This leading, externally accredited BSc (Hons) degree programme in Sports Therapy is for motivated students with a strong interest in this fast-growing profession. The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences provides a first-rate experience for its students in an innovative environment, with enthusiastic and supportive staff. You are taught by leading researchers and practitioners in their field and learn to diagnose, treat and prevent sporting injuries. In addition to honing your clinical skills, you learn how to exercise, train and rehabilitate people, ranging from young competitors to ageing adults, including elite athletes and those with chronic disease. Graduates from this degree may be eligible for voluntary registration with the Health Professions Council in the future.
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences recently opened sports injury clinics and laboratories in an £11 million development at Medway Park. This centre of excellence houses some of the latest therapy equipment, giving you the opportunity to learn the latest techniques and interventions from our experts. You can put what you have learnt into practice by working under supervision in these sports injury clinics. In addition, the Medway campus has facilities specifically designed and equipped for sports therapy teaching, such as a new rehabilitation gym, teaching clinic and exercise testing laboratories. The School encourages a range of teaching methods, combining lectures and seminars with more innovative approaches, such as practicals, clinics and problem-based learning scenarios.
Teaching and Assesment
The programme involves taking part in practical therapy sessions, clinical practice, designing training, small group seminars and private study. You are taught by a combination of lectures, practical sessions and seminars each week. You also spend additional time developing your clinical skills and experience through placements and in the student clinic.
The methods of assessment vary and predominately involve coursework, observed assessment, practical tests and clinical assessments. Some modules also feature written examinations.
The programme aims to:
- enable students to implement prevention strategies, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for injured athletes and exercisers
- provide students with a multi-disciplinary education and an insight into being part of a multi-disciplinary team in sporting environments
- present a valuable educational experience with the opportunity to learn through the integration of theory and practice
- ensure that our graduating sports therapists have developed the level of knowledge and professional competencies to meet professional regulatory requirements.
Knowledge and understanding You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- anatomy, nutrition and physiological principles related to sports and exercise
- current developments in the practice and theory of sports therapy
- the theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research
- concepts of sport and exercise therapy relevant to becoming an autonomous sports therapist
- the underpinning theory of prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements.
The 2014 tuition fees have not yet been set. As a guide only the 2013 tuition fees are:
- UK/EU: £9,000 full-time, £4,500 part-time
- International (non-lab, standard): £11,625 full-time, £5825 part-time
- International (lab-based, standard): £13,875 full-time, £6,950 part-time
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