Sport and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

BC96

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Overview

Sports and Exercise Therapists maximise peoples’ physical potential in performance, sports and life.

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), this course examines the musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, treatment and rehabilitation skills with an emphasis on performance underpinned by sports science principles. On successful completion, you should be eligible for full SST membership allowing you to practice as a Sports Therapist in a wide variety of settings.

With access to a dedicated Sports Therapy Clinic, you’ll learn in fully-equipped sports therapy suites, and physiology and biomechanics labs, which feature gold-standard equipment such as Alter G treadmill, Isokinetic Dynamometry, bod-pod and Vicon 3D motion analysis. We have close relationships with a number of local sports clubs and clinics to facilitate hands-on experience, which has previously included Coventry City, Southampton FC, Leicester Lions RFC, Bury FC and Wasps.

100% overall course satisfaction - National Student Survey 2018

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Society of Sports Therapists

This course is currently accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST). On successful completion of this course, you should be eligible for full SST membership which allows you to practice as a Sports Therapist.

Society of Sports Therapists

You will be eligible for full membership on graduation provided you have a valid first aid certificate and have performed the requisite number of hours of clinical practice to prove your practical competence (currently 200 supervised clinical hours then a certain number of hours per year as determined by the SST). Only full membership meets the required levels of competencies and knowledge necessary to be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

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Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

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Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

What our students say...

The teaching and facilities are really incredible, especially with the new library design. The many sources of books and references that are available to me, the availability of computers and laptops in the library is fantastic. The lecturers go the extra mile for us by providing extra notes along with the presentation slides, so I feel really supported with my studies.

Pieris Pierettis, Sports Therapy BSc, current student in 2016/17 cohort

Course information

You will learn the science of human movement to assist your clients to achieve their maximum physical potential. Our team of expert practitioners will support you to develop the skills needed to become an accredited Sports and Exercise Therapist. Sports and Exercise Therapists work with clients through rehabilitation to achieve maximum performance. During your time at Coventry University, you will have the opportunity to become equipped with scientific knowledge and ‘hands-on’ practical skills. These skills and qualifications you develop will enable you to gain experience within the Sports industry and in a non-sporting environment. In the past, our students have provided support at the World and British Transplant Games and have worked with a variety of elite sports teams including Wasps RFC, Southampton Football Club and Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Team.

The course is based upon high quality research which informs teaching in our cutting edge multi-million pound purpose-built facilities. You will have access to our purpose built student-led clinic where you will have the chance to engage with public clients from year two onwards. Our team of expert practitioners continue to work in the industry, engage in active research and clinical practice. This ensures you will have access to a wide range of professional networks and links throughout the industry. You will complete incremental placements throughout your studies and have the opportunity to engage in a placement year nationally or study abroad year internationally. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer to support a wide range of events throughout the community during your time at Coventry University.

Please note that placement, study abroad and volunteer opportunities are optional and may be subject to additional costs, application processes, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements.

There are a number of opportunities for you to engage in independent research projects to further develop your employability skills.

You will learn the structure and function of the human body and how to employ a variety of therapy techniques. These include massage, soft tissue manipulation, and exercise programmes. Later in the course this will be expanded to include joint mobilisation techniques and management of acute emergency situations. In addition you will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the application of scientific disciplines such as psychology and nutrition to your clients. This is an established practical degree which is currently accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists. This accreditation is recognised and preferred by various sporting bodies such as the Football Association.

100%

of students agreed staff have made the subject interesting

NSS, 2018

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules studied in year 1 aim to provide the scientific knowledge underpinning therapeutic techniques. This includes a sound understanding of human anatomy, covering the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body’s core (trunk) and peripheral regions (limbs), and the involvement of these complex structures in understanding the body’s movement. You will also be taught and be given the opportunity to practice therapeutic massage. The science of exercise and its applications within exercise therapy programmes are covered and the module “Preparation for Practice” ensures that you are supported to settle into your University studies and to understand expectations and standards.You will be supported by an academic personal tutor to help in directing your personal development challenges and targets through a skills development portfolio. Within this year, as part of the ‘Preparation for Practice’ module, you will also have the opportunity to gain a first aid qualification.

Modules

  • Core Anatomy

  • Peripheral Anatomy

  • Soft Tissue Therapy

  • Exercise Therapy

  • Preparation for Practice

  • Science of Therapeutic Exercise

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In year 2 you will have the opportunity to utilise your skills in the on-site massage clinic, open to the public, and learn joint manipulation techniques. You will learn to assess and manage injury, and to employ rehabilitation programmes. In addition, exercise physiology is taught, which is focused on sporting performance and how Sports and Exercise Therapists can support and enhance athletic function. Integrated assessment modules allow you to take a multi- faceted approach to specific case studies of varied client needs. Preparation for the final year project begins with a focus on designing and analysing research investigations.

Modules

  • Applied Vertebral Manual Therapy

  • Applied Peripheral Manual Therapy

  • Science of Performance

  • Rehabilitation

  • Trauma Management

  • Data Collection and Management in Sport

  • Project Proposal

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

On successful completion of year 2 you may opt to take an ‘enhancement’ year by enrolling on an optional module Work Experience Placement or Study Abroad Year. These modules offer highly valued opportunities to enhance learning and gain a competitive advantage in the workplace after graduation. If you take this option it will take an additional year to complete your degree, but you do not pay fees for this additional year. Although you are responsible for securing the placement the university offers support in identifying and applying for placement opportunities.

Please note however that placement opportunities will be subject to application processes, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and while we won’t charge tuition fees for that year, you may incur additional costs associated with the placement.

Modules

  • Work Experience Placement

  • Study Abroad Year

Overview

In the final year, you will work within the Sports and Exercise Therapy clinic and/or in external clinic or sporting situations, building a portfolio of evidence of clinical competency to fulfil post-graduation requirements for registration with the SST. Understanding of the roles of a Sports and Exercise Therapist is extended with consideration of performance management and injury recovery, taking multi-disciplinary approaches including nutrition and psychology. You will also design and undertake a research project, with opportunities to present your findings at the School of Life Sciences Student Research Conference.

Modules

  • Clinical Experience

  • Clinical Practice

  • Performance Management

  • Project Proposal and Performance Review

  • Research Project

  • Injury Recovery

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • This course over the years has offered students a high level of overall satisfaction scoring consistently with 100% in the NSS student satisfaction survey in 2017-18.
  • The course team are active Sports and Exercise Therapy practitioners and members of the SST and other professional bodies.
  • Excellent staff links with sporting organisations, events, local sports teams and clinics which have previously provided employment opportunities for our graduates, while many of our staff are actively involved in research within the Faculty Research Centre.
  • Opportunity to work in The Sports Therapy Clinic on campus, which has full access to a fitness suite housing an AlterG and Cybex equipment alongside a substantial free weight section.
  • Assessments to obtain industry related qualifications, such as first aid certificate enabling you to undertake first responder work experience with our sports teams.
  • The course has been mapped to the educational standards and competencies specified by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST)

Study abroad opportunities to locations which have previously included Munich, and collaborative projects with locations such as Hong Kong.

Throughout the course, you will develop your knowledge of a range of injuries and movement dysfunctions, planning appropriate programs and protocols to meet the aims of the client.

In order to achieve this, you will explore factors relating to injuries and dysfunction determining what we can reduce and control vs uncontrollable factors.

Recognise and reduce injury risk through understanding functional movement patterns and the implication of central and peripheral movement dysfunction.

Through the design of treatment and management protocols, you will evidence and demonstrate appropriate treatment methods and exercise prescription to benefit clients both on site as well as their rehabilitation/maintenance work.

While on the course, you will have the opportunity to develop your therapy skills while delivering treatments in a fully functional Sports Therapy Clinic. Through the clinic, you meet a range of cliental enabling you to develop professional practice and appropriate treatment techniques in a clinic environment.

The theme of continual professional development (CPD) runs throughout the course, enabling you to uphold the standards of professional practice and understanding the need for continuing your education.

Through research, you will gain an understanding of the significance of critiquing current literature, designing and carrying out an undergraduate research project with the aim of writing an article for publication.

You will be taught through a mixture of interactive practical sessions, lectures, supervised clinical experience, lab-based skills development, seminars, problem-based learning, and tutorials. In our student-led clinic you will work alongside other professional practitioners as part of a multi-disciplinary team, practicing your skills throughout your studies. Alongside your core teaching sessions, you will be working in small learning sets to work with your peers and practice your emerging skills amongst each other. You will be supported to develop a confident and professional approach to physical examination both as a practitioner and a participant to enhance your learning. You will receive individualised supervision during your final project and placements where appropriate.

Teaching methods include:<br> lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, projects, workshops and practical hands-on sessions, supported by specifically designed facilities, staffed by experienced practitioners.

Meet our staff

Richard Morgan

Richard is the Course Director of Sports Therapy BSc and has published research articles in the area of rugby union and causation of injury. His primary area of clinical interest is Rugby Union, where he still maintains clinical experience, but he has also worked in football and with various individuals at amateur and elite level.

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Assessments are tailored towards the nature of the role in industry; as such these will be more practical in nature. The programme of study will include written components building towards the generation of a dissertation or written project. There will also be practical components culminating in a final clinical examination of a client. This viva has been commended as the Gold Standard of examination by the accrediting body.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical exams, coursework, tests, essays and practical or project work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On completion, graduates of the Sports and Exercise Therapy course will have forward-thinking knowledge of:

  • Recognition and evaluation
  • Movement dysfunction
  • Injury risk reduction
  • Management, treatment, and referral protocols
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation
  • Education and professional practice issues
  • The role of Sports and Exercise Therapy in a wider clinical or field setting

With this underpinning knowledge, successful graduates should be able to:

  • Transfer their knowledge and high professional standards to work within a therapy clinic or sports club setting.
  • Act as an automonous professional first responder who can rehabilitate and optimise movement and performance to reduce risk of injury.
  • Design, run, and evaluate research projects in an ethical manner.
  • Progress to further study to include a range of masters and PhD level opportunities.

During the undergraduate degree you will experience a higher level of supervised teaching and practical hours at in year 1 (level 4), decreasing each year as you develop becoming self-guided and independent in preparation for post undergraduate life.

In a typical year 1 teaching week, you will have up to 13 ‘contact’ hours of study This generally breaks down as:

  • 4 Hours of lead lectures
  • 6 hours of practical sessions per week
  • 2-3 Hours of tutorials

 

In a typical year 2 teaching week, you will have up to 10 ‘contact’ hours of study This generally breaks down as:

  • 3 Hours of lead lectures
  • 6 Hours of practical sessions per week
  • 1 Hour project meeting
  • Applied clinical experience (weekly rotation basis)

 

In a typical year 3 teaching week, you will have up to 11 ‘contact’ hours of study This generally breaks down as:

  • 6 Hours of lead lectures
  • 4 Hours clinical experience
  • 1 Hour project meeting

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 18 hours each week studying and revising in your own time including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Our sandwich degree option allows a full-year work placement, which can be taken abroad, or you can undertake a study-year abroad.

The University runs several specific schemes to allow you periods of overseas study or work experience and you can apply for grants to support such visits. The overseas study can be undertaken via the Employability and Placement Unit and students can elect to undertake a study abroad or work experience year after their second year of study. Students in our School have been successful in securing places in Spain, France, Canada and the US. The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) also runs a travelling scholarship scheme for student members, which enables successful applicants to work abroad in various clinics or educational establishments.

We also try to ensure there is an international perspective to course content and have previously visited the World Transplant Games in Argentina and participated in online international learning (OIL) projects with places such as Hong Kong.

Please note that all optional placements and international opportunities (in the UK or abroad) which are not a mandatory part of this course, may be subject to additional fees, application processes, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The teaching and facilities are really incredible, especially with the new library design. The many sources of books and references that are available to me, the availability of computers and laptops in the library is fantastic. The lecturers go the extra mile for us by providing extra notes along with the presentation slides, so I feel really supported with my studies.

Pieris Pierettis, Sports Therapy BSc, current student in 2016/17 cohort

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU129
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement  BBC to include Biology or PE. Excludes General Studies. DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Sport Science related subject. 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level. Minimum 5 Grade A* - C  Inc. English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences.  

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology or Sport Science related units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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What our alumni say

The teaching and facilities are really incredible, especially with the new library design. The many sources of books and references that are available to me, the availability of computers and laptops in the library is fantastic. The lecturers go the extra mile for us by providing extra notes along with the presentation slides, so I feel really supported with my studies.

Pieris Pierettis, Sports Therapy BSc, current student in 2016/17 cohort

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £14,400 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Annual student membership of the Society of Sports Therapists
  • Sports Therapy clothing
  • Costs of any mandatory UK day visits
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure)
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional visits and field trips: £400+ per trip
  • Any optional training courses and assessment fee to gain Coaching and Gym Instructor qualifications

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

The teaching and facilities are really incredible, especially with the new library design. The many sources of books and references that are available to me, the availability of computers and laptops in the library is fantastic. The lecturers go the extra mile for us by providing extra notes along with the presentation slides, so I feel really supported with my studies.

Pieris Pierettis, Sports Therapy BSc, current student in 2016/17 cohort

Career prospects

Accreditation from the Society of Sports Therapists means that on graduation you will be qualified to work as a sports therapist with professional teams, clubs or private clinics. Alternatively, you can access appropriate additional training to support professional football and rugby (additional costs may apply).

The course includes a substantial amount of sport science, which can allow you to move into other careers in the leisure and sport area, such as management or service delivery in sport and leisure centres. If you are more interested in the medical and health applications of exercise science, you could go on to work within cardiac and other rehabilitation teams within the National Health Service (NHS) or with local councils within sports development or exercise for health schemes. Our HLS Futures team can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them; they will also assist you to find a job when you are ready. The University’s Careers team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

95%

of graduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduation

DLHE 2016/17

Where our graduates work

Graduates from our current course have gone on to work at high levels of professional and semi –professional sports such as Football, Rugby and Transplant Sport.

A number of graduates have gone onto lead successful careers within private practice, both owning and working within a range of Therapy clinics nationwide.

A proportion of graduates have also utilised their skills within the NHS in rehabilitation department.

Recent graduates have gone to work as clinicians with practices such as Swan Physio ltd, Body Logic Health, and as sports therapists for teams such as Watford FC and Aston Villa FC. Others have continued with postgraduate study on courses including the MSc Strength and Conditioning and MSc Manual Therapy.

What our alumni say

The course structure, work experience opportunities and great facilities definitely fully prepare you to enter the world of sports therapy when you graduate.

Michael Burke, BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, graduated with a First in 2014, now Head Sports Therapist at Westfield Academy Watford
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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