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BSC (HONS) SPORTS THERAPY

 

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Institution C58

UCAS CB69

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

 

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 112 - 120

A Levels: BBC - BCC (including a science - PE accepted at grade C or above)

BTEC: DDM - DMM (including 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/4 or better

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

Rosie
"When I was researching possible universities the University of Chichester by far stood out. Areas such as the on-site clinic, where we work with real clients, really helped me make my decision. I thought it was a brilliant setup. The lecturers are amazing; they really know their stuff and are really helpful. I love the practical sessions as you get hands on, putting what you’ve learnt from your lectures to practice. I would highly recommend the course to anyone considering it."

Course content

This is an established course that has been running since 2000 and has a track record of producing therapists with excellent clinical skills, sound clinical reasoning and a depth of knowledge that provides you 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.

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.

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

In your second year if you reach a certain attainment level you can choose to transfer onto the integrated masters (MSci Sports Therapy).

In your third year you will work with injured students and staff in the University for 60 hours in your third year and a further 140 hours outside of University in a professional sports club or organisation. You will have the option to look after a team, but it is not compulsory.

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

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. 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. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

A sports injury clinic and rehabilitation space 

Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins
 

Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

 

 

Where this can take you

Graduate view

"Deciding to study at the University of Chichester was the start of the most incredible experience. I met the most amazing classmates and best lecturers I could ask for. I threw myself into absolutely every opportunity I could and enjoyed every bit of it." 

 Samantha 

 

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.

 

Our postgraduate courses:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester

  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)*
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS route)
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary Physical Education

*Subject to approval​

Work placements

Through our work placements which are in a professional sports club or organisation, you will develop skills which allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport setting.

Our third year students run our Sports Injury Teaching Clinic for four hours a week during semester time. They 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.’

‘Great real life experiences through placement.’

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however our staff can help with this.

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.

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One

Human Anatomy

Main features of bones of the upper and lower extremity; articulated vertebral column and thoracic cage; typical cervical (including axis and atlas) thoracic and lumbar vertebra; a typical rib; pelvis; articulated skull.

Classification of joints.

Gross and main ligamentous attachments of the joints of the upper and lower extremity, vertebral column, thorax, sacro0iliac, pubic symphysis and temporomandibular joint.

Movements of joints and the muscles producing that movement of the upper and lower extremity, vertebral column, thorax in respiration and temporomandibular joint.

The form of skeletal muscles, tendons aponeuroses, fascia, sheaths and retinaculae for the upper and low extremity, trunk, head and neck.

Main attachments of the muscles of the upper and lower extremity, diaphragm and intercostals, their actions, functions and nerve supply.

Formation of the brachial plexus, lumbar plexus, sacral plexus, cervical plexus.

Formation and course and distribution of the axillary, radio, medial, ulnar, musculo cutaneous, femoral, obturator, sciatic, tibial, common peroneal, phrenic and typical thoracic spinal nerves.

Sensory supply of the peripheral nerves and upper and lower extremity.

Myotomes and dermatomes of the upper and lower extremity; the trunk.

General arterial/venous supply and pulses of the upper and lower extremity.

Course and drainage of the superficial veins fo the arm and leg.

Position of the lymph nodes in the axilla, femoral triangle, popliteal fossa and their areas of drainage.

Acute Injury and Trauma

This module aims to introduce students to the role of the Sports Therapist in the identification and management of acute sporting injury. It will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to detect identify and manage acute sporting injury from serious life threatening injury, to common soft tissue sporting injury. It will include on field examination and making return to play decisions and the student will gain an accredited first-aid qualification.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

(Module information to come) 

Introduction to Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

(Module information to come)

Pathophysiology for Sports Therapists

This module aims to enhance students’ knowledge of the structure and function of the body’s cells and tissues. The integration of the study of the normal physiology of body tissues with pathological conditions that may commonly affect them is the main theme running through this module. The module examines the relevance of these pathologies and the body’s response to them in our clinical practice.

Sports Injury Management 1

This module aims to introduce students to the role of the Sports Therapist in the clinical assessment and treatment of injury. It provides a basic foundation on which to build further knowledge, skill and expertise. The module will cover an introduction to examination and assessment of the lower limb and provide an introduction to the planning and delivery of safe and effective treatments thereof. The student will learn and develop skills in clinical assessment, sports taping and basic exercise therapy.

Soft Tissue Massage and Manipulation Techniques

The module will introduce skills and techniques of soft tissue massage and manipulation, general use of soft tissue massage, physiological and therapeutic effects and aims through the phases of tissue healing, practical applications and treatment protocols for general and specific somatic conditions, professional standards and conduct in the performance of soft tissue massage, contraindications and the consultation process. Injury prevention and gym based exercise.

Lectures will be used to introduce the key themes of the module, and practical sessions will provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in the delivery of soft tissue massage and manipulation, and gym based exercise. A particular emphasis will be placed on student-directed activities and in-class discussion. The practical sessions are designed to be participative with an emphasis upon students discussing and working through treatment programmes to a range of clinical and functional scenarios as a means of developing further knowledge and understanding of the subject area. The use of evidence and research to justify decision-making in professional practice underpins all learning strategies within this module.

Research Methods for Sports Therapy

The module will explore the positivist and interpretivist philosophies that underpin research paradigms. Students will explore the research process and design a small scale qualitative study and a group experimental study. They will gain experience in data collection and in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Qualitative analysis will include thematic content analysis. Quantitative data analyses will include exploratory data analysis and two group tests of difference. The module will also examine the concepts of reliability and validity of quantitative research and trustworthiness of qualitative research.

The module is applied in its focus, so will be delivered through practical work, including computer analysis of data, discussion and small-scale group research projects.

Year Two

Rehabilitation: Return to Function

The module will cover principles of training, exercise strategies for improving flexibility, muscular strength, endurance and power, aerobic endurance and anaerobic power, stages of rehabilitation and the planning and implementing of rehabilitation programmes, re-establishing and progressing sensori -motor control, re-training advanced motor skills, and strategies for injury prevention.

Lectures will be used to introduce the key themes of the module, and practical sessions will provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in the delivery of injury rehabilitation and prevention. A particular emphasis will be placed on student-directed activities and in-class discussion. The practical sessions are designed to be participative with an emphasis upon students discussing and working through rehabilitation programmes to a range of clinical and functional scenarios as a means of developing further knowledge and understanding of the subject area. The use of evidence and research to justify decision-making in professional practice underpins all learning strategies within this module.

underpins all learning strategies within this module.

Sports Injury Management 2

This module aims to build upon the knowledge and techniques developed in Sports Injury Management 1 and provide the student with the knowledge, understanding and ability to provide the safe and effective assessment and management of soft tissue and sport related injuries, whether sustained during training or competition. The module also aims to enable the student to understand the gross structure and function of the upper body and the typical pathological responses of the body. It is also aimed to equip the students with signs and symptoms of clinical pathology and understand the mechanisms of disease aetiology.

Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy to the Spine

This module will develop a critical awareness of manual therapy and mobilisation techniques to the vertebral joints of the body. Topics covered will include:

1. Common conditions/ injuries of the spine, including aetiology, appropriate clinical features and their management.

2. Clinical reasoning skills to develop a rational approach to the selection of manual techniques. Student should consider mechanism of symptoms, source symptoms, contributing factors, contraindications/ precautions, management strategies, prognosis, planning.

3. Principles of examination and assessment - History and Physical Examination

4. Clinical anatomy, examination and assessment, manual therapy techniques and their applications to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; sacroiliac joints.

5. Therapeutic effects, indications, contraindications and precautions of manual therapy during injury rehabilitation to the vertebral region.

6. Skills and techniques of soft tissue manipulation and remedial massage to the trunk.

A weekly lecture programme will introduce the key themes of the module. The module will be built around weekly practical workshops, where students will have the opportunity to gain ‘hands-on’ experience. Workshops will include case studies whereby students will be required to develop answers/ responses to a range of clinical scenarios. A particular emphasis will be placed on student-directed activities and in-class discussion. The practical workshops are designed to be participative with an emphasis upon students discussing and working through case scenarios as a means of developing further knowledge and comprehension of the subject area. Students will attempt to reason through each clinical scenario themselves and then openly reflect on and critique the reasoning expressed. Students will be expected to use suitable reference sources to extend their comprehension of the issues covered. The use of evidence and research to justify decision-making in professional practice underpins all learning strategies within this module.

Clinical Exercise Physiology

This module reviews literature examining clinical exercise physiology. Health issues such as coronary heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, COPD, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and heart failure will be examined with regards to pathophysiology and the responses to physical activity. Fitness assessment will be examined with regards to those who are:- clinically limited, sedentary, moderately fit and recreationally active. Issues associated with health screening and lifestyle management, including exercise guidelines, will be discussed with application to specific disease states.

Rehabilitation: Return to Competition

(Module information to come)

Clinical Biomechanics

(Module information to come) 

Researching Sport and Exercise

This module will build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in Scientific Enquiry into Sport and Exercise (SPL130) and students will further develop skills in research methods and statistical analysis, with a broad focus on parametric procedures of analysis of variance and linear regression. These two methods are commonly used procedures in the sports sciences, and understanding of these will also provide a solid foundation for understanding more advanced statistical procedures that students may learn in their future work (e.g. IP or postgraduate study). The module will provide students with practical skills of conducting research in the sport and exercise environment and students will further their research skills, incl. ethical considerations, research design and methodology, analysis and write-up.

Year Three

Research Project

Students are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach of which the first stage is to identify a problem in sport, exercise or sports therapy which is of interest and relevance to their degree studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the problem is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise. The investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within the student’s chosen degree program. In all cases, tutors will advise on the capability of the student to complete the complexity of the study in the time available and with the necessary resources. Students are introduced to the preparation of a research project during the Researching Sport & Exercise module at level 5. Students can work independently on a project of their own design or in a group on a pre-determined project, in consultation with and with support from a tutor, reading, collecting data and performing analyses. Students will submit an ethics form for a pass/fail grade as part of the approval process for the project. The project cannot begin until the ethical approval process is complete. Students are allowed to request feedback on one draft of each section of the research report with the exception of the discussion.

Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy

This module will develop a critical awareness of manual therapy and mobilisation techniques to the peripheral joints of the body. It builds on previous modules, chiefly Neuruomusculoskeletal Manual Therapy to the Spine. Topics covered will include: • Research findings and current trends in mobilisations and manual therapy. • Principles of examination and assessment – Appropriate and Inappropriate signs and symptoms. • Knowledge of principles underpinning mobilisation techniques. • The Hip Joint – Anatomy (gross and functional), Examination and Assessment, Manual therapy techniques and their applications. • The Knee Complex - Anatomy (gross and functional), Examination and Assessment, Manual therapy techniques and their applications. • The Ankle Complex - Anatomy (gross and functional), Examination and Assessment, Manual therapy techniques and their applications. • The Shoulder Complex - Anatomy (gross and functional), Examination and Assessment, Manual therapy techniques and their applications. • The Elbow Complex - Anatomy (gross and functional), Examination and Assessment, Manual therapy techniques and their applications. • The Wrist and Hand - Anatomy (gross and functional), Examination and Assessment, Manual therapy techniques and their applications. • Mobilisations with movements (MWMs) – Principles, concepts and applications. • Differential diagnosis in the peripheral joints in the rehabilitation and remedial therapy environment. • Clinical reasoning skills by way of specific case studies to develop a rational approach to the selection of mobilisation techniques during sport injury rehabilitation. • Application of Combined Movement Theory to examination and assessment, and management of the injured athlete.

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

The module will examine the social and psychological factors thought to underlie susceptibility to injury, drawing from theory and research. It will then examine the theory and research on athlete response to injury, and progress to consider key psychological factors which impact on the athlete’s progress through rehabilitation. The module will take a broad approach to injury focusing on both acute and chronic injury, as well as trauma and disability. It will take an applied perspective in focusing on various techniques and strategies that could be used to promote psychological recovery from injury. Typically, lectures will introduce the theoretical underpinning of an area and examine the associated research evidence. Seminars or workshops will follow where students will engage in small group discussion on specific topics, consider case examples, or develop their research and/or applied skills.

Therapeutic and Clinical Electrotherapy

Physical principles, dangers, effects and safety aspects of electrical equipment Ethics of electrotherapy

Therapeutic ultrasound - Physics, physical effects, physiological effects, therapeutic effects, dangers and contraindications plus the clinical and practical applications Interferential Therapy - Physics, physical effects, physiological effects, therapeutic effects, dangers and contraindications plus the clinical and practical applications Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation - Physics, physical effects, physiological effects, therapeutic effects, dangers and contraindications plus the clinical and practical applications Laser Therapy - Physics, physical effects, physiological effects, therapeutic effects, dangers and contraindications plus the clinical and practical applications

A weekly lecture introduces the key themes of the weekly topic. It is supported by a weekly practical that investigates the practical application of the modality. The students are encouraged to undertake self-assessment questions per modality. A problem solving approach is incorporated into the practical sessions in order to encourage clinical reasoning with relevance to the application of the modality.

Advanced Sports Injury Management

The module will focus on integrating skills to totally manage specific injuries presented by regions; upper quadrant, lumbo-pelvic region, hip and groin and lower quadrant. Current research will be examined and critiqued on assessment approaches, and therapeutic strategies and techniques involved in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal function and their efficacy will be evaluated. It will incorporate current information from related fields including applied functional anatomy and biomechanics. Up to date advanced approaches on sports trauma management will be addressed; airway management, sports related head injury management, and on field spinal management.

Lectures will be used to introduce the principle concepts and theories where upon students will be set problem solving activities. Practical sessions relevant to elements of the module and level attained will be used to reinforce topics and aid the advancement of clinical reasoning skills by way of specific case studies to develop a rational approach to management. The use of evidence and research to justify decision-making in professional practice will underpin all learning strategies within this module.

Clinical Placement (200 hours)

Students are expected to undertake a placement or placements, which in total would constitute a minimum of 200 hours experience that enables them to develop, apply and reflect on their clinical practice across the core areas of sports therapy practice. The indicative content will ultimately vary upon the nature of the clinical placement. The student will be expected to take responsibility for a patient caseload; examining, assessing, treating and managing athletes under the supervision of a specialist clinical mentor. The roles and responsibilities undertaken will be commensurate with those of the working professional(s) supporting and mentoring them. This will permit a valuable learning experience with the student fully integrated into the university clinic and respective club/ organisation. Furthermore, experiences will facilitate the development of both discipline-specific and transferable skills.

Nutrition for Sports Performance, Exercise and Health

(Module information to come)

International English Studies

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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.

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