Undergraduate

BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation

This two-year course draws on QMU’s rich and highly respected teaching expertise within the field of health and physiotherapy, and provides the training needed to pursue a career as a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator. It is the only accredited Sports Rehabilitation degree in Scotland and is delivered in partnership with Edinburgh College or City of Glasgow College.  This unique degree offers an articulation route for students who have already achieved an HND Sports Therapy at one of these two colleges.

Why QMU?

  • We are smaller by design than many universities, so you will enjoy smaller class sizes and a close, supportive relationship with our academic team.
  • Be part of a vibrant, supportive and social learning community.
  • You will benefit from a carefully considered balance of theory and practical learning. Exciting placement opportunities will further develop your Sports Rehabilitation skills.
  • In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, we are ranked in the top 20 UK universities for subjects allied to medicine (19th out of 82). 

On completion of this course you will: 

  • Be able to apply for registration with BASRaT (British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Therapists) and upon graduation practise as a Sports Rehabilitator.
  • Be able to confidently deliver safe, effective and person-centred sports rehabilitation care on graduation.
  • Become part of a community of learners, working collaboratively with lecturers, clinical staff, service users and other students on a transformational journey towards registration.
  • Carry out invaluable practice-based placements in each year that will enrich your learning. Placements will take place in a range of settings which could include private practice, NHS, third sector, sports clubs or sporting events.

Physical activity is considered an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. The positive effects of physical activity on physical and mental wellbeing are well established. Sport and physical activity also, however, carry some inherent injury risk. Graduate Sports Rehabilitators (GSR) are musculoskeletal specialists who use skills and knowledge of exercise, movement and manual therapies in order to diagnose, prevent and rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries.

This course will allow you to develop a broader understanding of the prevention and management of injury and disease in an exercise and physical activity context.

The course recognises that sport includes all forms of physical activity which may be either casual, organised, or at a professional, competitive level.  Activity is undertaken to improve physical fitness and mental wellbeing, to develop social relationships or to perform at a professional level and obtain results in competition.  Therefore you will work with a range of clients from professional sportspeople to those solely undertaking sport for personal and enjoyment reasons.  This could include special populations such as older adults, disabled people, people with a chronic disease and children.

The overarching aim for the BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation is to produce graduates who are skilled, resilient, autonomous, collaborative, critical and reflective problem solvers, who can make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of individuals and of society.

This course enables you to convert an appropriate existing qualification into a degree and is equivalent to years three and four of an honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.

Year One

You should apply to either City of Glasgow College or Edinburgh College to study HNC Sports Therapy.

Year Two

You should continue your HNC studies to HND level at either City of Glasgow College or Edinburgh College.  You will then be required to submit a competitive application for one of the places available to continue your studies on the BSc(Hons) Sports Rehabilitation degree with QMU.

Year Three

You will:

  • Demonstrate professional behaviours in according with professional body guidance.
  • Critically appraise evidence from a range of sources and make reasoned decisions about its value in supporting evidence-informed practice.
  • Select, justify, and apply a range of assessment techniques in order to make a reasoned person-centred decision. 
  • Select, justify, and apply manual therapy techniques as part of a person-centred approach to the management of upper- and lower-limb musculoskeletal conditions in a sport rehabilitation context.
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics in order to design, deliver and evaluate exercise and physical activity intervention programmes to meet the needs of a range of individuals. 
  • Critically reflect on your own learning and professional development.
  • Complete 100 hours on placement, further expanding your practice knowledge.

Modules:

  • Exercise Testing and Prescription for Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Management in Sports Rehabilitation 1
  • Understanding and Appraising the Evidence for Practice
  • Environment and Society in Sports Rehabilitation
  • Population, Health and Lifestyle Considerations in Sports Rehabilitation
  • Practice-based Learning in Sports Rehabilitation

Year Four

You will:

  • Demonstrate and critically reflect upon the core values and behaviours of a graduate sports rehabilitator, in order to apply the principles of rights-based, compassionate, person-centred care.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles, concepts, theories and methods which underpin sports rehabilitation practice.
  • Demonstrate and apply detailed knowledge of evidence-based assessment and interventions, in order to make an effective contribution to the management of wide range health conditions in people who commonly present to sports rehabilitators.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the political, social, economic and legal factors that may influence the health and wellbeing of populations and use this knowledge to critically appraise the developing role of sports rehabilitation.
  • Lead the development of innovative, enterprising and creative problem-solving approaches to sports rehabilitation practice which integrate the effective management of knowledge, resources, people and priorities.
  • Complete 100 hours on placement, further expanding your practice knowledge.

Modules

  • Musculoskeletal Management in Sports Rehabilitation 2
  • Reasoning and Decision Making in Sports Rehabilitation
  • Leadership and Enterprise for Practice
  • Applying Skills of Critical Enquiry (project)
  • Practice-based Learning in Sports Rehabilitation

 

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops, placements and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through both directed and self-directed study. You will be assessed using a range of methods including practical exams and written course work at the end of each module or semester.

Placements

You will complete 100 hours of practice placements in each year.

Placements are invaluable in consolidating theoretical study into practical expertise by working directly with clients and practice educators.

Placements will take place in a range of settings which could include private practice, NHS, third sector, sports clubs or sporting events at various locations across the central belt of Scotland.

Edinburgh College and City of Glasgow College manage the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student.

Any additional costs associated with placement travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the student. Students who receive SAAS funding may be able to claim for some of these expenses to be reimbursed.

 

Careers

You can work as a Sports Rehabilitator in a variety of settings which could include private practice, NHS, third sector, professional sports clubs or teams.

Entry requirements

You will be required to pass your HNC and HND with an A grade in both years, and submit a competitive application.  The applications for this course are handled directly by Edinburgh College and City of Glasgow College. 

Other requirements:

  • A satisfactory criminal records check is required.
  • All students are required to obtain personal indemnity insurance, usually through membership of the professional body.
  • The cost of the PVG Scheme membership and personal indemnity insurance is the responsibility of the student.

 

Professional registration/accreditation

You will be eligible to apply for registration with BASRaT (British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Therapists.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please visit ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. More information is in the 'External review' section of our ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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Please note:

• The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (September 2022) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2023. Please check back here for any updates.

• The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate)

• Teaching staff may be subject to change.

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Course Overview

Duration
2 years full-time: 3rd and 4th year of an honours degree. You will already have completed 2 years at either Edinburgh College or City of Glasgow College studying HND Sports Therapy
Start Date
September 2023
Location
You will study your 3rd year at the college where you completed your HND, attending QMU for one module only, before progressing to QMU for your 4th year on the QMU campus.
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
N/A. The applications for this course are handled directly by Edinburgh College and City of Glasgow College.

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