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Sport Massage & Remedial Therapy

University College Birmingham
2 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
21 September 2020
23,000 GBP

Program description

Sport Massage & Remedial Therapy

This degree course is awarded by University College Birmingham.


Sport massage therapists work with a range of clients from full-time professionals in a wide array of sports to recreational participants in a health and leisure capacity. The Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy FdA is intended to develop and implement practical vocational skills such as sports massage, advanced soft tissue skills and exercise prescription for the maintenance of general health. The focus is on the practical application of skills within a clinical setting, to treat and support athletes and the general population.  

There are options to gain further industry accredited qualifications such as *ITEC Level 4 Sports Massage or Level 2 Fitness Instructing (gym-based).

* Extra qualifications incur an additional fee (reduced). 

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will gain a high level of technical competency in all areas of soft tissue treatment and remedial therapy/exercise.
  • You will study the science and techniques of sports massage through theoretical and practical training, backed by current industry research.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend key sports events to assist with sports massage support and work with clients in our clinics.
  • We are working towards accreditation with the Sports Massage Association (SMA) and you would become a student member on enrolment. On completion of the foundation degree, graduates would then be entitled to full membership.
  • Graduates are also able to register with Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK voluntary regulator of complementary healthcare practitioners. 

Work placement

There will be opportunities for students to work with the public in our commercial massage clinics and work with athletes at local and national sports events. There will be further opportunities with local teams and as sports massage providers as part of a work placement. This is an entrepreneurial industry where professionals are often self-employed and students are well supported through our enterprisehive@UCB staff and activities. 

A work placement will provide you with the opportunity to develop all the skills, knowledge, experience and practices you will develop on your course and relate them to the working environment to gain a sound base of industrial experience. This will be supported by our dedicatedhired@UCBteam.  

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience in the field.

Avery Fields

Students also have use of the state-of-the-art, all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3m transformation, with the all-weather pitch situated alongside two, new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse, which includes function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite. 

New sports facilities for 2019

The fantastic news for anyone joining our sports-focused degree courses is that they will have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art facilities at our new higher education building, Moss House, when it opens in 2019. These will include a cutting edge gym incorporating all the latest equipment and sports technology and a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.

Kit / uniform

For practical activities, a uniform is required at a cost of approximately £55. This consists of one polo shirt and one track-pant. However, students may also choose to purchase additional items according to their requirements e.g. hoody, rain jacket, shorts etc.

Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Student Conference

UCB's first sports conference was held last year where industry leaders from across the country, as well as UCB’s own expert sports lecturers, gave an overview of some of the most pressing issues currently affecting sports performance and rehabilitation. 


Sports Injury / Massage Clinics

There are two Sports Injury / Massage Clinics where the University's Sports Therapy students offer a variety of services to professional athletes, students and members of the public. Students are trained to assess and treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries and deliver services such as massage and rehabilitation courses

Kick-Start Scheme

All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs. 

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Program content

Year 1

  • Academic Skills
  • Applied Physiology
  • General Massage
  • Anatomy 1
  • Sports Massage and Assessment Techniques
  • Remedial Exercise

Year 2

  • Research for Sport
  • Remedial Sports Massage
  • Common Sports Injuries
  • Anatomy 2
  • Health and Wellness
  • Creative Business Enterprise

Please note

The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU - £9,250. If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £2500 a year. 
  • Non-EU - £10,300


FdA Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy

Continuing studies


Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will be able to move into a wide variety of areas in the private and public sector. 

In addition to becoming a self-employed sports massage therapist, this course will enable you to pursue a career in: 

  • health and fitness clubs
  • the leisure industry
  • local authorities
  • health care sector
  • sports clubs
  • health farms 


hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

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University College Birmingham

University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education sectors with...

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UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
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