BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

Accredited by the British Association of Sports Rehabiliators and Trainers (BASRaT)

Course details

UCAS Course code CB69

September 2017 (Lancaster)

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Do you want to have a hand in keeping sports people in tip top condition? As a sport rehabilitator, you can have an integral part in helping everyone from the occasional jogger to the professional athlete get back on their feet after an injury, or assist in enhancing their performance levels safely and effectively.

The sport rehabilitation degree focuses on guiding people to return to or maintain safe involvement in sport and exercise. It is built around a blend of theoretical understanding and the development of practical competencies and applications, which is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT).

Opportunities are available for you to gain supplementary vocational qualifications throughout the course, including sports taping techniques (such as Kinesiotape and Rock Tape), Gym Instruction and Pitch-side First Aid.

You'll learn to work with a range of sport and exercise clients or groups, co-ordinating effectively with physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, masseuses and sports scientists. We teach through practical and theoretical activities, using a mixture of reports, case studies, essays, presentations, reflective logs, practical demonstrations and examinations to assess your performance.

We develop practical competence in a range of sport therapies and recuperative activities, such as fitness assessment and recovery techniques. You'll learn to prevent, examine and treat sport-related injuries, supported by in-depth study of physiology, kinesiology, anatomy, psychology, nutrition, research methods, and ethical and legal issues associated with practice. Opportunities are made available throughout the course for you to gain supplementary exercise and massage vocational qualifications, including gym instruction and first aid.

Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Human Anatomy
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Research Methods I
  • Sports Massage
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries and Assessment
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 1

Year two

Compulsory modules

  • Functional Sports Rehabilitation
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Research Methods II
  • Coaching for Strength and Conditioning and Performance
  • Therapeutic Practice I
  • Therapeutic Techniques
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 2

Year three

Compulsory modules

  • Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Dissertation
  • Therapeutic Practice II
  • Neurodynamics in Sport
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 3

Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)

  • Exercise for Health and Disease Prevention
  • Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

96-112 UCAS tariff points - to include GCSE in English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

96-112 UCAS tariff points - to include GCSE in English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

All places are offered subject to successful DBS clearance.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September 2015 and January 2016; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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There is a high demand for sports rehabilitators in the exercise and fitness industry, giving you plenty of chance for employment. Your degree will leave you eligible for membership of BASRaT as a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator. The professional body is further accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), enabling employment prospects within the NHS.

You can also put your degree to work in GP referral programmes, therapeutic work with sport clubs, teams and individual performers, private sports injury clinics, or in consultancy.

You'll have full access to the physiological and biomechanical equipment in our Physiotherapy and Sport Laboratory, for exercise and fitness testing, and injury screening. Our sports complex boasts a large, multi-purpose sports hall and an air-conditioned fitness suite with 12 cardiovascular stations, eight fixed weight stations and a free weights area.

Our Sports Injury Clinic, organised by staff from the sport rehabilitation degree, provides a brilliant opportunity to practice your skills with real clients. Open to staff, students and members of the public, this free service provides students with a real life environment for learning.