As the only Sports Therapy degree in Wales accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, this programme is designed to educate competent practitioners in all aspects of Sports Therapy.
The Graduate Sports Therapist can choose to work in private sports injury clinics or in professional/semi-professional sports within the UK or overseas.
Sports and Exercise Therapy (BSc)
UCAS Code: STH1
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University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Why choose this course?
- The only sports therapy degree in Wales accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.
- Upon graduating, students will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to work as part of a team or independently as a Graduate Sports Therapist.
- In addition to the main skills required of a sports therapist, students will also gain the skills required to conduct fitness and health assessments and will have the opportunity to qualify as gym instructors and personal trainers.
- Conducting and understanding research is also a key skill developed throughout the degree and students will be constantly challenged to critically review the latest research and conduct their own studies. In the final year, students will design and conduct their own research in a specialist area of their choice.
- Teaching staff are experienced Graduate Sports Therapists, having worked in professional, semi-professional, national and international sports over a number of years.
What you will learn
A Graduate Sports Therapist is someone who is competent and capable of dealing with acute injuries pitchside, performing a clinical assessment to develop a diagnosis, and uses a variety of treatment methods, alongside sport-specific rehabilitation techniques, to get the athlete back to full sports participation.
Students will learn in dedicated sport therapy suites.
In the first year, students will learn the fundamental skills needed in the assessment of sports injuries, together with soft tissue techniques, including sports massage and pitchside first aid. Students will also have the opportunity to work as pitchside first aiders and gain clinical experience in our sports massage clinic. Alongside these sports therapy-specific modules, students will also study applied human physiology and personal training modules.
In the second year, students will be taught to complete a full examination and assessment of an injured player and make a diagnosis, treat the injury with manual therapy techniques and rehabilitate the athlete back to full sports participation.
In the final year of the programme, students will study sports trauma management, electrotherapy and will undertake 200 hours of clinical practice. These clinical hours will be supported by our on-site Sports Injury Clinic which offers Sports Therapy appointments to staff, students and the general public, under the supervision of the sports therapy team. Students are also encouraged to engage with local and national work placement providers to build an extensive portfolio of Sports Therapy Experience.
A dissertation style research project in an area of individual interest is also completed in this final year.
- Introduction to Sports Therapy Skills
- Injuries and Chronic Disease
- Personal Training
- Principles and Practice of Peripheral Joint Mobilisations
- Principles and Practice of Vertebral Joint Mobilisations
- Biomechanical Assessment of Performance and Injury
- Exercise Physiology
- Advanced Sports Therapy Techniques
- Sports Trauma Management
- Professional Practice (Clinical Experience)
- Research project 1 – Review article
- Research project 2 – Experimental research
The degree is vocational and so assessment of modules is always through written and practical assessments. These may be essays, reports, literature reviews, practical examinations, clinical based examinations and presentations.
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Students are expected to achieve 120 UCAS points with a focus on science-based subjects and physical education. Students are also required to have a minimum of Grade C in GCSE Mathematics, English and Science.
International students are required to achieve an IELTS level 7 with no element below 6.51. Mature students without sufficient UCAS points will be considered on merit through an interview process.
Any offer of a place on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme is subject to a DBS disclosure.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people who demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and, therefore, we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course, we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as qualifications.
If you are considering applying for the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy course at UWTSD, but you have a disability and are concerned about how this may impact on your ability to take part in practical classes and successfully complete the assessments, please contact the Programme Director.
Students graduating from the degree will gain the title of Graduate Sport Therapists and will be eligible for full membership to the Society of Sport Therapists. They will also be able to apply for membership of the Register of Exercise professionals. As such, students are most suited to become practising Sport Therapists or health and fitness consultants. They may also progress on to postgraduate master's programmes.
- Students will be required to purchase university tracksuit and training tops which are required in practical sessions and when working with external groups.
- Sports clothing (£80-£120) depending on course
- Students wishing to achieve additional, vocational qualification may be charges a registration fee from the awarding body.
- £30 induction overnight activity for all year 1 students
Richard Thomas, BSc Sport Therapy Graduate
"After much consideration I decided to return to full-time education by enrolling on a new course offered by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen – right on my doorstep! A degree in Sport Therapy.
"It was through word-of-mouth I heard about the course and after enquiring further and talking to the course director Kate Evans and Senior Lecturer Dave Gardner I discovered it was the only Sports Therapy degree in Wales accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.
"I wanted to make sure that if I was to invest three years of my life, where I would have to sacrifice time and money and juggle being a full-time father, a part-time gardener and a full-time student, I would be suitably qualified after graduating to begin practising immediately without having to gain further qualifications.
"I knew that with the challenges ahead I would have to feel very passionate about the course if I was to sacrifice so much. I was happy to hear that after the first year we would be suitably qualified to begin practising sports massage on our own clients and therefore make some money while we studied.
"Kate was passionate about the degree and I was happy knowing that there would be lots of practical aspects to the course. If I’m honest, I wasn’t prepared for the academic writing and researching that was necessary – I had been out of education for some time and it was a challenge to write academic essays again – a real shock to the system!
"I also found the acquisition of modern technology skills – PowerPoint presentations and statistical data analysis programmes quite daunting, however the University helped by providing study skill sessions that allowed me to gain valuable 1-1 tuition and I was brought up to speed in no time.
"I have worked with the Newport Gwent Dragon’s regional rugby team where course director Kate Evans is head of rehabilitation. It was amazing to work with someone of Kate’s caliber – someone who has two MSc's and a BSc along with almost 15 years’ experience working in professional and semi-professional rugby union.
"Her depth of knowledge and passion for the profession filtered into us as students and she challenged us both personally and professionally, clearly wanting her fledgling first year Sport Therapy graduates to succeed and follow in her footsteps! Although it may be some time before I consider a PhD, as she is currently undertaking!"
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