Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Four - Six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CB63; Short form: BSc/ST

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Incorporating the pillars of sports therapy (eg recognition, evaluation, management, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injury) you’ll learn the theoretical knowledge to underpin the practical skills necessary to enable injured athletes to return to full function and sport. On graduation, you will be a well-rounded practitioner ready to assist athletes to recover through rehabilitation and return to full fitness. The course has a significant practical element, with students completing hours of clinical practice in live, real world environments. You will also get the chance to work with amateur and semi-professional sports teams - exposing you to practice early on in the course.

Foundation Entry
If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry route:
BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy (Foundation Entry)

Entry Requirements

280 - 320 points at A2 inc either Biology,PE or Sports/Exercise Sciences. BTEC, DMM -DDM in relevant subject area. Relevant Access to HE - Distinction in 30 Level 3 modules. 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English. IB 25 - 27 Points.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

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Course at a Glance

The course will incorporate the following themes:

  1. Acute management of injury both on and off the field of play
  2. Prevention of injury
  3. Recognition, evaluation and assessment of injury
  4. Management, treatment and referral of a wide range of injuries
  5. Rehabilitation within all stages of injury
  6. Education and counselling

  • There is a significant practical component to the course which will involve moderate levels of exercise.
  • You will have to complete a number of hours of clinical practice as sports first aiders and, in the final stages of the course, in a sports injury clinic.
  • There will be opportunities to gain sports coaching and sports first aid qualifications.
  • There will also be opportunities for training in IT, communication and presentation, interactive and group skills, problem solving and research skills.

Further Information

The BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree programme gives you the opportunity to study the theoretical and practical 'hands-on' skills necessary to provide the best care, management and rehabilitation for the sports and recreational participant back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness.

The course is underpinned by the study of theoretical concepts and knowledge in the fields of physiology, psychology, pathology, exercise rehabilitation and manual therapies. There will be an emphasis on the use of manual therapy, massage and sports specific exercise as therapeutic components of a rehabilitation programme.

All our degree courses are underpinned by high quality research, centred around:

You’ll learn from a course team which consists of professional therapists and academics from a range of backgrounds with experience from grass root sport to the Olympic stage.


The degree is ideal if you want to pursue a career in sports therapy and want a course with a strong practical element, underpinned by solid theoretical knowledge. Career opportunities include performance enhancement, sports management and public services to health management. Some have gone on to work in the commercial and retail sector.



Programme Specification

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme specification.

Apply Now

You can still apply to start a course in September 2015.

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+44(0)1772 892400


Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £600 per module (UK/EU)

Further information:

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

You’ll have the opportunity to work with industry partners while on the course and get the opportunity to study bolt-on professional short courses that also lead to other professional body recognition such as the Sports Massage Association and the Register of Exercise Professionals.

The programme is linked to the Allied Health Professions research unit and engagement with the Professorial team is central to the dissertation process in your final year of study.

As the degree has been designed with the support of the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), successful completion will provide eligibility for application to the Society of Sports Therapists for full membership, which carries professional indemnity insurance, a necessity for anyone wishing to work as a sports therapist.

Professional Accreditation

The degree has been designed with the support of the Society of Sports Therapists (SST).

Learning Environment and Assessment

Most modules comprise a combination of student-centred learning, problem-based study and interprofessional education. The programme has been designed to provide closely integrated theory and practice components grounded on evidence based practice and effectiveness.

Each module is assessed individually by a variety of methods, including individual and group presentations, report writing, written assignments, practical assessments and viva voce.


UCLan Physiotherapy Clinic

I think UCLan has had a profound effect on my life in general as well as my career. UCLan was brilliant at preparing me for the working life. The course was really good and lecturers really prepared me for working within a sporting environment.

Greg Littler

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