Our Sports and Dance Therapy (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) course offers an alternative route into an undergraduate degree if you don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard three-year course.
This course has a built-in preparatory year (Year 0) designed to equip you with the confidence and necessary study skills to begin study at undergraduate level. On graduation you’ll receive the same award and title as students on the standard three-year course.
Our bachelor's degree in sports and dance therapy will equip you for a professional career in roles treating athletic and dance injuries. This programme is unique among other sports therapy courses in the UK as it focuses on issues that are unique to dance.
The built-in foundation year will provide the basis for your undergraduate study by teaching you key transferable skills in time management, writing, critical analysis and scientific research. You’ll also get introduced to the fundamental methods used by scientists, including basic mathematics concepts, analysing scientific data, laboratory techniques and presenting findings in graphs and written form.
The foundation year will be shared with students from other foundation year degrees in the School of Human Sciences, which will prove the perfect opportunity to learn about other scientific disciplines and gain different perspectives on the topics you study.
Following your foundation year, you’ll study the same modules and attend the same classes as students on the three-year year course. To find out more about the subsequent three years of your study, visit our Sports and Dance Therapy BSc (Hons) course page. If at the end of your foundation year you’d like to change your specialism there will be some flexibility to allow you to do this.
During your time at the University you’ll be able to seek academic and pastoral support from your tutors and non-academic staff. This can be in the form of one-to-one meetings, accessing resources from our student services or attending one of our academic skills workshops. There will also be opportunities to improve your job application and interview skills through accessing resources offered by our careers service team.
Your assessments will consist of exams, essays, oral assessments, practical assessments and a final year dissertation.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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 0 modules include:
This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4. The key aims and objectives of this module are to enable students to achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels. An introduction will be given to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. A range of cell types will be discussed. Following an appreciation of the role of cells in the structure and function of tissues and organs, students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.
This module will be introducing important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of fundamental concepts key to subjects involving the molecular sciences. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, referencing and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed.
The module introduces students to the application of the science of nutrition and sport in health and disease. It intends to offer a general insight into each area; students will discover the key concepts of nutritional and sport science.
The module will provide a greater understanding thereby allowing students with little or no sport or nutritional science background to progress to undertake a degree in Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Sport Science or Sports Therapy at level 4.
The aim of this module is to give students a greater awareness of nutrition and sports science. Students will be able to appreciate the role that diet and lifestyle choices have in promoting health. The module will aim to introduce the major food groups and their nutritional composition. Students will have a greater understanding of the concept that individual diet and lifestyle choices have in influencing health and disease. The module will also encompass an introduction to the sports science field, including but not limited to physiology, anatomy, psychology and coaching. Students will achieve an understanding as to the role of therapists and scientists in sport with particular attention to the ways in which these careers may help to increase performance or prevent injury.
This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of mini tests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
In terms of aims, this module will enable students to consolidate their understanding of mathematics, and to increase confidence by extending their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and chemical procedures. Particular attention will be drawn to developing study skills, and to broadening students’ transferable skills in time management, writing and studying skills, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from their proposed courses of study. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.
Year 1 modules include:
This module is intended to serve as an introduction to Sports Therapy. It covers the core theoretical and practical competencies of a Sports Therapist including; first aid, application of effective sports massage and the fundamentals of a clinical examination and assessment.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to provide an introduction to human anatomy and biomechanics. The module has a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees. Thus, the principal focus in anatomy is the musculoskeletal system, together with movement analysis and the isolation of specific muscle groups. In biomechanics, the focus is on the basic anthropometry and kinematics of the human body.
This module provides an introduction to exercise related physiology, the sub-discipline of sport and exercise science. This is accompanied by the principles of training and athletic preparation which ensures a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications.
This module aims to provide students with a fundamental grounding in exercise physiology. Students are made familiar with physiology, biochemistry and cell biology.
The module encourages an appreciation of the contribution of Physiological Science to sports performance and exercise delivering both theory (the muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems) and practical skills (scientific methods of testing and data collection).
The knowledge gained is relevant for a variety of employment opportunities, particularly those within sports science, coaching, personal training and sports therapy.
This module is intended to introduce students to the study of sport in higher education at London Metropolitan University as well as developing life-long skills in organisation and application of knowledge. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to introduce students to the learning resources within the University to assist them with their personal and professional development. Students will enhance their planning, preparation, academic writing styles, referencing, resourcing and development for academia to enable an easy transition between levels. With regard to data analysis the aim of the module is to enable students to apply statistical techniques to data, as part of their other studies as well as in a more general work environment.
Year 2 modules include:
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 with dance specific material.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. This module aims to: provide an understanding of human movement and its control in terms of biomechanical and anatomical principles; illustrate how this knowledge may be applied to the analysis and development of dance performance, and the prevention and treatment of injuries; and, develop critical thinking skills of data analysis and interpretation of results. These aims have been aligned with the qualification descriptors published by the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
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 clinical significance 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 and the underlying pathophysiology.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. This module aims to provide the students with the knowledge, understanding and ability to safely and effectively conduct a thorough examination and assessment of a peripheral joint. To link theory with practise, this module will also discuss common injuries and the use of the assessment protocol to identify these injuries whilst considering the epidemiology, aetiology and pathology.
The knowledge obtained through completion of this module provides the students with essential skills which are key competencies for their future employment as a Sport Therapist. They will also gain key fundamental skills such as communication, personal responsibility and decision making, which are transferable to a wide range of employments.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Students will gain the understanding, knowledge and expertise to apply safe and effective manual therapy to the peripheral joints by introducing the students to the concepts and current philosophies of manual therapy techniques. The application of manual therapy techniques will be based on the clinical interpretation of case notes.
The module also aims to develop the ability to clinically interpret athlete information, formulate clinical decisions to develop a treatment program based on knowledge of common sporting/dancing injuries, their mechanics and their sporting demands. The knowledge obtained through completion of this module provides the students with essential skills which are key competencies for their future employment as a Sport Therapist. They will also gain key fundamental skills such as communication, personal responsibility and decision making, which are transferable to a wide range of employments.
ST5060; Sports Science Research Methods; Spring teaching period. It is expected that students will have successfully completed Level 4 as a module pre-requisite.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to allow students to reflect on their chosen course. Students will select their project within the context of the course and possible future career. Students will consider and carry out the preparation necessary for a scientific dissertation proposal. In so doing, students will gain experience in devising dissertations by taking into account experimental design, feasibility in terms of costs and resources, and aspects of ethics and safety.
This module introduces students to the responses of tissues and organs to acute and chronic exercise training. Students are also familiarised with a variety of field, studio and laboratory-based tests of physical performance to assess components of dance, fitness and work capacity as well as to screen for risk of sports and dance injuries.
Assessment: Lab report (40%); Written examination seen (30%) Written exam unseen (30%).
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 and dance injuries. This module serves the BSc Sports and Dance Therapy pathway only.
Aims of the module:
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. More specifically, it aims to provide students with academic knowledge and understanding to plan a safe and effective rehabilitation programme suitable for the initial response, acute, sub-acute and remodelling stages of injury healing.
Students will develop critical analysis skills in an oral context and develop awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses in a rehabilitation setting. Students will gain the underpinning knowledge and practical ability to screen for injuries, interpret the findings and implement a pre-habilitation programme to help reduce the risk of injury. Students will be able to plan, implement and deliver rehabilitation and remedial programmes suitable for the early, intermediate, late and pre-discharge stages of any common sports or dance injury.
The module also seeks to develop competence in discussion and oral presentation encouraging clarity of presentation and scientific rigour, transferable tools often used in many employment settings and which will facilitate progression to higher level modules.
Year 3 modules include:
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 and the theoretical and practical knowledge of electrotherapeutic modalities.
Guidance notes: Students must pass the practical attendance in order to sucessfully complete the module
This module is an introduction to the principles of business in the specific context of health science related ventures. The module is worth 15 credits and will run during the Spring.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. More specifically, it aims to provide students with academic knowledge and understanding to implement good business practice including marketing, accounting, management, service and reflection. These topics should provide the underpinning information to allow students to harness an entrepreneurial approach to business and professional work to optimise their employability and performance.
The module also seeks to develop competence in discussion, oral presentation and written work, encouraging clarity of presentation and transferable tools often used in many employment settings.
Students will gain experience in a variety of sports therapy arenas and they will continually develop in the ability to critically reason, interpret and produce treatment plans based on case notes of specific sports and dance injuries. The module also introduces the students to aspects of sports medicine.
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. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to encourage students to reflect and build upon their subject knowledge and expertise by means of a specific investigation requiring significant research. During the course of the module they will develop the skills necessary to plan, carry out, analyse and report upon the results of an experimental or analytical programme on a scientific topic. The module gives students the opportunity to attain achievement of a high level of personal development by working independently with the minimum necessary supervision. This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and, the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.
Formative feedback is provided on a weekly basis in the lecture/seminar sessions. These sessions are comprised of students working in similar areas of research which provides the opportunity for both peer and lecturer formative feedback. Students are supported by their supervisor with whom they are encouraged to facilitate regular contact. Students prepare interim reports, for which summative feedback is provided. Summative feedback is also provided on completion of the dissertation via assessment of the report, oral exam, and supervisors mark for process.
The research programme will be carried out in consultation with a supervisor who will normally be an academic staff member of the School of Human Sciences.
This module focuses on motion capture and movement analysis backed up by other biomechanical analysis techniques including electromyography and the use of force platforms. Students will be expected to perform a small group research project, presenting the results as a poster conference at the end of the semester. Reflective work throughout the module will allow the student to develop a greater understanding of, and employability possibilities within, biomechanical research. Students will be given the opportunity to research either a project of their choice of select from a given list of project titles.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to provide the student an opportunity to examine an area of biomechanics, focusing on motion analysis, in detail. Students are encouraged to evaluate, and critically reflect on their chosen area of investigation. This module aims to prepare students for post-graduate study, and further research suitable for academic publication.
Module Title: Clinical Exercise Physiology
Description: 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.
Period: Spring semester (15 weeks), day
Required Prior Learning: ST5006
Assessment: Assessment: Seen written exam (100%)
This course is unique in its focus on recognising, managing and treating dance injuries, which increases your chances of securing employment in areas such as dance company therapy, injury prevention for dance schools/companies or performance massage.
The course also covers sports therapy to offer you more career options as you graduate, as you could also go into roles that involve rehabilitating and managing injuries in athletes.
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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