• LevelLevel 6
  • Duration1 year
  • UCAS CodeA169
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


Building on a firm academic underpinning in sports science, sports therapy and exercise principles, the programme provides students with a skills-set to succeed as a graduate professional in the vocational therapy and rehabilitation environment, as well as the ability to self-direct and develop professionally.

The programme also reflects the current demands and requirements of employers and customers in the market place. This is evidenced in the diverse approach to the modules on the programme which is designed to equip the modern day musculoskeletal therapist with the skills needed to practice in both sport and the private sector.

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Course Information

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Modules offered may vary.

Modules will include:

  • Neuro-musculoskeletal Pain Management
  • Spinal Mobilisations
  • Reflective Clinical Placement with Advanced Trauma
  • Exercise, Health and Disease Prevention
  • Dissertation

September- May. Learning is face to face.

Entry requirements

• The most popular (and directly relevant) entry qualifications is the Fd Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation. Other Fd injury management or related discipline programmes would be considered providing the learning outcomes are compatible.
• Where there is a shortfall of clinical skills that can be met through additional training and assessment then attendance at a summer school will be required at a nominal cost (circa £100) where skills assessment and training will take place at Level 5 marking criteria.
• Non-standard qualifications in a related discipline may be considered together with the need to demonstrate the academic rigour required to study at Level 5.
• Applicants must also be able to demonstrate industry experience and enthusiasm at interview.
• In all cases successful candidates require qualifications in English language and mathematics to at least GCSE grade 4 (C) level or have demonstrated adequate skills and competencies in an interview.

You will be assessed in a range of formats, from multiple choice exams to essays, reports, practical examinations, presentations, portfolios, projects and session delivery.

The course is designed with employability of the students in mind. Graduates can apply to a wide range of postgraduate programmes or progress into employment.

It offers the ability to obtain a licence to practice with numerous regulatory bodies, such as the Sports Therapy Organisation or the Federation of Holistic Therapists or other professional bodies as the course may apply for accreditation with in the future.

The course can offer further qualifications in the form of L3 Sports Massage; L4 Sports Massage Therapy; L2 Fitness Instruction, L3 Personal Training (normally awarded at levels 4 and 5) and L3 Exercise Referral.

The entire course (Fd + BSc (Hons) top-up) has been mapped to the British Orthopaedic Association’s Trauma and Orthopaedic Undergraduate Syllabus for Medical Students, in order to align expectations in the wider NHS musculoskeletal provision.

The entire course (Fd + BSc (Hons) top-up) has been mapped to the requirements of major providers of sports therapy and rehabilitation accredited programmes.

The range of modules offering a vast array of skills and competencies will enhance the student’s employability prospects.

The College has a new therapy suite and has invested in vocationally relevant equipment, which compliments the course delivery and the student’s readiness for industry.

The College has strong links with the recreational sports industry, where previous students have successfully gained employment.

Fees payable directly to Middlesbrough College, £8,500 per year.

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Please apply through UCAS for this course. Our team will make contact with you for further details to arrange an interview. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place via UCAS.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply directly to us then please press the apply now button at the top of this webpage. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place on the programme and upload your application to UCAS for you.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. As well as being just a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from a bursary that can help with the costs of travel.


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