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Sport Rehabilitation

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About this course

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Allied Health Professions
Glenside and Frenchay
Three years
Programme leader:
Vincent Singh
Key fact:
BSc(Hons) Sport Rehabilitation is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT).

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Sport Rehabilitation?

Sport rehabilitation focuses on understanding, preventing and treating sports and exercise related injuries. The course will prepare you for a varied and dynamic career and equip you with the contemporary knowledge, skills and abilities to support athletes, players and sports participants of all abilities, through the delivery of safe and effective care.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons) Sport Rehabilitation is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). It leads to eligibility for membership of BASRaT. Your study will be supported by fully integrated work-based training, including placements with elite sports teams and outstanding facilities. As well as learning the theory of good professional practice and studying the academic subjects that underpin it, you will develop the ability to work closely with patients in both clinical and sports-based environments. Throughout the course, you will be taught by a team of professionals at the leading-edge of sport rehabilitation and physiotherapy, helping you to gain additional qualifications to enhance your employability.

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating evidence-based learning and access to the most advanced facilities and equipment. A minimum of 400 hours will be spent on placements in a variety of settings, including working with elite sports medical teams, sports injury clinics, sports clubs, fitness centres and rehabilitation units, putting you in a strong position for future employment. Throughout the course, you will engage with practicing graduate sport rehabilitators, physiotherapists and patients in a range of situations.

Where it can take you

Graduate Sport Rehabilitators are in demand across the UK and there are many exciting opportunities in a wide range of careers, from roles in sports injury clinics, health clubs, professional sports clubs and fitness centres, to positions in the military and GP referral schemes. Some graduates decide to set up in private practice, while others choose postgraduate study.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



This course is divided into three stages, which equate to three academic years. All three years combine university-based experience and professional practice.

Year one

The modules at this level are designed to provide a sound foundation in the basic sciences of anatomy, biomechanics and human physiology. You will also be introduced to the pathology, assessment and management related to sport rehabilitation. These modules are delivered at the Glenside Campus and the Centre for Sport at the main campus at Frenchay.

Practical sessions involving practice of professional skills, using fellow students as models, will ensure you are prepared for the professional practice components of the degree.

You will study the following modules:

  • Kinesiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Management of Soft Tissue Injury 1
  • Sports Injury: Aetiology and Pathology

Year two

Building upon Year one modules, this level integrates academic studies and professional practice. The focus is on clinical assessment, advancing skills in the management of sporting injury and, evidence-based practice and developing autonomous practitioners that are reflective about their clinical practice experiences. The academic components of modules are delivered at Glenside Campus, Bristol.

You will study the following modules:

  • Motor Control and Learning
  • Professional Issues in Sports Therapy and Practice
  • Management of Soft Tissue Injury 2
  • Evidence-based Sports Therapy

Final year

Modules aim to broaden your knowledge of the field of sport rehabilitation beyond that of clinical practice.

You will study the following modules:

  • Fitness and Injury Prevention
  • Sport Specific Rehabilitation
  • Psychology of Sport and Injury
  • Fieldwork Placement
  • Research Studies for Physical Therapies

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course includes theoretical study and practice experience and will enable you to:

  • Support government initiatives that encourage a healthy lifestyle.
  • Provide care and advice to people who suffer injury, illness or disease related to sports.
  • Contribute to the body of research knowledge relating to sport and exercise medicine.
  • Promote the development of the sport rehabilitation profession.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Modules are assessed through a range of methods, including coursework, professional practice assessments, presentations, practical and written examinations and research.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Sport Rehabilitation is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), which is on the accredited register regulated by the Professional Standards Authority. On successful completion of the course, you will automatically be eligible for membership to BASRaT.


A minimum of 400 hours of work placements is incorporated into the course, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build professional skills in real-world environments. This will help you make informed career choices and put you in a strong position for future employment. Placements build from 50 hours in your first year to 200 hours in your final year. We have excellent links with leading employers, including sports injury clinics, sports clubs, fitness centres and rehabilitation units. We also offer the chance to work with elite sports teams including Bath Rugby, Bristol City FC and Gloucestershire Cricket.

Study facilities

A large proportion of teaching takes place in our well-equipped practical rooms, featuring hydraulic couches and teaching aids, such as skeletons and anatomical models, as well as equipment enabling you to practice both manual and electrophysical therapy. Our Human Analysis Laboratory has state-of-the-art analytical equipment and the Inter-professional Simulation Suite offers opportunities to demonstrate and practice professional competencies.

Glenside campus library has one of the best healthcare libraries in the country, with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist healthcare software packages. Throughout the course, you will also benefit from access to the latest online interactive learning tools.

Find out more about our fantastic facilities.

Additional qualifications

After successful completion of the first year of the course, you will be eligible to register with BASRaT and start to practice as a Sports Massage Therapist. Additionally, you will complete a pitch-side first-aid qualification at the end of the first year, which is a valuable extra certification for working with sports teams.


Careers / Further study

Our students enter roles in many different areas, finding positions in sports injury clinics, health clubs, fitness centres, rehabilitation units and with professional sports clubs. Recent graduates have been employed as graduate sport rehabilitators by clubs including Gloucester Rugby, Oxford United FC and Coventry City FC. In the public sector (e.g. the MoD), there is increasing demand for graduates in rehabilitation roles and for GP referral schemes. As a graduate, you will be able to choose to start your own clinical practices to service their local sporting community or work in strength and conditioning. Alternatively, you may decide, like some of our graduates, to enter a career in teaching or research, or enter post-graduate studies.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read about the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers.

Read about Sean's experience of studying Sport Rehabilitation at UWE Bristol.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.200

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, to include English Language, Mathematics and either Double Science or Biology and Physics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each section of the examination. Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Biology, Human Biology or PE. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: If you do not have Biology/Human Biology/PE, you may be called to interview but will require strong science subjects.
  • Relevant subjects: PE, Biology, Physiology, Sports Sciences, Psychology, Maths and Chemistry.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in Biology, Human Biology or PE. Examples of BTEC units that meet our Biology/PE requirement include: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Nutrition, Sports Injuries, Sports and Exercise Massage, Fitness Training and Programming, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, The Physiology of Fitness, Psychology of Sports Performance and Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology.

    For further advice on acceptable BTEC units please email

  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma, to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction in Biology, Human Biology or PE and an additional 15 credits at merit in another subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in higher level Biology, Human Biology or PE.

Entry requirements

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year which can qualify you for the full degree.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Additional Selection Criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and be up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on the course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Disclosure of Criminal Background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Interview. If shortlisted, you may be invited to attend an interview.

Completing the Application Form. You should be committed to a career in Sport Rehabilitation. In the 'personal statement' section of the application form, you should clearly demonstrate your commitment to the course by saying why you want to study sport rehabilitation and describing any relevant work experience gained to date.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

If you are a graduate applicant, you are advised to have at least one year out from study before starting the course. If you have Open University qualifications, you should have completed 60 credits, with evidence of relevant sports-related studies.

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