BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy

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

Based at The USW Sport Park and 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 upon completion of the programme.

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.

Vocational awards such as Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer are also embedded in to the programme.

 

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UCAS Code Study Mode
2024
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
2025
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.

Introduction to Sports Therapy Assessment - Sara Gray

This module will introduce students to the assessment of range of movement, manual muscle testing and palpation and to develop a working knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and pathology.

Introduction to Screening, Prevention and Recovery - Kayleigh Jones

This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of movement screening, sports injury prevention and recovery modalities. In addition, students will develop practical competency in basic first aid, prevention and/or management of soft tissue injury.

Exercise Physiology* - Dr Chris Marley

This module aims to familiarise the student with the language of anatomy and to specifically establish their knowledge and understanding of human musculoskeletal anatomy, as an underpinning subject of exercise physiology and biomechanics.

Measurement and Evaluation of Human Performance - Adnan Haq

This module aims to introduce the student to the areas of measurement, data retrieval, analysis and interpretation, health and fitness assessment, and exercise prescription.

Exercise Prescription (Non-Referred Populations) - Dr Tom Owens

This module will equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to plan, prepare, instruct and evaluate gym-based exercise programmes for a variety of different healthy populations. Completion of this module contributes to the award of the CIMSPA Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications.

Sports Therapy: A Patients Perspective - Kayleigh Jones

This module aims to introduce students to a patients perception of musculoskeletal injuries sustained in the sports and exercise environment and to develop empathetic practitioners, able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

* This module is available to study fully in Welsh

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.

Clinical Assessment of Musculoskeletal Injuries – Sara Gray

The module will provide the student with an understanding of how to plan and complete a clinical assessment of peripheral and spinal joints and interpret the findings. Subjective assessment and subjective signposts for specific tissue behaviours, such as; Observations and quick touch; range of movement assessment, manual muscle testing, ligament stress testing and functional testing.

Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries – Sara Gray

The module will introduce safe and appropriate treatment modalities for the management of musculoskeletal injuries. This will include, manual therapy for peripheral and spinal joint pathology; advanced soft tissue modalities, advanced neural techniques and manual therapy.

Rehabilitation of Sports and Exercise Injuries - Kayleigh Jones

This module will develop a student’s knowledge and understanding of the early and intermediate rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal injuries and illness sustained in the sports and exercise environment, such as; tissue mechanics and stress-strain curves; exercise selection and prescription.

Exercise Physiology II* - Dr Tom Owens

This module will consider the relationship between exercise and selected areas of the cardiovascular system. It will also allow you to develop an understanding of specific measurements in cardiovascular physiology and become competent in the performance of these measurements.

Research Methods

This will build on the student’s understanding of research methods and broaden and deepen your appreciation of the range of approaches to research using research for both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Sports Injuries and Biomechanics (Optional) - Kayleigh Jones

The module will incorporate students gaining an understanding of sports and exercise injuries and biomechanical components to movement with respect to angular kinematics and kinetics.

Exercise for Special Populations (Optional) – Adnan Haq

This module will provide the student with an understanding of the physiological and medical issues associated with access to physical activity among special populations. The student will learn to design and evaluate appropriate exercise programmes that are suitable for individual needs among a diverse range of special population groups.

* This module is available to study fully in Welsh 

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 pre-discharge rehabilitation and sports trauma management. Clinical modules are joined with our BASES endorsed sport and exercise science and strength and conditioning modules including exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and biomechanics.

Professional Practice - Sara Gray

This module will develop Graduate Sports Therapy skills into 200 hours of supervised clinical practice. Students will also appraise current strengths and weaknesses, develop a clear training needs analysis and career plan, SWOT analysis, learn about applying for roles, the interview process, maintaining clinical competence and the need for ongoing continuing professional development.

Sports Trauma Management - Sara Gray

This module will allows students to recognise and intervene in life-threatening, potentially life-threatening and limb threatening injuries sustained in the sports and exercise environment; such as-Advanced trauma life support, Airway manoeuvres, bleeding management, assessment of cervical spine injury, and emergency action planning.

Advanced Rehabilitation of Sports and Exercise Injuries - Kayleigh Jones

This module is designed to develop practical skills in late to pre-discharge rehabilitation, return to play decision-making and injury reduction strategies and will focus on; prescribing speed, acceleration, change of direction and plyometric exercise; pre-rehabilitative and injury prevention exercises and physiological demands of individual and team sports.

Dissertation - Stuart Jarvis

This will enable students to design and conduct an independent study and to be able to critically evaluate scientific data and literature.

Exercise Physiology III (Optional) - Dr Chris Marley / Dr Tom Owens

This module will consider the relationship between exercise and selected areas of the cardiovascular system. It will also allow you to develop an understanding of specific measurements in cardiovascular physiology and become competent in the performance of these measurements.

Muscle Function and Biomechanics (Optional) – Morgan Williams

The module will incorporate: Newton’s laws of motion with respect to angular kinematics and kinetics; the mechanics and energetics of walking and running. Furthermore, students will develop technical competence and analytical skills using Biomechanics software.

Strength and Conditioning (Optional) - Nathan Evans

This module will provide students with the underpinning scientific knowledge required to deliver effective strength and conditioning programs.

Teaching

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.

Support

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.

Assessment

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.

Accreditations

This course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

 

Placements

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.

Facilities

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.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.  

Other qualifications and experience
 

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here

 

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

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BB 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 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

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

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma in Sport/Science with a minimum of 112 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 2024 - July 2025 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £15260 

  • Part-time UK:  £740 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

UK students


Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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 and EU students


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

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.

Full-time

Part-time