Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation BSc (Hons)

UCAS code C630

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in a career that involves working with people in the sports industry, in the maintenance or improvement of their sporting performance, then BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation is the course for you.

There are a growing range of employment opportunities for people who want to work in sports therapy. There is also increasing appreciation that people who are involved in sport – whether at professional, amateur or recreational level – need appropriate and specific support to avoid injury, treat injury and plan and provide appropriate post-injury rehabilitation.

This course combines both the scientific knowledge and practical skills necessary to become an accomplished sports therapist. You will be taught by our expert team of sports therapy and rehabilitation professionals and have access to excellent on-campus sports facilities. In addition, work placement opportunities will enable you to relate your acquired theoretical knowledge to real-life practices.

Special features

  • Taught by our expert team of sports therapy and rehabilitation professionals
  • Access to excellent on-campus sports facilities at our Academy of Sport and Wellbeing
  • Work placement opportunities will enable you to relate your acquired theoretical knowledge to real-life practices

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC, is 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above plus a core skills profile at SCQF level 5 with communication at SCQF level 6, or equivalent OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above plus relevant GCSE equivalent core skills
  • Alternatively, National Qualification at SCQF level 6, S/NVQ level 3, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject area, eg health or sport
  • Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become a PVG Scheme Member in order to undertake this course

Advanced entry

Year 1 - HNC

Year one of the course is the HNC Soft Tissue Therapy

Year 2 - HND

Year two of the course is HND Sports Therapy

Year 3 - BSc

You will study the following core modules:

  • Research methods (sport)
  • The professional practitioner - ethics, policy and practice
  • Manual therapy 1
  • Design, manage and evaluate human fitness and physical performance OR Work placement: industry-specific skills (recommended choice)

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Sports nutrition and dietary considerations
  • Applied sport and exercise psychology
  • Sports and exercise science: a critical analysis
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Analysing physical activity, lifestyle and adherence

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

You will study the following core modules:

  • Manual therapy 2
  • Advanced sport and exercise rehabilitation
  • Small business planning

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Advanced applications of coaching and instruction
  • Delivering physical activities and sport development programmes
  • Work placement: professional practice

You must also complete a dissertation (sport).

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

For direct applicants and continuing students into year two, three and four: Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. Individuals discussions will take place with year four students on their dissertation and any practical or other considerations.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions in college and in the community

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): Variable

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Years 1 and 2 of this course can be studied at Inverness College UHI - please see individual pages for more information:

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2020-21 Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800 £13,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,420 £6,600
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,140 £2,200

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

  • You will be required to cover the cost of a branded polo shirt, sport therapist insurance cover (this will be facilitated by your lecturer), and professional body student membership

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation you may pursue a career in areas such as:

  • Independent therapist
  • Within sports clubs, with sports teams and at events
  • Working with other professionals (eg physiotherapists, coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, or nutritionists)
  • Employment in single or multi-disciplinary clinics providing clinical sports massage treatments
  • Teaching/lecturing in sports therapy and rehabilitation
  • You can also diversify to apply your skills to treat overuse injuries in an occupational setting

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation you may wish to pursue further postgraduate studies.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I’d live in London most of my life so moving here meant that I could enjoy great outdoors as well as there being less crowded and less traffic.

I did a lot of research into sports therapy courses, but found this one to be very appealing and unique. It has the option of always gaining an industry recognised qualification after each year and the learning would be more intimate rather than being taught in huge lecture theatres. Speaking to lecturers beforehand really helped to answer all my questions and they were both knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

The campus offers excellent on-site facilities such as an outstanding training clinic. There’s also the opportunity to work as a sports therapist within the campus which is a great way to gain experience and earn money whilst studying something you enjoy.

Niral Lacman is studying on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitationat at Perth College UHI

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