Sports Therapy (BSc Hons)


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Student sports therapist
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Focusing on the management of injuries for maximum sports performance, sports therapy is a vital aspect of the functional return of recreational, amateur and elite athletes. The degree is underpinned by sports science disciplines and will equip you with the skills to prevent, assess and rehabilitate sports injuries.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with touring international teams. Students have previously worked with Tonga and Samoa Rugby Union and Team Malawi Olympic athletes. They also gain experience with medicine professionals such as sports doctors, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists and chiropractors. You’ll treat athletes from our professional sports teams, international sports scholars and members of the public including local firefighter and police officers.

Our weekly in-house sports therapy clinic means you can work with clients under the guidance of experienced teaching staff from the first term of the degree. You’ll have the opportunity to achieve your pitch-side first aid qualification as part of your first-year induction, ready to start your clinical practice from week 5. You’ll provide pitch-side for local and university teams.  By the end of your first year you’ll be a qualified sports masseuse with the ability to treat local professional sports team such as Gloucester Rugby. 

You’ll learn in fully-equipped ped sports therapy suites, physiology and biomechanics labs, with gold-standard equipment such as fully-body vacuum mattresses, diagnostic ultrasound, RS footscan, body-pod, Vicon 3D motion analysis.

Study style

Learning in our dedicated sports therapy suite, you’ll develop specialised skills in human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, as well as specific sports therapy skills  such as sports massage, advanced injury diagnosis, joint mobilisations, rehabilitation, including hydrotherapy and sports trauma.

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry*

128 tariff points

Typical offers

ABB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure

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UCAS codes

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Single Honours - 3 years full-timeC606


Sports Therapist within private practice or sports team

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Student Focus

Adam Gaunt

I won a Sports Therapists’ internship to work with top student athletes in Canada.

It was amazing. I treated the Hamilton Tiger Cats footballers and Toronto Blue Jay baseball team! I owe it to the hands-on experience I got on my degree. We did so much practical work. I created rehabilitation programmes for the England Junior Ice Hockey team. I treated Argentinian rugby player, Mariano Sambucetti. It was incredibly rewarding. Our lecturers worked with elite athletes and we used the newest practices like kinesio taping and myofascial release.

Industry links

This degree is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, the lead organisation for sports therapists in the UK.  You’ll benefit from student membership with eligibility for full membership on graduation. Work placements are core to the course, with opportunities to gain experience with national, international, amateur sports team and athletes. Work placements have included Gloucester and Worcester Rugby clubs, Oxford city, Bournemouth and Cambridge United football clubs, British American Football, GB ice hockey and Team Malawi Olympic athletes.

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Staff Profile

Kate Cady

“My career as a graduate sports therapist has taken me all over the world, from America and Canada, to China, Budapest and Switzerland. One of the real highlights for me has been working for Swindon Town FC as its head of sports therapy as I had always wanted to work in professional football. Likewise, my work as head of physiotherapy for the English Ice Hockey Association has been another triumph and gave me some great contacts that have been a real advantage for the sports therapy students here.”

Pitch side sports recovery

Treat patients in our weekly student sports therapy clinic

Gain practical experience in our University Sports Therapy clinic under the supervision of experienced teaching staff.

Work with professional sports teams and athletes

Screen, assess and treat professional athletes from teams including Swindon and Cheltenham Town football clubs and Gloucester rugby.

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Learn from lecturers who are practicing sports therapists

Clinical experience includes working with international GB and England ice hockey teams, Swindon football club, Newport County football club and owner of Back to Fitness sports therapy clinic in Swindon.


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