Sports and Exercise Therapy at Coventry University - UCAS

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Course summary

On our Society of Sports Therapists accredited course, we aim to create independent practitioners grounded in musculoskeletal, exercise physiology, treatment, and rehabilitation knowledge with an emphasis on performance underpinned by sports science principles. The design of our accredited course develops you into an independent practitioner set for the healthcare, sporting, and practice-based environments. You will learn how to manage a range of clients from the young to the elderly, from the sedentary, to the elite independent and team-based sporting populations.

  • You will be guided and supported in your studies by expert academic practitioners who continue to work clinically within the discipline, alongside active research involvement. This ensures you will have access to a wide range of professional networks and links throughout the industry.
  • You will benefit from outstanding facilities and the opportunities to work at local, national and international events with elite and community-based sports people (subject to availability).
  • On graduation, you will be 'practice ready' and able to start your career as a Sports and Exercise Therapist working in sporting, healthcare or community settings.
Key Course Benefits
  • You will get the opportunity to study in the multi-million-pound Alison Gingell building with specialist sports therapy suite, physiology and biomechanics laboratories and industry-standard equipment*.
  • You will explore the structure and function of the human body and how to employ a variety of therapy techniques including massage, soft tissue manipulation and exercise programmes. This will be expanded to include joint mobilisation techniques and management of acute emergency situations. In addition, you will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the application of scientific disciplines such as psychology and nutrition to your clients.
  • Your dedicated lecturers continue to work with international, national and local athletes as well as within successful private practices, and look to support and develop you into the next generation of Sports and Exercise Therapists (staff subject to change).
  • Our students have provided support at the World and British Transplant Games and have worked with a variety of elite sports teams including Wasps RFC, Coventry City Football Club, and Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Team.
Accreditation and professional recognition This course is accredited* by the following bodies: The Society of Sports Therapists On successful completion, you should be eligible for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) (additional costs and SST requirements apply) allowing you to be able to practice as a Sports Therapist in a wide variety of settings. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


Year One Modules studied in year one aim to provide the scientific knowledge underpinning therapeutic techniques. This includes understanding human anatomy and the involvement of complex structures in understanding the body’s movement. You will cover the science of exercise through our bespoke biomechanics and strength and conditioning modules as we develop your understanding of their applications within the rehabilitation pathway. You will also have the opportunity to gain skills in soft tissue techniques in preparation for running our onsite massage clinic. Modules Professional Skills in Sports and Exercise Therapy - 20 credits Soft Tissue Therapy - 20 credits Foundations of Anatomy - 20 credits Biomechanics for Sports and Exercise Therapists - 20 credits Principles of Strength and Conditioning - 20 credits Functional Anatomy and Injuries - 20 credits Year Two In year two you will have the opportunity (under supervision) to utilise your skills in the on-site massage clinic, open to the public, and will be taught joint manipulation techniques. You will be taught how to assess and manage injury, and how to employ rehabilitation programmes. In addition, exercise physiology is taught, which is focused on sporting performance and how Sports and Exercise Therapists can support and enhance athletic function. Preparation for the final year project begins with a focus on designing and analysing research investigations. Modules Functional Rehabilitation - 20 credits Trauma Management - 20 credits Manual Therapy - 20 credits Applied Rehabilitation of a Client - 0 credits Performance Rehabilitation and Conditioning - 20 credits Research in Sports and Exercise Therapy - 20 credits Clinical Preparation - 20 credits Placement Year There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement* can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee* of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. Final Year In the final year, you will lead the university’s Sports and Exercise Therapy student clinic and/or in an external clinic or sporting placement*, whereby you should build a portfolio of evidence of clinical competency to fulfil post-graduation requirements for registration with the SST*. You will learn the importance of screening and profiling in order to enhance your rehabilitation strategy with consideration for nutritional and psychological aspects of their needs. You will have the chance to design and undertake a research project. Modules Clinical Practice - 20 credits Project Development - 20 credits Screening and Profiling - 20 credits Clinical Experience - 20 credits Independent Research Project - 20 credits Effective Multidisciplinary Practices - 20 credits We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website. For further information on accreditation, please check the course page on the Coventry University website and the SST website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Formal examinations Essays Group work Presentations Reports Projects Coursework Individual assignments The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Professional bodies

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

  • The Society of Sports Therapists

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Student Outcomes

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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.

Additional fee information

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Sports and Exercise Therapy at Coventry University - UCAS