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Sport & Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)

By studying York St John University’s Sport and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons) course, you will gain up-to-date knowledge of the methods used for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries. This will enable 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
C6C3
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes – see our study abroad pages for more information
Start date
September 2019

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.

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. 

100% of 2017 graduates from the School of Sport are now in employment or further study, with 74% of these in professional or managerial roles.

(Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2017)

Course Structure

An important component of this Sport and Exercise Therapy 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 Sport & Exercisw Therapy 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
This module sits at the juncture between research, evidence-based practice, and the commitment of the School of Sport at YSJU to a value-led approach to studying sport. The aims of the module are to introduce students to (1) a value-led approach to studying sport, (2) research and its importance in terms of providing a credible basis for advancing knowledge and improving practice, and (3) how a combination of our values and research can be used to improve the lives of people in our community.

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology
The aim of this module is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge required to understand the importance of human physiological systems for health, exercise and sport. Students will be provided with the necessary skills to correctly perform a range of physiological measures that can be used to evaluate an individual’s health status and acute physiological responses to exercise.

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
The aim of the module is to introduce students to basic methodological approaches, theories, and concepts that are used to study the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours of participants in sport and exercise. The module provides foundational knowledge required to begin to understand and explain the psychology of sport and exercise.

Introduction to Research Methods in Sport
Research is a key form of learning and this module focusses upon the development of fundamental research skills enabling students to become informed consumers who have the capacity to recognise and evaluate research evidence and make sense of the literature that contributes to the body of knowledge in sport.

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
This module provides an introduction to the fundamental aspects of mechanics that underpin all elements of human movement for performance and health.  The module adopts a multidisciplinary approach, which will provide a vital foundation for the theoretical and applied work covered across the remainder of the programme.

Fundamental Sociological Issues in Sport, Culture and Society
As future practitioners in a range of sports-related fields, it is important for all students to understand the increasingly complex and diverse nature of modern society. This module introduces students to a range of social issues in sport from a sociological perspective. Through the adoption of a sociological perspective, students will be encouraged to develop a more critical and detached understanding of long-term power-struggles surrounding issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in sport.

All modules are 20 credits

Level 2

Modules include:

Research Design and Analysis
The specific aims of the module are to: (1) introduce students to a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs commonly employed in sport research, (2) enable the critique of research through identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different designs, and (3) equip students with more advanced analytical skills to interpret and report both quantitative and qualitative data.

Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
This module will examine the mechanical principles that limit, control and explain human movement, allowing technique analysis for applied sport and exercise. An enquiry based learning approach to the module will ensure a strong link between practical data collection and analysis of subject specific movements and analytical skills. 

Sport and Exercise Therapy Skills
This module 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 evaluate their interactions with injured athletes. This module introduces students to key sports injury concepts, assessment, reasoning, and treatment skills across clinic based and sports field based environments. 

Applied Research Methods and Design
Students will work with an academic supervisor to identify a research question and plan a piece of empirical research to answer the question. Students will have the opportunity to share their proposed research at a student research conference and receive formative feedback from staff and invited guests.

Social Justice in Sport: Ethical Perspectives
The aim of this module is to produce graduates that have a passion for critical inquiry, as well as a confidence for challenging social injustices, students will examine a broad range of ethical dilemmas, theories and interventions in the field of sport. To this end, the module’s central aim is to develop students understanding of ethical thinking and practice in light of social justice issues in sport. 

Sports Injury Prevention
The content of this module is applied in nature and encourages both theoretical and practical experiential engagement in the topic. The prevention of sports injury is a core competency of professional bodies in sport and exercise therapy e.g. prevention, and education and professional practice issue. Students are expected to reflect on the sport and exercise therapy competencies developed in this module and how these have been experienced and achieved through work related learning. 

All modules are 20 credits

Level 3

Modules include:

Research Paper (40 credits)
Students develop a research topic of their choice, reflective of their personal passion interest and programme of study.  Once the area of inquiry is chosen students exhibit a detailed comprehension of the topic of interest, applying a range of research skills and demonstrating informed critical thinking through synthesis of the wider literature, analysis of data and evaluation of empirical findings. 

Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of applied biomechanics in sport and exercise, incorporating the analysis of complex technical performances in human movements. This module aims to offer a transformative learning experience that is research informed, allowing the students an opportunity to be challenged in an applied and academic manner while addressing contemporary subject-specific areas of applied sport and exercise 

Advanced Sport and Exercise Therapy Skills (20 credits)
This module will concentrate on sports injury problems that are more complex requiring greater evaluation and reasoning in sports field, reconditioning and clinic based settings. Developing a critical understanding and application of advanced assessment and treatment skills are core competencies for a sport and exercise therapist e.g. recognition and evaluation, and management, and treatment and referral. 

Social Justice in Sport: Sociological Perspectives (20 credits)
This module aims to consolidate and develop students understanding of Social Justice through the theoretical prisms of classical and contemporary social thought. The development of such critical insight is designed to enable students to become analytical thinkers, providing them with the skills to inform and shape decisions relating to sports provision through a prism that emphasises fairness and equality. 

Sports Injury Reconditioning and Return to Sport (20 credits)
This module has a critical theoretical and applied practical skills development focus, and meets a number of core competencies of a sport and exercise therapist e.g. rehabilitation and education and professional practice issues. The module will be heavily applied and uses a problem based learning (PBL) to develop informed clinical reasoning skills drawing from previous knowledge, experience and contemporary literature. 

 

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.

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Teaching & Assessment

Delivery

The School of Sport boasts fully-accredited members of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) demonstrating sustained excellence to teaching, learning and assessment, resulting in research-informed contemporary practice. This puts us at the forefront of numerous teaching, learning and assessment initiatives, which have embedded technology enhanced learning into the curriculum. As a result, you will benefit from our use of video feedback in coach development, flipped classrooms, e-polling, engaging students through tablet technology, blended delivery approaches and audio feedback on written work and examinations. 

 

Teaching & Learning

To reflect developing knowledge, ability and competence within the field of Sport & Exercise Therapy the assessment portfolio changes 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 and critical review through a variety of assessment approaches that seek to embed research design, engagement and interpretation into the curriculum.

Typically a standard student week will consist of:

  • Three lectures
  • Smaller ancillary classes to support the theory delivered in lectures (for example seminars and workshops)
  • Time-tabled supported open learning (for example journal club and supervised laboratory and practical activities)
  • Sports Scholarship sessions designed to facilitate your success as a University student and enhance your career development
  • Frequent time-tabled personal and academic tutorial sessions

All of this is underpinned by completing your own independent self-directed study, which often involves laboratory of field-based practical work, data collection and presentations.

Assessment & feedback

The teaching and assessment strategies employed across sport are engaging, student-centred and learning orientated. Examples include, 'real world' applied practical work  which develop career-orientated skills and competencies.

To improve the quality of the student learning experiences the programme will use formative assessment, i.e. regular opportunities to recieve feedback on your practical and academic development that does not count toward final degree marks. To facilitate the development of assessment literacy and reduce student confusion and anxiety, assessment modality has been streamlined alongside reducing the range of learning outcomes and assessment criteria employed.

 

Research

The School of Sport offers a vibrant research culture for students. Students will read research, learn about the latest research techniques, and eventually conduct their own research as part of their programme. Students will also be taught by staff members who conduct research at the forefront of the study of sport and exercise. This means that students are able to learn about the most up-to-date issues in their areas of interest on our programmes.  The Motivation, Performance and Well-Being (MPaW) research group, for example, is among the largest and most productive in the world with regards to examining the consequences of being perfectionistic in sport and exercise. Other work within the school focuses on the physiological and biomechanical aspects of athlete development. This work is conducted in collaboration with professional sports clubs and our other community partners. There is also exciting research taking place examining socio-cultural aspects of sport participation including gambling in football and the experience of bullying in Physical Education (PE). We are proud to say that much of the research in the School of Sport was identified as “internationally excellent” and “world-leading” in the last assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (REF 2014).

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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.

For more details please contact admissions@yorksj.ac.uk  

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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.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

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

 

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 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 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

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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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