Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Four - Six years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
CB63; Short form: BSc/ST
Preston (Campus code: U)
The School of Health Sciences welcomes you to the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme.
Want to work in sport from grassroots to elite level? Interested in helping athletes recover from injury? Our undergraduate program is ideal for you if you want to pursue a career in Sports Therapy and want a course with a strong practical element, underpinned by solid theoretical knowledge. With access to our state of the art; UCLan Sports Arena, Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, Movement Analysis Lab and use of our on-site Student-Led Clinics, you are provided with an opportunity to practice and implement a range of new skills and knowledge to help injured athletes in their return to competitive sport. From Pitch-side first aid, to manual therapy and rehabilitation, you will have the opportunity to support athletes throughout the duration of their entire recovery period.
112-128 points at A2 including either Biology, PE or Sports/Exercise Sciences; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit in relevant Subject area
Relevant Access to HE with 112 -128 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate 28-30P
GCSE 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
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.
PU1002 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice1
HI1000 Fundamentals of Movement and Exercise
PU1304 Physiology and Pathology for Sports Therapists
PU1006 Foundations in Sports Therapy
PU1007 Management, Treatment and Referral in Sports Injuries
PU2007 Soft Tissue Therapy and Practice
PU2008 Screening Techniques for Sports Injury Prevention
PU2009 Manual Therapy for Sports Injuries
PU2010 Rehabilitation of Sports Injury
PU2011 Functional Anatomy and Pathology in Assessment
PU2016 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 2 (e-learning option part time)
PU3005 Sports Therapy and Clinical Practice
PU3006 Management of Sports Injuries in Specific Populations
PU3100 Complete Management of an Injured Athlete
HI3000 Applied Strength and Conditioning for Sports Therapists
Optional Module from a choice of:
PU3914 Research Project
With one of the following:-
PU3306 Skills for Leadership and Business
TL3153 Advances in Fitness Training
TL3114 Industry Based Experience
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.
Key features of the course
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.
Current placement opportunities include a wide variety of; Premiership Football, National Rugby and Super League Rugby clubs across the country – alongside placement opportunities across a range of other sports and clinical environments.
Work experience, research internships, participation in research conferences are all opportunities available to our Sports Therapy students.
With support from the staff, if international placements are sourced, these can also provide our students with further experience in the field of Sports Therapy.
“I found this event to be a great learning experience, as I was able to provide massages for competitors with a unique physique. Throughout the day I thoroughly enjoyed myself and hopefully I can take part in future/ upcoming events”.
“I enjoyed being able to provide massage at the Preston strongman event as it allowed me to work with different body types and use a range of massage techniques as well as adapting them to each person. It gave me an insight into how massage can change depending on the person and the event they are taking part in. For example, the time in which to do the massage the speed and depth of the massage. By working with the third years they were able to show me techniques I wasn’t too confident on and were able to explain about which were better for different muscle types. The day overall was great as it was a new experience and first massage event”.
“The Ironman event in Bolton was a fantastic experience. From the organisers and athletes down to the security personnel everyone was really helpful and great. This was my first event which I covered and I would certainly do it again. The athletes were really wonderful, being really polite and talkative. The massage experience was also good, it was a bit tiring but that was all part of the experience, hopefully with being at more events it's something I’ll get used too. There were athletes from all over the world and that gives you more of an experience. Being a part of the ironman was a privilege. Overall the event was a success and hopefully I can be a part of that again”.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to the organisers for allowing this type of opportunity to be presented to us as students. I found the event had a different type of feeling to it because of the amount of athletes who needed treating. Working with these types of athletes, at such high pace really benefited my timing skills & pushed me physically. The athletes were lovely people which made it so much more enjoyable because they showed an interest in us as people and students. I will be trying to push to do it again next year”
Third year Sports Therapy student, Obed Attah
Obed commented on his placement experience: ‘’Being on placement with Preston North End Youth Team has been a great experience. It allows me to apply the skills learnt in lectures to the real competitive world of professional football. It has provided me with the chance to work at some of the UKs best football facilities and use the best equipment to develop my clinical skills as a Sports Therapist.’’
Joanna Snook, also a third year student, added: ‘‘Being on placement at Preston North End academy has furthered my knowledge and skill base as a student. My placement is an invaluable experience where I can work in a competitive environment and has provided me with a good base to develop my career”.
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For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: TBC per 20 credit module part time
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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.
The degree has been designed with the support of its accrediting body, The Society of Sports Therapists (SST). On graduation you will be eligible for full membership with the SST.
With access to our state of the art; UCLan Sports Arena, Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, Movement Analysis Lab and use of our on-site Student-Led Clinics, you are provided with an opportunity to practice and implement a range of new skills and knowledge, to help injured athletes in their return to competitive sport.
The majority of teaching rooms used are clinical plinth rooms within Brook Building. These allow groups to be split into around 20-28students to allow for a better teaching environment.
All our degree courses are underpinned by high quality research, centred around:
Mark Leather – Senior Lecturer BB133 Mleather2@uclan.ac.uk
Andy Cunningham – Principal Lecturer BB125 firstname.lastname@example.org
Verity Scholes – Associate Lecturer BB114 email@example.com
Lisa Hartley-Woodrow - Lecturer BB114 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Ashworth – Associate Lecturer BB114 email@example.com
Dr Erin Morehead – Senior Lecturer BB119 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Alexander - Lecturer BB119 email@example.com
Sara Fisher – Senior Lecturer BB114 firstname.lastname@example.org
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