Foundation Human Form and Function
School of Health and Society
In a nutshell
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'll complete a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement, supervised by a registered healthcare or medical professional, to help you graduate confident and ready to step into the world of work.
When you graduate, you'll be eligible for membership of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and benefit from the professional industry insight they provide.
- Learn to improve the health and function in people with injury, illness and disease, and to positively contribute to improving public health
- Be taught by industry experts with a focus on practical skills and small group practical sessions
- Graduate with the skills to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries
- Experience a variety of settings on placement such as professional sports clubs, hospitals with orthopedic consultants, GP practices, the Ministry of Defence, private sport rehabilitation and physiotherapy clinics
This is for you if...
You have a keen interest in sports and physical activity
You're a strong communicator with great interpersonal skills
You have a desire to help others
You can see yourself working with people from all kinds of backgrounds
You are raring to deliver and up for a challenge
You are good at solving problems
All about the course
You'll study musculoskeletal injuries, therapeutic techniques and exercise rehabilitation skills, supported by a foundation in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology. You'll learn to provide effective care for people with injuries, illness and disease in order to improve their health and function, either autonomously or as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
You'll 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'll undertake a similar programme of study and a professional baseball internship. The exchanges are subject to availability and not available to all students.
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An introduction to the structure and function of the human body with special attention to an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal system.
Foundation Therapy Skills
Covers the use of soft tissue treatments including massage, electrotherapy, and hot and cold therapy.
Foundation Exercise and Conditioning
This module will develop your understanding of basic principles, physiology and biomechanics of exercise prescription and strength and conditioning.
Applied Human Form and Function
You will study the musculoskeletal system in detail, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the common pathological conditions that may arise from physical activity.
Intermediate Therapy Skills
This module will give you an introduction to a range of orthopaedic treatments including joint manipulation and mobilisations.
Applied Exercise and Conditioning
You will develop an understanding of exercise prescription for health and performance, including exercise for special populations and the link to anatomy and rehabilitation.
Professional Practice 1
Experiential learning in our in-house sports injury clinic.
Applied Therapy and Rehabilitation Skills
You will learn about the aims, principles and integration of progressive rehabilitation and therapeutic interventions for sport.
Advanced Exercise and Conditioning
A detailed study of strength and 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.
Evidenced-based Practice in Sport Rehabilitation
You will develop an understanding fundamentals of research as applied to evidence-based practice.
Professional Practice 2
Experiential learning of an advanced nature with our partners from professional sports clubs, private clinics, and orthopaedic consultants around the UK.
Advanced Therapy Skills
You will gain competence in a range of advanced therapies including neuro-dynamics, complex rehabilitation and manual therapy.
Applied Research in Sport Rehabilitation
This research project will be driven by your own interests, 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.
What Will I be Doing?
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 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%
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
Human Performance Laboratory
Our world-class human performance laboratory contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt 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 research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research that underpins your learning.
Take a 360 tour of the facilities here.
School of Health and Society
In the School of Health and Society, we are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes and our commitment to public involvement help us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.
What about after uni?
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.
A TASTE OF WHERE YOU COULD WORK
Professional Sport, Olympic Sports, Private Clinical Practice, Ministry of Defence, Rehabilitation Case Management, NHS, Performing Arts.
DESTINATIONS OF PREVIOUS GRADUATES INCLUDE:
- Ministry of Defence
- Military Rehabilitation Centre
- BASRaT Executive Committee
- England Football Team
- GB Cycling, Hockey and Taekwondo
- Lecturer in Sport Rehabilitation at universities including: Bradford, Bolton, Cumbria, Hull, Nottingham, and Salford
- Football clubs including: Manchester City, Everton, Southampton, Bolton Wanderers, Celtic, Middlesbrough
- Yorkshire County Cricket Club
- Warrington Wolves
- Leicester Tigers RUFC
- Sale Sharks RUFC
- Manchester Storm Ice Hockey
- Norris Associates
- Orchard Physical Therapy
We have strong partnerships with top sports clubs in the north-west including Salford Red Devils, Sale Sharks, Manchester City Football Club 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.
What you need to know
As part of the application process, you may be invited to an in-person interview - if this is the case, we will contact you with further details.
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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
|We have placements abroad including two exchanges with universities in the USA.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course to gain entry onto this degree.
Five GCSE's at Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent) including English Language, maths and science. Equivalents accepted. You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below
UCAS tariff points
If applying to start from September 2024, you will need 120-128 UCAS points - must include a minimum of grade B in a science subject
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.
If applying to start from September 2024, you will need T-Level - Science - Merit
Irish Leaving Certificate
120 points to include English, Maths and Science.
29 points to include biology.
Open University offers are made on an individual basis.
Pass of 65% to include Biology
Access to HE
120 points to include 60 credits overall with at least 45 credits at Level 3 at distinction grade.
We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from those 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.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Find out more information about the scheme here.
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For more information about DBS, Occupational Health clearance, and immunisations, visit our page of: Information for Students.
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Scholarships for international students
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
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