Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sport and Exercise Therapy

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Course summary

Immerse yourself in the world of sport, exercise, injury and rehabilitation. Get hands-on experience in our accredited labs in Cambridge, and graduate ready to work as a professional sport therapist. Sport or exercise therapists are a vital cog in the sport medicine teams that work with both professional athletes and in communities. Our brand-new degree course will give you the skills to work with a range of patients with different injuries, using evidence-based practice to bring them back to optimal levels of fitness and performance. All players need professional support pre-, during and post-performance – and sport therapists are the recognised people to work in this space. You're likely to find yourself working at sporting events, dealing with a range of emergencies, and also behind the scenes, bringing athletes back from injury over a number of weeks or months. But there are opportunities outside of professional sport too. Our course recognises broader national concerns about low levels of physical activity, and an aging population, leading to increases in incidents of poor health and susceptibility to injury. There's an emerging need for qualified healthcare professionals to work with groups or individuals in rehabilitation and also exercise referral in the wider population. You’ll learn to work safely and ethically as a sport or exercise therapist in our accredited labs in the Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Science. We cover the core principles of sport and exercise science, alongside focused sport and exercise therapy modules. So, you can expect to get involved in a wide range of activities, from learning to provide pitch-side first-aid, dealing with spinal injuries, and delivering sport massage, to diagnosing injuries, formulating rehabilitation techniques, learning high-level exercise physiology, and delivering strength and conditioning training. By studying at ARU, you'll benefit from highly-experienced lecturers, including practising sport therapists, coaches, conditioning specialists, sports analysts, psychologists, nutritionists, and world-leading researchers. Our team currently includes a Paralympian World Record holder, Scottish Women’s Rugby player and Judo champion. We also host visiting guest speakers as part of our Excellence in Sport seminar series, which has had an array of speakers including Olympians, world record holders, elite coaches, an International Cricketer and Commonwealth gold medallist! Our course is accredited by the Society of Sport Therapists, the leading professional body in the UK.

Course details


Year 1 Anatomy and Physiology Introduction to Human Movement Foundation Skills in Sport and Exercise Therapy Anatomy and Joint Assessment for Sports Therapists Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Applied Research Skills Year 2: Physiological Profiling for Endurance Functional Rehabilitation - SST Applied Sports Therapy Applied Research and Employability Physiological Profiling for Strength and Power Strength and Conditioning Year 3: Rehabilitation for Performance – SST Contemporary Issues for Sport and Exercise Therapy Practice Professional Practice in Sport Therapy Undergraduate Research Project Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Assessment method

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. These include presentations, practical skills tests, scientific reports, case study critiques, online assessments and a research project.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Society of Sports Therapists

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

2020 entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when Apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic Level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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