Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation BSc (Hons)
Course code C630
What is special about this course?
If you are interested in a career that involves working with people in the sports industry, in the maintenance or improvement of their sporting performance, then BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation is the course for you.
There are a growing range of employment opportunities for people who want to work in sports therapy. There is also increasing appreciation that people who are involved in sport – whether at professional, amateur or recreational level – need appropriate and specific support to avoid injury, treat injury and plan and provide appropriate post-injury rehabilitation.
This course combines both the scientific knowledge and practical skills necessary to become an accomplished sports therapist. You will be taught by our expert team of sports therapy and rehabilitation professionals and have access to excellent on-campus sports facilities. In addition, work placement opportunities will enable you to relate your acquired theoretical knowledge to real-life practices.
- Taught by our expert team of sports therapy and rehabilitation professionals
- Access to excellent on-campus sports facilities at our Academy of Sport and Wellbeing
- Work placement opportunities will enable you to relate your acquired theoretical knowledge to real-life practices
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- Entry to year one, HNC, is 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above plus a core skills profile at SCQF level 5 with communication at SCQF level 6, or equivalent OR
- 2 A levels at grade D or above plus relevant GCSE equivalent core skills
- Alternatively, National Qualification at SCQF level 6, S/NVQ level 3, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject area, eg health or sport
- Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis
- This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
You may be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.
Year 1 - HNC
Year one of the course is the HNC Soft Tissue Therapy
Year 2 - HND
Year two of the course is HND Sports Therapy
Year 3 - BSc
You will study the following core modules:
- Research methods (sport)
- The professional practitioner - ethics, policy and practice
- Manual therapy 1
- Design, manage and evaluate human fitness and physical performance OR Work placement: industry-specific skills (recommended choice)
You will also choose one option module which may include:
- Sports nutrition and dietary considerations
- Applied sport and exercise psychology
- Sports and exercise science: a critical analysis
- Strength and conditioning
- Analysing physical activity, lifestyle and adherence
Year 4 - BSc (Hons)
You will study the following core modules:
- Manual therapy 2
- Advanced sports rehabilitation
- Small business planning
You will also choose one optional module which may include:
- Delivering physical activities and sport development programmes
- Work placement: professional practice
- Physical activity for all
- Sports and exercise psychology
- Legal issues in sport and fitness
You must also complete a dissertation (sport).
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions on campus and in the community
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
- Part-time (unstructured): Variable
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£915||£915|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£305||£305|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the following fees apply:
|Year||Level||2023-24 Full-time||2024-25 Full-time|
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,542.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. Students will get an automatic scholarship of £4,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Year||Level||2023-24 Full-time||With scholarship||2024-25 Full-time||With scholarship|
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year||£15,360||£15,996|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£7,680||£7,998|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£2,560||£2,666|
Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.
Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.
- You will be required to cover the cost of a branded polo shirt, sport therapist insurance cover (this will be facilitated by your lecturer), and professional body student membership
What can I do on completion of my course?
On successful completion of BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation you may pursue a career in areas such as:
- Independent therapist
- Within sports clubs, with sports teams and at events
- Working with other professionals (eg physiotherapists, coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, or nutritionists)
- Employment in single or multi-disciplinary clinics providing clinical sports massage treatments
- Teaching/lecturing in sports therapy and rehabilitation
- You can also diversify to apply your skills to treat overuse injuries in an occupational setting
Can I progress into further study?
On successful completion of BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation you may wish to pursue further postgraduate studies.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
I’d lived in London most of my life, so moving here meant that I could enjoy the great outdoors, as well as there being less crowds and less traffic.
I did a lot of research into sports therapy courses, but found this one to be very appealing and unique. It has the option of always gaining an industry recognised qualification after each year and the learning is more personal rather than being taught in huge lecture theatres. Speaking to lecturers beforehand really helped to answer all my questions and they are all knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
The campus offers excellent on-site facilities with an outstanding training clinic. There’s also the opportunity to work as a sports therapist on-campus, which is a great way to gain experience and earn money whilst studying something you enjoy.
Niral Lacman is studying on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitationat at Perth College UHI.
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