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We have no hesitation in singing the praises of our sports therapy course. “I think it’s the UK’s leading course, based on its design, its brilliant staff and its location right next to the Olympic Stadium,” says Course Leader Michael Cole. “I think it’s unbeatable.”

It’s a bold claim, but we believe our three-year course – potentially four if you choose our placement year option – merits it. Why? Because it produces sports therapists who’ve had the benefit of expert teaching, plenty of practical experience and whose skills are always in demand.

If you want to work with injured athletes and help them back to full fitness and competition, this course is for you.

You won’t just be there to step in when injury occurs, though. You’ll also need to learn and understand the sports science behind a successful diagnosis as well as how to manage injuries. 

With us, you’ll become highly employable and earn a reputable professional degree from which you can build a successful career.


Start date

September 2017

Attendance

  • Full-time

Learning

  • On campus

Fees

Sept 2017 UK/EU/Full-time
£9,250
Sept 2017 International
£11,440
Course options
Length
UCAS code
Degree
3 yrs
C630
1

Our ‘unbeatable’ course offers you immediate, practical experience of sports therapy by working at our purpose-built, on-site sports injury clinic and at different sporting events.

2

We’re one of only two London universities offering an honours degree in sports therapy, giving you the chance to graduate to membership of the Society of Sports Therapists - the profession’s leading organisation.

3

We can offer you amazing opportunities if you choose our optional placement year. Currently, we have students learning at Derby County and MK Dons football clubs.

Graham Bell,
Sports Therapy, BSc (Hons), undergraduate

Our lecturers work in elite sport and we regularly get guest lecturers as well from the likes of the English Institute of Sport, Essex County Cricket Club, Tottenham Hotspur, Southend United, British Swimming and lots more.

UEL Sports Therapy is such an exciting course to be a part of. There’s something exciting every term and it really helps us understand what it takes to work at those levels.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £21,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £11,998.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2017. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Free Samsung Galaxy Note tablet pre-loaded with core e-books, which is yours to keep

Welcome Bursary - £140

Schemes for which you can apply

Vice chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,000 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Merit Scholarship - up to £7,500 over three years

Family Scholarship - £1,000

School Entrance Scholarship - £1,500

The Helena Kennedy Foudation - £1,500

Partner Scholarship Scheme - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - £1,000

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Start-up Fund (EU Only) - £1,000

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £21,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2016. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:
Free Samsung Galaxy Note tablet pre-loaded with core e-books, which is yours to keep
Welcome Bursary - £140

Schemes for which you can apply
Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000
Family Scholarship
- £1,000
Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000
Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £21,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2017. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Free Samsung Galaxy Note tablet pre-loaded with core e-books, which is yours to keep

Welcome Bursary - £140

Schemes for which you can apply

Vice chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,000 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Merit Scholarship - up to £7,500 over three years

Family Scholarship - £1,000

School Entrance Scholarship - £1,500

The Helena Kennedy Foudation - £1,500

Partner Scholarship Scheme - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - £1,000

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Start-up Fund (EU Only) - £1,000

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £21,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2016. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:
Free Samsung Galaxy Note tablet pre-loaded with core e-books, which is yours to keep
Welcome Bursary - £140

Schemes for which you can apply
Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000
Family Scholarship
- £1,000
Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000
Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£2,310
price per 30 credit module
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or study@uel.ac.uk

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£11,440
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
 Including passes at A2 in at least three subjects. Must include one subject in Maths/PE/Biology/Chemistry/Physics with minimum Grade B
From
Btec
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF) in relevant subjects, or at least Merit in relevant subjects
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths and Double Science Grade C (See below for accepted equivalences)

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 - all Distinctions and must include Biology or Chemistry at Level 3

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity
Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

This course will give you all the knowledge you’ll need to become confident and assured in five key areas of sports therapy – prevention of injuries, recognition and evaluation, management, rehabilitation and education.

You’ll start by learning all about biomechanics (discovering how the human body moves), anatomy, first aid for sport and sports massage. We’ll introduce you to research skills and methods that you’ll end up using to complete an independent research project in your final year.

In your second year you’ll learn the finer points of manual therapy as well as how to make nutritional assessments and analyse movement. In your final year, you’ll specialise more and study advanced first aid, including how to remove a casualty safely from the field of play. 

Your final independent research project will be your opportunity to make a detailed study of an area of injury prevention or therapy that particularly interests you.


What you'll study and when

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.
Academic & Communication Skills (core)

Essential Maths & ICT (core)

Human Biology (core)

Sports Development & Coaching (core)

Human Performance (core)
Research Methods and Study Skills for Sport and Exercise (core)
Sports Therapy Skills I (core)
Sports Therapy Skills II (core)
Sports Therapy Skills III (core)
Physiological and Nutritional Assessments (core)
Analysis and Development of Performance (core)
Training Programmes for Sport and Exercise (core)
Research Methods and Design (core)
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
Independent Research Project (core)
Sports Therapy Skills IV (core)
Sports Therapy Skills V (core)
Work Placement – Professional Practice (core)
Exercise Physiology Techniques for Applied Practice and Research (core)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.


The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework and a work placement.

Course specification Foundation Year

How you'll learn

Right from the start of our innovative course, you’ll find yourself out and about working at local, national and international events. 

You’re just as likely to be found helping fun runners at a local road race as learning from experts at a major international event. Last year, that was a trip to the Berlin Marathon.

We’ll offer you fantastic opportunities for hands-on experience. For instance, thanks to our third-year employability module, one of our students is currently studying for her degree while working for a couple of days each week at Essex County Cricket Club.

If you opt for the one-year placement between years two and three, you could find yourself enjoying rare opportunities made possible by staff with enviable contacts. For example, our Course Leader, Michael Cole, has worked with top football clubs, the British swimming squad and Britain’s Olympic team (Team GB).

This year, we have two students spending a year as assistants to the head physios at professional football clubs MK Dons and Derby County. 

While these outside opportunities are fantastic, we think the crown jewel of our course is the chance to learn in our dedicated sports injury clinic located at our own £21 million SportsDock facility. Here, at clinics held four times a week in term time, you’ll get the chance to treat real patients, including professional athletes.

Our current students are also working with England Basketball, Millwall FC, the London Aquatics Centre, Wycombe Wanderers FC and Reading Rugby Union Club.

Learning by doing

Civic engagement is a key part of our course. Our staff and students regularly volunteer at local charity sports events to provide support to their athlete fundraisers, notably with Barnardo's, Health Poverty Action and Cancer Research. 

We also have students on numerous work placements with local partners and we’re constantly engaging with business leaders to maintain and develop our relationships with them. An interesting recent development is our Sports Therapy Employability Programme (STEP), which is designed primarily to offer sports therapy graduates a supported pathway directly into paid employment while helping to refine their graduate skills. 

As part of the programme, graduates engage with the community by, for example, helping to mentor our undergraduate students and liaising with schools, colleges, charities and both public and private sports organisations.

Get a free Samsung tablet

Join us as an undergraduate and we’ll give you a free, brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet loaded with core e-text books for every module you study, plus links to virtual learning resources. This ground-breaking technology is open to new students starting at the University of East London. Please note that Distance Learning students are not eligible.

Your future career

By the time you finish our course, you’ll already have worked in every potential career avenue a sports therapist could take.

You’ll have taken advantage of your unrivaled opportunities for practical experience. You’ll have soaked up insight from guest speakers who are all professional practitioners at major sports clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

You’ll also then be eligible to gain your membership of the Society of Sport Therapists, which will be your passport to your new career, and become a member of other professional bodies such as the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

So, in every way, you’ll be ready for a successful future.

Course Leader Michael Cole, who has run a successful private sports therapy practice as well as having worked with elite sports teams, believes the course equips graduates ideally in both these areas.

Alternatively, you could use your degree as a springboard to further study in a number of related fields such as physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation, sports medicine, exercise, strength and conditioning and teaching.

Either way, the name of UEL carries weight in sporting circles. Graduates from our various sports degrees have gone on to work in world-famous clubs, from West Ham United to the New York Giants. There’s no reason why you won’t be following in their footsteps - or creating your own.


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