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Undergraduate Course

Sports and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)/MSci

Develop the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be an effective Sports Therapist. Learn to reduce the risk of injury, assess and treat injury, rehabilitate and recondition, and return athletes to sport.

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On this degree you will develop the knowledge, understanding, and professional and practical skills to be a competent and confident Sports Therapist that can work effectively in different settings. You will also develop as an evidence-informed, problem solver and decision maker who adapt to the demands of contemporary practice. The course fosters self awareness and curiosity as a basis for ongoing professional development.

85% of Sport and Exercise Therapy students felt that their lecturers were good at explaining things. (National Student Survey 2021)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – C6C3 | MSci C6C4
  • Duration – 3 years full time | 6 years part time | MSci 4 years full time | 8 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £13,000 per year full time

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Course overview

Sports and exercise therapy is an aspect of healthcare that applies sport science and medical principles to prevent injury and rehabilitate athletes back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability level.

This degree has been designed with the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) and external partners to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work in sport and exercise injury settings. When you graduate you will be eligible to apply for membership of the SST and practise under the title of Graduate Sports Therapist. As a Graduate Sports Therapist you will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  • Optimise performance and preparation and prevent injury
  • Provide immediate care of injuries and illness
  • Assess, treat, rehabilitate, and refer when necessary
  • Provide soft tissue interventions to non-injured and injured tissue
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate rehabilitation, reconditioning and return to sport programmes

By training in sport therapy you will learn to help athletes perform better, recover faster and train more effectively. We are committed to making sure everyone has opportunities to benefit from sport, regardless of background, age or ability. Through this course you will develop into a competent and confident sports therapist who:

  • Maintains high standards of performance
  • Is person-centred
  • Solves injury problems using an evidence-informed and interdisciplinary approach
  • Makes well-informed clinical decisions
  • Can work effectively with other practitioners as part of a multidisciplinary team

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you study each semester will depend on whether you are a full time or part time student. 

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study: 

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about key concepts across cognitive, affective, and psychomotor areas of learning in sport, exercise, and physical education. In developing an understanding of these areas, you will start your journey to becoming a reflective, value-led practitioner.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about the importance of human physiological systems for health, exercise and sport. You will gain the necessary skills to perform a range of physiological measures that can be used to evaluate an individual’s health status. You will learn how to interpret and communicate scientific information and use contemporary research to investigate and solve problems.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to basic methodological approaches, theories, and concepts that are used to study the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours of participants in sport and exercise. You will learn how to understand and explain the psychology of sport and exercise.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will provide you with a firm grounding in research skills. You will learn basic analytical techniques and the fundamental concepts and principles that are key to research methods in the field of sport.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to the fundamental mechanics that underpin all aspects of human movement for performance and health. You will take a multidisciplinary approach, which will provide a vital foundation for the theoretical perspectives covered across the course. We will introduce you to esse tial concepts of research, scientific enquiry and academia.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

As a future practitioner it is important for you to understand the increasingly complex and diverse nature of modern society. This module will introduce you to a range of social issues in sport from a sociological perspective. You will be encouraged to develop a more critical understanding of long term power struggles surrounding issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in sport.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will advance your skills in both research methods and research design. This will enable you to move beyond being an informed consumer, to becoming an informed critical thinker. You will learn how to produce quality research using a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs commonly employed in sport research.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will take a biopsychosocial approach to sport and exercise therapy skills. These skills determine how a therapist thinks, acts, and evaluates their interactions with injured athletes. You will explore key sports injury concepts, assessment, reasoning, and treatment skills across clinic and sports field based environments. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will examine the mechanical principles that limit, control and explain human movement. You will learn how to make links between practical data collection and analysis of subject specific movements, while also developing your analytical skills.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your research, writing and design skills. You will work with an academic supervisor to identify a research question and plan a piece of empirical research to answer that question. You will have the opportunity to share this at a student research conference and receive formative feedback from peers, staff and invited guests. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The aim of this module is help you to develop your passion for critical inquiry, as well as your confidence in challenging social injustices. You will examine a broad range of ethical dilemmas, theories and interventions in the field of sport.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will take a biopsychosocial approach to sports injury prevention, with a focus on preventing injuries and illness in sport and exercise. You will apply both theory and practical skills in delivering preventative strategies.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 1 compulsory Research Paper (Dissertation) module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 2

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will investigate a topic of your choosing, taking into consideration the ethical issues associated with research. With support from your tutor, you will analyse data, evaluate your findings and produce a final research report.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will further your understanding of applied practice in sport and exercise psychology. You will gain the practical and psychological skills training needed to improve performance, increase participation, and support wellbeing in sport and exercise contexts. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of practitioners in sport and exercise psychology, and consider the psychological skills training that is required.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module builds on your understanding and skills developed in the earlier module, Sport and Exercise Therapy Skills. You will concentrate on more complex sports injury problems. These will require greater evaluation and reasoning whether in sports field, reconditioning, or clinic based settings. You will increase your knowledge and practical skills in the assessment and treatment of athletes with complex pathologies. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will consolidate and develop your understanding of social justice by examining ethical issues in sport. You will explore a broad range of ethical dilemmas, theories and interventions in the field of sport. This will provide you with the skills to inform and shape decisions relating to performance, practice and governance.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will take a biopsychosocial approach to reconditioning from injury and returning to sport. You will gain theoretical and practical skills in rehabilitation, as well as learning about professional practice issues. You will also develop informed clinical reasoning skills, drawing from previous knowledge, experience and contemporary literature. 

Year 4

This only applies are taking the extended MSci option.

In your fourth year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 4 compulsory modules across semesters 1 and 2

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will engage with advanced research methodologies. You will propose a viable and ethically sound project that answers a research question at the forefront of sport, exercise, or physical education. Once the project is complete, you will gain experience of sharing your findings using the typical methods used in research. You will draw from previous modules on the course, especially those that focus upon research design and analysis. A high level of independence and evaluative skill is needed on this module.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module is your opportunity to put what you have learnt on the course into practice with one of our community partners. You will work in an area that directly aligns with your course. You will gain invaluable practical experience that prepares you for a career in sport, exercise, or physical education.

This module has 3 phases:

  • A preparatory phase focused on preparing for the placement
  • A placement phase, where you will experience working in a sport, exercise, or physical education context
  • A debrief phase after the placement, focused on reflection and formative activities.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will gain the skills required to work with other practitioners in order to solve complex problems. By working on problems with others, you will be challenged and encouraged to think about old problems in new ways and extend your knowledge outside of your own areas of expertise. You will gain an interdisciplinary experience that you will not have experienced at previous levels of study.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will be introduced to current issues and debates in sport, exercise and physical education. We will provide you with the critical tools to help guide you towards new insight. You will investigate research methodologies, statistical techniques, and consider broader sociocultural issues that shape what is studied in sport, exercise, and physical education, and how it is studied.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

As a student on this course you will encounter a range of teaching and learning experiences, including face to face, online, self-directed, and experiential opportunities. As you progress through the course you will be increasingly expected to make significant contributions to your own learning and become more independent and self-directed.

A typical week will consist of:

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

You will be continually assessed throughout the course to evaluate your learning. You will encounter a variety of assessment types including:

  • Written reports and essays
  • Practical exams
  • Oral presentations
  • E-portfolios
  • Online exams
  • Lab based reports

As you develop and learn more the assessments will change in nature, becoming more diverse and challenging over the course of your degree.

Attendance and engagement are key to your overall experience. The assessments we use are designed to develop skills which will be applicable to a career in sport. This includes a lot of applied practical work, giving you the hands on experience which will be essential to your future career.

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module. This will help you to improve your work for your graded assessments. You will also benefit from self evaluation and peer assessment with your classmates.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Sports and Exercise Therapy

You will graduate from this course with the knowledge and practical experience to help people prevent or recover from sport injury. The skills you develop will also benefit you in a range of other careers in sport and health. These include critical thinking, communication, working with clients and fieldwork.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Sport therapy
  • Sport massage
  • Physiotherapy (after further study)
  • Sport management
  • Outdoor education
  • Teaching

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

 

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.

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International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This course is available with foundation year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year or you can proceed onto one of our integrated masters courses.

Sport foundation year

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK, or internationally (outside the UK). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry onto this course is:

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time

These prices apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page:

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £13,000 per year full time

International 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this course is £13,000 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree:

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk.

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