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Our Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation degree aims to equip you with a solid knowledge foundation, key practitioner skills, and research skills that effectively prepare you for a career in sports therapy.

You will develop a critical understanding of theoretical and vocationally relevant issues for sports therapy in contemporary society, which could provide a basis for entry for further professional development in this industry.


Course Benefits

  • Acquire practical competencies in exercise-based rehabilitation required by professional Sports Therapists and Rehabilitators.
  • Develop experience of the sport injury treatment industry through placement opportunities.
  • Develop an understanding of creating and running a business through entrepreneurship-based modules.

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Course Information

This course has an applied focus and is guided by the key professional competencies outlined by the main bodies representing the sports therapy profession. You will study modules exploring the anatomy of the human body and injuries that can be sustained before exploring approaches to promote recovery from injury using exercises and modalities.

You will engage with a flexible and industry-specific course of study which is delivered by expert staff in a teaching and research environment with a focus on small cohorts and personalised learning.

By the time you graduate you will have acquired a systematic and critical understanding of the theoretical knowledge required by professional Sports Therapists and Rehabilitators.

Read our full course terms and conditions.​

Year 1

The first year will lay the foundations for the rest of your degree programme. The focus will be on the transition to degree level study, so that you gain the skills and knowledge to prepare you for your future as a student and as a graduate employee in your chosen field. You will cover the key areas of anatomy, physiology, sport injuries, musculoskeletal assessment, injury treatment and performance analysis. Each module will include: study skills to help you with your academic life such as writing and presenting skills; knowledge and understanding of the subjects from a multidisciplinary perspective as well as research skills to prepare you for both academic life and your future career. Your first year will end with two weeks of professional placement preparation and five weeks in a sports therapy and rehabilitation related setting.

Year 2

In your second year your knowledge will continue to develop further in areas such as sport psychology, sports massage, principles of rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and research methods. At this point, you will be using the underpinning knowledge gained so far in a much more applied way. This year will end with another professional placement where you will spend a further six weeks in a sports therapy and rehabilitation related setting.

Year 3

In your third year the core interdisciplinary modules will incorporate the breadth and depth of the knowledge you have gained so far. You will feel confident therefore to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in an applied manner, particularly in injury treatment and exercisebased rehabilitation. This is the year where you are able to really flourish in your interests, by undertaking substantial research project as part of the Dissertation module in a topic aligned with your enjoyment and your career aspirations. You will also study an enterprise based module preparing you for your own business start-up or learning what it is like to be a business employee. A further exciting aspect of your final year is the opportunity to select two modules relating to different career paths most suited to you, for example clinical movement screening, exercise referral or a professional workplace based module. For those who wish to go​ on to postgraduate study the course will have prepared you for your application.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SHN4112 - Sports Injury and Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • SHN4142 - Research Methods 1
  • SHN4212 - Soft Tissue Techniques
  • SHN4282 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • SHN4312 - Performance Analysis
  • SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN5142 - Research Methods 2
  • SHN5152 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • SHN5262 - Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice
  • SHN5272 - Strength and Conditioning in practice
  • SHN5282 - Principles of Exercise Rehabilitation 1
  • SHN5292 - Injury Treatment Modalities 1

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6352 - Skill Acquisition and Motor Control
  • SHN6372 - Injury Treatment Modalities 2
  • SHN6382 - Clinical Movement Screening and Correction
  • SHN6392 - Principles of Exercise Rehabilitation 2
  • SHN6412 - Exercise Referral

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 14.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 194 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 936 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 - 15% of scheduled learning and teaching; 195 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 890 hours of independent teaching; 216 hours on placement

Year 3 - 11% of scheduled learning and teaching; 132 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,068 hours of independent teaching


At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.


Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars or laboratory-based practical sessions.

On this programme students undertake two professional work placements in Level 4 and Level 5. There is also an optional Level 6 module called Professional Learning through Work to further enable students to gained credit for their learning in the workplace.

Practical strength and conditioning modules align to the requirements of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation programme. These are conducted in a high specification strength and conditioning suite.

At Level 6 students will complete a 40-credit Dissertation to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and skill development. Dissertations are often carried out on real projects or for organisations so that the work is very professionally relevant for the employer and student towards future career opportunities.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. Students will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

The department of Sport, Health & Nutrition offer all students the opportunity to take part in sports volunteering on or off-site and, or, to take coaching awards to add to their CV. They have a dedicated Sports Development team to organise sports coaching and volunteering as part of the extra-curricular activities.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus. Each Module Leader will provide lecture notes on this site to support their learning and other activities such as quizzes to check learning or additional reading or online tutorial activities in addition to the taught sessions.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 59.2% coursework; 18.3% written exams; 22.5% practical exams

Year 2 – 76.7% coursework; 8.3% written exams; 15% practical exams

Year 3 – 92.5% coursework; 1.7% written exams; 5.8% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

The variety of assessments in Sport, Health & Nutrition are noted by the External Examiner to be "the very best of practice in the sector" Staff are very creative in their assessments, providing engaging assignments. Students may be asked to carry out oral assessments and practical assessments in the sports laboratory.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language, Maths and Science.

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions​​​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • There is the opportunity ​to study abroad​ which will incur additional costs. This would be discussed on an individual basis.
  • A Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Level 2) and NGB Coaching awards

Kirstie Grace

​​I joined Leeds Trinity University in 2007 and I’m the Programme Leader for Sport and Exercise Sciences. I teach within the areas of Biomechanics and Performance Analysis. I’m currently undertaking a PhD in the Biomechanics of the Field Hockey drag flick​.


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During my placement I helped organise events such as the Olympic Torch Relay, Sport Open Days and Intra-schools Leeds Tennis Final.

Andrea Lerena

BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences (Strength and Conditioning)

Professional Work Placements

Examples of where you could undertake your work placements include, working with amateur and professional sports athletes, teams and clubs; working in injury clinics alongside sports therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors or you could work in corporate settings.

More about placements

On completion of the degree programme, you will be able to work professionally as a sports therapist and apply for full membership with an accrediting body. Upon graduation, employment within the fields of Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation can take a number of different forms. Most commonly practitioners will operate within a self-employed role in sporting organisations or clinical environments.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport ManagementMSc Health and Wellbeing and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Sport and Exercise Sciences (Strength and Conditioning) alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.


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