University of Hertfordshire - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

University of Hertfordshire

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

This course gives you the latest skills needed to work in the cutting-edge field of sports therapy. You’ll learn how to assess injuries, apply treatments (such as sports massage, electrotherapy and joint mobilisation), learn pitch-side injury management and design injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes.

You’ll also study the underpinning theory of practice: anatomy, clinical biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports nutrition and psychology. Our students enjoy access to specialist labs and high-tech facilities, such as our dedicated sports injury clinic, and take valuable clinical placements in a diverse range of sport and exercise environments.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
112 - 120


To include grade C in A Level Biology or other relevant life science

(acceptable A levels: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Physical Education, Sports Studies, Sports Science or Psychology)


BTEC Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science Extended Diploma at DMM.

BTEC Sport Extended Diploma (RQF 2016) at DMM

(With merits achieved in the following modules: Anatomy and Physiology and Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being)

BTEC Sport Extended Diploma (QCF) at DMM

(With merits achieved in the following modules: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, The Physiology of Fitness and Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise)

Level 3 OCR CTEC (Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity) Extended Diploma DMM

(With merits achieved in the following modules: Body Systems and the Effects, Nutrition and Diet for Sport and Exercise, Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation).

Additional Science BTEC's will be considered at tutor discretion.

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language, Mathematics, and Science.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

The Sports Therapy degree has led graduates to a wide variety of employments. Opportunities may be found working with professional sports teams, in independent sports injury clinics, in health centres and gyms, or on a self-employed basis. In addition, graduates have gone on to study for a MSc or PhD, complete a PGCE to become a teacher, or found opportunities with athletes with disabilities or in schools and youth sport. The skills that are developed throughout the course give the graduate many choices as to where to take their career, with the strong vocational element of the degree and the extensive clinical experience giving a head start in the jobs market. 

Our graduates have gone on to work for professional sports teams, in sports injury clinics, in health centres and gyms, or on a self-employed basis.

Course Details

Due to the nature of Sports Therapy, each module has both theoretical and practical components. You will learn through a variety of lectures, practical classes, workshops, tutorials and clinical placements. Our lectures are interactive and encourage applying theories to relevant real life situations, and in the practical classes you will learn your clinical techniques. During workshops your skills are put into problem solving and sports specific scenarios, and individual tutorials enable you to discuss areas of your choice. Along with clinical placement, in your own time you will be directed towards the university's vast learning and research resources for independent study.

As everybody learns differently, methods of teaching and assessment are varied. Modules may require written coursework, practical assessments, and written exams at the end of each semester. Some modules also have oral presentations, group work, portfolios, and poster sessions to ensure that all key skills of the graduate Sports Therapist are evidenced.

On the full time programme, you will study four modules at a time. Each module typically consists of four hours contact time per week, with further reading, research and coursework completed independently. On the part time programme, the course structure is considered on an individual basis with the Programme Tutor, depending on your needs and other commitments.

Clinical placements are completed in your own time, allowing flexibility to gain experience during usual working hours, at evenings or weekends, and during University vacations if preferred. Extensive extra-curricular opportunities are encouraged to supplement your standard programme. Visits and excursions to develop your skills and experience are offered, along with short courses and qualifications including first aid and fitness instructor qualifications.

Part-time study

If you are studying part-time you have 6 years to complete your course. You will complete 60-90 credits per year. All modules are compulsory, there are no options. Your timetable will depend on which modules you pick. Certain modules must be passed at each level before progression onto higher level clinical modules.

Year 1

Developing an academic approach
Human physiology and nutrition
Exercise prescription and fitness testing
Musculoskeletal anatomy
Therapeutic modalities
Examination and management of lower limb sports injuries

Year 2

Exercise and environmental physiology
Research design
Functional anatomy and clinical biomechanics
Peripheral manual therapy
Examination and management of upper limb sports injuries
Sport and exercise rehabilitation
Sports trauma management

Year 3

Advanced management of sports injuries
Applied independent sports research project
Strength and conditioning
Examination and management of the vertebral column
Special populations
Sports therapy clinical placement

Optional modules
Year abroad: sport
Sandwich placement – sport

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