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Course overview

We develop students to become confident sport rehabilitators, equipped with the knowledge, skills and flexibility to work independently across a range of sporting, health, rehabilitation and exercise environments.

Accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), our BSc Sport Rehabilitation develops your practical skills to work with patients and athletes of all ages to rehabilitate them following injury.

We are committed to developing sport rehabilitators within a supportive, nurturing environment. You will work across key areas of injury prevention, health, wellbeing and sporting performances, designing and implementing exercise and rehabilitation programmes for your clients.

Renowned for our sporting success, you will have access to the excellent facilities in our David Ross Sports Village to enhance your learning. You can also gain additional practical experience by undertaking practice placements in sporting environments including the opportunity to work in the University Sports Injury Clinic.

Why choose this course?

  • Our BSc Sport Rehabilitation programme is ranked 2nd in the UK in The Guardian Best UK universities for sports science 2021.
  • Be part of the close-knit and high-achieving community of student sport rehabilitators and physiotherapists in a small division with a strong support network
  • Gain practical experience within sports teams and clinics across a wide range of sport and exercise environments in the East Midlands
  • A choice of specialist modules in year three to individualise your learning experience

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level offer ABB
Required subjects

A levels must include a biological science or PE. Applicants are required to pass the practical element of assessment in biology, chemistry and/or physics if assessed separately. General studies not accepted.

Plus a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, taken in one sitting, to include maths, English language and biology/double science.
Please note: you must have achieved the GCSEs at the point of application and not at the point of entry.

IB score 32 (5 in biology at Higher Level). Minimum of three subjects at Higher Level (including biology)

Alternative qualifications

BTEC National Extended Diploma

Pre 2016 (2010):
  • Sport and exercise science pathway - other pathways may be considered
  • Distinction profile (DDM)
2016 onward:
  • Sport & Exercise Science (DDM)
  • Sport (DDM)

Other BTEC diplomas are accepted at (DD profile) if accompanied by A level biology or physical education at grade B

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:  

Previous degree

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 A level. This 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 4 (C) in maths and English language or equivalent, plus one of the following: 

  • A levels: two academic A levels (to include biology or physical education) at B grades.
  • Access Diploma: 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. 
  • Open University qualifications: 30 points at Level 2, accrued within one year at Pass Grade 2. SK299 Human Biology is usually the accepted module. 

We are happy to consider alternative qualifications on an individual basis. For individual advice, please make an enquiry.

Work experience

It is desirable to gain work experience prior to applying, to demonstrate that you understand the role of a sport rehabilitator and the demands and challenges of working in a sport or exercise environment.

Please note, we are not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your application for 2021 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete work experience you had planned.

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. 

Students with disabilities or health concerns

We have a responsibility to ensure all students will be ably to comply with the relevant governing body codes of conduct and professional standards. The high level of exercise content within the course also requires a level of fitness and the ability to participate in exercise. Please contact us for advice before applying.

Minimum age requirement

We do not consider your application if you will be under 17 years and 9 months on the 1 September of the year you start your course.

Foundation progression options

If you don't meet the requirements for this course and you are a UK or EU student, you might want to consider our one-year Health Sciences Foundation Certificate.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Anatomy sessions
  • Case-based learning
  • Clinical relevance sessions
  • eLearning
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Placements
  • Practical classes
  • Problem-based learning
  • Prosection
  • Self-study
  • Seminars
  • Small group learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Formative assessments
  • Lab reports
  • Logbooks
  • Practical exams
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Poster presentation
  • Presentation
  • Verbal exam
  • Workplace-based assessment

Contact time and study hours

Across the programme, you can expect approximately 12-24 hours of contact time per week, with approximately 12-24 hours of independent self-guided study each week. 

In order to comply with the requirements of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT), you are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised clinical practice during the course. At Nottingham, you will undertake a minimum of 460 hours of clinical placement. Participation in the massage clinic (40 hours in year two) also adds to these hours.

During your placements you should expect to undertake a normal full-time working week (approximately 37.5 hours). Please note you may be required to work unsociable hours, including some weekends and evenings, depending upon the placement.

Study abroad

During year three, you will have the opportunity to complete a three week placement and have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe for travel. You must be supervised by an appropriate sport/health professional whose qualifications are recognised by a relevant Statutory Body, or Competent Authority.

This placement is usually completed at the end of the year, however there are opportunities for you to complete this at other times during the academic year to allow flexibility and greater choice of sports where they are seasonal.

Placements

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.

Placements will be arranged for you and these are predominantly within 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. Some placement locations may be further afield as we have contacts with a number of professional sports clubs in other regions.

For the duration of each placement, you are allocated an experienced sport rehabilitator/ exercise professional who will supervise, guide and support you, aiming to provide the best learning environment possible. You will also receive dedicated support from a University tutor who will visit you during the placement period.

Current placement locations include:

  • Notts County FC
  • Nottingham Forest FC
  • Mansfield Town FC
  • Leicester Tigers Rugby Club
  • Doncaster Knights RFC
  • Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
  • Private Sports Injury Clinics (including the Sports Injury Clinic on University Park Campus)

Modules

Year one introduces you to the basis of the academic concepts and practical skills required for professional practice, including;

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • common musculoskeletal conditions
  • basic research skills
  • an introduction to professional development.

During year one, you will be taught alongside the BSc Physiotherapy students, encouraging collaborative learning.

Compulsory

Developing Evidence-Based Practice (research)

This module includes:

  • introduction to the process of evidence based practice in a logical sequence and over the course of the year
  • basic principles underpinning evidence-based practice
  • development of skills and ability to use evidence to inform clinical decision making
  • development of basic search strategies including; literature search, literature critique and application of literature to clinical practice

Teaching and learning delivery includes lectures, tutorials, library sessions, directed activities and a mini conference.

Musculoskeletal Disorders and Disease

This module includes:

  • mechanism of injuries to the musculoskeletal system
  • pathology of disease e.g. developmental conditions, tumours, bone diseases
  • healing and management of fractures
  • healing and management of soft tissue injuries e.g. ligament, tendon and muscle injury
  • pathology and management of rheumatological conditions e.g. osteoarthritis

This module teaching includes direct teacher contact, lectures and tutorials, directed study, clinical skills sessions and independent learning.  

Neuromusculoskeletal Studies 1 and 2

This module will develop:

  • a solid foundation of knowledge that relates to human structure, function and movement
  • basic physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills
  • promote an awareness of core physiotherapeutic concepts
  • the focus is on the cervical spine and upper limb in semester one
  • the focus is on the lumbar spine, hip, knee, foot and ankle in semester two

Teaching includes a variety of lecture and practical-based sessions, anatomy dissection and gym-based practical work. 

Pathophysiology 1 and 2

The module aims to prepare you with the underpinning knowledge of:

  • basic tissue structures, specifically nerve and muscle tissue
  • physiology of muscle contraction
  • control of movement
  • mechanisms of sensation (including pain)

Teaching includes lectures, tutorials, and laboratory-based sessions. 

Personal and Professional Development 1

This module will develop:

  • effective study skills and management of your own learning
  • the ability to integrate knowledge gained in different subject areas to assist future learning
  • learning styles, reflection and development of strategies to facilitate independent learning
  • topics include the physiological effects of illness or injury on an individual and the family, including quality of life

Teaching includes a variety of lecture and seminar-based sessions, interprofessional learning and independent study. 

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Year two is divided between teaching and a clinical placement in a sport rehabilitation or exercise-related setting. 

You will further develop your knowledge and skills in the management of sports injuries, including key concepts in injury prevention, nutrition and exercise physiology for performance management.

Injury Management and Rehabilitation

This module continues the development of assessment and treatment skills, manual therapy skills, and exercise prescription in the management and rehabilitation of the individual. These are core skills required in your future career so we ensure you have adequate training and practice.

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

This module includes learning about the energy systems for exercise and the enhancement of health and performance through manipulation of dietary intake. Methods for measuring body composition, energy expenditure and performance markers, will also be examined and introduced.

Personal and Professional Development 2

Continuing from the skills introduced in year one, this module will cover: 

  • management skills
  • teamwork
  • leadership
  • stress management
  • counselling 

The aim of this module is to equip you with transferable and practical skills that you will need in your future career. 

Prehabilitation and Screening

In this module you will undertake assessment of injury risk and pre-participation screening for sport, including biomechanical analysis of human movement. The application of strategies to reduce risk of injury (prehabilitation) is also introduced in this module.

Research Methods and Planning

This module aims to:

  • Promote interest and ability to identify potential areas and topics for research
  • Supports students in developing a particular research question
  • Considers how to select appropriate design and analysis in relation to research questions
  • Develops skills around the concept of statistical significance and hypothesis testing
  • Builds upon the data analysis and interpretation skills introduced in year one 

Teaching is delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and computer-based sessions. 

Soft Tissue Therapy

This module builds on soft tissue treatment skills gained in the first year, and introduces new skills including instrument-assisted soft tissue techniques. Successful completion of this module makes students eligible to apply for insurance to work as a massage therapist whilst still a student. 

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

We offer a flexible approach in year three, allowing you to tailor your learning by selecting four optional modules.

You will have greater opportunity to develop as an independent learner, completing a dissertation project and an exciting community-based module to promote sport, exercise, health or wellbeing.

Compulsory

Community Project

This is a year-long project of your own choice promoting sport, exercise and health in a community setting. This may be a charity, school or other community project. The application and development of a broad range of skills will be encouraged which may include information technology, communication, and coaching to encourage a healthier lifestyle or improved sport performance in individuals. 

Psychology in Sport

This module aims to:

  • provide the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role of psychology in sport
  • to consider assessment and treatment techniques
  • develop knowledge of current strategies in the management of injured or high-level performers
Personal and Professional Development 3

This module aims to:

  • continue to develop self-management which is established throughout the previous two years
  • focus on independent learning and reflection to enable effective self-evaluation on academic and clinical performance
  • consider and discuss historical and contemporary professional issues and how these might impact the role and responsibility of sport rehabilitators
  • the construction of curriculum vitae, personal statements, application forms and interview skills are covered in detail
  • promote goal planning for a career in sport and exercise to assist
Dissertation Project

Every student will undertake a project in year three. This may be a laboratory-based investigation, an educational development or a literature review. A choice of topics will be available and a staff supervisor will be allocated to you to guide you through the process. The project allows you to demonstrate your ability to undertake and complete a substantial piece of work. This requires good time management and organisational skills. Students who submit work of a sufficient quality will be encouraged post-graduation to present it at a conference or have their work published. 

Optional modules

Optional modules are delivered over six full days over a six week period.

Some physiotherapy modules are also available as optional modules for Sport Rehabilitation students. 

Please note optional modules may change in future years of this course, as a result of the coronavirus situation or other factors, such as developments in the curriculum. Where we have to make changes to modules, we will update this online prospectus as soon as we can.

Typical optional modules include:

Business and Management Skills

This module aims to:

  • introduce the broad concepts of business management skills
  • facilitate students to develop relevant skills to identify future business opportunities e.g. private practice, bidding for commissioned and public services
Developing Strength and Conditioning

The aim of the module is to prepare you for your work placements by further developing your skills in exercise prescription for an athlete. The ability to design and implement an evidence-based strength and conditioning training programme will be developed. You will be introduced to a variety of advanced training techniques, including but not limited to, power, Olympic lifting, Speed Agility and Quickness (SAQ) and plyometric training.

Disability in Sport

The focus of this module is:

  • to acquire the knowledge and skills in the management of individuals with a disability including key aspects of rehabilitation and performance enhancement
  • topic areas currently include; wheelchair basketball, disability classification in swimming, sailability, CP sport, inclusivity in the community and screening and rehabilitation of the disabled athlete
Exercise and Sport in Specific Populations

The focus of this module is:

  • to acquire the knowledge and skills in the management of individuals from specific populations e.g. paediatrics, adolescents, exercising older adult, female athlete, chronic health conditions
  • to consider key aspects of rehabilitation and performance enhancement in these groups
Rehabilitation of Spinal Disorders

The focus of this module is the management and rehabilitation of pain and dysfunction and pathology in the spine and pelvis. The module will build on your existing knowledge of normal spinal and pelvic treatment and will develop skills in the application and reasoning of anatomical, biomechanical, psychological and practical clinical approaches to the assessment and management of spinal disorders. The module explores the rationale, theory and practical management approaches.

The Management of Pain

This module extends your understanding of the physiological and psychological aspects of pain and develops the skills required for pain management. You will consider methods of assessing and recording pain levels, and the management of the chronic pain sufferer.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of alternative theories of pain perception
  • Be able to describe the physiological processes and anatomical structures involved in the experience of pain
  • Be able to justify the selection of appropriate treatment plans for pain management with reference to current clinical practice and literature supporting evidence based practice
  • Demonstrate enhanced clinical reasoning skills in the management of pain
  • Be able to utilise specific assessment techniques to assess patients with pain
  • Be able to apply knowledge of the relevant neuroantomy and neurophysiology to the practice and application of therapeutic techniques

 

Analysis of Human Movement

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of human movement analysis. The module also aims to provide practical experience in measuring and analysing human movement using data collection equipment, while building on existing skills to evaluate critically the output of these tools and methods. The module aims to demonstrate the relevance of movement analysis to current clinical practice and explore it's use in a clinical or research setting.

The module will:

  • provide an understanding of human movement analysis
  • develop practical experience in measuring and analysing human movement
  • utilise data collection equipment (force plates, muscle strength) and develop skills to critically evaluate these tools and methods
  • consider the relevance of movement analysis to current physiotherapy practice
  • explore the use of movement analysis in both the clinical and research settings 

Teaching delivery is through a variety of lectures, external speakers, group-based seminars and practical sessions.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

£25,000*
Per year
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. This includes around £30 for skeleton hire and the costs of purchasing suitable sport clothing for practical sessions, such as trainers and swimwear. You will need to purchase football boots if you are providing pitch side care.

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.

You will need to pay £40 for an enhanced DBS check, and you may wish to subscribe to the DBS update service for £13 per year.

Travel to your placements is self-funded and costs will vary depending on location. You are also required to fund any accommodation and/or equipment expenses. 

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Scholarships and bursaries

Supporting promising athletes 

Our range of sports scholarships are aimed at providing an unrivalled level of support to the brightest and best talents in the sporting world. We have four current sports scholarship packages as well as a range of specialist options. For full details, please see the  sports scholarships webpage.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

We offer a range of Undergraduate Excellence Awards for high-achieving international and EU scholars from countries around the world, who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers. This includes our European Union Undergraduate Excellence Award for EU students and our UK International Undergraduate Excellence Award for international students based in the UK.

These scholarships cover a contribution towards tuition fees in the first year of your course. Candidates must apply for an undergraduate degree course and receive an offer before applying for scholarships. Check the links above for full scholarship details, application deadlines and how to apply.

Careers

Graduate sport rehabilitators (GSR's) have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of sport rehabilitation and exercise science, experience of relating theory to practice and utilising skills in a practical setting on placements. The ‘Community Project’ module will also demonstrate a commitment and responsibility to promoting health and wellbeing in society. You will have developed skills in research, and spent considerable time on personal development.

GSR's are employed in a range of sport, health and occupational settings. Many work in private practice, with professional teams, clubs and the leisure industry, and in the Ministry of Defence. There are also opportunities in research and/or teaching.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT).

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Average starting salary and career progression

97.9% of undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £24,033.*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

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Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.