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Learn in sector-leading digital facilities including a dedicated telehealth hub
Top up to the Sports Therapy BSc on successful completion of the course
Gain valuable practical experience in our on-campus Sports Therapy Clinic
NEW FOR 2022 ENTRY. Learn how to assess, manage and treat neuromusculoskeletal problems with rehabilitation and manual therapies on our two-year foundation degree.
During the course, you’ll learn about bones (human osteology), muscles (myology), ligaments and joints (arthrology), and be introduced to sports assessment and massage techniques. You’ll develop a fundamental understanding of exercise prescription for the non-injured and injured athlete.
This course is suitable for students who have recently completed A-levels or BTEC qualifications and want to pursue a career in sport, and those who have worked in industry and are looking to upskill or change careers.
After successful completion of the two-year FdSc Rehabilitation and Manual therapies course, students who meet the pre-requisites can top-up to our Sports Therapy BSc (or other Sport and Exercise BSc top up courses).
The course is perfect if you want to become a Sports Massage Therapist, or would like to study our Sports Therapy BSc but do not meet the entry criteria.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: FdSc Rehabilitation and Manual Therapies
The Sport and Exercise Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. Whilst a formal placement is not a mandatory requirement of students on the FdSc Rehabilitation and Manual Therapies course, it is highly recommended. Students who top up on the BSc Sports Therapy course will be required to gather 200 placement hours.
During levels 4 and 5 the students can participate in placement type activities. These activities are ‘internal’ which are supervised and potentially hosted by Staffordshire University. Students gain valuable practical experience within our dedicated patient facing clinic (SUST Clinic) whilst also represententing the degree and Staffordshire University at many national sporting events throughout the year.
During the first year of study on the FdSc Rehabilitation and Manual Therapies course, you will study upper limb anatomy, lower limb anatomy, exercise programming and prescription, clinical assessment and manual therapies. You will also review scientific literature and conduct research.
These modules will be progressed in year two, where you will study peripheral joint assessment, spinal joint assessment, exercise rehabilitation, systematically reviewing literature, conducting rigorous research and an elective module.
Join Course Leaders Edward Stanhope, and Rebecca Warnett, as they take you on a tour around the facilities available on our FdSc Rehabilitation and Manual Therapies course.
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The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.
The module aims to provide you with essential knowledge and experience in the delivery of exercise prescription through the development of an instructional resource. Your resource will be in a multi-platform format with video, audio and written elements maximising accessibility. You will develop an understanding of the principles of exercise prescription through a series of lectures and practical workshops and develop your knowledge, understanding and proficient delivery in exercise prescription. You will also be introduced to methods of physiological assessment e.g., range of movement, proprioception, strength, power, and aerobic capacity. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the muscular-skeletal, cardio-vascular and neuro-muscular systems in relation to the principles of training for performance.
Module code: SPOR40980
This module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of pre-treatment client screening, which may include, postural assessment, anthropometric testing and subjective screening. Students will learn a range of sports massage techniques and how to apply these safely and effectively to different case scenarios throughout the module. On completion of this module students are eligible for external massage insurance for them to gain paid clinical work.
Module code: SPOR40967
Anatomy is an integral part of knowledge for student studying rehabilitation and manual therapies as it is the foundations of any assessment or treatment you will give to a client. This module allows you to understand musculoskeletal anatomy in both a theoretical way and practically. You will have the skills to identify bones and bony landmarks, specific muscle origins and insertions and how they work functionally in the body, on a diagram, skeletal structure and on a human model.
Module code: SPOR40976
This module gives students the opportunity to undertake their own research and use the findings to inform their practice. The module will introduce students to a range of experimental trial designs including, cohort, case control, cross-sectional and randomised controlled trials. Students will replicate an experimental trial in which they will be required to plan, conduct and report the findings of a injury rehabilitation and manual therapies related project. Students will be introduced to the methodological features used to control bias in experimental studies and to the analytical tools used to interpret the data collected.
Module code: SPOR40957
An important feature of graduate injury rehabilitation and manual therapy is that therapists operate within an evidence-based paradigm, it is therefore important that students gain knowledge and understanding of searching for, appraising, and interpreting evidence. This module will introduce students to the skills necessary to find relevant academic journal articles, extract key information from these articles, and interpret their findings. This module provides the transferable skills needed to write assignments on the degree.
Module code: SPOR40961
Module code: SPOR40975
Are you interested in gaining valuable work placement experience? This module will equip you to seek and attend a variety of different work placements allowing you to gain as much industry experience as possible. You will have the opportunity to work with our existing work placement partners but also our SUST Clinic which is located at the University. An exciting module that will lead you into the world of work.
Module code: SPOR50935
This module will build on your basic understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics, with a focus on developing your understanding on biomechanical data acquisition and data analysis procedures that will critically inform on research, coaching instruction, and exercise prescription. You will gain practical experience on the combined measurement of motion, and/or force, pressure, muscle activity, which is applicable to walking and running gait assessments, quantifying the demands of exercise, and quantifying movement during sporting activities or clinical assessments. Based on the interpretation of data from laboratory and field-based measurements, you will be taught the basics of developing and writing biomechanical reports. You will gain practical experience on comparing outcome measures from several measurement systems on a certain topic to develop your critical interpretation skills and understanding of data that will guide exercise prescription. You will also gain knowledge and practical experience of experimental research when conducting laboratory and field-based assessments.
Module code: SPOR50928
The module builds upon the material taught at level 4 on the conducting research module. Students will be introduced to randomisation, controls, allocation concealment, blinding and sample size requirements in order to minimise bias. Students will be required to plan, conduct, analyse and report the findings of a project related to injury rehabilitation and manual therapy. Where possible the principles of conducting rigorous research will be taught in a practical applied way so that students also gain an appreciation for the impact of implement specific components of research design.
Module code: SPOR50929
To understand how to support an athlete or group of athletes as an exercise physiologist, you need to understand about how the various systems of the body, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular, and metabolic systems, function and respond to a bout of exercise and a period of training. We can assess the athlete in the lab and in the field using things like V¿O2max tests, lactate performance tests, maximal intensity exercise tests, body composition analysis and flexibility measures. As part of this module, you will, therefore, also gain and develop your practical and technical skills in carrying out and evaluating such tests, as well as how to collect, analyse and interpret the data so that feedback can be given to the athlete/ athletes.
Module code: SPOR40958
This module will build upon the material taught at level 4 on the reviewing scientific literature module. Students will be introduced to more advanced ways of searching for literature, screening articles for eligibility using pre-specified criteria, extracting data in a standardised way, and appraising the studies for their risk of bias. Students will undertake their own review during this module using the skills that have been taught on a topic pertinent to injury rehabilitation and manual therapies.
Module code: SPOR50933
This module will enable you to utilise a strong underpinning knowledge of anatomy, pathology, epidemiology and aetiology to assess peripheral joints with a view to assessing sports injuries in an athlete. Active and passive range of movement assessment, muscle testing and special / ligament tests will be learned and practiced throughout the semester as part of a non-prescriptive clinical approach to injury assessment. You will develop clinical reasoning, clinical skills and differential diagnosis skills in order to make informed decisions in your injury assessment practice.
Module code: SPOR50931
This module will equip you to understand the response the body has to injury. It will help you to guide your rehabilitation based on tissue healing and you will have a strong understanding of the different treatment modalities that can be utilised as a Sports Therapist. You will be efficient at writing and delivering rehabilitation programmes to clients with neuromusculoskeletal pathologies.
Module code: SPOR50953
This module introduces you to the concepts of nutrition as they apply to general health and wellbeing as well as performance for the competing athlete. You will learn the role of macronutrients, micronutrients and fluid balance in the diet and their subsequent effect on athletic performance whilst exploring recent developments in nutritional research. In groups, you will design and implement an experiment that assesses the efficacy, using appropriate statistical analyses, of popular nutritional and/or ergogenic aids whilst addressing the confounding factors that diet may have on the effectiveness of these supplements.
Module code: SPOR50932
This module will enable you to utilise a strong underpinning knowledge of anatomy, pathology, epidemiology and aetiology to assess vertebral pathology / injury in an athlete. Active and passive range of movement assessment, muscle testing and special / ligament tests will be learned and practiced throughout the semester as part of a non-prescriptive clinical approach to injury assessment. You will develop clinical reasoning, clinical skills and differential diagnosis skills in order to make informed decisions in your injury assessment practice.
Module code: SPOR50934
Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
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Our students are taught, and gain valuable hands-on experience, in our specialist Sports Therapy facilities which include a teaching clinic, rehabilitation zone, telehealth hub and our student-led SUST Clinic.
The Body Composition Lab enables accurate assessment of body composition analysis in support of the Sport & Exercise awards programme
The Exercise Physiology and Human Performance laboratories enable the conduction of a range of physiological and nutrition-based exercise tests for health and sports performance.
A laboratory offering a range of bodily fluid tests that can be used to monitor health and disease status, sports performance, and muscular injury.
A lab dedicated to the practical delivery of strength and conditioning modules within the Sport and Exercise award programmes.
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After completing your FdSc qualification, you’ll be equipped to take on positions such as being a Sports Massage Therapist, as well as working in injury clinics alongside sports therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.
If you are to complete our BSc Sports Therapy Top-Up, there are a number of career paths you could pursue, these include but are not limited to:
All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.
A range of learning and teaching strategies will be employed to suit the various types of learners, and to meet the needs of the specific learning outcomes of the modules. Typically, lectures are supported by smaller-group seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals, which are led by staff or students. Students are also given independent learning activities. Where appropriate, student learning is supported by materials, tasks and activities, which are provided via a virtual learning environment. Much of our teaching utilises digital technology including advanced use of iPads, tablets and students’ own devices as part of our teaching and learning strategy.
The balance of lecture to tutorial/seminar/practical time is a deliberate effort to allow theoretical and generic knowledge taught in lectures to be given context and meaning in real-world scenarios, which are achieved using case studies, research data, the students’ own experience and discovery learning approaches. Within FdSc Rehabilitation and Manual Therapies, students will engage in practical sessions, to ensure that they learn relevant techniques. Emphasis will be very much on an applied approach, where students will be able to gain “hands on” experience in a clinical and sports setting.
Taught sessions will be created and delivered by mixed gender teaching staff, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The course will also utilise external partners and Visiting Fellow’s who themselves come from a range of backgrounds. Learning resources will contain a range of examples of people from a wide range of backgrounds with protected characteristics.
The course content is varied and allows students to explore different aspects of society and culture when completing assessments. As per the University Assessment Policy, we ensure through QAA processes that assessment tasks and procedures are designed to be inclusive and do not disadvantage any group or individual. The course includes a variety of assessment methods across modules to showcase the students’ diverse experiences, knowledge, skills and background. We adopt an innovative and diverse range of assessments including oral presentations, write essays, conduct laboratory practical, write reports, and work under examination conditions.
Outside of academic support, the Academic Mentor can act as a facilitator of support and may refer students for support services within specialist area/teams/departments within the university. The most notable of these are Library & Academic Skills Team, Graduate Careers and Employability Team, Student wellbeing, ‘AccessAbility’ Services, International Student Support.
‘AccessAbility’ Services: This team is made up of Disability Support Coordinators, Disability Administrators and Sessional Assessors, who aim to support and assist anyone with a disability, including specific learning difficulties, mental health needs and with physical and unseen disabilities.
The course includes a variety of assessment methods across modules to showcase the students’ diverse knowledge, skills and academic background. There are opportunities for students to undertake formative assessment so that they can practise and receive feedback on the necessary skills or learning tasks, which can inform their learning and development in preparation for the modules’ summative assessment. Feedback may be received in the form of verbal or written feedback.
Face to face contact time each week of the academic year is approximately 12 hours. Students will spend most of their time in practical sessions due to the nature of the course, therefore giving them plenty of learning opportunities to enhance their practical skills. Students are also encouraged to use our clinics outside of the teaching schedule to enable them to refine their skills further. These skills will be taught in the curriculum, but students are able to showcase them in real life situations within our internal sports therapy clinic and placements. The balance of lecture to tutorial/seminar/practical time is a deliberate effort to allow theoretical and generic knowledge taught in lectures to be given context and meaning in real-world scenarios, which are achieved using case studies, research data, the students’ own experience and discovery learning approaches. Emphasis will be very much on an applied approach, where students will be able to gain “hands on” experience.
Students will be expected to undertake independent lecturer led learning activities, including but not limited to, revision of material, practice of practical handling skills, reading evidence and litertaure and creating digital content using the telehealth facilities. Students will also be expected to perform independent student led learning activities, such as reading around a topic, practicing technical skills and handling techniques, and revision among others.
Students will be timetabled to specalist subject rooms including the teaching clinics, telehealth hub, rehabilitation zone, physiology lab, biomechanics lab and other sport and exercise facilities. These facilities will be bookable and available to students at set times for independent learning activities.
Edward is a graduate Sports Therapist and researcher. He specialises in exercise in people with non-communicable diseases, specifically the effects of exercise in women diagnosed with breast cancer throughout the stages of their care continuum.
Rebecca is course lead and a senior lecturer in Sports Therapy. Since graduating in 2014 from Staffordshire University with a degree in Sports Therapy she has worked in football, ran her own sports injury clinic alongside lecturing.
Stephen's expertise is in injury assessment, soft tissue therapy and Lower limb coordination & the relationship to chronic injury. Stephen teaches on modules including 'Rehabilitation Tools and Sports Massage' and 'Sports Therapy Practice'. …
For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:
UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.
**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).
Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation
If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk
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