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 (September 2016 entry: Teaching will take place on Thursday and Friday each week). 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

September 2016 entry

UK students*, full time study - £6,000 per year

UK students*, part time study - £3,000 per year

September 2017 entry

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. 

Case Study - Josie Hewson

Josie completed her GCSEs at Sherburn High School in 2010, where her high grades and involvement in sport inspired her enrolment on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at York College. Whilst completing her programme (gaining a D*D*D* grade), Josie also undertook Level 3 and 4 VTCT qualifications in Sports Massage Therapy, and a career in Sports Therapy began to appeal. Her tutors encouraged progression to the foundation degree to help Josie achieve her chosen career path. Soon after she enrolled on the top-up element of the degree, meaning Josie could graduate with a full BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Therapy in September 2015.

Josie valued her time spent at College. She recalls: “The tutors were great; constantly providing opportunities for work experience to develop us as individuals and giving constructive feedback on every piece of work, challenging students to bring out the best of their abilities. They were full of enthusiasm for the degree and had great experience within the field of work. The lessons were developed, tailored and delivered to our needs. It was a very hands-on course, which I loved; I was able to put my knowledge into practice and even do pitch side first aid for the College’s Centre of Excellence. The course fit in with my working life at the time, so I was able to save and study to help fund my ambition”

Josie graduated with a 1st Class Honours, enabling her to gain a role as an Injury Practitioner for the North Yorkshire Girls Centre of Excellence, where she had volunteered alongside studying for her degree. Josie also works as a Physiotherapy Assistant at York Hospital on the acute elderly wards. She says: “The interpersonal skills and knowledge I gained on the degree enabled me to gain these roles due to my experiences and understanding within the area. Moreover, the Personal Professional Development module of the course immensely helped me prepare for job interviews and working life. York College played a big part in enabling me to get these jobs; without the connections the college had I would have not gained the work experience and be where I am now.”

The critical writing and analysing skills Josie developed enabled her dissertation to be published in the UK Strength and Conditioning Journal 2015, her tutors fully supporting her throughout this process. Alongside her developing career, Josie hopes to progress onto a Masters (MSc) in Physiotherapy, which she wouldn’t have been able to apply for without a 1st or high 2:1 grade.

Josie would recommend the course to any prospective student thinking about expanding their knowledge in the Sports Therapy field. She added: “It’s a very flexible programme with lots of avenues you can get involved with. The tutors are very supportive and have great connections within the professional field, from the army to local elite football and rugby teams. I thoroughly enjoyed my three years and the skills and knowledge the course gave me have been invaluable.”


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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