BSc (Hons) Rehabilitation in Sport and ExerciseC630

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • The BSc (Hons) Rehabilitation in Sport and Exercise programme is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and upon successful completion, you will be able to register as professional member of BASRaT.

    This three-year, full-time course inspires and motivates students to develop their passion for sport and exercise rehabilitation. It is the perfect course for those interested in working with athletes, returning them to full functional fitness through expertly developed rehabilitation programmes.

    The BSc (Hons) Rehabilitation in Sport and Exercise programme has been carefully developed to meet the demands of exercise rehabilitation. 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. During the course many students enjoy placement opportunities with professional sports teams including Plymouth Argyle FC, Plymouth Devils Speedway, Plymouth Albion and Plymouth Storm Wheelchair Basketball.

    This degree programme comprises enriching theoretical and evidence-based study, blended with practical application in our world-class sports centre> students are given the opportunity to gain 500 clinical hours of hands-on experience. The Intermediate Care in Sport Level 2 RFU qualification is also built into the curriculum.

    Students will experience the practical side of exercise rehabilitation from the very beginning of the course in our Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation clinic, always underpinned by the scientific principles of therapeutic interventions and developments in the field of sports therapy and rehabilitation. In the third year students undertake the majority of their placement in this modern teaching clinic under the supervision of qualified staff. This includes opportunities to learn how to use latest technologies, e.g. diagnostic ultrasound, an innovative anti-gravity treadmill, RS footscan, laser therapy, interferential therapy for clinical assessment and rehabilitation.

    As a student of our BSc (Hons) Rehabilitation in Sport and Exercise programme, you will also 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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All modules are compulsory.

1st Year
  • Engaging with learning: Personal and professional development
  • Introduction to sport, exercise and health psychology
  • Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise sciences
  • Functional anatomy for sport therapy and rehabilitation
  • Soft tissue theory
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
2nd Year
  • Research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences
  • Work based learning
  • Injury treatment modalities
  • Principles of exercise, coaching and rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy of the spine
  • Pathology and clinical reasoning
3rd Year
  • Honours project
  • Injury biomechanics
  • Strength training, conditioning and rehabilitation
  • Diagnostic, rehabilitation and injury management
  • Sport therapy - clinical experience
  • RFU Immediate in Care Sport Course

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

We are renowned for producing excellent vocationally focused graduates. This course prepares students to work as exercise professionals in preventative and rehabilitative treatment for the National Health Service (NHS). It equips them for careers as clinical demonstrators, as performance specialists with professional sports clubs and governing bodies and as rehabilitation specialists both the private and public sectors, working in sports clubs and sports injury clinics. Our students are also well prepared for a number of roles with the Armed Forces.

Also following this course students are eligible for further study. Students could progress to an MSc such as our own MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology, a PhD or train as a teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

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Course Leader

This course is lead by Sarah Catlow. She has extensive practical background in sport injury management and injury prevention and leads the course with passion and enthusiasm.

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    This course is accredited by The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRAT) and The Federation of Holistic Therapists.

    Federation of Holistic Therapists Accreditation