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Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation

Course Code: UF2691, UX2691
  • Level: 5
  • Qualification: Foundation Degree
  • Awarding body: University of Plymouth
  • Duration: Two years (full-time) or three years (part-time)
  • Course type: Full-time
  • Time of day: Daytime

What's it all about?

Full Fee

Full-time £14,900 (£7,450 per year)
Part-time £11,100 (£3,700 per year)

Professionally accredited, our Foundation Degree will help you to develop the practical skills and knowledge to confidently succeed in all areas of injury management and athlete care. You will develop extensive knowledge of injury pathophysiology; clinical and pitchside trauma assessment and management; a range of treatment methods including manual and electrotherapy; human anatomy and kinesiology; functional movement screening; strength and conditioning and injury prevention models; and rehabilitation programme design. You will also have access to the latest sports injuries technologies such as laser therapy and shockwave and put your newly acquired skills to practice during our sports injuries clinics. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to achieve a range of vocational fitness instructor qualifications.

You will be trained by industry specialists in sports therapy, strength conditioning and exercise physiology to broaden your skills and understanding of the various roles of a dynamic and multi-skilled sports medicine team.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

Course information

The course includes the following subjects:

Year 1

  • anatomy of human movement
  • sports massage and manual therapy
  • pathophysiology of sports injuries
  • clinical assessment of sports injuries
  • treatment and management of sports injuries
  • strength and conditioning and injury prevention.

Year 2

  • functional anatomy for Sports Therapy
  • Sports Therapy clinical practice
  • advanced manual therapy and injury management
  • injury rehabilitation and reconditioning
  • sports nutrition (optional module)
  • emergency trauma and pitchside management (optional module).


  • opportunities to treat professional athletes
  • opportunities to work overseas with European partners
  • membership of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO).

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points, to include a full level 3 qualification, or a T Level pass in an appropriate subject area
  • four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English, maths and a science-based subject

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.

Assessment will be through a mixture of practical assessments, in-class tests, coursework (essays and reports), presentations and seminars.

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:

  • the one year BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation with Sports Therapy top-up degree at the College
  • the second or final year of various sports/health related degrees at a range of universities (such as health, exercise and physical activity, sports coaching, sports rehabilitation)
  • a wide range of careers in the health, fitness and sports therapy industries.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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