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          bsc (hons) sports therapy

          train as a professional sports therapist to prevent and treat injuries.

          400 hours (minimum) of clinical experience

          entry requirements

          three a-levels at grades bbc or above.

          or btec triple grades dmm or above,

          or access 30-42 d/m with minimum 18d.

          and gcse english language at grade 4 or grade c or above.

          applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

          ucas points 112

          ucas code c631

          duration 3 years full-time and part-time options available

          how to apply for this course

          course summary

          the sports therapy industry is growing at a rapid pace and demand for skilled, expert professionals is increasing in line. accredited by the sports therapy organisation (sto), our bsc sports therapy degree has been carefully developed to meet the demands of modern sports therapy employers.

          the course comprises enriching theoretical and evidence-based study, blended with practical application in our world-class sports centre and a minimum of 400 clinical hours of hands-on experience. students will experience the practical side of sports therapy from the very beginning of the course with hands-on training in our sports therapy clinic with supervision by qualified staff. these practical sessions are always underpinned by the scientific principles of therapeutic interventions and developments.

          in the clinic students will learn how to use the latest technologies, e.g. diagnostic ultrasound, anti-gravity treadmill, rs footscan, laser therapy, interferential therapy etc., for clinical assessment and rehabilitation.  as a student of our bsc (hons) sports therapy programme, you will have opportunities to use and conduct research and clinical assessments with various highly advanced equipment at our state of the art bases accredited Biomechanics & Physiology Laboratories.

          you will gain valuable knowledge and experience in functional anatomy, physiology for sport and rehabilitation, sports biomechanics, soft tissue therapy, sport science and strength and conditioning to lend strong foundations for whichever career route you choose to take.

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          sarah: so our undergraduate courses are accredited degrees by the sports therapy organization and british association of sport rehabilitation and athletic trainers. both of the programs are very similar in terms of their context. we try and engage a really practical aspect to it. so we try and get the students involved from year one with sports massage, with soft tissue techniques. we encourage them then to be looking at placement opportunities and we've got a massive array of different placements, organized placements with professional teams with recreational athletes. we've got a fully operational sports injury clinic in sports centre as well. so it gives them that real exposure to the public as well as supporting that with the theory behind the independence.

          helena: i chose marjon because the facilities for this course are second to none. also, from a sports point of view, the facilities onsite are really incredible. not a lot of universities offer so many facilities on campus as well. and i liked the size of the uni. we've been offered loads of placements this year as first years, which is amazing. it allows you to, it teaches you things that you can't learn in the clinic. it's like really important, especially for your employability outside, because you can be really good at academic work, but if you want to work or succeed in this course, or even in this career, you need to have really good experience treating people, different pathologies, different populations. so it's really important to get that hands on practice with people. the great thing about this uni is that whatever year you're in, you're always meeting people. also, they have so many student nights for people, so the social life is really good. and you're just with, it's like a family. i think that's one thing that marjon really has just due to the size of the campus. everyone knows everyone and it's just really good fun. you make some really good friends.

          laura: for me from where i'm from, i'm from more of the countryside, the smaller areas. i'm not used to big cities. so being on a campus this size, and it's really lovely, you get to know everyone. i've already gotten to know people from the years above me on the same course. everyone is so lovely. it just felt right. and due to it being a sports uni, i love my sport too much. i've played lacrosse, basketball, hockey, badminton, everything i could try. and with all the facilities on site and makes it so much more easier.

          rebecca: i would definitely say come and study at marjon. it's probably been one of the best decisions that i've made. i really enjoy it here. you know, all the lecturers are all really helpful. so there's like a lot of support sort of academically. and then you've got, you know, student support and things that side where they help with like financial problems or, you know, problems at home or anything that might be happening off campus. so, yeah. so, if anyone's kind of debating between marjon and on a different university, i would definitely say for the personal touch, come here.

          why this course at marjon?

          course is accredited by the sport therapy organisation (sto).

          our close industry relationships giving you placement opportunities with sports organisations like plymouth raiders, plymouth argyle fc, plymouth devils speedway, torquay united and the military.

          develop your skills with real patients in our on-site commercial sport therapy clinic.

          prepare for a career in sport by working as part as an undergraduate sport performance team with students from other degree programmes e.g. sport scientists, rehabilitators, strength and conditioning coaches.

          learn to use the latest treatment technologies, e.g. diagnostic ultrasound, an anti-gravity treadmill, rs footscan, electrotherapy modalities for clinical assessment and rehabilitation treatments.

          a minimum of 400 hours hands on clinical experiences.

          students say...

          steph beck

          “i love the practical aspect of the course, being able to work with a wide variety of different clients who have different types of pain, symptoms and injuries. i’ve gained knowledge on how the body functions and what happens if the body isn’t functioning properly. i now understand how to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a variety of different injuries. my confidence when working with different sports and every day injuries has increased as every day i am put in situations that make me learn.”

          kelly kemp

          “i enjoy the practical side of the course, working in the sports therapy clinic and discovering hands-on which treatments work best for different injuries. my writing skills are stronger from writing case studies, lab reports and presentations and i have developed the ability to critically analyse research.my self-confidence has increased substantially from working in the clinic and pitch-side with sports teams. i am now confident in assessing, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating injuries.”

          karen eccles

          “i enjoy learning about how the use of manual therapies can help injured athletes with various conditions and i enjoy helping fellow students with their sports injuries. i also enjoy meeting up with my course mates during and after lectures. i’m challenged and made to think and i’ve learnt to think critically, not just accepting everything i read.”

          this course is perfect if you're curious about

          do sport therapists only treat athletes or the general public?

          how can i get an injured athlete ready for the next competition?

          does kinesiology tape (brightly coloured tape) actually work?

          does massaging an athlete after training improve recovery?

          do i put ice or heat on an injury?

          “the student’s knowledge throughout the training season has been a massive boost to the team. i have to comment on their professionalism, which they excelled in. they conducted themselves in a fantastic manor. not only did they support us at the championships, but they supported other crews that competed, making them integral to the event and i thank them greatly for their willingness! i have received many positive comments regarding their skills and help provided.”
          sub lt emily gunning - hmnb devonport field gun crew

          what might you become?

          we are renowned for producing excellent vocationally focused graduates. this course prepares students to work as exercise professionals in preventative and rehabilitative treatment for the national health service (nhs). it equips them for careers as clinical demonstrators, as performance specialists with professional sports clubs and governing bodies and as rehabilitation specialists both the private and public sectors, working in sports clubs and sports injury clinics. our students are also well prepared for a number of roles with the armed forces.

          our graduates have gone on to work for companies including plymouth argyle, plymouth albion, exeter chiefs and torquay united, and setting up their own successful businesses. graduates are also eligible for further study and could progress to a masters degree, a phd or train as a teacher with a postgraduate certificate of education (pgce).



          show video transcript

          mike: so, basically, we deal with kind of musculoskeletal injuries, so that's muscles and bones. so, similar principle to physiotherapy, except that we're more the musculoskeletal side of it. so, we deal with all kinds of sports injuries and kind of generic injuries, disc herniations, spinal disorders, your hamstring strains, your acl, so kind of a wide range of different kind of sporting injuries and generic kind of health related pathologies.

          so, i was studying down at truro college, which was a partnership through plymouth university, and i was doing a foundation in sports rehabilitation. the small kind of class sizes kind of benefited me as well. the quality of teaching certainly kind of swayed me to come into marjon to continue kind of my studies. think i've bridged a lot of gaps that i felt like i needed to and learned certainly a hell of a lot in a year. although it's just been a year being a top-up student, it's definitely kind of benefited me, no end. a few areas i feel really pleased with, i've kind of bridged and expanded my knowledge and certainly got a lot more practice in the therapy clinic that we got here. i've managed to get quite a few hours in here, and you regularly find me in here a week.

          we've got a contract at the moment with the plymouth raiders, so i work quite extensively with one individual player doing some one-on-one rehab. we had a placement module on this degree program, which mine was with the women's football team here. so, i just provide pitch side assistance and come in here, bring some of the girls in for clinic, and just kind of rehab them and get them back to playing, or manage any ongoing issues that they had. it was kind of like a half clinic based and half a pitch side/slight immediate first aid, but i found my results yesterday. i got first, so i was actually ecstatic for that. so yeah, i was absolutely over the moon to get that. i did. i just, i didn't think i was going to get a first, so i was absolutely ecstatic.

          i'd like to kind of consolidate. so, at the minute, i've got a couple of jobs, so i work in the internship throughout the summer here, and then i have a pitch side job as well, which is with a local football team. so, like i do, i'm included in much a similar capacity that i was with the women's football team here. so, again, it's a bit of continuity, but i think i would like to consolidate kind of what i've learned from my foundation degree and get some more practice in because you can never say you've made it, really. i think it's always ... there's always, in our vocation, kind of room for improvement. there's always something you can be better at, even if it's just social interaction with clients or perhaps manual therapy techniques or keeping up to date with current trends.


          accredited by:

          sports therapy organisation

          modules for this course

          course snapshot

          in the first year we learnt the basic anatomy and physiology needed to assess soft tissue injuries and we got hands-on experience learning massage techniques. in our second year we learnt about clinical diagnoses and different treatment techniques, and personal training and gym instructor qualifications are built in to the coaching module. third year involves injury prevention, strength and conditioning as well as a dissertation. there’s loads of placement opportunities throughout the degree, including at the on-site marjon sports therapy clinic.
          hannah - third year, bsc (hons) sports therapy


          1st year

          engaging with learning: personal and professional development
          introduction to sport, exercise and health psychology
          explore the psychological behaviours that relate to high level sports performance, emotional health and wellbeing and coping with injury.
          anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise sciences
          functional anatomy for sport therapy and rehabilitation
          working on hands-on palpation skills. learning about muscles, ligaments, tendon, bony points and common injuries.
          soft tissue theory
          learn soft tissue techniques (sport massage), taping athletes and gaining 50 hours hands on experience with real clients. this module can lead to fht accreditation (100 hours).
          musculoskeletal assessment
          learning how to assess a patient (subjective and objective assessments), performing orthopaedic testing and linking to sport injuries.

          2nd year

          research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences
          learning about how to research and the techniques required to help you produce your dissertation in year 3.
          work based learning
          100 hours work placement in the industry. great opportunities available in the local area – clinics, sport teams and professional clubs.
          injury treatment modalities
          learning about and using different treatment techniques - therapeutic ultrasound, game ready, anti-gravity treadmill, taping, tens and inferential machines. shadowing year 3 students in clinic (50 hours).
          principles of exercise, coaching and rehabilitation
          introduction to the techniques required to rehabilitate an athlete back to full functional fitness.
          manual therapy of the spine
          learning how to assess and treat the spine.
          pathology and clinical reasoning
          investigating how the body heals after injury. discussing clinical reasoning.

          3rd year

          honours project
          a research project within the area of sport therapy.
          injury biomechanics
          investigating injury prevention techniques through a better understanding of the biomechanics of injury and disability.
          strength training, conditioning and rehabilitation
          looking at strength and conditioning techniques and how these are used in rehabilitation programmes.
          diagnostic, rehabilitation and injury management
          looking at new innovative techniques involved in the diagnosis, rehabilitation and management of injury.
          sport therapy - clinical experience
          spend 200 hours gaining hands on experience within our busy commercial sport injury clinic. have the opportunity to treat a whole range of patients from the weekend warrior to professional athletes.

          fees and funding

          fees uk students: £9,250 per annum

          fees for international students: £12,000 per annum

          additional costs:

          students are required to self-fund the following:

          • dbs check (£52)
          • a first aid course (if you have not completed one)
          • marjon sports kit (£25-100)
          • printing costs
          • travel costs associated with placements and case studies
          • insurance for work placements (£35 per year)

          teaching and assessment

          how will you be taught?

          teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, clinical experience and practical sessions. practical teaching takes place in our dedicated sport therapy teaching clinic, commercial clinic and our bases accredited physiology and biomechanics laboratories.


          how will you be assessed?

          assessment methods include- case studies, written exams, essays, laboratory reports, poster, competence based exams and practical exams.

          course leader

          sarah catlow

          sarah has worked with international, national and local sports persons from a variety of disciplines for over 20 years. she has worked within championship football, professional basketball, academy squads within professional rugby and football and professional ice hockey. she holds professional qualifications in manual therapy, acupuncture and she is a tutor for the rfu intermediate care in sport qualification. she is also a member of the sports therapy organisation (sto) executive committee, complementary and natural health care council, federation of holistic therapists (fht), british association of sport and exercise sciences (bases) and the british association of sport rehabilitators and trainers (basrat).

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          sherrie choy


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          sherrie is a chartered physiotherapist and a member of the acucpuncture association of chartered physiotherapists (aacp). she is an experienced lecturer and has held various positions as senior physiotherapist in the nhs, specialising in pulmonary rehabilitation, acute care and early orthopedic rehabilitation in the community. her research interest is musculoskeletal injury management and exercise prescription for chronic disease groups.

          victoria evans


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          vicki specialises in exercise rehabilitation and has worked with diverse groups including adolescents and injured members if the fire service. she supervises clinical practice when students are working in the marjon sports therapy clinic.

          sarah martin

          senior lecturer

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          sarah teaches sports therapy and rehabilitation. she managed her own successful private clinic in plymouth, and worked with plymouth devils speedway team before joining the university. she is working on a phd focusing on the ageing process in senior female golfers.

          professor gary shum


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          gary is an honorary associate professor for the royal devon and exeter nhs foundation trust where he conducts research in back pain and nerve biomechanics. he is a practising chartered physiotherapist and brings a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal injury and diagnosis including diagnostic ultrasound imaging.

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          saul: well, there's a huge amount going on in health sciences at the moment. we've had a number of programs, both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. not only have we got really strong academic credibility of our programs, but also we really work very hard with them on our networks, so that they can get good employability opportunities, good placement opportunities. all our courses are accredited so they're recognized by the professional bodies, which really does help our students stand out to combine those three components.

          onsite at the university, we have a number of programs that offer service delivery. we have patients in the nhs, which our students help support to rehabilitate and really improve the quality of their life. it's quite an exciting opportunity for us to use to join us at the moment. what really makes us quite a specialist and distinguishing feature is we've got fabulous sport and exercise science that [house 00:00:56] science laboratories here on site so our students get an opportunity to work from year one, get competent in the practical skills that are required to then go out and do the job that they're training for.

          nathalie: i chose the course because it was quite broad in the first year, but then you could choose different pathways to specialize in different areas. you can do teaching, you can work with patients, you can go into sports development, that kind of thing, all through the same course. i really liked that aspect of it. it's a lot smaller of a university so the teaching is better, and i think the contact time that you get with your teachers is a lot more than other universities. you're not just a number. they know you by name and they know your situation so they can help out a lot more.

          chelsea: the main reason i chose marjon mostly because of the facilities. i saw a couple of other universities, but although marjon's quite small, it stood out above all the rest because there's the number of students, with the facilities, there's never a time where you're going to be waiting to use any of the equipment. it's never going to be a time where you have to put your dissertation on hold because someone else is using that. the equipment and the facilities and everything in general was really good here.

          ryan: now we deliver innovative workplace health and wellbeing solutions to businesses so large corporates, including wrigley, including city bus in plymouth. we support their employees with health and wellbeing with our expertise in the industry gained through experiences at marjon. the tight-knit community at marjon and experience that the guys have, the lecturers, they're very experienced in health and fitness and sports science. they're passionate about it as well and they're always conducting new research so it's great to be involved in.

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          the sport and health clinic has a number of treatment beds and an active rehabilitation area. there is a reception and waiting area for clients too.

          the rehab area is well equipped with equipment used to prevent injury and return you to fitness, including weights, medicine balls, steps, bands, foam rollers, exercise balls, mats and wobble cushions.

          the game ready system is used to reduce swelling and pain and to increase range of motion, applying ice and compression to areas of the body.

          a range of electrotherapy modalities are available including therapeutic, diagnostic ultrasound and tens machines. these are used to diagnose and treat many different injures.

          all first-time clients have a thorough consultation and assessment discussion with a therapist to establish an accurate diagnosis, from which they devise the best course of treatment.

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