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Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

BC96

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
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Overview

If the dream of going professional in your favourite sport has ended, a Sports Therapy BSc is a fantastic gateway to a career in sport.

Are you interested in reducing the risk of injury, treatment and rehabilitation of injury or helping athletes return to optimal performance levels?

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 incorporating sports science principles. On completion, you are eligible for full SST membership allowing you to practise 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 partnerships with a number of local sports clubs and clinics to facilitate hands-on experience, including Coventry City, Strachan Football Academy, Old Silhillians RFC, Bury FC and Rugby Lions.

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 accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) entitling you to student membership while you study.

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.

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

The aim of the course is to produce professionally competent therapists able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide sports massage, diagnose injury, recognise and perform appropriate treatment or refer for specialist assistance.

Containing a mix of practice and theory, you will learn to search for and critically analyse existing scientific information and evidence based practice, gaining a sound understanding of and practical skills in the techniques and methods required by sports therapy practitioners.

95%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of this course

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

In the first year, you will learn the scientific principles which underpin the therapeutic applications, including applied anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition. You will begin gaining the essential skills a sports therapist needs, covering subjects in an applied way to encourage you to problem solve and build on your communication and reasoning skills. For example, you will integrate your learning and skills in sports massage by practising treatment on a model. By the end of the year, you will have experience in massage therapy and understand the applied physiology principles with the ability to screen and assess clients.

Modules

  • Functional Anatomy and Movement

  • Research Skills

  • Assessment of Fitness and Health

  • Sports Massage I

  • Sports Massage II

  • Exercise Physiology

  • Applied Anatomy for Sports Therapists

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

The second year introduces more of the therapeutic skills which define the role of a sports therapist; you will cover assessment and treatment of injuries, trauma management, rehabilitation concepts, physiology of training and bio-mechanics. You will begin to apply the principles taught in the first year to interpreting and justifying what you are doing through contact with clients in the massage clinic and viva type assessments in modules.

On completion of this year you will be equipped with the skills of mobilisations, immediate care of an athlete, and knowledge of the rehabilitation process and its components. You will also have begun to apply these skills to ‘live’ clients under supervision.

Modules

  • Peripheral Manual Therapy

  • Spinal Manual Therapy

  • Physiology of Training

  • Trauma and Injury management

  • Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation

  • Data Collection and Analysis

  • 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

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution.

Past students have undertaken placements working at Southampton FC, Coventry City FC and Bury FC here at home, and internationally in Munich, Germany, at a musculoskeletal rehabilitation clinic.

Overview

The final year addresses your development as an enquiring practitioner and seeks to build and enhance your clinical reasoning skills for diagnosis and treatment of injuries and business skills useful to sports therapists, such as marketing and accounts for self-employed practitioners.

Studying rehabilitation and return to competition, you will examine and assess clients with a variety of musculoskeletal problems, including athletes from the University teams and also members of the public whose problems are not necessarily sporting in nature. You will then implement justified treatment and rehabilitation programmes. You will also learn to recognise a range of conditions which need referral on to appropriate professions, for example certain medical conditions which are outside the scope of practice for a Sports Therapist.

At the end of this year, you will be a safe and competent practitioner who is ready to begin their career as a sports therapist or go on to further study.

Modules

  • Clinical Skills I

  • Clinical Skills II

  • Management of Sport and exercise Participants

  • Business Skills for Sports Therapists

  • PDP

  • Research project

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.

8th

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

In more detail...

  • Links with local sports teams and clinics which have previously provided employment opportunities for our graduates.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 95% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 and 98% for the quality of teaching.
  • Opportunity to work in The Therapy Clinic on campus, which has full access to a fitness suite housing 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.
  • Outstanding track record for graduate employability – 90% of students were in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) and of these 90% were in professional level roles.
  • Access to an extensive suite of sport science laboratories containing physiological assessment equipment, anatomical models to support teaching, strength and conditioning suite, and plinth rooms to practice therapy specific skills such as mobilisations, electrotherapy, and clinical anatomy.
  • Opportunity to apply for a number of Society of Sports Therapists scholarships and bursaries for students who excel on the course. The scholarship and bursaries are supported by the validating governing body, and are advertised toward the end of the academic year.

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

Our main study themes are:

  • Sports massage: Develops your knowledge and practical skills in the application of sports massage to enable you to apply a range of sports massage and soft tissue techniques effectively and safely. Incorporating therapeutic and more advanced remedial techniques, we cover massage in a way which is applied to clinical settings in terms of pre-, inter- and post-event, as well as part of a management plan for clients.

  • Anatomy and physiology: Anatomical knowledge is fundamental to effective management of sports injuries and the link between analysis of the human function and clinical application. We will build your theoretical and practical knowledge of functional anatomy of the spine, upper and lower limbs, developing skills in observation, palpation and handling essential for professional practice. At the same time, you will gain an understanding of the function and control of human physiology across the exercise spectrum, introducing the areas of the muscular system, nervous system and energy system.

  • Assessment of fitness and health: You will consider the role of physical assessment protocols and tests to identify risks of injury or illness and include measurements for cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, balance, posture and proprioception. You will study design and data analysis, exploring how to conduct such analyses using tools such as the Functional Movement Screen, Y-balance and a host of other methods to assess clients. We also cover the general principles of health, wellbeing and personal hygiene and recommendations for recreational and competitive sport participants.

  • Manual therapy: Sports therapists require highly developed assessment skills to analyse an athlete’s injury to inform treatment and rehabilitation. We will build your knowledge and practical skills in the safe and effective application of appropriate manual therapy techniques for the management of peripheral and vertebral joint disorders and pathologies. We also cover the methods and protocols for initiating and implementing a referral to an appropriate professional, as required, using the relevant terminology for the injury, treatment and management to date.

This course can be studied full-time over three or four years with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study. The programme may be followed in a part-time mode by attending up to five modules each year as scheduled for full-time students. It has a September intake.

Members of our teaching team have been involved in the following example activities: conducting ongoing strength and conditioning support for Coventry City FC Academy, and England Netball, as well as nutritional consultation for AxarSport Ltd. Endurance Sports Training & Competition Services.

Theory and lab-based classes covering massage, anatomy, physiological testing, in which you will work in small groups on one another, will develop your knowledge of a range of sports science and therapy disciplines and how they apply to injury risk management, assessment and rehabilitation. We also organise attendance at a range of external events in support of athletes with past excursions to the Coventry Half marathon, Breeze Cycle Ride and World Transplant Games in Liverpool to name just a few.

As part of the Society of Sports Therapists requirements, you will complete a series of placements during the second and third years. You will apply your skills in a real world setting, and there will be opportunities to apply for experience with professional sports teams or private sports injury clinics. We work closely with our employability and placement unit to send students’ on placement to local clubs such as Coventry City, Old Silhillians RFC and Hinckley RFC

Regular research seminars by our staff and visiting lecturers, such as sports medicine doctors, will bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research and topical areas in therapy like selective functional movement assessment, for instance. You will also have the opportunity to undertake challenging independent research projects dealing with questions at the cutting-edge of sports therapy and exercise science research. In the past, final research projects have covered subject areas as diverse as the effect of massage on range of motion, fatigue and effect on stability/movement patterns.

Teaching methods include:
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.

Read full profile

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. You need to achieve above 40% to pass; anything above 70% is classified as ‘outstanding’.

Assessments are tailored toward the nature of the role in industry, and as such, will be more practical in nature. The majority of modules will have a written component and a practical component. The written could be a lab report, case study, or an essay. Whilst the practical assessments will begin with demonstrating competency at skills, before moving on to not only demonstrating key skills, but also explaining the rationale through a viva format.

The weighting of assessments is also biased toward the practical application, usually 60%:40% in favour of the practical component.

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%

60% assessed by practical application

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Reducing the risk of injury.
  • Recognition and evaluation of injury.
  • Management and treatment of injury and referral.
  • Rehabilitation.
  • Education and practice issues.


On successful completion, you will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret information from a variety of sources and compile the information in the appropriate form required.  
  • Present scientific information and communicate effectively in a variety of numerical, oral and written forms and to different populations ie. scientific and other recipients.
  • Design, implement and interpret scientific investigations.
  • Demonstrate good clinical and/or laboratory practice including awareness of health and safety issues.

90%

of our students in a professional or managerial role six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

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.

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.

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 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

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)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

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


21

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

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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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

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


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.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£13,015 (per year)


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

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.

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.

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 team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in sports therapy clinics, sports teams and into teaching. You’ll also be able to pursue a career in exercise management and rehabilitation or as a physiotherapy assistant.

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.

£17k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £17,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

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 with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.