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Sport and Exercise Therapy

3 years
UCAS Code:
Institution code: S30
UCAS Points:
104 - 120
Southampton City Centre
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This dynamic sport and exercise therapy degree will help provide you with the essential professional skills and musculoskeletal expertise you will need to secure an exciting career working with athletes, sports teams and more. The scope of practice is not limited to sporting injuries alone; we treat all musculoskeletal injuries including chronic and work-related injuries.

We utilise the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to ensure that you can return your patients to their previous levels of training, competition and, where applicable, work.

This highly practical course is specifically tailored for you to study a combination of sports therapy and sport and exercise science modules, which will include acute sports trauma management, innovative examination and assessment techniques, therapeutic exercise prescription, interventions to reduce the risk of injury, return to or monitoring of sports specific fitness, fundamental principles of how to coach/instruct in sporting and exercise settings, manual therapy techniques, electrotherapy, exercise physiology, nutrition, psychology and biomechanics.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a placement year at a professional sporting club or organisation for a complete season/performance cycle. The programme has excellent links with professional sporting clubs and organisations. This hands-on practical course is delivered in state-of-the-art facilities by internationally renowned research and clinically active staff.

This course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists and is therefore mapped to five key areas of competency related to injury and illness in the sport and exercise environment. These areas include: (i) Prevention (ii) Recognition and Evaluation (iii) Management, Treatment, and Referral (iv) Rehabilitation (v) Education and Professional Practice Issues. As a student you will have a student membership and insurance through the society. On successful completion of the degree you will be eligible for graduate membership with them.

Employability is embedded in the course at every level. The content has been designed to prepare you for working as a graduate sports therapist and many of our modules will allow you the opportunity to gain valuable employability skills in order to enhance your job prospects. There are opportunities to gain an industry-accredited Gym Instructor Award, or NGB coaching awards. You’re guaranteed a learning experience that maximises your skill development, enhances your CV and helps build a strong foundation for an exciting career.

Why choose this course?

The course is validated by Society of Sport Therapists as an accredited course

Opportunity to acquire industry-specific fitness (REPs) and discounted coaching (NGB) qualifications as you study.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a placement at a professional sporting club or organisation for a complete season/performance cycle.

Featuring two sports halls, two fitness studios, strength and conditioning and high-performance gyms, health and fitness and personal training teaching gyms, and a sport and exercise therapy clinic.

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.

What does this course lead to?

The occupational title following graduation is that of sports therapist, which has a clearly defined scope of practice. As a graduate sports therapist, who is a member of The Society of Sports Therapists you’ll be an allied health professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability to:

  • Utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes.
  • Provide the immediate care of injuries and basic life support in a recreational, training, occupational and competitive environment.
  • Assess, treat, rehabilitate and, where and if appropriate, refer on for further advice and intervention.
  • Provide appropriate manual therapy and psychosocial interventions in a sport and exercise context
  • Plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation and return to training/work programmes.

Meet the team

Throughout your study you'll be supervised by an experienced teaching team who are at the forefront of cutting-edge research and have an established record of working with athletes of all levels, from international to recreational sportspeople. You'll also get the chance to hear guest lectures from leaders in academia and the sport and exercise therapy industry.

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 science facilities, including fully equipped physiology, psychology, and biomechanics labs, health and exercise gyms, and sport and exercise therapy teaching spaces. Students can also practise their skills in our two state-of-the-art teaching rooms and our student-led therapy clinic based in the Sports Complex.

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. As well as being a teaching and research building our Sports Complex has three gyms, fitness studios and multi-purpose and performance sports halls, which are open to everyone. Our multi-purpose sports hall can be used for basketball, futsal, badminton, netball, wheelchair rugby and volleyball. Our performance sports hall is specifically for basketball and is where Team Solent Kestrels home games are held, supported by our sports and exercise therapy students.

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