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Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)


This course runs 2017/18.

Sports therapists help with risk reduction and treatment of injuries and aid rehabilitation back to optimum levels of fitness. This course is designed to give you the specialist skills and clinical experience to enter the profession.


This course is an essential first step to becoming a sports therapist registered with the Society of Sports Therapists (SST).

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • strong links to academic institutions in the USA and Australia;
  • student membership of the SST, which gives you access to the society website and their student forums, academic publications, and insurance to obtain essential hands on experience;
  • opportunities to work alongside teaching staff, who undertake a wide range of research and consultancy work with a variety of external clients such as Coventry City Academy, Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey;
  • links with Coventry Sports Foundation and others who can provide employment opportunities for our graduates. Previous graduate employers include Coventry Speedway team and Warwickshire Rugby;
  • placement opportunities with teams both within and outside of the University including “pitch-side” first aid support with organisations such as Coventry Rugby Club and Birmingham City ladies FC;
  • optional assessments to obtain industry related qualifications;
  • hands-on clinical experience of a wide range of treatment methods through a range of clinical placements undertaken in years two and three with real clients;
  • access to an extensive suite of sport science laboratories and an opportunity to work in our on-site sports therapy clinic;
  • teaching staff with links to academic institutions in USA and the Australian College of Sports Therapy in Melbourne, which ensures the course has an international focus;


Society of Sports Therapists

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


This course contains a mixture of practical and theory modules to make sure you develop all the key knowledge and skills you will need in sports therapy.

In the first year you will cover applied anatomy, assessment of health and fitness, sports massage, exercise physiology and nutrition.

In the second year you will cover assessment and treatment of injuries, trauma management, rehabilitation concepts, physiology of training and biomechanics.

You will also undertake a placement to practice your first aid skills.

In the final year you will study rehabilitation/return to competition, and application of clinical reasoning skills for diagnosis and treatment of injuries, and business skills for sports therapists. You will also be carrying out clinical work in our Sports Therapy Clinic alongside our trained and experienced staff, as well as providing sports therapy support for a range of sports teams.


Your course will be delivered via a mix of theoretical lectures and practical sessions ensuring that you will be fully equipped to fulfil your role as a healthcare professional.


Our Sports Science courses are ranked 8th by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • practical exams 40%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 40%;
  • practical or project work 20%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical teaching week you will have up to 20 contact hours of study (classroom, online etc.) and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of tutorials or seminars each week.

Medium-group teaching: 10 hours of therapy-based practical's and labs each week.

Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 18 hours each week studying and revising in your own time including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements: 

GCSE: Five GCSEs to include English, Maths and two Sciences subjects at grade C or above, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers 

A-Levels: BBC to include Biology or PE. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a Biology or Sport Science related subject.

Access: 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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 points to include min 5 in Biology at Higher level.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here. 

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in sports therapy clinics, sports teams, and into teaching, while others pursue postgraduate study such as Masters degrees.

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. Graduates who are more interested in the medical and health applications of exercise science 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.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


Included in the fees:

  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips; 
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • 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.

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.

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

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

Click here for further details.


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 a number of specific schemes to allow you periods of overseas study or work experience and the University offer a number of grants to enable such visits.

A number of students in our School have been successful in securing places via these schemes for example 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.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid 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 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

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.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – Michael Burke

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

Disclaimer: Please note that all international visit / opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the faculty for up to date information

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152