BSc (Hons) Sports TherapyC631

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time and part-time options available
  • 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), our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree 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 500 clinical hours of hands-on experience.

    Students will experience the practical side of sports therapy from the very beginning of the course with hands-on training in our Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Clinic with supervision by qualified staff. These practical sessions are always underpinned by the scientific principles of therapeutic interventions and developments. In the clinic students will learn how to use the latest technologies, e.g. diagnostic ultrasound, an innovative anti-gravity treadmill, RS footscan, laser therapy, interferential therapy etc, for clinical assessment and rehabilitation. 

    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
  • 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


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 a masters degree, a PhD or train as a teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).



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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 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.


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    Placement learning

    A team of Sports Therapy students travelled to Portsmouth to run a pop-up clinic within the athlete’s village at the Field Gun Championship, a competition in which military teams compete in a time trial to assemble and transport a field gun.

    The students gained experience in acute injury management, pre and post massage and Kinesiology taping. Sub Lt Emily Gunning, the Field Gun Officer for HMNB Devonport said of the team: “Their knowledge throughout the training season has been a massive boost to the team. I have to comment on their professionalism, which they excelled in.  They conducted themselves in a fantastic manor and adopted the military ethos. Not only did they support us at the Championships, but they supported other crews that competed, making them integral to the event and I thank them greatly for their willingness! I have received many positive comments regarding their skills and help provided."

    Heli Radcliffe, a first year student explained how valuable the placement was: “As Marjon students, we pride ourselves on being a tight knit community with family values, and this placement opportunity really captured the spirit of Marjon. Not only did we live, eat and drink together for a week but we also learnt a lot from each other."

    Based on the success of this year’s placement next year students will be providing the same support to more teams with the view to incorporating pre-screening and pre-hab.

    This course is accredited by The Sports Therapy Organisation and The Federation of Holistic Therapists.


     BASRAT Accreditation UK Sports Therapy Org Accreditation Federation of Holistic Therapists Accreditation