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Validated by York St John University

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: C600. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

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Duration and Attendance

The course is full time and lasts for two years. The academic year runs from September to June. A part time mode of study will take four years.

What is a Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy?

Sport Therapy is a healthcare profession aimed at the management of sports and exercise injuries through effective prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Sports therapy is an important element of the sport and exercise industry. This course will aim to provide direct progression in sports therapy and related careers, and has been designed to appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds.

This is a two year full time course. Subject to validation after successfully completing the foundation degree you will have to opportunity to progress to degree level studies via a one year ‘top-up’ in Sports Therapy at York College, one of York St John University pathways, or go into the workplace using the qualifications you have gained.

The Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy is highly work related and practical, and will offer further opportunities to gain qualifications and professional practice in sports massage, treatment of injury, gym instruction, first aid and other vocational certification.

Over the two years students will work with the college sports team, in the popular sports therapy clinic, and have national, regional and local opportunities for work related learning such as with local sports teams.

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

Standard entry: 

64 UCAS Tariff points (please see the UCAS tariff calculator on the left-hand side of this webpage to work out your tariff point amount)
L2 English

Non-standard entry: Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to evidence appropriate levels of work-related experience and/or vocational qualifications, together with an active interest in the subject area.

Programme Content

To achieve the foundation degree students must complete 13 modules (240 credits). You must also have a clean Criminal Records Bureau check and supporting reference. The modules you will study are:

Level 4

Functional Anatomy.
Introduction to Sports Injury and Assessment.
Psychology of Sports Injury.
Sport Massage.
Physiological Assessment for Sports Therapy.
Research Methods for Sports Therapy.
Professional Practice and Development one.

Level 5

Biomechanics of Sports Injury.
Remedial Exercise and Rehabilitation.
Health Related Exercise Prescription.
Peripheral Mobilisation.
Research Projects.
Professional Practice and Development two.

Assessment Methods

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

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 anatomy at an appropriate level, as this underpins many modules. Each module tutor will provide an extensive resource list for learners to use throughout the course. The following text book has been written to support undergraduate sports therapy study:

Foundations in Sports Therapy by Forsdyke et al. ISBN:9780435046859

Where the Programme Leads

Career progression is possible directly into soft tissue therapy or related areas. Other vocational opportunities will be in areas such as the fitness industry, personal training and working with professional sports clubs. Previous students are now working as sports massage therapists, clinical physiologists, lecturing and working in the English Institute of Sport, or have progressed onto Masters level of study. Due to statutory regulation to effectively practice under the title of a sports therapist you would need to complete a level 6 ‘top up’ in sports therapy e.g. BSc Sports Therapy .

Subject to validation from York St John University the natural progression route for students is to ‘top up’ the Fd into a BSc Sports Therapy at York College. Alternatively students can progress into a final year BSc at York St John University in their Sports Science and Injury Management), Sports Science for Performance Conditioning), or Sports Science (Exercise Practitioner) pathways . Other universities offering Sports Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Injury Management degrees may accept students onto year two or three depending on grade classification and experience.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200
Part time £3080 £3600

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

Additional course costs will include purchasing sports therapy uniform for practical work and when working in the sports therapy clinic, registration fees for additional qualifications such as the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sport Massage, first aid and for essential texts to support learning. See below.

York College Sports Therapy Kit (Between (£35-£120)
DBS Check - £35 ish
Additional Course registrations fees (optional – fee’s dependant on course)

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

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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