Sports and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)

Coventry University
Program overview
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
Coventry University

About this program

Sports and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)

Sports and Exercise Therapists maximise peoples’ physical potential in performance, sports and life.

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), this course aims to examine the musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, treatment and rehabilitation skills with an emphasis on performance underpinned by sports science principles. On successful completion, you should be eligible for full SST membership (additional costs may apply) allowing you to practice as a Sports Therapist in a wide variety of settings.

With access to a dedicated Sports Therapy Clinic, you’ll be taught in fully-equipped sports therapy suites, and physiology and biomechanics labs, which feature gold-standard equipment such as Alter G treadmill, Isokinetic Dynamometry, bod-pod and Vicon 3D motion analysis. We currently have close relationships with a number of local sports clubs and clinics to facilitate hands-on experience, which has previously included Coventry City, Southampton FC, Leicester Lions RFC, Bury FC and Wasps.

Admission requirements

UK students


A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology or Sport Science related units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

International students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year one

  • Core Anatomy
  • Peripheral Anatomy
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Science of Therapeutic Exercise

Year two

  • Applied Vertebral Manual Therapy
  • Applied Peripheral Manual Therapy
  • Science of Performance
  • Rehabilitation
  • Trauma Management
  • Data Collection and Analysis in Sport and Exercise
  • Project Proposal

Placement year

  • Work Experience Placement
  • Study Abroad Year

Final year

  • Clinical Experience
  • Clinical Practice
  • Performance Management
  • Project Proposal and Performance Review
  • Research Project
  • Injury Recovery.

Program delivery

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)


  • UK students : £9,250 per year.
  • International students : £16,300 per year.


On completion, graduates of the Sports and Exercise Therapy course will have forward-thinking knowledge of:

  • Recognition and evaluation
  • Movement dysfunction
  • Injury risk reduction
  • Management, treatment, and referral protocols
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation
  • Education and professional practice issues
  • The role of Sports and Exercise Therapy in a wider clinical or field setting

With this underpinning knowledge, successful graduates should be able to:

  • Transfer their knowledge and high professional standards to work within a therapy clinic or sports club setting.
  • Act as an automonous professional first responder who can rehabilitate and optimise movement and performance to reduce risk of injury.
  • Design, run, and evaluate research projects in an ethical manner.
  • Progress to further study to include a range of masters and PhD level opportunities.

The educational aims are:

  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the science of human movement, and therapeutic interventions, underpinned by a critical appreciation of contemporary research literature.
  • To provide supervised opportunities for students to learn and practice hands on therapy skills, and to apply these to real clients in clinical and sport based settings.
  • To instil in students an appreciation of the professional conduct, standards and behaviours required of a practising Sports and Exercise Therapist.
  • To equip students with research and data analysis skills that will allow them to both critically evaluate, and independently undertake, research in their discipline.
  • To develop students’ clinical reasoning skills and enable them to apply these as first responders in acute trauma and in the assessment and management of clients.
  • To prepare students for graduate employment, self-employment or further study, throughthe development of transferable and cognitive skills, enabling them to becomeindependent, autonomous professionals able to manage their own lifelong learning.

Career paths

Accreditation from the Society of Sports Therapists means that on graduation you will be qualified to work as a sports therapist with professional teams, clubs or private clinics. Alternatively, you can access appropriate additional training to support professional football and rugby.

About this institute

Coventry University

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Contact info

Coventry University

Priory St
CV1 5FB Coventry


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