BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy

A Graduate Sports Therapist is a muscloskeletal clinician with expertise in the sports and exercise environment.

Aimed at students with an interest in working with sports and exercise injuries, this course will teach you to assess, diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and prevent injuries to the musculoskeletal system.

As an accredited degree, graduates are entitled to full professional membership of the Society of Sports Therapists.

In addition to the BSc (Hons) degree, students can gain valuable experience working with individual athletes and sports teams at USW and with external placement providers.

Students can also study vocational awards such as Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer alongside their degree.

This course is subject to validation.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
BC96 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
BC96 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

Year 1

At level 4 you will start your clinical studies with basic pitch-side first aid, functional anatomy, introduction to clinical assessment, screening and soft tissue techniques. You will gain experience working with our university sports teams and through our popular sports massage clinic.

Year 2

At level 5 you will be taught to assess and diagnose injuries to the spine and peripheral joints, use a number of treatment methods to reduce pain and improve range of movement and function, and finally, by the end of your second year you will be competent in early to intermediate stage rehabilitation.

Year 3

In your final year, you will complete a dissertation in an area of your choice. You will also study a clinical placement module, late to predischarge rehabilitation and prevention module and sports trauma management.

All of your clinical modules are joined with our BASES endorsed sport and exercise science modules such as exercise physiology and biomechanics at each year of study.


This course is very vocationally focused and so all of your clinical modules will have a heavy emphasis on practical sessions. These will take place in our dedicated clinical teaching rooms or in the state of the art sports facilities.

As a full time course students are expected to be in up to 20 hours of taught sessions per week, with plenty of time allocated to placements, practice and tutorials.


Our students are supported in a number of ways, through a personal tutor, module tutors, the programme director and clinical supervisors. Clinical teaching staff have an open door policy for students seeking tutorial support. We also offer a peer mentoring system on the degree.


Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the University’s Sport, Health and Exercise Science Research Group which collaborates locally, nationally and internationally with partners from industry and academia to provide world-leading knowledge and impact. For you, this means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.


As an accredited course students are required to demonstrate their clinical skills in practical examinations. In addition to the practical assessment, students will also complete another assessment such as a written examination, coursework, portfolio or presentation.


This course accreditation is subject to approval from the 'Society of Sports Therapists’.


Work placement is embedded in this degree at every level of study. At level 4 students can complete work placement as a pitchside first aider supporting University sports teams. In the second year students can continue their pitchside first aid placement and complete work placements supporting one of a number of partners that the University works with. Students are supervised at all times by experienced Graduate Sports Therapist who act as clinical mentors for students on the course.

The university has extensive links to placement providers in a number of sports and students are encouraged to take part in all work placement opportunities.

As a student on an accredited degree, final year students are also eligible to apply for a number of travelling scholarships with the Society of Sports Therapists.


The Sports and Exercise Therapy degree at USW benefits from BASES endorsed sports and exercise science facilities, state of the art sports and strength and conditioning facilities and dedicated sports therapy/ clinical teaching spaces.

Featured Lecturer:
Dr Kate Williams

Dr Kate Williams

Dr Kate Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Therapy and a member of the Injury, Training Load and Monitoring, Rehabilitation Research Group.

Her areas of expertise include Sports Trauma Management, Screening and Injury Prevention, Sports Specific Rehabilitation and Contemporary Treatments in Sports Injury. 

Dr Williams has two main research interests: the prevention of lumbo-pelvic-hip injuries; predisposing factors for prolonged sports related concussion and the use of active rehabilitation in prolonged sports related concussions. 

Recent research includes the baseline concussion scores of rugby players; examining factors that might pre-dispose players to prolonged sports related concussions; looking at the use of active rehabilitation strategies in reducing return to play time frame for prolonged sports related concussions.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer.

We consider all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional Requirements:

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child and Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring List and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)

Typical A-Level Offer

BBC - CCC to include one A Level in Science, Mathematics, Physical Education, Public Services or Psychology but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 112-96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BB - CC at A Level to include one A Level in Science, Mathematics, Physical Education, Public Services or Psychology but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 112-96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Merit in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including a score of 5 in a Science subject, Mathematics, or Psychology at higher level, and 5 or above in English at standard level.

(score must be equivalent to 112-96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma in Sport/Science with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country-specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

International applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component.


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13800 

  • Part-time UK:  £700 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

The Graduate Sports Therapist will go on to find employment in the following areas:

  • Professional/ semi-professional/ international sports teams
  • Private practice/clinics
  • NHS Physiotherapy assistant
  • NHS Health Trainer
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Teaching

The Graduate Sports Therapist is also well prepared for further post graduate study such as Masters or PhD programmes.