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Undergraduate Course

Sports and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)

Explore the physical, social and psychological impact of injury in sport. Gain the knowledge and skills to improve lives through sport therapy.

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Through this degree you will develop as a responsible, skilled practitioner, who puts health and wellbeing first. Our approach to sport prioritises the health of an athlete over their performance. This informs how we teach, what we research and how we practise sport.

91% of Sport and Exercise Therapy students thought that their course was intellectually stimulating. (National Student Survey 2020)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – C6C3
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover why York St John is The One

Course overview

Through a combination of academic study and practical investigation you will learn to prevent, treat and rehabilitate soft tissue injuries. You will also build the ethical and social awareness needed to work in this field. Together we will consider how to decide when an athlete is ready to return to play after an injury - an issue which is hotly debated by players, coaches, medical professionals and the media. We approach sports therapy and injury rehabilitation from various perspectives, as you learn to manage and prevent injury at all levels of sport.

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. You will have the chance to work with a variety of people throughout your degree, including those using exercise rehabilitation, individuals living with dementia or cardiovascular problems, and professional sports people.

We work with an extensive network of sports clubs and organisations, giving you the opportunity to gain work experience and carry out research in sport settings. These community partners also contribute to your learning, with a guest lecture or case study from an industry professional on every module.

This course can be studied as a 3 year BSc (Hons) or as a 4 year MSci. If you choose the 4 year option you will graduate with a Masters level qualification. You can move from between these 2 options once you are enrolled.

Course structure

Year 1

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

In your first year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 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 we will introduce you to you to the key concepts across the 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 become 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 basic 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 studying full time, you will take:

  • 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, allowing you to progress beyond the stage of 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 the teaching of sport and exercise therapy skills. Well developed sport and exercise therapy skills underpin how a sport and exercise 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 proficiency 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 your proposed research 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 the teaching of sports injury prevention, and will focus on how to prevent 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 studying full time, you will take:

  • 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 that can be used 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 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, requiring greater evaluation and reasoning in both sports field, reconditioning and 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, education and learn about professional practice issues. You will also develop informed clinical reasoning skills, drawing from previous knowledge, experience and contemporary literature.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

A typical week will consist of:

  • 3 lectures
  • Smaller classes to further investigate the theory you learn in lectures (for example seminars and practical workshops)
  • Supported open learning (for example journal club and supervised laboratory and practical activities)
  • Sports scholarship sessions which focus on your academic skills and career development.

You will also have regular individual tutorial sessions with your academic tutors to support your learning.

Alongside these timetabled sessions you will carry out your own independent study. This often involves laboratory or field-based practical work, data collection and presentations.

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

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.

The types of assessment we use become more varied as you progress through the course, such as practical assessments, reports and presentations.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Sports and Exercise Therapy

You will graduate with the knowledge and practical experience to help people prevent or recover from sport injury. The skills you develop on this course will also benefit you in a range of other careers in sport and health. This includes 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. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

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 EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 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/EU, 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 and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

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. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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