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About the course

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.

When you graduate with a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Therapy you will be eligible to apply for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists.

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. 

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?

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

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 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 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.


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Key entry requirements

104-120 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 104 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:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
Functional Human Anatomy and Kinesiology
On this module you'll be guided through progressive depths of detail pertaining to the musculoskeletal system, including that of the upper and lower limbs and an introduction to the anatomy of the spine. You’ll become comprehensive in your knowledge of the structure of the key peripheral joints and their available movements in the three planes.
Lower Limb Sports Injuries and Assessment
This module aims to introduce you to the role of the Sports Therapist in the clinical assessment and treatment of lower limb injury. The practical component will enable you to develop your clinical handling and communication skills. 
Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Interventions
On this module you'll learn about different types of massage and soft tissue interventions, appraising when these would be most beneficial. This, alongside an introduction to the effects of the techniques, will enable you to begin developing into an autonomous practitioner. You'll explore the biological and cellular process in the body when an injury occurs, and how this may affect treatment techniques. 
Clinical Pathophysiology for Sports Therapists
By the end of the module, you'll have developed an evidence based and scientific awareness of clinical human physiology and pathophysiology through the review of current literature and theory. You’ll be able to describe the basic structural and functional requirements of a variety of relevant cell types using technical terminology. 
Sports Coaching and Fitness Instruction
In addition to learning the theories that underpin the subject of sports coaching and fitness instruction in sport, you'll engage with various topics and learning styles and opportunities. These topics range from coaching topics such as coaching and learning styles, needs analysis, differentiation and progression, long term athletic development and fundamental movement skills. 
Research Methods for Sport Performance
This module will orientate you in the key skills associated with that of an “informed citizen”. You’ll be encouraged to demonstrate the steps required to undertake a small-scale sport performance-related research project. This will include recognising the need for the research and the acquisition of high-quality evidence to support the work.  In short, you'll be taking the role of a project-manager.

Year two

Core modules
Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
On this module you’ll learn about the structure of an exercise rehabilitation plan and will be given the opportunity throughout the module to plan, implement and evaluate your own programmes. You'll be given the knowledge that will allow you to progress and make modifications to sessions while also identifying when a regression may be necessary. This module will give you the baseline knowledge to justify the use of your chosen exercises and allow you the opportunity to utilise specialist rehabilitation equipment. 
Spinal Assessment and Mobilisation
This module will develop your critical awareness of manual therapy and mobilisation techniques to the vertebral joints of the body. Topics covered will include: Common conditions/ injuries of the spine, including aetiology, appropriate clinical features and their management and clinical reasoning skills to develop a rational approach to the selection of manual techniques.
Upper Limb Sports Injuries and Assessment
This module will develop your critical awareness of the assessment and management of upper limb peripheral joints of the body. Within the practical component you will develop your clinical handling skills and communication skills with injured athletes. You'll have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of anatomy, mechanisms of injuries, signs and symptoms, findings on examination and assessment, and treatment of injuries.
Physiological Testing for Sport and Exercise
This module builds upon the knowledge learnt in level 4 and develops this further through the application of knowledge to a sporting environment. You'll be introduced to the critical processes of writing a needs analysis, data collection and appropriate testing protocols for a range of athletes and sports. 
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
On this module you’ll investigate underpinning theory concerning the protocols used, as well as gain practical awareness of related software and techniques. You will also learn to process the resulting data in order to make meaningful and appropriate interpretation of athletes’ actions in relation to injury occurrence and/ or injury prevention.
Applied Research and Study Design in Sports Performance
On this module, you'll learn how to investigate discipline specific issues using both quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry. Building on the work covered at level 4, you will demonstrate how to formulate an ethically sound and objective research question based on a comprehensive review of the literature. 

Year three

Core modules
Applied Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
This module will look at injury prevention and the different techniques used to detect the likelihood of injury and prevent injury. It will introduce common surgical procedures and how this may affect your approach to rehabilitation. 
Sports Trauma and Applied Clinical Practice
This module provides an opportunity to draw together key aspects of sports therapy with applied and advanced clinical practice to achieve a synthesis of learning. It also provides an opportunity to build on the knowledge, understanding and practical competencies gained across your degree enabling you to apply the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation skills developed in previous modules to manage sports injuries.
Peripheral Joint Mobilisations
The content of this module builds on previous modules, chiefly Lower & Limb Sports Injuries Assessment and Spinal Assessment and Mobilisation. Topics covered will include: Research findings and current trends in mobilisations and manual therapy; principles of examination and assessment.
Sport and Exercise Therapy Placement
You’ll be expected to undertake a period of professional experience that enables you to develop, apply and reflect on your clinical practice across the core areas of sport and exercise therapy. The indicative content will ultimately vary upon the nature of the clinical placement. You'll be expected to take responsibility for a patient caseload; examining, assessing, treating and managing athletes under the supervision of a specialist clinical mentor.
Independent Project
This module will provide you with an opportunity to gain experience of undertaking a degree-related independent investigation in either a work-based, or academic environment. In both instances, your work will need to be underpinned by evidence-based theory and will contribute to the existing body of knowledge relating to that area of research. 

Support

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
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Senior Lecturer View profile
Kevin Busuttil academic profile Kevin Busuttil Lecturer View profile
Victoria McIntyre academic profile Victoria McIntyre Lecturer View profile
Natasha Furnell academic profile Natasha Furnell Lecturer View profile
Conor Power academic profile Conor Power 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.

Facilities

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.

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 new 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.

Students can practise their skills in our two state-of-the-art teaching rooms and our student-led therapy clinic based in the sports complex.

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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

As the popularity and participation in sport grows, there is increasing demand for talented graduate sports therapists with the specialist knowledge to allow them to help athletes recover faster, more effectively and without long-term side-effects.

Sports therapists work at all levels of the sporting spectrum from elite to grass roots, and the industry is expanding steadily. You can find work in sports injury clinics, multidisciplinary private health clinics, NHS, or directly with a sports club and teams or sportsperson, either professional or amateur, offering both therapy and sports science support. Many sports therapists choose to become self-employed and open their own private practice in for example, health and fitness clubs, gyms and sports and leisure centres. You may decide to stay in education and further your studies by undertaking an MSc and a PhD and go down the research and teaching route.

Placements

You’ll be expected to undertake a minimum of 200 hours of professional experience that enables you to develop, apply and reflect on your practice across the core areas of sport and exercise therapy. For the full duration of our optional placement year you’ll have the opportunity to undertake clinical practice at a sporting club or organisation, for a complete season/performance cycle. The indicative content will ultimately vary upon the nature of the professional placement.  We have excellent links with local and national sports clubs and organisations, which provide relevant part-time work and mentoring opportunities. You can work alongside community and elite athletes.

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