Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation - BSc (Hons)

Are you driven to make a difference in Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation? From diagnosis, treatment and the prevention of injuries, studying Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation at Kent equips you with the extensive knowledge and skills needed to work in a range of environments from treating elite athletes to teaching specialist exercise groups and setting up your own business as an independent Graduate Sports Therapist and Rehabilitator.

Overview

Sports therapy is one of the fastest-growing careers in the sports and healthcare sector and at Kent we are dedicated to giving you the best start to a career in this exciting field. Get hands-on experience in our excellent facilities including laboratories and custom-built teaching spaces, or complete a placement for the chance to put your learning into practice. Together with our dedicated careers and employability support, studying at Kent gives you the edge in pursuing a career in a range of areas including research and development, within a sports club and sports rehabilitation.

Reasons to study Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation at Kent

  • You’ll complete professional placements to put into practice the skills you learn and make valuable industry contacts.
  • Benefit from our new Kent Sport Clinic - the largest in the South East - where under the supervision of a fully qualified member of staff, you’ll get real world experience supporting athletes and the general public.
  • You are taught by lecturers with vast experience in sports training, treatment of injuries and rehabilitation.
  • Canterbury campus is home to an outstanding sports centre and gym, outdoor pitches, indoor and outdoor tennis and netball courts and plenty of green space as well as more than 60 extra-curricular sports clubs.
  • This programme is accredited by the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). Graduates can apply for accreditation and full membership of BASRaT, the UK regulator for sport rehabilitation.
  • If you are already competing at county level or equivalent (at least), you can apply for a sports scholarship from the University.
  • Flexible Foundation Year options available.

What you’ll learn

Initially, you’ll cover topics such as functional anatomy and biomechanics, sports and remedial massage, introductory techniques in therapy and rehabilitation. You then move on to study more advanced modules covering these topics as well as exercise testing and prescription for special populations and techniques for research analysis required for your dissertation.

You gain the academic, clinical and professional skills required of a sports therapist, whose role it is to diagnose, treat and prevent sporting injuries. You also learn how to create exercise and training programmes tailored to individual clients.

You have the option to gain extra professional experience by working on placement in the sports and leisure industry, or supporting ‘centre of excellence’ athletes.

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

Please contact the School for more information at study-sports@kent.ac.uk.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £15900
  • International full-time £21200
  • Home part-time £4625
  • EU part-time £7950
  • International part-time £10600

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

The programme involves taking part in practical therapy sessions, clinical practice, designing training, small group seminars and private study. You are taught by a combination of lectures, practical sessions and seminars each week. You also spend additional time developing your clinical skills and experience through placements and in the student clinic.

The methods of assessment vary and predominately involve coursework, observed assessment, practical tests and clinical assessments. Some modules also feature written examinations.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • enable students to implement prevention strategies, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for injured athletes and exercisers
  • provide students with a multi-disciplinary education and an insight into being part of a multi-disciplinary team in sporting environments
  • present a valuable educational experience with the opportunity to learn through the integration of theory and practice
  • ensure that our graduating sports therapists have developed the level of knowledge and professional competencies to meet professional regulatory requirements.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • anatomy, nutrition and physiological principles related to sports and exercise
  • current developments in the practice and theory of sports therapy
  • the theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research
  • concepts of sport and exercise therapy relevant to becoming an autonomous sports therapist
  • the underpinning theory of prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual skills in the following areas:

  • academic study including critical evaluation
  • how to plan, design, execute and communicate a piece of independent work that shows critical engagement with the relevant data
  • the use of knowledge to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in order to develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
  • self-appraisal and reflection on practice
  • how to recognise and respond to moral, legal, ethical and safety issues related to sports therapy.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in how to:

  • undertake competent, evaluative and reflective sports and exercise therapy
  • make judgements from the verbal and physical presentation of an athlete
  • apply and evaluate methods and techniques to prevent, treat and rehabilitate commonly-occurring sports injuries
  • demonstrate safe, appropriate, confident and competent patient-handling skills.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in:

  • communication, presentation, numeracy and IT
  • interactive skills and group-work
  • problem-solving
  • the ability to self-appraise and reflect on practice
  • the ability to plan and manage your own learning.

Careers

You graduate with an excellent grounding in rehabilitation knowledge and extensive hands-on experience. In addition, you also develop the key transferable skills sought by employers, such as:

  • excellent communication skills
  • work independently or as part of a team
  • the ability to solve problems and think analytically
  • time management.

This means that our graduates are well equipped for careers across a range of fields and have gone on to work for companies such as The King’s School, NHS, and for Oxford United Football Club. You can read their stories, and find out about the range of support and extra opportunities available to further your career potential here.

Professional recognition

This programme is currently accredited by the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). Graduates can apply for accreditation and full membership of BASRaT, the UK regulator for sport rehabilitation graduates.

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