Our BSc Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Science course is aimed at those who are committed to designing and implementing exercise and rehabilitation programmes to enhance patient health, wellbeing and sporting performance.
Sport rehabilitators are practitioners trained in sport and exercise medicine, who work alongside and complement other sports and healthcare professionals. The course aims to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and flexibility to work independently in a range of sporting, health, rehabilitation and exercise environments.
Students will be expected to exercise sound judgement in a variety of rehabilitation and sport performance situations, and focus is on how to evaluate and adapt their approach to meet the needs of the individual client.
I have absolutely loved my first year as a sport rehabilitation student. It’s great working alongside the physiotherapy students and the amount of practical classes we have on the course is beneficial for our placements.
- Jasmin Southam, BSc Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Science
The majority of teaching will take place in the Clinical Sciences Building at the Nottingham City Hospital site.
The Clinical Sciences Building is purpose-built and contains a 200-seat lecture theatre, a number of large lecture rooms, several smaller tutorial rooms and a clinical skills suite with four practical rooms. These are stocked with all the equipment necessary for practical skills teaching.
A human performance laboratory is also based on site and is used for the analysis of human movement and biomechanics. A smaller laboratory room can be used for nerve conduction studies, imaging ultrasound and upper limb movement analysis.
We also use specialised facilities at our other campuses, such as the human physiology unit at Sutton Bonington campus, the sports facilities at the David Ross Sports Village and the functional training room at Jubilee Sports Centre.
Located approximately four miles from University Park Campus, Nottingham City Hospital is easily accessed by a Medilink bus service from the Queen’s Medical Centre (adjacent to University Park Campus), so you will still be close to all the amenities on campus such as the Sports Centre and Students’ Union.
Sport at Nottingham
The University of Nottingham is one of the UK’s leading universities for sport and is currently ranked 4th in the university sport rankings*. We have one of the biggest portfolios of sports facilities in the country, including the brand new £40m David Ross Sports Village which has a sports injury clinic and hydrotherapy pool for use in rehabilitation.
*British Universities and Colleges Sport Standings, 2015-16.
Find out more about the sporting facilities on offer in Nottingham.
We are proud to have one of the most active students’ unions at any UK university, with over 300 societies and sports clubs where you can have fun, gain new skills and meet like-minded people.
Students can also join the Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Association, who host social activities, organise sporting events and provide welfare support.
We welcome applications from individuals irrespective of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or background, as the diversity this brings to physiotherapy reflects the population you will be caring for as a registered physiotherapist. We are experienced in providing advice relevant to your needs as a mature student through our personal tutor and University support systems.
Find out more about studying at Nottingham as a mature student on the mature students website.
This year provides the fundamental basis of the academic concepts and practical skills required for professional practice. This includes; anatomy, physiology, common musculoskeletal conditions, basic research skills and an introduction to professional development.
Two modules run throughout the course; one covers the basic principles of research, ending with a research project, and the other includes aspects relating to personal and professional development, such as:
- skills for effective management of learning
- health and wellbeing policy
- sport policy
- client records/ethics
- life-long learning
There are no placements in year one, as the course focuses on skills training to equip students with the expertise necessary to undertake their first placement in year two.
Read more about our teaching methods, including a sample first year timetable.
Years two and three
Years two and three contain supervised clinical placements in a variety of sport, exercise, rehabilitation and health settings. You will also undertake a recognised Emergency Sports First Aid qualification.
We pride ourselves on the flexible approach that we offer in year three, enabling you to select a course of study based on your interests, selecting two optional modules from each semester. You will also undertake an exciting community-based module that you can develop in an approved area related to sport, exercise, health or wellbeing. This may be within a charity, school, occupational setting or other community project.
Towards the end of the third year, students are given the opportunity to undertake a three week elective placement. Find out more in the ‘International opportunities’ tab, below.
In order to comply with the requirements of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised clinical placement during the course.
At Nottingham you will undertake approximately 460 clinical hours. Placements will be in environments where a sport rehabilitator would be expected to find employment, for example in private clinics and sports clubs. You will be continually assessed and the marks count towards your final degree classification.
Please note you may be required to work unsociable hours, including some weekends and evenings, depending upon the placement.
Placements will be arranged for you and will be based predominantly in the East Midlands. It may be necessary to live out or travel daily, however we do our best to ensure that no student does more than their fair share of travelling or living out.
Current placements include:
- Notts County FC
- Nottingham Forest FC
- Leicester Tigers Rugby Club
- Nottingham County Cricket and Private Sport Injury Clinics (including the David Ross Sport Injury Clinic)
Please note that students will be required to fund any accommodation and/or equipment expenses for their placements.