Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: BC96
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Learn how to help athletes recover from injury and design injury prevention programmes for sports teams with our sports therapy degree.

Are you interested in helping athletes recover from injury? Or maybe you want to design injury prevention programmes for sports teams?

Whether you have ambitions of working within the professional sports environment or running your own clinic, our accredited Sports Therapy degree gives you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to treat and rehabilitate professional and amateur athletes.

With sports therapy backgrounds in private practice, professional and semi-professional sport, our lecturers bring practical experience to their academic knowledge. Teaching combines formal lectures with practical laboratory and clinical workshops. As a Sports Therapy student, you’ll be guaranteed a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity to develop real-world skills. We also provide the experience of work under the supervision of The Society of Sports Therapists accredited staff, to deliver treatments in our sports therapy laboratory.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Professional body accreditation

The BSc (Hons) is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. 

Course content

With the support of our experienced lecturers, you’ll build skills in injury assessment, exercise rehabilitation and soft techniques including massage and joint mobilisation skills. You’ll also develop a scientific understanding of the physiological response to exercise.

You will learn how to provide first aid and emergency trauma management in a high pressure sports setting, and Staffordshire University Sports Therapy Clinic will give you experience of a professional working practice.

You’ll also work at a variety of events and venues.

Past students have worked at Stoke City FC, Port Vale FC, Notts County FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, St George's Park and Widnes Vikings.

They have also supported local marathons. Key skills you will learn during the course include anatomy, biomechanics, sports massage, rehabilitation techniques, electrotherapy, soft tissue therapy, spinal mobilisations, physiological response to exercise, kinesiology and nutrition.

You’ll complete a research project in your final year, as well as the professional placement experience. The placement should combine clinical and field experience to broaden your skill set.

On graduation, you will be a professional sports therapist ready to work across the dynamic sports industry.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Developing Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Academic and Employability Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Fundamentals of Physiology & Biomechanics Compulsory
Rehabilitation Techniques and Sports Massage Compulsory
Clinical Anatomy Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Developing Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Fundamentals of Physiology & Biomechanics Compulsory
Rehabilitation Techniques and Sports Massage Compulsory
Foundations in Sports Therapy Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Research & Career Development in Sport & Exercise (Enterprise, Entrepreneurialism & Citizenship) Compulsory
Biomechanics & Kinesiology Compulsory
Sports Injury Assessment Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Research & Career Development in Sport & Exercise (Enterprise, Entrepreneurialism & Citizenship) Compulsory
Biomechanics & Kinesiology Compulsory
Sports Rehabilitation & Treatment Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Personal & Professional Development in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Professional Placement in Sports Therapy Compulsory
Sports Therapy Practice Compulsory
Vertebral Assessment & Interventions Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Personal & Professional Development in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Professional Placement in Sports Therapy Compulsory
Sports Therapy Practice Compulsory
Business and Entrepreneurialism for the Sports Therapists Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.