Sports Therapy (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Sports Therapy (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C633; Short form: STFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but do not have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This route incorporates the study of sports science principles alongside two new Sports Therapy specific modules. One of which considers the first principles that underpin Sports Therapy e.g. the prevention of injury, basic pitch side care and rehabilitation and a second new module that covers the effects of physical activity on health and the important differences an active lifestyle can make in reducing the risk of a range of diseases.

On completion of the four-year programme, 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

Our typical offer is 72 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.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects in relevant subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths & English or equivalent at grade C/4

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Essential Literature for Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors
  • Fundamentals of Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
  • The Basis of Human Movement
  • Professional Work Environments for STO
  • Study Skills for Lifelong Learning


  • Volunteering and Safety Management
  • Physical activity and Health Promotion
  • Foundations in Sports Therapy
  • Fundamentals of Sport, Exercise and Nutritional  Sciences
  • Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning

Year 2

  • HI1000 Fundamentals of Movement and Exercise
  • HI1007 Physiology for Sport and Exercise Therapy
  • PU1001 Anatomy
  • PU1002 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 1
  • PU1006 Foundations in Sports Therapy
  • PU1007 Management, Treatment and Referral in Sports Injuries

Year 3

  • HI2006 Screening Techniques for Sports Injury Prevention
  • HI2007 Manual Therapy for Sports Injuries
  • PU2007 Soft Tissue Therapy and Practice
  • 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 4

Compulsory Modules

  • HI3000 Applied Strength and Conditioning for Sports Therapists
  • HI3010 Functional Rehabilitation
  • PU3005 Sports Therapy and Clinical Practice
  • PU3100 Complete Management of an Injured Athlete

Optional Module from a choice of:

  • HI3011 Dissertation


  • PU3914 Research Project

With one of the following:-

  • HI3012 Work Based Learning
  • PU3305 Physical Activity and Public Health
  • PU3306 Skills for Leadership and Business


Further Information

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.

Summer Internship for Sports Therapy student helping to increase sports participation for the visually impaired

Jamie Defoe has just finished the second year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy course but instead of using the summer for a well-earned rest he will be supporting UCLan academic staff as part of the UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Programme. 

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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”.

Third year Sports Therapy student, Ryan Wilkinson
"The course has been amazing at providing such opportune placements such as Everton FC. The University has given me the skills and knowledge needed for me to progress as a Sports Therapist".

First year Third year Sports Therapy student, Thomas Jones
"Being able to translate the theory into practical scenarios where you can link everything together has really increased my confidence as an individual and as a therapist".


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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)

Academic Staff

Karen May – Academic Head and Divisional Leader BB131

David Rhodes – Course Leader BB133

Mark Leather – Senior Lecturer BB133

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


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