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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.

Additional qualification Professional accreditation Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities 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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry C630
  • 4 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year CC63
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

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

Compulsory costs:
Professional body endorsement (REPs): £300

Optional costs:
Discounted NGB coaching qualification: Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

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 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year route:

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • 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 units
  • 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
  • Curriculum Plus 

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

Year three

Core units
  • 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

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

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
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

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 Southampton Solent University’s outstanding sport and exercise facilities, including fully equipped modern physiology, psychology, biomechanics, and health and exercise labs. These facilities allow students to practise and hone their skills in a real-life setting. 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.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job


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.

Further study

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