Sports Therapy FdSc

Sports Therapy is becoming increasingly popular and this Foundation Degree programme integrates academic learning and the development of practical skills to an advanced level.

Course Information

  • Course Type University Level / Higher Technical Education
  • Subject Area Health and Science - HTE
  • Qualification Foundation Degree (FdA, FdEng, FdSc)
  • Study Mode: Full time or Part time
  • Course Level Level 5
  • Location Sports Hall, Gym & Dance Studio
  • Course Length This is a two year, full time programme. A part time option is available.
  • Start Date September Yearly
  • Day Up to three days a week.
  • Fee £7,795 (full time) or £3,898 (part time)
  • Course Code BC36 FdSc/SpTh

Sports Therapy is becoming increasingly popular and 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 programme is accredited by the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO) which will entitle you to membership during your studies. The programme is also validated and awarded by the University of Plymouth.

As part of the programme you will run a sports injury clinic internal to the college and you will be involved in working with Sports Academy students pitch side at training and competitions. There are opportunities to attend external sporting events and work with other practitioners. There are also external speakers and courses to develop your employability skills. These include First Aid, safeguarding, kinesiology taping, exercise based rehabilitation and a variety of master classes.

We also offer sports therapy and massage treatments.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, practical sessions, lab sessions and group work. The majority of the programme is assessed through written reports, presentations, practical sessions, case studies and seminars. There are some timed assessments and examinations.

Year 1

  • Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Physiology for Sports Therapy
  • Manual Therapy Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Introduction to Assessment of the injured athlete

Year 2

  • Musculoskeletal Examination and Anatomy of the injured athlete
  • Research Methods in Sports Therapy
  • Movement Analysis in Sports Therapy
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Rehabilitation for Sports Injury and Health Conditions
  • Advanced Physiology for Sports Therapists

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On successful completion of the programme, you may be able to progress on to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree at Exeter College or to any honours degree related to sport at University of Plymouth. Please note, there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

This course can also lead to employment or self-employment in a clinical environment; treating a variety of patients for sports and occupational injuries. Or employment within amateur sports clubs.

Entry Requirements

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points including GCSE grade C or above in English Language and maths (or equivalent). GCSE Science at grade C or above is desirable (or equivalent). If you have another Level 3 qualification it needs to be in an appropriate discipline e.g. BTEC National Diploma in Sport, AS/A Level subjects to include one of Physical Education (PE), Psychology, Biology, Sociology, or other qualification such as NVQ3, CYQ, Massage qualification etc. Please note, an A Level in General Studies does not count towards the 64 UCAS points. GCSE Maths and English is required at grade C (or 4) or above (or equivalent O Level).


Sports Hall (off Queen Street), with access to Learning Resource Centres, study areas, cafes and computer suites. Specialist equipment includes Isokinetic Dynamometer, Body Composition Machines, Lipid Analysers, Ultrasound and Rehabilitation equipment.

Additional Costs

Year one –
• Enhanced DBS Check £54
• Induction Activity / Visits £15
• Emergency PitchSide First Aid course (if required – current certificate to be produced if exempt) £50
• Sports Therapy Organisation (STO) Case Study Insurance £14
• Other CPD Courses from £60 per day (e.g. RockTape)
• Kit £80

Year two –

• Sports Therapy Organisation (STO) Case Study Insurance £14
• Other CPD Courses from £60 per day (e.g. RockTape)
Further details on the additional costs will be provided prior to enrolment.

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