York College

Validated by York St. John University

If you wish to study this course you must apply through UCAS. UCAS code: C630. Institution code Y70.

Duration and Attendance

This programme is mainly studied full time and has been designed as a ‘top-up’ to the Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy studied at York College. The academic year is normally September to June. A part time mode of study is available over two years based on individual circumstances.

What is a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy?

This programme provides a quality learning experience delivered by dedicated staff who have extensive experience in sports therapy. This programme is ideal for students who wish to move into this ever-growing industry or progress on to post-graduate level study. The BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy is highly competence-based and offers a combination of theoretical and practical learning to effectively develop evidence-based practitioners within sports therapy. The programme is aligned with the core competencies of the Society of Sports Therapists ensuring that graduates are well prepared for working life in sports therapy. Students will also have further opportunities to gain other relevant vocational qualifications alongside the programme.

Why York College?

York College prides itself on outstanding quality of teaching and learning. The Foundation Degree and BSc Top-Up are flagship courses of the college and one of only a small group of Society of Sports Therapists accredited programmes across the country. Students who choose York College come here for the excellent student to staff ratios which facilitate strong and effective relationships between course leaders and learners. Students on the course work with the College’s Sports Development Centre’s providing pitch-side first aid and rehabilitation and their evening clinic’s open to the general public. Over many successful years the college has developed excellent working relationships with York City Knights RLFC, Middlesbrough FC, North Yorkshire Girls Centre of Excellence, The Army, St Leonards Hospice and many other events and organisations.

Entry Requirements

Students must successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy at York College. Students who have completed a Society of Sports Therapist Accredited FD may also be considered.

Programme Content

To achieve the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, students need to successfully complete the following modules totalling 120 credits at Level 6, in addition to successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy at York College:
• Acute Trauma Management (20 credits)
• Spinal Assessment and Mobilisation (30 credits)
• Strength and Conditioning (20 credits)
• Professional Practice and Development 3 (20 credits)
• Dissertation (30 credits)

Assessment Methods

Assessment will be continuous via a wide range of methods including practical exams, seminars, projects, presentations, and dissertation reports. 

Some of the additional vocational qualifications, which are optional, may also require the submission of portfolio evidence and the completion of externally set and marked exams.

Preliminary Reading and Preparation

It is recommended that applicants become familiar with books on sports therapy. The following texts will be particularly useful for the competence-based aspects of the programme and to support your professional practice:

  • Baechle, T. And Earle, R. (2008). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. ISBN 9780736058032
  • Banks, K. and Hengeveld, E. (2010). Maitland’s Clinical Companion. ISBN 9780443069338
  • Brukner, P. And Khan, K. (2012). Clinical Sports Medicine (4th ed.) ISBN 9780070998131

Where the Programme Leads

This programme will aim to provide progression in sports therapy related careers or appropriate post-graduate level study.

Past students have gone onto:
• Private Companies providing Sports Massage and Injury Treatment
• Professional Sports Clubs
• The NHS in Rehabilitation
• Personal Trainer/Sports Masseur roles
• Further study, such as MSc Physiotherapy, MSc Strength and Conditioning
• Professional sports clubs including the Sydney Rugby League team
• Multiple Sclerosis centres

Course Fees

UK students*, full time study - £7,200 per year

UK students*, part time study - £3,600 per year

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

Additional course costs will include purchasing kit for practical work on certain modules, registration fees for optional additional qualifications, and essential texts to support learning. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770400.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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Student Destinations

  • Sports massage and injury treatment with private companies
  • Work with professional sports clubs such as York City FC
  • Rehabilitation work within The NHS
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Masseur
  • MSc Physiotherapy (further study)
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning (further study)

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