This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Allied Health Professions
- Glenside and Frenchay
- Three years
- Programme leader:
- Steve Lock
- Key fact:
- Hit the ground running as a sport rehabilitator, on this British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers-accredited course.
Page last updated 21 September 2018
Why study sport rehabilitation?
Sport rehabilitation focuses on understanding, preventing and treating sports and exercise-related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
As a sport rehabilitator, you'll play a vital role in supporting athletes, players and sports participants of all abilities.
Having up-to-date skills and knowledge will put you in a strong position for securing work in this varied and dynamic field.
Why UWE Bristol?
BSc(Hons) Sport Rehabilitation is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) so you can register with them once you graduate.
Combining university-based experience with extensive placement experience, you'll learn how to provide safe and effective care to people suffering injury, illness or disease related to sports and musculoskeletal conditions.
Explore good professional practice and study the academic subjects that underpin it.
Gain first-hand experience of providing injury assessment and management services to patients in both clinical and sports-based environments.
Provide services to local sports teams and clubs, and UWE's elite athletes in our Glenside injury clinic.
Learn to use the latest resistance equipment for rehabilitation and performance enhancement.
Engage with practising graduate sport rehabilitators, sport dietitians, strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists and academic tutors working at the forefront of sport rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
Complete a pitch-side first-aid qualification, as a valuable extra certification for working with sports teams.
Register with BASRaT after passing your first year, so you can start practising as a sports massage therapist.
Spend at least 400 hours on placements, 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.
Where can it take me?
Graduate sport rehabilitators are in demand across the UK.
You could work in sports injury clinics, health clubs, professional sports clubs and fitness centres, with the military or as part of a GP referral scheme.
Some graduates set up in private practice, or go on to postgraduate study.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
You will study:
- Sports Injury: Aetiology and Pathology
- Injury Assessment and Management 1
- Human Physiology for Sport Rehabilitation
- Exercise & Biomechanics for Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation
- Applied Anatomy for Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation.
You will study:
- Business and Information Technology in Sport Rehabilitation
- Evidence Based Sport Rehabilitation
- Professional Practice
- Injury Assessment and Management 2
- Sports Performance Enhancement and Nutrition
- Motor Control and Learning.
You will study:
- Psychology of Sports Injury
- Research Studies for Physical Therapies
- Advanced Sport Rehabilitation
- Exercise and Rehabilitation for Special Populations
- Fieldwork Placement
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
Starting with a foundation of basic anatomy, biomechanics and human physiology and exercise prescription, you'll learn about pathology, assessment and management related to sport rehabilitation.
Practise your professional skills, using fellow students as models, to get ready for your placements.
Explore areas such as clinical assessment and evidence-based practice and develop as a reflective, autonomous practitioner.
You'll learn how to support government initiatives that encourage a healthy lifestyle, and broaden your knowledge of sport rehabilitation beyond clinical practice.
Contribute to the body of research relating to sport and exercise medicine. Promote the development of the sport rehabilitation profession. Attend workshops with high profile and world class athletes.
Share best practice and build your network at student conferences and events, through our links with other universities.
Get regular opportunities to practise your skills through a service we run on campus for local sports clubs and teams to help with athlete rehabilitation and performance enhancement.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
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You'll be assessed using coursework, professional practice assessments, presentations, practical and written examinations and research.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
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This course is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) which is on the accredited register regulated by the Professional Standards Authority.
When you graduate, you'll automatically be eligible for BASRaT membership.
After passing the first year, you can register with BASRaT to start practising as a sports massage therapist.
Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
You'll spend at least 400 hours on placements as part of your degree, applying your knowledge and building your skills in real-world environments. You'll get to think about what area of sport rehabilitation you want to get into, and be 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 close links with sports injury clinics, sports clubs, fitness centres and rehabilitation units.
You'll get to work with elite sports teams including Bath Rugby, Bristol City FC, Bristol Rovers and Gloucestershire Cricket.
Placements are also available with UWE sports teams and athletes through our Centre for Sport.
Get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
The course takes place at the Glenside Campus and at our Centre for Sport at Frenchay.
You'll have practical sessions and provide services to clients in our onsite clinic at Glenside, equipped with hydraulic couches and teaching aids, such as skeletons and anatomical models.
Practise manual and electrophysical therapy, and use the latest resistance equipment for rehabilitation.
Get experience of using specialist equipment for diagnostic ultrasound, fitness testing and analysis.
Demonstrate and practise your professional skills in our inter-professional simulation suite.
Glenside campus library is one of the best healthcare libraries in the country, with a huge range of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist healthcare software packages.
You'll also have access to the latest online interactive learning tools.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
As a qualified rehabilitator, you can put yourself forward for jobs with sports injury clinics, health clubs, fitness centres, rehabilitation units and professional sports clubs.
Recent graduates are working as graduate sport rehabilitators with clubs such as Gloucester Rugby, Oxford United FC and Coventry City FC.
You could also work in the public sector, where there is an increasing demand for graduates in rehabilitation roles and for GP referral schemes. Or, you could set up your own clinical practice serving your local sporting community or working in strength and conditioning.
Some graduates also go into teaching or research, or do postgraduate studies.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 120
- GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C/4 or above to include English Language, Mathematics and Double Science (or two separate sciences), 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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 Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be in Biology, Human Biology or PE or a related subject.
- Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in higher level Biology, Human Biology or PE.
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:
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.
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.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333