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This integrated course provides an exciting opportunity for students wishing to specialise in musculoskeletal rehabilitation related to sport, exercise and fitness.
Sports Rehabilitators and Therapists are involved in the management and rehabilitation of athletes and patients with musculoskeletal conditions arising from long-term medical conditions to short-term sports injuries.
A graduate sport rehabilitator is an autonomous healthcare practitioner.
In working across a wide range of settings, graduates will often be required to work with other health professionals (for example physiotherapists) or as part of multi-disciplinary teams, and as such will need an appreciation of subjects as diverse as anatomy, pathophysiology, psychology, physiology, biomechanics and strength and conditioning.
The Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Therapies Team are busy making preparations for the start of the academic year.
Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of all courses but here at the University of Sunderland we have developed our emergency professional standards: an effective approach to your course of study, blending face-to-face and online teaching.
Our experience has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling you to develop graduate skills such as time management, self-care and workload prioritisation, with support from the academic team and the wider University services available to you.
Manual Therapy, Laboratory and general client focussed skills will continue to be taught and practiced in our state-of-the-art purpose built facility alongside our Physiotherapy and Sport and Exercise Science students, in small group sizes to enable social distancing. This approach will ensure you develop the necessary practical knowledge and skills on campus, while the theoretical underpinning will be taught and supported online using conference technology (Big Blue Button and Microsoft Teams).
A variety of online materials such as video and audio combined with formative assessments will also allow you more control over your pace of learning as you move towards each assessment point.
An induction programme will be taking place to help give you the best possible start to the academic year. This will give you an opportunity to meet staff and the other students on your course.
In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the team if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:
This course has a high degree of practical work as well as the normal series of lectures, seminars and small group activities. Many subjects now integrate many of these elements into one session using a 'flipped classroom' model with support from Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment with in-built lecture capture system.
A number of modules are shared with physiotherapy to ensure consistency and quality of care.
Assessment is predominantly based on written assignments, with some exams, presentations and practical assessments, some associated with external qualifications.
Our typical offer is 120 UCAS points or BBB, from three A Level passes or equivalent, which must include at least one of the following subjects: Biology, Human Biology and/or PE at Grade B or above. Please note we do not accept General Studies AS or A Level.
Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.
We also require at least five passes at GCSE grade C (numerical grade 4) or above which must include English Language or equivalent, Mathematics and Science.
BTEC Extended National Diploma (Sport and Exercise Science, Health Science and Applied Science preferred) DDD. Other BTEC National Diplomas may be considered with AS or A2 Biology / Human Biology / PE at grade B.
Access to Higher Education Diploma accepted – 120 UCAS points from your level 3 units, which must be in a Science/Health related subject or include some units in Biology/Human Biology.
Your completed application form will be reviewed by our Admissions Team to ensure that you have the required entry qualifications. If you meet these requirements, then your application will be individually assessed by the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Admissions Tutor and if successful, you will be shortlisted for interview.
Medical assessments and disclosure of criminal convictions apply to all applicants and you will be subjected to fitness to study and fitness to practise procedures.
This means you are required to complete two self-declaration forms, one about your health and the other about your conduct. If you are successful, you will also need to complete these self-declaration forms annually for the duration of the course. UK students are required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The cost of the DBS check is covered by the University.
A Fitness to Practise information pack containing the relevant documents will be sent to you once you hold a conditional firm offer with us. These forms are then reviewed alongside your application, and you must meet both the academic and fitness to practise requirements before you will be given an unconditional offer. These checks enable us to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain activities.
We prefer you to have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and have a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.
You must demonstrate that you are of good health, good character and can satisfactorily pass occupational health screening. The University will do all it can to accommodate the needs of candidates who declare a specific learning difficulty, long-term health condition or disability.
All applicants must attend an individual interview as part of the selection process. Given the current situation regarding Covid-19, this will take place via Skype.
You may be asked to provide additional references in terms of workplace experience/placement to support your application. Please note this must not be the same reference you have submitted as part of your application.
We select students based on their knowledge, motivation, experience, values and behaviours, not just academic ability. You need to demonstrate an ability to:
If English is not your first language, you need an overall IELTS score of 7, with at least 6.5 in each band.
This course is subject to approval.
The annual fee for this course is tbc.
We are only considering applications from home (UK) and EU fee-paying students for entry in 2020/21.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Career routes include sports clubs and teams, private musculoskeletal rehabilitation practices, GP practices, physiotherapist assistant roles and self-employment.
Graduates on BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Sciences have been successful in setting up their own businesses in massage therapy and personal training.
Work placements are a key element to BASRaT accreditation. You are required to complete at least 400 hours of clinical/work placement through regional partnerships with hospital trusts, GP partnerships, sports clubs and private fitness centres, sports therapists, osteopaths and with the possibility of working with Physiotherapy and Clinical Skills students in commercial sports injury clinics. Placements will be organised through the University placement office.
You will have the option to attain vocational qualifications through industry recognised awarding bodies such as Personal Trainer Awards and Massage. These qualifications incur additional fees. However, the Advanced Trauma Care Course (a requirement of BASRaT accreditation) is fully funded by the University.
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