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BSc (Hons)
Sports Therapy

This practical-based course has been designed for those with a strong interest in discovering what has caused an injury and how to treat and rehabilitate this injury back to sport and function. You'll develop essential clinical skills and be given opportunities for hands-on experience in the professional environment.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: 67V9

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

This is the profession concerned with preventing injury and rehabilitating patients back to peak fitness. This could involve preparing a participant for training, competition or work.

This multi-disciplinary course is ideal for those interested in the broader area of sports medicine. You’ll learn how to accurately and safely diagnose injured athletes and treat them effectively. As well as exploring the biomechanics of human movement and physiology, you’ll also focus on developing small business skills to be able to run your own Sports Therapy practice. We’ll give you a deep knowledge and understanding of this exciting field and offer you opportunities to gain a broad array of practical experience in the professional environment including working with sports teams, hospital based placements and our own clinic.

What this course will cover
You’ll learn to be a confident and effective professional who is able to provide first class care to a range of sport, exercise, and recreational participants. This may include working with individual athletes and teams.

During this programme of study, you’ll learn about kinanthropometry and biomechanics and explore human movement and functional anatomy. Modules will range from core scientific principles of exercise to injury assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and entrepreneurship. The majority of Sports Therapists work as self-employed practitioners and so this course has been designed to combine therapy and business skills for working as a self-employed professional Sports Therapist.

Throughout the course you’ll have plenty of practice-based learning experiences with an anticipated total in excess of 300 hours of placements. These will help you to develop your clinical skills and learn how to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injured athletes and patients.

The Society of Sports Therapists
This course is fully accredited by the professional body for Sports Therapy - ‘The Society of Sports Therapists’. As a student of Bucks, you will have student membership of The Society of Sports Therapists - paid for by the University. This brings added benefits to the study of your course including access to the student members area of the website and free access to the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  Following graduation, you’ll be eligible for professional registration with The Society of Sports Therapists and for insurance to practice.

We have strong links with a number of sports organisations, many of which sit on the University’s doorstep. These include the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey, home to several governing bodies of sport, and Stoke Mandeville Hospital, birthplace of the Paralympics. We also have ongoing relationships with Wycombe Wanderers FC, Wycombe Hospital, Norwich City FC and the FA.

You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with learning in a professional sports environment. The University is home to the Reading Ladies Football Club Senior Academy and also the pro basketball team, Surrey United.

Hands-on work practice
During this course you’ll be given the opportunity to develop and practice your acquired skills in the professional working environment. You will have the opportunity to attend national events in sport to provide hands-on care for athletes before and after competition, for example at The London Marathon.

You’ll also have access to our Human Performance Laboratory, which has been designed to enhance athletes by analysing their techniques to develop the most effective strength and conditioning regime. This facility will enable you to understand injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Year One

  • Issues in Professional Practice
  • Essentials of Sports Therapy
  • Bioenergetics of Human Movement
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • Data Analysis in Sports and Exercise Science
  • Foundations of Biomechanics

Year Two

  • Research in Sport and Exercise
  • Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injury 1
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Applied Exercise Physiology

Year Three

  • Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Sports Therapy
  • Professional Practice (Clinical Placement)
  • Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injury 2
  • Research Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

Having studied at Bucks, you will be associated with a university that has been a pioneer in sport-related studies for over 15 years. We have a strong reputation for our sport courses and as a graduate you’ll be able to make full use of our partnerships with public and private sector sport organisations both nationally and internationally.

With this degree, you’ll be qualified to work as a sports therapist at professional teams, clubs and private clinics. You’ll also be able to pursue a career in exercise management and rehabilitation, or as a physiotherapy assistant. Studying a course accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists also enables access to appropriate additional training to enable work in professional football and rugby.

Alternatively, you may choose to further your studies at postgraduate level including sports medicine, sports science and physiotherapy.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

I chose this course because I wasn't able to train to the level athletes train to, due to a medical condition. By doing this course, I am aiming to help prevent athletes getting injured, as well as helping them recover from the moment they get injured to the moment they can perform to their best ability in their specific sport. I love this course for many reasons, the teachers and how knowledgeable they are, the students in my class and finally learning new skills such as massaging. By the end of this course I would like to work at a professional football/rugby club. I would recommend Bucks New University for this course for many reasons but the main one is that I have never met any teachers who are so passionate about their course.

Anchen Smit

From the start the course was hands on and interactive. The balance between practical sessions and lectures are ideal and our lecturers are passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects. The modules so far have all been stimulating, but what I have found most interesting is that learning on this course will always come from unexpected methods, for example we were given morph suits to draw on the anatomy of the human body which we can use as a learning aid.

Bucks has fantastic, brand new facilities which we've been fortunate to use on our course and the staff have countless hours of experience and knowledge of sports therapy.

I am looking to apply for the Society of Sports Therapists Student Travelling scholarship at the end of my degree, which offers three months abroad to undertake work experience with several sports teams. I think it is highly likely that I would work in a clinic before considering starting my own business.

Marilie Appel

Play as a team, pass as a team.

I chose this course as I have always wanted to be a sports therapist. Since I was young and watched football and rugby it's been my dream. My aim is to join the army as a sports therapist, so this is the perfect course for me. This is my first year at Bucks New University where the lecturers have many years of experience of both sports therapy and physiotherapy. There is a new clinic, with high tech equipment for extra experience, allowing us to learn within the best possible environment.

Jamey Pace