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Sports Therapy Top-up

University College Birmingham

UCAS Code: Not applicable | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the area of Sports Therapy with 240 credits.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Variable | 2022

Subject

Sports therapy

**OVERVIEW**
**Qualified sports therapists are in high demand, from treating professional footballers to working in a sports injury clinic. If you already have a background within this field, our specialist Sports Therapy top-up degree will enable you to further develop your practical therapy skills and open up a range of career options across the sports, health and leisure industries.**

Our sports therapy top-up course is designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), thereby giving you the chance to expand upon your existing academic understanding and practical abilities to an advanced level. You will also have the chance to put this training to the test in the real world, both by working with clients in our clinics on campus as well as through a range of sports events and work experience opportunities.

You will be able to drive the direction of your studies by choosing from a range of optional modules as well as undertaking a research project on a subject of your choice. Once you have completed our sports therapy course, you will also be qualified to join the industry’s professional body, The Society of Sports Therapists.

**WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?**
- **Practical application** – Put your therapy skills into practice by working in our sports injury/massage clinics and at major sporting events

- **Specialise your studies** – Tailor your learning to suit your interests through a range of optional modules, including areas such as sports coaching and nutrition

- **In-depth research** – Deepen your knowledge of a specialist area of the industry by carrying out an independent research project on a topic that interests you

- **Team Scotland partnership** – Our University will be the home for Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, offering exciting opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes

**FACILITIES**
Our sports therapy students train in our sports injury and massage clinics on campus, providing a variety of services to professional athletes, students and members of the public. The clinics offer a full range of professional equipment including ultrasound/electrotherapy equipment, a rehabilitation area and fully-equipped gym.

In addition, you will have use of our Human Performance Centre, featuring the latest equipment including a 35m sprint track, eight lifting platforms, an anti-gravity treadmill and much more. We also share the impressive £3m Avery Fields complex with Bournville RFC, offering an all-weather pitch, two grass pitches and a clubhouse with function room and modern changing facilities.

**ACCREDITATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS**
On completion of this course, you will be qualified to join The Society of Sports Therapists as a graduate sports therapist.

**PLACEMENTS**
We encourage students on our top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies. The 'Work-Based Learning for Sport' module incorporates a work placement, while opportunities are available for you to provide sports therapy/massage to athletes at events such as the London Marathon and Ride Across Britain.

Employers we have worked with include the Scotland Rugby team, Aston Villa FC, Leicester Tigers RFC, West Bromwich Albion Ladies FC, West Midlands Fire Service and Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge (physiotherapy department).

**CAREERS AND PROGRESSION**
Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
- Sports therapist

- Sports physiotherapist

- Occupational therapist

- Personal trainer

- Health promotion specialist

- Higher education lecturer

You could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham.

- **Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course**

Modules

- Exercise as Medicine
- Professional Clinical Practice
- Sports Project
- Sports Psychology II

Plus one option from:

- Multidisciplinary Practices in Sport
- Nutrition for Performance
- Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise
- Work Based Learning for Sport

Assessment methods

**Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk**

**ASSESSMENT**

Estimated breakdown of assessment for this top-up degree course:

- **Coursework** – 38%
- **Practical assessment** – 42%
- **Written examinations** – 20%

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:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
per year
International
£12,500
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 - BA/BSc

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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.

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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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

77%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

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Average annual salary
54%
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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.

What about your long term prospects?

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.

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£16k

£20k

£20k

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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