• LevelLevel 5
  • Duration2 years
  • UCAS CodeA126
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


Building on a firm academic underpinning in sports science, sports therapy and fitness instruction, this course provides you with a skills-set to succeed in the vocational therapy and instruction environment, as well as the ability to self-direct and develop professionally and entrepreneurially.

The course 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.

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For information on the OU regulations, fee information, refunds and payment details including annual increases, and accessibility statement please see our Essential Information

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology  
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries and Assessment
  • The Exercise Practitioner
  • Understanding Research

Year 2 modules include:

  • Advanced Soft Tissue Therapies
  • Biomechanics
  • Evidence Based Practice and Treatment of Injury
  • Sports Injury Management and Rehabilitation
  • Strength and Conditioning in Athletic Performance
  • Sports Research

September-May. Learning is face to face.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points. The points can be from a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ Level 3, BTEC Level 3, A Level or relevant T Level qualification).

Alternatively you may possess a vocational equivalent qualification (Level 3), such as VTCT, CYQ or Active IQ. 

Non-standard applicants will be considered on individual merit and industrial experience relevant to the programme.

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

This course is designed with employability of the students in mind. It offers the ability to obtain a licence to practice with numerous regulatory bodies, such as the Sports Therapy Organisation or the Federation of Holisitic Therapists or other professional bodies as the course may apply for accrediation with in the future.

The course can offer future qualifications in the form of L3 Sports Massage; L4 Sports Massage Therapy; L2 Fitness Instruction, L3 Personal Training.

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 ecreational sports industry, where previous students have successfully gained employment.

Fees payable directly to Middlesbrough College, £6,900 per year.

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If you would like to study a higher education course, financial support is available. Please click here for more information and see what support you could receive.

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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