BSc (Hons) Sports TherapyC631

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • The sports therapy industry is growing at a rapid pace and demand for skilled, expert professionals is increasing in line. Prepare yourself for a rewarding career with our inspiring sports therapy degree course.

    Accredited by the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO), this course has been carefully developed to meet the demands of modern sports therapy employers. As a result, our graduates have gone on to work for companies including Plymouth Argyle, Plymouth Albion, Exeter Chiefs and Torquay United, as well as setting up their own successful businesses.

    The course comprises enriching theoretical and evidence-based study, blended with practical application in our world-class sports centre and a minimum of 400 clinical hours of hands-on experience.

    Our modern teaching clinic allows students to experience the practical side of sports therapy from the very beginning of the course, always underpinned by the scientific principles of therapeutic interventions and developments in the field of sports therapy and rehabilitation.

    In the third year of our BSc (Hons) Rehabilitation in Sport and Exercise programme, you will have your majority of your placement in our Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Clinic under the supervision of qualified staff. You will have opportunities in learning on how to use latest technologies, e.g. diagnostic ultrasound, an innovative anti-gravity treadmill, RS footscan, laser therapy, interferential therapy etc, for clinical assessment and rehabilitation. 

    You may also have placement opportunities in professional sports team, e.g. Exeter Chiefs RFC, Plymouth Argyle FC, Plymouth Devils Speedway, Plymouth Albion and Plymouth Storm Wheelchair Basketball.

    As a student of our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme, you will have opportunities to use and conduct research and clinical assessments with various highly advanced equipment at our state of the art Biomechanics & Physiology Laboratories.

    Throughout the course, you will gain valuable knowledge and experience in functional anatomy, physiology for sport and rehabilitation, sports biomechanics, soft tissue therapy, sport science and strength and conditioning to lend strong foundations for whichever career route you choose to take.

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1st Year
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Physiology for Sport and Rehabilitation Therapists
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Foundations of Coaching, Teaching, Instructing and Communication
  • Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Academic, Personal and Professional Development
  • Sports Massage


2nd Year
  • Clinical Practice in Sport and Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Pathology of Sports Injuries
  • Injury Prevention
  • Health and Fitness Training Principles
  • Essentials of Sport Science for Coaching
  • Research and Analysis in Sport, Health Science and Coaching




3rd Year
  • Dissertation
  • Diagnostic and Injury Management
  • Placement
  • Rehabilitation in Sport and Exercise
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Professional Practice


Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent vocationally-focused graduates. This course is for those considering careers in the private sector, sports injury clinics and sports clubs. You may also consider working within the health and fitness industry and following this course you will be eligible for further study through the completion of an MSc or PhD course.



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Course Leader

Our teaching team comprises with a multi-disciplinary professions including sports therapist, chartered physiotherapist, exercise scientist, biomechanist, exercise physiologist and strength and conditioning experts. Our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy course is led by Sarah Catlow, Dr Gary Shum, Sarah Martin, Dr Leanne Sawle and Victoria Evans. Our enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team of sport professionals offers rich experience and knowledge to all students on our sports therapy course. Their research specialisms include musculoskeletal biomechanics, rehabilitation, ultrasound imaging, kinesiology taping, sports injury and management, lower limb muscle asymmetry and injury prevention.