BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

This is an established course that has a track record of producing therapists with excellent clinical skills, sound clinical reasoning, and a depth of knowledge that provides our students with the ability to work autonomously, and in a variety of settings.

The aim of the programme is to broaden and deepen your understanding of sports therapy through the academic study of sports medicine and sports science.

Student view

Luke Adams
Sports Therapy
The tutors have exceptional knowledge of the course and they are really supportive and helpful. They all have extensive real life experience which provides us with real teaching-we can contextualise and apply it to our learning.

Course content

As a sports therapist you are an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team that is necessary to provide the best care, injury management and rehabilitation for both sporting and non-sporting participants, regardless of age and ability.

It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and, where applicable, work. 

You will gain competencies in:

  • First aid to injuries in a recreational, training and competitive environment
  • Examination and assessment of sports injuries (spinal and peripheral joints) and where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention
  • Planning and implementing appropriate treatment regimes for the injured athlete
  • Soft tissue manipulation and sports massage pre and post-activity
  • The rehabilitation of the patient/athlete back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness
  • Utilising sports and exercise principles to optimise preparation and injury prevention programmes
  • Electrotherapy including modalities such as ultrasound, interferential, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and laser

The degree also contains the study of sports science, essential elements for a practitioner prescribing exercise.

These include knowledge of human anatomy, cellular and exercise physiology, sports psychology, sports biomechanics and sports nutrition.

Modules are supported by the latest research findings.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

Facilities

  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Our students have gone on to work or training in a variety industries including:

  • Sports therapist for a sports club or team
  • Private practice
  • Fitness consultant
  • Personal training
  • Health promotion
  • Teaching

Have you thought about postgraduate study? We offer postgraduate research programmes (MPhil/PhD) across the field of sport disciplines. Supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a range of expertise. Our research interests stem from applied experience to deliver ‘real world’ meaningful results.

Work placements

Placements opportunities are available on most programmes within the Chichester Institute of Sport which provide you with a strong vocational focus.

Through our work placements you will develop skills which allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport setting.

Our third year students are heavily involved with our very own Sports Injury Teaching Clinic. The popular teaching clinic that is run by the third year sports therapy students, who provide free treatment and advice for musculoskeletal injuries to all at The University of Chichester. The Sports Injury Teaching Clinic can be found in The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport.

Increase your employability – here’s what our students had to say.

 ‘The use of placements really enhanced my CV.’
‘The placement year is a good part of the course.’
‘The opportunities provided by the department through residentials and our placement year allowed me to grow and develop both personally and professionally, and allowed me to gain accurate insight into life after university.’
‘The placement year provides the opportunity to put theory into practice in the real world context. It was really beneficial to me as it allowed me to explore the other side of the world. I came back feeling more confident in myself. Having a placement year was a really valuable experience.’
‘Great real life experiences through placement.’
‘Good range of teaching placements within a variety of schools.’
‘It massively improved my ability and confidence to teach a wide range of sports through great experience in placements and lectures during my time here.’

Placements Office

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas.

Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement.

Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started.

Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Alison Davis – a.davis@chi.ac.uk or tel: 01243 816224.

Indicative modules

The degree also contains the study of sports science, essential elements for a practitioner prescribing exercise. These include knowledge of human anatomy, cellular and exercise physiology, sports psychology, sports biomechanics and sports nutrition. Modules are supported by the latest research findings. Indicative course content includes:

Year One

Semester 1

Acute Injury and Trauma

Pathophysiology for Sports Therapists

Human Anatomy

Physiology of the Exercising Human

Semester 2

Research Methods for Sports Therapy

Soft Tissue Massage and Manipulation

Sports Injury Management 1

Physiology of the Exercising Human

Year Two

Semester 1

Sports Injury Management 2

Rehabilitation and Remedial Therapy

Clinical Biomechanics

Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy to the Spine

Semester 2

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Rehabilitation and Remedial Therapy

Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy to the Spine

Researching Sport and Exercise

Year Three

Semester 1

Research Project

Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy

Nutritional Strategies for Sport Performance

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

Semester 2

Independent Project

Clinical Placement

Therapeutic and Clinical Electrotherapy

Advanced Sports Injury Management

Teaching and Assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation for learning and teaching.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

How the programme will be delivered

Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.  In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work, and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task. As you progress through your degree, you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations. Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

UCAS code: 
CB69
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 years Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 120 to 135 UCAS Tariff Points including Biology or PE A level at grade B (excludes General Studies)

BTEC: DDD (Sports Science)

Access to HE Diploma to Science: Pass with at least 12 credits worth of Biology units at Merit

GCSEs: English language, mathematics and science at grade C or better