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About the course

Want to help injured athletes recover from injury? This challenging sport and exercise therapy degree will help provide you with the essential clinical skills and judgement you need to secure an exciting career working with athletes, sports teams and more.

This highly practical course is specifically tailored to help students secure a rich and interesting career in this area. Students have plenty of chances to develop essential clinical skills in diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating injured participants, as well as the opportunity to acquire industry-specific fitness (REPs) and coaching (NGB) qualifications. 

Students also learn a combination of injury prevention, recognition and evaluation, management treatment and referral, rehabilitation and education, with a specific focus on applications within a sport and exercise setting. The varied nature of this course has the potential to open a wide range of career opportunities upon graduation. 

The course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, this means students can become an accredited member of the society on graduating – demonstrating standards of knowledge and competence that are professionally recognised and recommended.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Opportunity to acquire industry-specific fitness (REPs) and discounted coaching (NGB) qualifications as you study. The broad, practical subjects you’ll study help build a strong foundation for an exciting career.

What does this course lead to?

Sports and exercise therapists play an integral part in the sporting industry. Their role is to help prevent injuries, treat them through immediate care if they should occur, and plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes.

As popularity and participation in sport grows, there is increasing demand for talented graduates with the specialist knowledge they need to help athletes recover faster, more effectively and without long-term side-effects. Sport centres, gyms, professional athletes and sports teams in everything from swimming to Premiership football regularly employ their own in-house sport and exercise therapists, and the industry is expanding steadily. 

Who is this course for?

This popular course is well-suited to those interested in how the body works, and how this applies in a sporting context.

The practical elements of the course will appeal to those looking to gain hands-on experience in dealing with the treatment of sporting injuries, as well as prevention and rehabilitation.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
Students are also required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and costs £55. 

Optional costs:
Discounted NGB coaching qualification: Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.
Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing - £250

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum two completed A-levels with science A-Levels preferred, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • GCSE Maths and English language at grade C or above.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year.
  • All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Sport, Health and Exercise Therapy Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Study Skills In Sport And Exercise Science
  • Functional Anatomy And Kinesiology
  • Sports Coaching And Fitness Instruction
  • Introduction To Sport And Exercise Science
  • Introduction To Physiology Of Exercise
  • Introduction to Sports Injury and Assessment
  • Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Intervention

Year two

Core modules
  • Research Methods For Sport And Exercise
  • Applied Sports Injury Assessment
  • Peripheral Joint Mobilisation
  • Sport And Exercise Biomechanics
  • Sport And Exercise Rehabilitation 


  • Applied Physiology of Testing and Training
  • Advanced Training Principles
  • Nutrition for Health and Exercise

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Project
  • Professional Practice In Sport And Exercise Therapy
  • Spinal Assessment Mobilisation
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Clinical Experience


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
James Fisher academic profile James Fisher Senior Lecturer View profile
Marcus Sanger academic profile Marcus Sanger Senior Lecturer View profile
Francesca Gwynne academic profile Francesca Gwynne Senior Lecturer View profile
Kevin Busuttil academic profile Kevin Busuttil Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Lecturer View profile
Louis Langdown academic profile Louis Langdown Lecturer View profile
Natasha Furnell academic profile Natasha Furnell Lecturer View profile
Lynsey Northeast academic profile Lynsey Northeast Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students have access to the University’s professional sport and exercise facilities, including fully equipped physiology, psychology, and biomechanics labs, a health and exercise gym, and a sports therapy suite. And our physiology laboratory is officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities.

Students also have the opportunity to practise their skills in our student-led therapy clinic, working with real-life patients. Students will also have access to our Test Park football centre, featuring a floodlit football stadium, a full size, all-weather 3G sports pitch and more.


Our dedicated teaching team has extensive industry experience and plenty of professional connections and course graduates can become an accredited member of the Society of Sports Therapists. The broad, practical subjects you’ll study help build a strong foundation for an exciting career.

Your future

This course aims to deliver the skills, competencies and professional accreditation students need to work as a qualified sport and exercise therapist. There are a wide range of potential career opportunities for qualified therapists, including work with elite athletes or sports teams in a health and exercise setting.


To gain accreditation by the Society of Sport Therapists, you will need to carry out a minimum of 200 hours of clinical practice throughout the degree. These hours may include pitch-side sports therapy practice, a student-led sport and exercise massage clinic, and external placements with local sports clubs or organisations; your course team have excellent connections in the local and national industry, and will be able to help you find external placements during your studies.

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