• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

Course Overview

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

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.

Where the Foundation Year is taught at our Aylesbury Campus all subsequent years will be taught at our High Wycombe Campus.

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.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: 67V0

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.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Module Map

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:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Introduction to Sports Therapy
  • Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

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.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.