University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Warwick

Sports and Exercise Therapy

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Course summary

This course is accredited by the University of Warwick OVERVIEW From working alongside professional footballers to treating sports injuries in a clinic, qualified sports and exercise therapists are in demand across the sports, health and leisure industries. Our specialist Sports and Exercise Therapy foundation degree combines academic learning with developing your practical sports and exercise therapy skills to an advanced level, opening up a wide range of career options when you graduate. Having developed your understanding of the therapist’s role, the science of sports and exercise therapy and rehabilitation techniques, you will have a vast array of opportunities to gain experience putting your training to the test in the real world. Our past students have gained prestigious placements with Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and with the Scottish Rugby Union at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Six Nations, as well as working for a host of other prolific sports clubs, organisations and events. You will also have the chance to work in University College Birmingham’s cutting-edge sports facilities, including our sports injury/massage clinics and our Human Performance Centre on campus. During your studies, you can gain a variety of further industry qualifications including sports massage and first aid. On completing our Sports and Exercise Therapy course, you will also be qualified to join the industry’s professional body, The Society of Sports Therapists. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Work placements – Build invaluable professional work experience through a variety of placement opportunities – past students have worked with top-level football and rugby clubs and national sports teams
  • Practical application – Put your therapy skills into practice in our on-campus clinics and at major sporting events, such as the London Marathon and Ride Across Britain
  • Enrichment – Enjoy a variety of industry trips and events including St George’s Park, King’s College London/Wembley Stadium and our annual Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Conference, as well as having opportunities to complete additional qualifications (Lubas FASE 1 and 2, ITEC Level 4 massage)
  • Award-winning university – Study at the University of the Year offering the best Student Support in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022)
FACILITIES Our students train in our clinics which provide a variety of services to professional athletes, students and members of the public. The clinics feature equipment including ultrasound/electrotherapy equipment, a rehabilitation area and fully-equipped gym. You will also have use of our Human Performance Centre, featuring the latest equipment including a 35m sprint track, eight lifting platforms, an anti-gravity treadmill and more. We also share the £3m Avery Fields complex with Bournville RFC, offering an all-weather pitch, two grass pitches and a clubhouse with function room and modern changing facilities. PLACEMENTS Placements are a requirement of The Society of Sports Therapists, so we encourage students on our course to gain work experience throughout your studies, working on placement with professional sports therapists. Employers we have worked with include the Scotland Rugby team, Team Scotland, Aston Villa FC, Leicester Tigers RFC, West Bromwich Albion Ladies FC, West Midlands Fire Service and Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge (physiotherapy department). CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Sports therapist
  • Sports physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Personal trainer
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Higher education lecturer
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BSc (Hons) degree.
  • Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Personal Development and Evidence Based Practice
  • Exercise Science for Sports Therapists
  • Introduction to Sports Injury Management
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Fundamentals of Movement Assessment
  • Exercise Instruction for Sports Therapists
YEAR 2
  • Pathology of Sports Injuries
  • Peripheral and Spinal Assessment
  • Research for Sports Therapists
  • Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation 1
  • Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation 2
- Screening and Intervention for Injury Prevention

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk ASSESSMENT Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

  • Coursework – 40%
  • Practical assessment – 44%
  • Written examinations – 16%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C602
Institution code:
B35
Campus name:
University College Birmingham
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Other

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
75%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-fees/ EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx
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