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University College Birmingham

Sports Therapy

UCAS Code: C602

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements

A level


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)


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


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


Full-time | 2021


Sports therapy

**Course snapshot**

Whether it's working alongside professional footballers or treating sports injuries in a clinic, qualified sports therapists are in demand throughout the sports, health and leisure industries. UCB's Sports Therapy foundation degree course mixes academic study with developing advanced practical therapy skills to prepare you for a range of careers in the world of sport. You'll be supported through your studies by our strong industry links and brand new, state-of-the-art sports facilities. Our course is also accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the world's top academic institutions.

**Who’s the course for?**

Our course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in sports therapy, including working in sports injury clinics, supporting professional athletes or running a sports therapy practice.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **WORK PLACEMENTS** – Gain valuable professional work experience through a variety of placement opportunities – our past students have worked with top-level football and rugby clubs and national teams

- **PRACTICAL APPLICATION** – Apply your therapy skills working in our on-campus clinics and at key sporting events such as the London Marathon and Ride Across Britain

- **ENRICHMENT** – Enjoy a range of industry trips including Therapy Expo, St George’s Park and King’s College London/Wembley Stadium, as well as our annual Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Conference

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – Choose from our portfolio of optional modules to suit your career aspirations

**Great. Tell me some more**

Our facilities feature an extensive range of equipment, including two purpose-built sports injury/massage clinics, a fully-equipped gym and sports hall, fitness testing equipment, anatomical models and a human performance laboratory. Our new campus building, Moss House, features our cutting-edge Human Performance Centre with the latest equipment and sports technology, as well as a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.

You will also have use of the state-of-the-art all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3 million transformation, with the pitch situated alongside two new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse including a function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite.

Our strong industry links will give you the chance to gain work experience alongside your studies and boost your employability. Our [email protected] team will assist you in finding work to suit your career plans.

You will need to buy a uniform for this course - UCB can help cover the costs for this through our Kick Start scheme.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will gain knowledge of sports injuries as well as how to strengthen and condition muscles.

You will learn about the science of sports therapy through studying anatomy and receive practical training in the techniques of sports massage, along with skills to help support safe training and competition as well as rehabilitating injured athletes.

Our optional modules will allow you to gain further knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as nutrition, sports psychology or coaching.

**What about the future?**

Completing this course will prepare you for working in a range of areas within the sports therapy sector. Career options include:

- Sports/health and fitness clubs

- The leisure industry

- Local authorities and the health care sector

- Sports injury clinics

- Health farms

- Self-employed sports therapy

Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of the full BSc (Hons) degree at the end of year two.


**Year 1**

- Academic Development
- Exercise Science for Sports Therapists
- Introduction to Sports Injury Management
- Musculoskeletal Anatomy
- Soft Tissue Therapy
- Strength and Conditioning

**Year 2**

- Pathology of Sports Injuries
- Peripheral and Spinal Assessment
- Research for Sports Therapists
- Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation 1
- Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation 2

**Plus one option from:**

- Sports Psychology
- Creative Business Enterprise
- Sports Nutrition
- Sports Coaching
- Athletic Movement Analysis

Assessment methods


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

- Large group teaching - 3 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 9 hours of teaching in practical areas such as the injury clinics, gym, sports hall and Human Performance Laboratory
- Tutorials - 3 hours per week, including a mix of personal, group and academic tutorials
- Field trips and sports events - Students are encouraged to attend a range of sporting events providing sports therapy and/or massage support to athletes. Examples of such events include the London Marathon and Ride Across Britain.
- Work experience - UCB will support students in sourcing appropriate work placement opportunities

**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’s online teaching environment provides 24-hour access to resources and support material.


Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and understanding in a number of ways, so a variety of assessment methods are used. This is a competency-based course and, therefore, has a greater emphasis on practical assessment.

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

- Coursework - 41%
- Practical assessment - 48%
- Written examinations - 11%

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.

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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.

Sports therapy

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
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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

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Library resources
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Staff value students' opinions
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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Top job areas of graduates

Health associate professionals
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sport and exercise sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.





Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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