Sports Therapy

Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

This is the first Sports Therapy course in the country to offer students financial support towards travel costs they may incur as part of their Sports Therapy placements. Many Sports Therapy placements are based at professional and semi-professional sports clubs, for example Preston North End, Everton FC, and St Helens RFL and this can involve travelling at weekends and evenings. UCLan recognises the additional burden this places on students and will fund payments over the academic year (subject to meeting agreed criteria) of £120 for year 1 students; £210 for year 2 students and £300 for year 3 students. This is a potential payment of £630 over the course of the programme. This new initiative will be fully operational from September 2017.

Funding opportunities for Sports Therapy placements and graduate business support

National Student Survey 2017
Sports Science courses at UCLan were ranked in the top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction

Why study this course?

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

  • Access to research expertise in professional football, rugby and clinic-based environments
  • Placement opportunities with OVER 80 different sports teams across the country from grassroots to elite level.
  • Examples of some placement links are; Wigan Warriors, Everton FC, PNE, Blackpool FC, St Helens RFC, Burnley FC, Warrington Wolves and Wakefield Wildcats.
  • Through completing this course you will also gain and external qualification for RFU level 2 Emergency First Aid, and gain a VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy qualification.
  • Gain experience through working in our Student-Led Sports Therapy Clinic at the Preston Campus – a fully-functional injury clinic with the availability of the movement analysis lab for patient rehabilitation.

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.

Exciting Opportunities

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.

What our students say ...

“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”.



Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: TBC per 20 credit module part time

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points including Biology, PE, Sports, Exercise Science.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit in relevant subject area.
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including required subjects at HL5.
IELTS: 6.0
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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.

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

  • PU1001 Anatomy
  • 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

Year 2

  • 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)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • 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:

  • TL3102 Dissertation


  • PU3914 Research Project

With one of the following:-

  • PU3306 Skills for Leadership and Business
  • TL3153 Advances in Fitness Training
  • TL3114 Industry Based Experience


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Engaging Learning Environment

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:

  • Our Centre for Applied Sports and Exercise Sciences (CASES)
  • The International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) (a unique venture with Myerscough College)
  • International Football Institute (in partnership with the National Football Museum)
  • The International Research Institute for Sport Studies (IRiSS)
  • The Institute for Coaching and Performance (ICaP)

Our Industry Links

  • Completion of a VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy qualification, allows application for accreditation with the Sports Massage Association (SMA)
  • External qualification for RFU level 2 Emergency First Aid
  • Practical experience gained through our on-site Student-Led Sports Injury clinics.
  • 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.

Professional Accreditation

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.

Academic Staff

Karen May – Academic Head and Divisional Leader BB131

David Rhodes – Course Leader BB133

Mark Leather – Senior Lecturer BB133

Andy Cunningham – Principal Lecturer BB125

Verity Scholes – Associate Lecturer BB114

Lisa Hartley-Woodrow - Lecturer BB114

Paul Ashworth – Associate Lecturer BB114

Dr Erin Morehead – Senior Lecturer BB119

Jill Alexander - Lecturer BB119

Sara Fisher – Senior Lecturer BB114

Alumni Case Studies

Careers Map

View our interactive map for guidance on progressing in a career in Sport.

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.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Health Sciences
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.