning and support material.

**Assessment**

Assessment gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and a variety of methods are used. The course has a strong emphasis on practical assessment.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 38%
- Practical assessment - 45%
- Written examinations - 17%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Sports and Creative Studies - FdA/FdSc

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Sports therapy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
49%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
E
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,100
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Health associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Sports and fitness occupations

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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