Sports Therapy with Foundation Year – BSc (Hons) *
Attendance Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
Underpinned by the latest research, our Sports Therapy with a Foundation Year BSc course is a chance for you to develop specialist skills in the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.
We offer the opportunity to undertake a sandwich year, where you’ll take on a work placement, providing you with invaluable experience, networking and real-life hands-on learning. These placements could be national or international and could see you working with professional sports teams or private sports injury clinics. Even if you don’t decide to opt for the sandwich year, work placements are an integral part of the course throughout all years. We have partnerships with Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Sports Birmingham, providing valuable placements, trips and case studies.
Tailor your Sport and Physical Activity Degree
When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences. These include:
- BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
- BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition
- BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
- BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in Sport and Physical Activity, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Sports Therapy – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.
This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category – Sport and Physical Activity, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
Please note: entry requirements for degree course
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.
What’s covered in the course?
Through the academic study of sports medicine and sport and exercise science, the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme will give you the knowledge and skills to be confident and effective in preventing, assessing and rehabilitating sports injuries.
In the first semester, you will have the opportunity to gain a pitch-side first aid qualification, enabling you to start working pitch-side with the university sports teams. Throughout the first year we will introduce you to the professional and initial practical skills required as a Sports Therapist. You will begin to develop knowledge and an understanding of the signs, symptoms, and mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries, as well as the practical skills required to effectively assess and treat lower limb sporting injuries. You will also be taught sports massage and soft tissue techniques, which you will then be able to apply to patients within the internal sports injury clinic. You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of human anatomy and movement, physiology and principles of training, as well as research methods.
You will build on your first aid knowledge by acquiring advanced knowledge and practical skills in sports injury trauma management. You will also be introduced to the principles of sports injury rehabilitation and injury prevention, where you will apply your pathophysiology knowledge and stages of healing, to design and implement rehabilitation programmes for the acute stage of injury, through to return to elite sporting performance. You will be exposed to contemporary rehabilitation methods and some sessions will be delivered in a hydrotherapy pool. Your knowledge and practical skills required to effectively assess and treat sporting injuries will focus on the upper limb. You will also be introduced to peripheral joint mobilisations as a treatment option as well as electrotherapeutic modalities. Physiology teaching will become specific and focus on exercise physiology and nutrition. You will also develop your research skills as you prepare for the final year independent research project. Throughout the second year you will have scheduled time to work in the internal sports therapy injury clinic under the guidance of experienced teaching staff.
During the final year, you will acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of strength and conditioning in relation to optimising exercise and sports performance, as well as gaining an insight into musculoskeletal screening. Your knowledge and practical skills required to effectively assess, treat and rehabilitate sporting injuries will focus on the spine, incorporating vertebral mobilisations. You will have scheduled hours to work in the internal sports therapy injury clinic under the guidance of experienced teaching staff, enabling you to apply your knowledge and skills to real patients. You will also have to complete and document 200 supervised placement hours by the end of the final year. This will be comprised of the hours you have obtained from working within the internal sports injury clinic as well as hours gained from working in external sports clubs and private sports injury clinics. You will also complete an independent piece of research within the field of Sports Therapy.
Why Choose Us?
- Whilst studying here you will be eligible for student membership of the Society of Sports Therapists, giving you access to the Society website, student forums, sportEX, and the British Sports Medicine Journal. You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Society of Sports Therapists Student Travelling Scholarship. This is awarded each year to one outstanding student, and provides the winner with an unforgettable 6 week Sports Therapy experience working in Canada.
- You’ll have the opportunity to gain your pitch-side first aid qualification as part of your first semester, enabling you to start working with the university sports teams.
- You will have scheduled time in each year of the programme to work in the internal sports therapy injury clinic under the guidance of experienced teaching staff. You will be assessing and treating university staff and students in this clinic, which is replete with state-of-the-art technology.
- There will be compulsory work placements enabling you to gain first-hand experience in the assessment, treatment, management and rehabilitation of sports injuries. These will include both internal and external opportunities with sporting teams and sports injury clinics.
- Learn with a dynamic, expert and research-rich team from sports therapists, health professionals and sports science backgrounds.
- You’ll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and are experts in their field, providing you with the very latest best practice and advice.
- There will be the opportunity to engage in international exchanges, as well as trips and visits that will aid your study.
- There will be the opportunity to undertake optional assessments to obtain additional industry related qualifications.
- You’ll gain a holistic education in sports therapy, enabling you to treat professional athletes, youth athletes, and weekend warriors, all on their road to recovery.