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Sports Therapy - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This was the world’s first Sports Therapy degree and was developed in partnership with the Society of Sports Therapists. You’ll learn to recognise, treat and rehabilitate athletes with injuries or dysfunction. Our fully equipped sports therapy clinic, which is open to members of the public for consultation and treatment, gives you hands-on experience to complement the scientific learning. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This course, accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), will help you gain the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to go on to a career in sports therapy. You’ll learn to assess, treat and rehabilitate athletes with sports injuries or dysfunction, and will gain a broad scientific background.

As well as developing your understanding of the pathologies and management of sports injuries, you’ll also gain clinical competence thanks to a combination of practical classes and work-based learning. You can gain experience in our on-site clinic, which offers treatment to members of the public, as well as through placements with our extensive network of industry contacts.

You’ll also find this network useful in progressing your career after graduation. We have strong links with a number of renowned sporting organisations and professional bodies both within London and around the world.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through written and practical exams, practical reports, presentations, class tests and a final research dissertation.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), which provides student insurance throughout your degree. On graduation, you will be eligible to become a member and purchase public liability insurance from the SST.

Years 1 and 2 include Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) accredited content, which means you can go on to complete your REPS Level 2 and 3 qualification at a heavily subsidised rate.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels including grade B from a relevant subject (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Sports Therapy Extended Degree BSc.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module provides an introduction to the various sub-disciplines that constitute sports science.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is intended to introduce students to the practical aspects of sports performance. The module will also develop specific coaching and psychology attributes required to develop sports performance.

    Guidance notes: Students must pass the practical attendance in order to successfully complete the module

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module is intended to introduce students to the study of Sports courses in higher education at London Metropolitan University as well as developing life long skills in organisation and application of knowledge. This module also includes the theory and practical abilities to apply safe and effective massage to a sports person. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module is a broadly-based introduction to human anatomy and systems physiology, with a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees. The module also includes background material in chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology.

    Guidance notes: Students must satisfy the practical attendance requirement in order to successfully complete the module

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module develops students’ ability to research, plan, provide and justify an appropriate rehabilitation programme for the early, intermediate, late and pre-discharge stages of sports/dance injury

    Guidance notes: Students must pass the practical attendance in order to sucessfully complete the module

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module is focused upon the safe and effective clinical examination and assessment (E&A) of the peripheral anatomical region of the body and the application of manual therapy techniques based on the clinical interpretation of these E&A findings. The module also develops the students’ understanding of the theory which underpins these practical elements including knowledge of common injuries, injury processes and the general practise of Sports Therapy.

    Guidance notes: Students must pass the practical attendance in order to sucessfully complete the module

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module introduces students to the responses of tissues and organs to acute exercise and chronic exercise training. Students are also familiarised with a variety of field and laboratory-based tests of physical performance and physical fitness – both to assess components of fitness and work capacity as well as to screen for risk of sports injuries.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module allows students to use self-reflection to determine the best choice of project/dissertation for their chosen subject or career. This is linked to studying the processes that will maximise their employability.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on understanding the principles of human movement in terms of anatomy and biomechanics. In addition the module provides examples of the application of this knowledge to performance analysis, the development of sporting excellence, and injury prevention. A practical programme explores in more detail topics covered in the lectures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a large organisation.

    Students opting for this modules, will NOT be able to take “Create a Winning Business 2”

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module explores the key pedagogical theories that inform sports teaching and coaching. The module includes a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students regularly engaging in practical coaching and teaching sessions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The ST5052 module, entitled Psychological Factors in Sport: Individual Differences, focuses on the key psychological theories within the sport psychology field; such as motivation and arousal. This module focuses on individual behaviour only.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module allows students to integrate their knowledge gained throughout their degree and combines this with new skills and knowledge developed within their final year.
    The module focuses on vertebral mobilisations, introduces the students to aspects of sports medicine and continually develops the student’s ability to critically reason, interpret and produce treatment plans based on case notes of specific sports/dance injuries.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module is an introduction to the principles of business in the specific context of sport related ventures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module will enable students to reinforce the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research. It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work, or meta-analysis of databases. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    Students will gain experience in a variety of sports therapy arenas alongside providing the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply electrotherapeutic techniques safely and effectively.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module examines the response of the various physiological systems to exercise with an emphasis on training and other applied aspects. There is also a focus on sports nutrition, including ergogenic aids. Selected advanced topics of current interest are introduced.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module analyses the relationships between exercise and a variety of disease states including cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases. It focuses on aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module explores contemporary theory in sport psychology and its relevance to the elite athletic performer. Approaching from an applied perspective, important concepts are considered in terms of their potential impact on an athlete’s psychological state.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Essential Principles in Sports Science
  • Practical Sport Experience
  • Science, Research and Application
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Sports Science Research Methods
  • Sport Rehabilitation
  • Sport Therapy
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement (option)
  • Creating a Winning Business (option)
  • Practical Delivery in Coaching and Teaching (option)
  • Psychological Factors in Sport: Individual Differences (option)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Advanced Sports Therapy
  • Business Developments in Sport
  • Sport Science and Therapy Dissertation
  • Work Placement and Electrotherapy
  • Applied Principles of Sports Physiology (option)
  • Biomedical Implications of Exercise (option)
  • Principles of Sport Psychology and the Elite Athlete (option)

On graduating, you’ll be equipped to pursue a career as a sports therapist, working with teams, in a clinic or as a self-employed practitioner. This course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.

According to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE) survey in 2015, 94.7% of our graduates were in work or further education within six months of graduating. Previous students have gone on to work for organisations such as Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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