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Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: CB63

Eager to learn the skills needed to keep athletes in peak physical condition? This applied sports therapy degree provides hands-on experience working with clients in our on-campus clinic. And it’s accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.


Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Sport and Physical Activity
Department: Sport and Physical Activity
A Sports Therapy student monitors one of their peers as they ride an exercise bike.

The human body is often pushed to its limits in pursuit of sporting excellence. Unfortunately, injury can be a unwanted consequence of this. You’ll learn how to keep athletes in top condition and how to help injured athletes through rehabilitation, by planning and implementing a comprehensive programme. Imagine the feeling when you help someone return to peak fitness and competitive sport.

Our sports therapy degree is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists, which means you’ll be working to the highest professional standards. Plus, when you graduate, you’ll be eligible for membership of The Society of Sports Therapists which carries professional malpractice & public liability insurance .

The Department of Sport and Physical Activity has excellent multipurpose facilities, including specialist laboratories, dedicated sports therapy clinical areas and bespoke rehabilitation and musculoskeletal suites. We also have football, rugby and hockey pitches, tennis courts, athletics track and field, a swimming pool and a fitness suite. All of which you’ll use as part of your study on our sports therapy degree.

Society of Sports Therapists logo.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Professional accreditation

  • Professional practice placements

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

What you'll study

In your first year, we’ll introduce you to the key skills and knowledge required to become a successful sport therapist. You’ll develop fundamental knowledge and skills in areas such as anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise therapy and injury assessment and treatment. This will all be a useful grounding for the next two years of your degree.

Compulsory modules:

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Critical Enquiry and Academic Skills for Sports Therapy
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Exercise Therapy
Introduction to Kinesiology
Sports Therapy 1
Sports Therapy 2

In Year 2 you’ll continue to build on your sports therapy skills. You’ll learn more about the underpinning scientific principles in sports therapy in applied modules such as kinesiology and anatomy and physiology. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your practitioner skills through the sports therapy clinical practice module, when you’ll work with clients in our on-campus sports therapy clinic.

Compulsory modules:

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Anatomy and Physiology
Manual Therapy 1
Research Methods
Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
Sports Therapy Clinical Practice

Your final year gives you the opportunity to develop as an autonomous practitioner. You’ll put everything you’ve learnt into practice as you develop sports therapy treatment plans and rehabilitation programmes. We’ll help you build on your understanding of treatment methods and apply your knowledge practically in a clinical work placement. You’ll also complete a dissertation on an area of sports therapy of your choice.

Compulsory modules:

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Advanced Clinical Practice
Functional Rehabilitation
Manual Therapy 2
Strength and Conditioning for Sports Therapy

How you'll study

The degree takes a hands-on approach, with practical experience gained in our purpose-built and well-equipped biomechanics, physiology and psychology laboratories and sports therapy clinical areas. You will also have lectures, small group seminars, tutorials, workshops, taught practical sessions and ICT-based learning. For each module you will have a detailed booklet that tells you what sessions are about, what to read and how you will be assessed, as well as offering coursework guidance.

Students will gain extensive clinical practice experience throughout the programme within our on-site sports therapy clinic in the first two years and within a professional/semi-professional club in the final year of the degree.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed using practical examinations, clinical portfolios, essays, critical analysis of papers, oral presentations, case studies and independent research.

Who will be teaching you

The teaching team are highly experienced and enthusiastic with a real commitment to teaching and supporting students. Dynamic, friendly and supportive of individual student’s needs, staff are also actively involved in research and consultancy projects that influence the development of sport therapy and which directly feed into your degree.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 128 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Physical Education or a Science subject.

This course is approved by the Society of Sports Therapists. When offers of places are made, consideration will be taken of the Standards of Practice and Proficiency of the Society with regards to your personal fitness and capability to practice.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level ABB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM).
T Level Overall grade of Distinction.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Wilson CentreBased in the Wilson Centre, the Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work underpinned by outstanding facilities. There are dedicated laboratories in performance analysis, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, musculoskeletal, biochemistry, vision analysis, sleep, exercise and performance, and functional rehabilitation, as well as a sports therapy clinic.

Extensive use is also made of the on-campus leisure facilities which include top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. Our sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.

Where you'll study

Wilson Centre

Sports Centre

Learning resources

There is a dedicated sports therapy clinic, providing a clinical learning environment in which you will gain practical experience with your peers and external clients. Cutting edge musculoskeletal assessment tools combine with a dedicated strength and conditioning area in our MSk laboratory, while a rehabilitation centre enables bespoke rehabilitation programmes to be implemented for individuals or small groups.


Tuition fees

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The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

By the time you finish your degree, you’ll have specific skills and knowledge directly related to sports therapy. You’ll also have a range of transferable skills that will equip you for a graduate role or further study.

Our graduates go on to have exciting careers in sports therapy, whether they are self-employed or working within a club, clinic or educational setting. Some go into related fields such as wellness and health, chiropractic or physiotherapy. Here are just some of their job roles:

  • self-employed sports therapist
  • working for professional and semi-professional sports teams
  • sports therapist in multidisciplinary clinic team
  • women’s sport therapist
  • strength and conditioning coach

Other students continue on to postgraduate study, such as our MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health. Or they train to become teachers with a PGCE in primary, secondary in physical education, or within further education, for example.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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