Sports and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)


Course Code

UCAS Code: BC96
International Code: HLSU256


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Start date

September 2023

We are reviewing this course for 2023-24 entry and the validated module information will be added shortly. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

This course aims to examine the musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, treatment and rehabilitation skills with an emphasis on performance underpinned by sports science principles.

You will explore the structure and function of the human body and how to employ a variety of therapy techniques including massage, soft tissue manipulation and exercise programmes. 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.

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Why you should study this course

  • Dedicated Sports Therapy Clinic run by final year students under the supervision of qualified staff
  • Study in the multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building with specialist sports therapy suite, physiology and biomechanics laboratories and industry-standard equipment4
  • Excellent current staff links with sporting organisations, events, local sports teams and clinics
  • With access to a dedicated Sports Therapy Clinic, where you will have the chance to engage with public clients from year two onwards (subject to availability)
  • The opportunity to apply for a placement year or study abroad year2.

We have lots of practical sessions, a lovely sports injury clinic and my lecturers not only help in the teaching setting but also with my own injuries.

Urszula Dabrowska, Sports and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons) current student, 2021
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How you'll learn

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 have the opportunity to work alongside other professional practitioners as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with the chance to practice your skills throughout your studies.

Alongside your core teaching sessions, you will have opportunities to work 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 which aims to enhance your learning. You will receive individualised supervision during your final project and placements where appropriate.

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities.

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual Assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

International experience opportunities

Our sandwich degree option allows a full-year work placement, which can be taken abroad2, or you can undertake a study-year abroad. Past students in our School have been successful in securing places in Spain, France, Canada and the US.

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.

This is a very hands on, practically oriented course, designed to make sure that when you graduate you’re capable of going out into practice as an independent clinician.

Richard Morgan, Associate Course Director, 2021
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC to include Biology or PE. Excludes General Studies.
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 / A*-C to include English, Maths and two Science subjects.
BTEC DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a  Sport Science related subject.
IB Diploma 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level.

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All offers are subject to satisfactory disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction checks.

Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an International Foundation Year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Sports Science will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

All offers are subject to satisfactory disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction checks.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationary, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


This course is delivered at Coventry University main campus, primarily in the Alison Gingell building.

You will benefit from the outstanding facilities4 for sport and exercise sciences in the purpose built Alison Gingell building, including sports and exercise therapy clinic, extensive sport and exercise science laboratories, gait analysis track and 3D motion capture software.

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Sports Therapy Clinic

The Sports Therapy Clinic is run by final year Sports Therapy students under the supervision of qualified staff with second year students providing a supervised massage clinic twice a week.

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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 a 3D motion capture system.


Careers and opportunities

The course includes a substantial amount of sport science, which can allow you the opportunity to move into other career options upon graduation, 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 NHS, or with local councils within sports development or exercise for health schemes. 

Past graduates from this course have gone on to work at high levels of professional and semi-professional sports such as football, rugby and transplant sport. Other graduates have gone onto lead successful careers within private practice, both owning and working within a range of therapy clinics nationwide.

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

Graduates have also continued with postgraduate study on courses, including our Strength and Conditioning MSc.

Where our graduates work

Graduates have also gone to work as clinicians with practices such as Swan Physio Ltd, Body Logic Health, and as sports therapists for teams such as Wasps, Watford FC and Aston Villa FC.

Further study

We have a range of postgraduate courses that graduates would be well prepared to progress onto, enabling them to gain specialist skills relating to development of teaching, sporting potential or lifelong physical activity. PGCE courses allow entry to teaching careers and our more specialist MSc programmes in sport provide opportunities for graduates to develop skills in a more specific area of study.

The degree has given me so many opportunities to gain experience and build contacts in the industry. I had a year-long placement at Wasps rugby club and was part of the Sports Therapy team at the World Transplant Games. I have also travelled to Lithuania and Florida with other Sports Therapists to gain an insight in our profession in different parts of the world. The staff have supported me with aspects such as my clinical skills and academic writing, and have allowed me to grow into a well-rounded Sports Therapist.

Emily Demosthenous, graduate 2020
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  • 1Accreditations

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    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

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    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.