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.
UCAS CODE: 67V9
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 has links 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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||340 hours|
|Independent learning:||820 hours|
Year 2: 37 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||446 hours|
|Independent learning:||674 hours|
Year 3: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||339 hours|
|Independent learning:||781 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.
Please note: The percentages below do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
|35 percent coursework||30 percent written exams||35 percent practical|
|40 percent coursework||10 percent written exams||50 percent practical|
|45 percent coursework||5 percent written exams||50 percent practical|
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96-112. 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.
If your application is successful we will contact you to invite you for an interview. The interview is mandatory as part of your application as well as to ascertain your suitability for the course you have chosen, your individual motivation and interests and whether Bucks is right for you.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Bioenergetics of Human Movement
- Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise
- Essentials of Sports Therapy
- Foundations of Biomechanics
- Foundations of Exercise Physiology
- Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
- Issues in Professional Practice
Year 2 Modules
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Applied Exercise Physiology
- Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injury 1
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Therapeutic Interventions
Year 3 Modules
- Advanced Sports Therapy
- Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injury 2
- Professional Practice (Clinical Placement)
- Research Dissertation
- Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship
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.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.
The three years on the course have been an amazing journey. The best part has been the hands-on practice you are constantly exposed to throughout practical lessons and placements. It is great having lecturers that specialise in different fields as it allows students to gain a further understanding in the different careers within therapy. The course also allows you to gain qualifications while learning different therapeutic techniques to add to your therapist tool box.
Throughout the three years we have been given the opportunity to attend trips to the likes of St George’s Park and with the Royal Air Force. These are great as they allow you time to bond with your peers and have fun, and they provide a change in the learning environment.