Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

School of Health Sciences




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • 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.  

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 - 320 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 Higher Education : Distinction in 30 Level 3 modules
GCSEs : 5 at grade C or above including Maths and English
International Baccalaureate : 28 - 30 Points

Entry Requirements 2017/18

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.

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.


Course Specification and Handbook

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:

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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Fees 2017/18

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

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

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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