Sport & Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)

Gain up-to-date knowledge of the methods used for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries enabling you to progress onto careers including sports therapy and sports massage therapy or onto further qualifications providing a pathway into careers in radiology and physiotherapy.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes – see our study abroad pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

A distinctive feature of all the Sport Degrees at York St John University is that they are underpinned by our philosophy (our ‘school of thought’) which is value led and which stresses the importance of social justice. Therefore, on our Sport & Exercise Therapy Degree you will develop a rounded perspective on how to enable athletes to stay healthy both physically and mentally.

Colleagues who teach on the Sport & Exercise Therapy Degree have backgrounds in both professional practice and research. Our research in this area includes work on the psychological and social impact of injury. You will have the opportunity to discuss this and other research with our Academic Team to ensure that you learn material at the cutting-edge of sport and exercise therapy.

The School of Sport has an extensive and broad network of sports clubs and organisations, enabling students to go on placements, volunteer and conduct research in the real world of sport.

Course Structure

The course is structured to enable you to gain up-to-date knowledge of the methods used for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries.  You will study both the physiology and psychology of injury and develop an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice. Throughout the Degree you will have the opportunity to conduct research in sport and exercise therapy and to gain experience working with athletes.

An important component of this degree is learning about when an athlete is ready to ‘return to play’ after an injury or concussion.  This is a topic that is attracting more attention from players, coaches, medics and the media and one which you will have the opportunity to discuss with your tutors.

You will develop academic and research skills, subject knowledge, professional skills and evidence-based practical competency. Opportunities for group work will contribute to communication and personal development and will enhance students’ ethical and social awareness. As a result our graduates are capable of working within multi-disciplinary teams in professional environments.
Our research-informed curriculum employs innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment which help ensure the programmes provide an excellent student experience. 

You will be able to use your knowledge and skills in practical and vocational settings, enabling reflection and development through engagement with authentic activities. The programme itself reflects the technology-rich environment of modern sport making extensive use of the virtual learning environment, including online lectures, webinars, electronic feedback and audio/video feedback alongside regular use of high-specification specialist equipment used in the monitoring and evaluation of athletes. 

Level 1

Modules include:

  • Research, Practice, and Citizenship 
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Sport
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Fundamental Sociological Issues in Sport, Culture and Society

All modules are 20 credits

Level 2

Modules include:

  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Therapy Skills
  • Applied Research Methods and Design
  • Social Justice in Sport: Ethical Perspectives
  • Sports Injury Prevention

All modules are 20 credits

Level 3

Modules include:

  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Therapy Skills
  • Social Justice in Sport: Sociological Perspectives
  • Sports Injury Reconditioning and Return to Sport

All modules are 20 credits

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Teaching & Assessment


In designing this Degree, we were aware from the outset that how you will learn and be assessed is very important to you.

Historically the Sports Science area has been University leading in numerous teaching, learning and assessment initiatives with insightful employment of authentic practical experiences alongside digitally enhanced teaching and learning, giving you the opportunity to develop meaningful practical and professional competencies within the discipline area.

The curriculum design is focussed upon developing the type of practitioners capable of future employment within multi-disciplinary sport environments.


On the SET Degree you will encounter a range of learning and teaching experiences including lectures, laboratories, practical work, seminars and digitally enabled learning activities. As you progress you will be increasingly expected to make significant contributions to your own learning. This includes completing self-directed study which often involves independent laboratory or field based practical work, data collection and presentation.


The learning and assessment strategies employed across sport are engaging, student-centred and learning orientated. They include applied practical work within modules and assessments which develop career orientated skills, and academic and professional competencies. The School uses video feedback, flipped classrooms, blended delivery approaches and audio feedback on written work and examinations.

Assessment & Feedback

To improve the quality of your learning experiences the programme will use formative assessment, i.e. ‘practice activities’ that do not count toward degree classification, to provide feedback. We know that some students do not always have the skills they need to show what they have learned in a formal assessment and that many students get anxious about exams and hand in dates. Therefore, we have taken care to streamline both the number of assessments and the criteria used to mark them. In addition we will provide you with the opportunity to benefit from self-evaluation and peer assessment.

As you develop and learn more the assessments will change in nature, becoming more diverse and challenging over the course of the programme. Level 1, for example, utilises continuous assessment allowing in semester review and evaluation of performance as well as presenting the opportunity to employ interventions aimed at improving success within the semester. Levels 2 and 3 present additional opportunities to demonstrate skills of analysis, synthesis, critical review, and problem solving through a variety of assessment approaches that seek to embed research design, engagement and interpretation into the curriculum. For example, conducting athlete assessments leading to the demonstration of clinically-reasoned and informed treatments using case study information. At levels 2 and 3 you will be required to evidence and reflect on the work related competencies you have developed on each Sport & Exercise Therapy module in order to align yourself with current professional standards of practice.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Professional sports experience and industry recognised qualifications may be considered in lieu of some of the academic admissions requirements.

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Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

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

Accommodation and living costs

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Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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