We work in partnership with the University of Chichester, who approve and validate our Sport degree programme.
Who is the course for?
The Degree in Sport Injury and Treatment has been designed for those wishing to develop a career in areas such as a Sport Massage Therapy, Sport Massage Practitioner and Sport & Health Promotion.
The programme will provide a broad overview of sports therapy skills and body assessment, which will result in the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity providing basic sports therapy, body assessment and massage on both healthy and injured clients. It will also provide students with the requisite experience and knowledge to run their own business and develop their career path.
Successful completion of the course will lead to a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport Injury & Treatment from The University of Chichester. Students will have the knowledge and skills to be able to work independently in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage therapist, once appropriate insurance cover has been gained.
What are the aims of the course?
Sports therapy is becoming increasingly popular, not only in the treatment of sports injuries, but in the development of the health and fitness industry. This programme integrates academic learning and the development of practical skills to an advanced level. There is a strong emphasis on practical experience and a range of activities that encourage an understanding of well-established principles. The focus of sports therapy is on the inception of an injury through to rehabilitation, with underpinning knowledge of applied scientific aspects such as anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. This course is designed to integrate academic learning and the development of practical skills to an advanced level. There are opportunities to attend events and provide treatments as part of the course. Year 1 focuses on treating the healthy and year 2 focuses on treating injurie. The final year includes a substantial dissertation and study of advanced treatment techniques. Experience will be gained in real client-facing situations, as well as learning through lectures and practical sessions. Students will research specific topics and themes directly relevant to their work.
What does the course involve?
Our aim is to offer a flexible approach to learning. This course is classified as full-time so that you can draw down a student loan. College attendance is for one afternoon and evening a week (1:30pm –7:30pm), over 3 years. The overall hours that you attend the course are not dissimilar to what you would experience at university. We teach for 34 weeks per year; many university teaching years are much shorter than this at around 22 weeks per year.
We use a 'blended' approach to learning, where students are supported through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars, online materials and one to one tutorial support. Personal tutorials and assessment coaching sessions are held at mutually convenient times outside taught hours. In year 2 & 3 you will be expected to take on an increased responsibility for your learning and become an independent learner, making increased use of online learning as well as formal taught sessions. As previously mentioned, a blended approach to learning is adopted and some sessions may be delivered online via the college’s Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). Lecture and reading materials will be placed on Moodle and each subject will have interactive exercises, which you will be expected to contribute to.
What topics will I be covering?
The course consists of three terms per year. The first term is focused on ensuring you develop the study and management skills necessary to be successful at degree level. You will study two modules: Developing & Enhancing Academic Skills and Practical First Aid Therapies.
The second term has two modules, the first on Sport & Exercise Science, which provides students with the essentials of human anatomy, psychology and biomechanics. The second module is Foundation in Sports Therapy Skills & Body Assessment, which explores the theories underpinning the practice of sports therapy skills, including the required functional anatomy and physiology in order to complete body assessment. Both modules provide learners with the understanding and techniques required to plan, prepare and apply skills and techniques to provide sports therapy to uninjured clients. Students will also start to develop the skills to evaluate strategies and methods for future practice. Assessments for these modules will be through presentation, lab-based assessments and essays.
In term three we will spend some time explaining to you what is meant by work based learning and how it should be carried out to meet the needs of the course. You will then undertake a work based learning project, the content of which will be decided by you in agreement with your employer and college tutor.
Please note that the module grid shows the anticipated order of delivery – timings may change due to availability of specialist staff.
Do I require any previous knowledge or entry qualifications?
- Under 21s require 2 A levels (64 UCAS points), including one in Science / PE / Sports Studies, or a BTEC National Diploma in Sport or the equivalent.
- Over 21s - a Level 3 qualification; Certificate / Diploma in Sports Massage or a National Diploma in Sport Studies, or a related area or equivalent. Mature students without traditional qualifications may also be accepted on the basis of suitable experience and ability, completion of a short assessment, references and interview. Each Application will be considered on its own individual merit.
Please note if you do not have a grade C or above in English and/or Maths you will be required to complete a skills screener paper.
A requirement of the course is for applicants to complete a relevant work placement or employment for a minimum of 100 hours throughout the course.
How much time do I need to spend on home study?
You should expect to complete a minimum of at least 4 or 5 hours additional work outside attendance at college per week.
What will the course lead to?
Successful completion of the course will lead to an award of a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport Injury & Treatment, from The University of Chichester. Students can progress to careers such as a Sports Rehabilitator, Massage Therapist, Massage Practitioner, Sport Health Promotion and related areas. Students will have the requisite knowledge and skills to be able to work independently in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage therapist, once appropriate insurance cover has been gained. Those wishing to obtain membership of the Society of Sports Therapists will require a conversion course. This programme is accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
How will I be assessed?
Assessment includes essays, reports, individual and group presentations, lab based assessments, multiple choice tests, case studies, research reports, examinations and several project based assignments. These strategies are also designed to enable the development of key transferable skills in the workplace.
The fee for this course for 2021 entry is £5,950 per year (3 year course). For further information about fees and funding visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance.
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Meet the tutors
James Kirkpatrick BSc, MSc, SST, HEA teaching Fellow, Clinical Director at The Recovery Room
James has worked in the sports profession for all of his life. He has been a professional tennis coach and is a practising sports therapist. He has a passion for teaching and improving the health and well-being of others and his areas of special interest include lower limb biomechanics, tendinopathy and chronic overuse injury, as well as coping with chronic pain. James is also trained in shockwave therapy for chronic tendinopathy. In his spare time, he is an avid trail runner and enjoys running distances from half marathons to ultra-marathons (38 miles).
James has been Programme Leader for our BSc (Hons) Sport Injury and Treatment course for a number of years and is happy to be contacted with any queries or questions from potential students (email@example.com).
Sheena Davis BSc (Hons), MSc, MSST
Sheena obtained a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree in 2015 and an MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine degree in 2017. Sheena teaches on our BSc (Hons) Sport Injury & Treatment degree, as well as on our VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy course. Sheena's specialist subject is Anatomy and Physiology and she teaches this to students across a range of our courses, including the VTCT Beauty and Complementary programmes.
Sheena achieved her Level 3 Assessors award at Peter Symonds Adult & Higher Education Division in 2019. She has valuable experience working in sports teams and at events internationally. In addition to her teaching roles, she also works in a Sports Therapy Clinic providing sports injury assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and sports massage to all physically active individuals. She has an interest in the physiology of headaches & neck pain, neural injuries and the risk factors for bony injury.