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Sport Rehabilitation

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

UCAS Code: BC96 Full-time, BC96I with IFY

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Eligible to apply for registration with the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) on graduation
  • Learn about treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Strong industry links with professional sports clubs
  • State-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated clinic and rehabilitation gym
  • An interview will be required for admission onto this course
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course allows you to apply high-level academic and practical management skills to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries arising from sport and physical activity. You will learn to improve health and function in populations with injury, illness and disease and to positively contribute to improving public health. You will be taught by industry experts with the focus on practical skills and small group practical sessions.

On completion, you will have been taught the necessary skills to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries in the physically active. You will also be eligible for membership of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and benefit from the professional industry insight they provide.

Clinical placement

You will complete a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement supervised by a registered healthcare or medical professional. This will be in a variety of settings and can include hospitals with orthopaedic consultants, GP practices, the Ministry of Defence, private sport rehabilitation and physiotherapy clinics and a variety of professional sport settings. These placements are organised by the University, giving you experience of a wide range of workplace environments.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

You will study musculoskeletal injuries, therapeutic techniques and exercise rehabilitation skills, supported by a foundation in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology. You will learn to provide effective care for populations with injuries, illness and disease in order to improve their health and function, either autonomously or as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

You will learn how to help injured people get back to full sporting activity by applying cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques in a lively and supportive environment. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in real-life situations.

We currently have several exchange programmes running, including two, semester long exchanges with universities in the USA, where you will undertake a similar programme of study and a professional baseball internship.

Year 1        

An introduction to the structure and function of the human body with special attention to an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal system.            
Covers the use of soft tissue treatments including massage, electrotherapy, and hot and cold therapy.            
Understanding basic principles, physiology and biomechanics of exercise prescription and strength & conditioning.            
A detailed study of the musculoskeletal system including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the common pathological conditions that may arise from physical activity.            
An introduction to a range of orthopaedic treatments including joint manipulation and mobilisations.            
A detailed study of exercise prescription for health & performance, including exercise for special populations and the link to anatomy and rehabilitation.            

Year 2        

Experiential learning in our in-house sports injury clinic.            
Understand the aims, principles and integration of progressive rehabilitation & therapeutic interventions for sport.      
A detailed study of strength & conditioning for sports integrated with an understanding of aspects of sports science and its use in the world of sport rehabilitation, including aspects of sport psychology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and nutrition.      
Understanding fundamentals of research as applied to evidence-based practice.      

Year 3        

Experiential learning of an advanced nature with our partners from professional sports clubs, private clinics, and orthopaedic consultants around the UK.            
Gain competence in a range of advanced therapies including neuro-dynamics, complex rehabilitation and manual therapy.            
A student-driven research project with a focus on future publication.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Open University Open University offers made on an individual basis
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above including English Language, Mathematics and Science/ Biology. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.
UCAS tariff points 120 points
GCE A level Grades BBB required. Preferred subjects - Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, PE, Sport Studies, Sociology.
BTEC National Diploma DDD Science or Sports Science subjects are preferred.)
Irish Leaving Certificate 120 points to include English, maths and science
International Baccalaureate 29 points to include biology

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

Find out more about the scheme here.

Interview process

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. Prior to the interview you will be sent some pre-reading. This pre-reading will form the basis of your group interview. 

The interview day will begin with a brief introductory talk, followed by a group interview and finally with a tour of the Sport Rehabilitation facilities, which will be led by current students.

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Typical Sport Rehabilitation students are keen, hard working, and committed with good interpersonal and communication skills and a genuine interest in wanting to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports people or the physically active.

Entry may be directly from school at 18 or after a period of gaining experience in the workplace.

Prospective students may discuss their qualifications or experience with the admissions tutor who will be pleased to advise. 

Acceptance on the course is subject to:

  • Satisfactory health clearance
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP and £150 for uniforms. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance are required in Year 1 of study only; uniforms will be required throughout the duration of study. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Optional costs include £20 per year for professional body membership, should the student wish to register. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Teaching is delivered in a variety of ways including lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, clinical visits, group discussion and self directed study. To facilitate this, we have our own dedicated treatment rooms and state-of-the-art human performance laboratory, which contain specialised equipment for testing, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and training.


  • Exams - theory - 25%
  • Exams - practical work and clinical assessments - 45%
  • Essays and projects - 20%
  • Presentations - 10%


Career Prospects

This course opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the management of musculoskeletal injuries in venues such as professional sports clubs, clinics, private hospitals and the NHS. Some graduates choose to go on to further study or research while others have used their degree as a stepping stone to joining the armed forces or emergency services.

Alumni Profile

“I managed to achieve really good grades in college and so I wanted to go to a high standard University. I was aware that Salford is BASRaT accredited and is also the best university for Sport Rehabilitation. It also meant I was living right next to the city which I enjoy, being from Chester myself. It is also not that far to travel back home, so it is the ideal location.”

Rachel Williams, BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation graduate, 2015  

Graduate destinations have included:

  • Ministry of Defence – Exercise Remedial Instructor, various locations
  • Military Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court
  • BASRaT Executive Committee
  • England Football Team
  • GB cycling
  • GB Hockey
  • GB Taekwondo
  • Lecturer in Sport Rehabilitation – University of Bradford, University of Bolton, University of Cumbria, University of Hull, University of Nottingham, University of Salford
  • Manchester City FC
  • Everton FC
  • Southampton FC
  • Bolton Wanderers FC
  • Fleetwood Town FC
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Celtic FC
  • Middlesbrough FC
  • Yorkshire County Cricket Club
  • Warrington Wolves
  • Leicester Tigers RUFC
  • Sale Sharks RUFC
  • Manchester Storm Ice Hockey
  • Clinical Director, Anatomy Chorlton and Chester
  • Norris Associates
  • Orchard Physical Therapy
  • Clinic Equilibrium
  • Head2Toe clinic
  • Synergy Physiotherapy

Links with Industry

We have strong partnerships with top sports clubs in the North West including Salford Red Devils, Sale Sharks, Manchester City FC and Manchester Storm. You will have the opportunity to work alongside our partners in fields such as pre-season injury screening, fitness testing, and placements.

Further Study


State-of-the-art teaching facilities

Our teaching facilities including state-of-the-art lecture rooms, practical (plinth) rooms, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning rooms.

Human performance laboratory

Our world-class human performance laboratory is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion cameras, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns. We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes and isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.

The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct groundbreaking research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research that underpins your learning.

Sports injury clinic

Our Sports injury clinic provides valuable practical experience for you to practice your skills under the direct supervision of qualified staff. The clinic is open to staff, students and the general public and offers a full range of rehabilitation services including:

  • Injury assessment and rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal screening
  • Injury prevention courses
  • Exercise and sport-specific courses
  • Postural assessment

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