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A practical and vocational programme - professionally accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitatiors and Trainers (BASRaT) - providing you with the skills required to work in sports and healthcare settings.

  • This degree programme is taught by highly qualified and experienced clinical academic staff.
  • Students have access to an onsite teaching clinic where you can practice and enhance your clinical skills under supervision.
  • A range of high-quality placements are provided in professional sport or clinical practice.
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Why study Sport Rehabilitation (with a Foundation Year)?

This modern, vocational programme provides skills and knowledge for the management of musculoskeletal injury, to enable patients to progress on to health and fitness training programmes.

Sport Rehabilitation graduates are trained in Sports and Exercise Medicine principles, with an emphasis on the design and implementation of exercise and rehabilitation programmes. As a Sport Rehabilitator, you may work alongside many other health professions or as an autonomous practitioner.

You will undertake work-based clinical placements as an integral part of your degree, allowing you to experience the benefits of combining academic theory with clinical practice in a working environment. All students are guaranteed a placement, and they will be allocated based on a number of factors. Most placements are in the London area with a few that stretch further afield, including international placements.

Previously, students have completed placements with England Women’s Rugby, Harlequins, London Broncos, Millwall Academy, Crawley Town FC and many others.

The programme has excellent partnerships with professional sports clubs and sport injury clinics in the region, enabling you to develop the necessary clinical skills required to secure employment after you graduate.

In addition, there is the opportunity to go on international placements as part of the course.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s has a long tradition of excellence in sport-related degrees, and as such we were the founding higher education institution for Sport Rehabilitation in the UK, with our first intake of students in 1994.

The Sport Rehabilitation degree at St Mary’s has evolved into a highly successful programme with an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally for producing world-class sport rehabilitation practitioners.

Sport Rehabilitation at St Mary's University provides a unique environment to study the subject with a broad interdisciplinary team of academics and clinical practitioners, with teaching and research interests across a broad spectrum of rehabilitation techniques and practices.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Health Science Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Sport Rehabilitation.

Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required

CDE - DD

A Levels

MMP - PPP

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

GCSE Biology/Science and Mathematics, or an equivalent award, are also required.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Sport Rehabilitation (with a Foundation Year).

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

The programme is structured so that the underpinning knowledge and skills are taught in your first year. These are built on during the second and third year, with clear strands running through the programme.



Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • Principles of Physics and Mathematics Core
  • The Chemistry of Nature Core
  • Foundation of Life Core
  • Individual Project Core

Year one

  • Research Methods 1 Core
  • Clinical Human Anatomy Core
  • Clinical Assessment of Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Core
  • Exercise Physiology and Prescription Core
  • Patient Management 1 Core
  • Biomechanics 1 Core

Year two

  • Clinical Placement 1 Core
  • Patient Management 2 Core
  • Rehabilitation 1 Core
  • Athlete Management 1 Core
  • Research Methods 2 Core
  • Biomechanics 2 Core

Year three

  • Clinical Placement 2 Core
  • Patient Management 3 Core
  • Rehabilitation 2 Core
  • Athlete Management 2 Core
  • Late Stage Rehabilitation Core
  • Research Methods 3 Core

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

The degree in Sport Rehabilitation will lead you to opportunities in:

  • Sports injury clinics
  • Health clubs
  • Professional sporting clubs
  • Fitness centres
  • Rehabilitation units
  • The military 
  • GP referral schemes.

More information on career destinations please consult the British Association of Sport Rehabilitations and Trainers website.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Sport Rehabilitation students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

A variety of teaching methods are used in the programme. These include theory and practical sessions as well as group and seminar work. In addition, there are multiple online resources available to students to support their learning.

The level 4 (year one) programme begins with an induction in which you work on group activities designed to develop communication, listening and teamwork skills. There is also the opportunity to work together and get to know your peers in a fun setting, whilst practising the skills that are needed throughout the course of the programme.

These themes continue into levels 5 and 6 (years two and three) where clinical placements are included. Surrounding the placements are intensive periods of teaching where the appropriate clinical and academic skills are taught.

Theoretical lectures may contain the entire year group of 80 to 100 people, and in practical sessions, you'll be in groups of 40 to 60 with one member of staff for every 20 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 22%
  • Guided learning: 43%
  • Independent study: 35%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including written theory examinations, vivas, oral presentations and written coursework across all levels.

The practical viva's form a significant part of the assessments due to the clinical nature of the programme. In addition, at level 6 there is an independent research project to complete, as well as a formal clinical examination at the end of the degree.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

You will need to purchase a St Mary's University Sport Rehabilitation kit to be worn in class and on clinical placement and will need to replenish athletic tape supplies as required. You will also need to purchase the appropriate massage kit to be used during the relevant modules in Level 4 (year one), complete an enhanced DBS and have a current First Aid certificate.

Work placements are a mandatory part of the course, so you will need to factor in travel costs, though some can be reimbursed. International placements are self-funded.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information


Teaching staff

Elaine  Mullally profile photo Elaine Mullally
Senior Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

elaine.mullally@stmarys.ac.uk

Oliver  Blenkinsop profile photo Oliver Blenkinsop
Programme Director - Sport Rehabilitation MSc

oliver.blenkinsop@stmarys.ac.uk

Claire McLoughlin profile photo Claire McLoughlin
Principal Lecturer (Foundation Year Lead)

claire.mcloughlin@stmarys.ac.uk

Natalie Turner profile photo Natalie Turner
Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

natalie.turner@stmarys.ac.uk

Justin Smith Justin Smith
Programme Director - Sport Rehabilitation BSc

justin.smith@stmarys.ac.uk

Alison  Emery profile photo Alison Emery
Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

alison.emery@stmarys.ac.uk

Nic Perrem profile photo Nic Perrem
Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

nic.perrem@stmarys.ac.uk

Will Page Will Page
Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

will.page@stmarys.ac.uk

Anna Huet Anna Huet
Senior Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

anna.huet@stmarys.ac.uk

Lyndsey Cannon profile photo Lyndsey Cannon
Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

lyndsey.cannon@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Leanne Griffiths profile photo Dr Leanne Griffiths
Head of Department - Sport and Exercise Science

leanne.griffiths@stmarys.ac.uk

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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