Whilst the majority of applicants offer traditional qualifications we are happy to consider non-traditional qualifications on an individual basis. These must be taken in relevant subjects and passed at an equivalent standard.
For individual advice, please send us an email.
Minimum requirements for the most common applicant profiles are shown below.
- Minimum of six subjects at A or B grades to include maths, English language and either biology or integrated/combined sciences
Plus one of the following:
- AS and A2 levels
- or BTEC National or Higher National Diploma
- or Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education
- ABB in three A2 levels, one of which must be in biology or physical education, or acceptable biological science, ie. human biology. Applicants are required to pass the practical element of assessment in biology, chemistry and/or physics if assessed separately. General studies is not accepted.
BTEC National Diploma:
- 18 units, sport and exercise science pathway only*
- Distinction > merit profile (DDM)
*other BTEC’s are accepted if accompanied by A level Biology or P.E. If an alternative Extended Diploma BTEC Sport pathway is followed this may be accepted if specific optional units are taken. Please contact us for further clarification.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
- Five papers at Higher Level, taken at one sitting
- Minimum of AABBB
- to include maths, English and biology
- AB to include biology/PE
- plus ABBBB at Highers
- 32 points, with 6 in biology
- Minimum of three subjects at Higher level, including biology
- 75% Diploma score, including biology at a high grade
For advice regarding qualifications not covered, please contact the Division directly.
Qualifications for applicants considering a career change or return to academic study
Applicants who have had a break from education or are looking at a change in career are welcomed. Academic requirements are as follows:
- 2:1 in a relevant subject within the last three years (if in a non-relevant subject, or outside the three-year limit, contact us for advice).
Other previous academic suitability:
- Applicants who have not studied for three or more years but who would otherwise have been considered academically suitable must show evidence of recent study, usually one A2 level . These should be biology or physical education, unless previously achieved in which case we recommend sociology or psychology.
No previous academic suitability:
Applicants who have no relevant academic qualifications, or failed to achieve the required grades are expected to have a GCSE grade B in maths and English language or equivalent, plus one of the following:
- A levels: two academic A2 levels (to include biology or physical education) at B grades.
- Access courses (QAA approved only): science or health based; with a minimum of 24 credits in biology. Total of 60 credits are required with 45 passed at level 3. A minimum of 30 level 3 credits must be at distinction. For further information please contact the division.
- Open University qualifications: 30 points at Level 2, accrued within one year at Pass Grade 2. SK277 Human Biology is usually the accepted module. For further information please contact the division.
We offer a limited number of international places each year. Please contact us for further information.
The standard University course fees are payable for this course. For further information on course fees, please see the University fees website.
The University also offers a range of bursaries and scholarships, including Sports Bursaries to assist in financing your course and/or your sport.
Sport rehabilitation students need to be fluent in the English language in order to both understand and complete the course and to communicate effectively with clients and members of the multidisciplinary team. For students whose first language is not English we require an IELTS score of 7.5 with no less than 7 in any element. Please note that a pass at GCSE English language with a B or above will normally be regarded as meeting this requirement.
Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures
for more information.
Completing a UCAS form
All applications must be made through UCAS.
We do not normally consider late applications, after the mid-January deadline.
An excellent UCAS form includes:
- a strong academic profile with either traditional or non-traditional qualifications on offer
- a highly supportive reference (normally an academic reference)
- a personal statement which tells us all about the applicant.
The personal statement is paramount in deciding who will be chosen to go forward for interview. We look for the applicant who knows what the profession involves in terms of actual work and the traits and characteristics necessary in a sport rehabilitator, and could go on to complete the course and become a credit to the profession. View more about the selection process.
Sport rehabilitation is a vocational degree and applicants need to be enthusiastic about the profession and sure in their own minds that they really want to be a sport rehabilitator. We require you to undertake as much sport-related work experience as possible primarily within a sport rehabilitation setting before applying. Experience in other areas, such as special schools, private practice, occupational health and leisure settings will strengthen your application.
Health and Criminal Records screening
All applicants are subject to satisfactory health screening by Occupational Health, and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks before they can commence the course.
We welcome applications from students wishing to take a gap year and encourage them to use the year creatively.