Sport Rehabilitation BSc


Fact file - 2019 entry

BSc Hons Sport Rehabilitation
UCAS code
3 years full-time
A level offer
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 six GCSEs at grade 5 (B) or above, taken in one sitting, to include maths, English language and biology/double science
IB score
32 (6 in biology at Higher Level)
Course location
Predominantly  Clinical Sciences Building, City Hospital Campus, approximately four miles from University Park Campus, and other campuses for some teaching
Course places


Learn the academic concepts and practical skills needed for professional practice in a supportive and friendly environment.
Read full overview

Our BSc Sport Rehabilitation course is aimed at those who are committed to working with patients and athletes of all ages to rehabilitate them following injury.  Injury prevention, health, wellbeing and sporting performance are also areas where you will design and implement exercise and rehabilitation programmes for your clients. 

Sport rehabilitators are practitioners trained in sport and exercise medicine, who work alongside and complement other sports and healthcare professionals. The course will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and flexibility to work independently in a range of sporting, health, and 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 thoroughly enjoyed my time on the course and couldn't recommend it enough to any potential students aspiring to succeed in an exciting and dynamic career path. The learning facilities and student placements within elite level professional sport provides an excellent platform to develop as a student. As a recent graduate, it gave me the foundation and opportunity to now work both clinically and in professional sport.

     - Rory Staunton, BSc Sport Rehabilitation

Learning environments

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. 

Other locations

Students also use specialised facilities at our other campuses, such as the human physiology units at Sutton Bonington campus and the Medical School, 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 the University hopper bus or the Medilink bus service from 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, 2016-17.

Find out more about the sporting facilities on offer in Nottingham

Campus community

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 Students’ Union Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Association (SUPRA), who host social activities, organise sporting events and provide welfare support. 

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from individuals irrespective of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or background, as the diversity this brings to sport rehabilitation reflects the population you will be caring for as a graduate sport rehabilitator. 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.

Course structure

Year one

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 themes 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
  • communication
  • health and wellbeing policy
  • sport policy
  • client records/ethics
  • personality
  • behaviour
  • 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, allowing 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.

During 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.

Placement location

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.

Entry requirements

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 make an enquiry

Minimum requirements


  • Minimum of six subjects at grade 5 (B) or above to include maths, English language and either biology or integrated/combined sciences

Plus one of the following:

  • A levels
  • or BTEC National or Higher National Diploma
  • or Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education

Understand how we show GCSE grades

A levels

ABB in three subjects, one of which must be in biology or physical education, or acceptable biological science, i.e. 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.


Alternative qualifications

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

Scottish Highers

  • AB to include biology/PE
  • plus ABBBB at Highers

International Baccalaureate

  • 32 points, with 6 in biology 
  • Minimum of three subjects at Higher level, including biology 

European Baccalaureate 

  • 75% Diploma score, including biology at a high grade

Other qualifications

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: 

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 . 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 5 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 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. SK299 Human Biology is usually the accepted module. For further information please contact the division.

International applicants

We offer a limited number of international places each year. Please visit the international applicants page for further information.

Home/EU applicants

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 Scholarships to assist in financing your course and/or your sport.


English language requirements

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 grade 5 (B) or above will normally be regarded as meeting this requirement.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.


For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.



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.


Work experience

Sport rehabilitation is a vocational degree and applicants need to be enthusiastic about the profession and sure 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. 

Deferred applications

We welcome applications from students wishing to take a gap year and encourage them to use the year creatively.



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Year one contains the core modules and is taught alongside the BSc Physiotherapy students, encouraging inter-professional learning. 

Typical year one modules


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 Diseases 

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 musculoskeletal assessment and treatment skills
  • an awareness of core therapeutic concepts
  • a focus on the cervical spine and upper limb in semester one
  • a focus 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
  • the 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. 


Typical year two modules

Emergency Sports First Aid

You will complete a recognised Emergency Sports First Aid Qualification which covers management of the individual in an emergency situation and care of the injured athlete. 

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. 


Typical year three modules

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. 

Students select four optional modules throughout the third year of the programme. Option modules are delivered over six full days over a six week period.

The list below is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.  

Some physiotherapy modules, such as 'Burns and Plastics' and 'Physical Activity in Health' are available as optional modules for Sport Rehabilitation students.

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
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

International opportunities

During the third year, students are given the opportunity to undertake a three week elective placement. This is usually completed at the end of the year, however there are opportunities for some students to complete this at other times during the academic year to allow flexibility and greater choice of sports where they are seasonal. 

Students arrange their own negotiated placement and have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe to travel to, and students are supervised by an appropriate sport/health professional whose qualifications are recognised by a relevant Statutory Body, or Competent Authority.



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).

BASRaT + PSA logo

Average starting salary and career progression

Graduate sport rehabilitators can expect to be employed at an equivalent level to new physiotherapy graduates, with an NHS ‘Band 5’ starting salary ranging from £22,128 to £28,746*. With career progression and development, there is the prospect of applying for senior positions across a variety of specialist fields.

The first Sport Rehabilitation cohort from Nottingham graduated in the summer of 2017. Graduate data will be available at the end of 2017.  

* Correct as of 1 April 2017.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the 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 by:

  • assisting with job or course applications
  • searching for appropriate work experience placements
  • 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 the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 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

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

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.


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Elective placement
There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a credit-bearing module. During final year, students complete a compulsory part of the clinical education programme. This gives time for development and consolidation of professional skills, in order to help the transition from student to graduate sport rehabilitator.

This non credit bearing module is marked on a pass/fail basis.

Successful completion of the First Aid qualification at the start of year 2 is required prior to attending placements.

This course includes one or more pieces of formative assessment.

How to use the data

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.


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