There's a host of opportunties available to students of the School of Sport & Biomedical Sciences. On this page you can read about the School's extensive network of partners offering an exciting range of work experience placements. You can learn about how taking the Bolton Award can enhance your employability, consider applying for the Bolton Sports Bursary or Military Pathway Finder

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Sport Placements

For many of our degrees, a work placement provides the chance to gain valuable hands-on, real-life experience in a professional sports setting, enhancing your employability and skills.

Work experience placements are facilitated by a broad range of organisations and our links include leading orthopaedic surgeons and sports healthcare practitioners as well as top football and rugby clubs.

The School’s extensive network includes partners in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, enabling us to offer a wide variety of placements in work environments relevant to our courses and the aspirations of our students, locally, across the UK and internationally.

Joseph Ajibade‘My final year placement was working with the first team at Stoke City FC. I was there for eight weeks and it was the best experience. I genuinely got to apply my university learning in a practical sense, providing manual treatments, taking injured players through pre-rehab and rehab sessions, and helping out with strength and conditioning. The staff and players were really encouraging and gave me some great advice on how to get ahead in the industry. I’m more determined than ever to work with elite sports teams and thanks to the University of Bolton I’ve had the best start possible.’
Joseph Ajibade
BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation, finalist in 2016

‘I’ve just returned from a three month placement at Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey, USA shadowing their athletic trainers and supporting their student-athletes. It was very hands-on and I was involved in everything from injury assessment through exercise prescription to pitchside assistance for sports like basketball, baseball, tennis, softball, volleyball and soccer, as well as for the track and field team. It was a fantastic opportunity and I’m so proud to have been able to represent the University of Bolton’s Sport Rehabilitation degree over in the States.’
Rachel Skipworth
BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation, finalist in 2016


Bolton Award

Boost your career prospects with the Bolton Award, a free extracurricular employability and enterprise programme designed to enable you to benefit from personalised careers advice, work and volunteering experience, and CV writing and interview practice workshops. Independent of your academic studies, the Bolton Award requires a minimum commitment of 35 hours, but it can be completed at a pace that is convenient for you, even over the duration of your course. On completion of the Award, you will be presented with a certificate of achievement at a celebratory event.

If you participate in a sporting activity for fun or through volunteering (and attend a one-to-one appointment with a careers advisor) you can count these hours towards the Bolton Award. What’s more, thanks to the University of Bolton’s unique partnership with Decathlon, you will receive a free sports kit.

For more on the Bolton Award, visit or email

Matthew Hadfield Bolton Award RecipientRecipient of the Bolton Award in 2016, Matthew Hadfield, 18, is studying Sports Development & Coaching. He plays wheelchair basketball and tennis, and has been volunteering with Bolton Lads & Girls Club and Link4Life.

‘I wanted to do the Bolton Award in my first year while I had more time and I’ve found it’s really helped with things like my communication skills and confidence.’




Bolton Sports Bursary

UK and EU students who are athletes competing at international, county and/or professional club level competitions are invited to apply for the Bolton Sports Bursary*. The bursary, worth up to £3,000 in total, may be awarded to the most talented athletes joining a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bolton in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years.

*For full details of the entry and eligibility requirements and other terms and conditions, please visit

David Chapman Bolton Sports Bursary Recipient

‘It's great that the University of Bolton offers a sports bursary and has noticed the success of students playing at high levels of sport. I was eligible for the sports bursary after playing for Accrington Stanley FC a few years ago in League Two. I’m now in my first year, studying Sport & Exercise Science, and I play for the Men’s Football First team. The bursary helps with rent and bills, taking the stress off and allowing me to concentrate on getting the best grade for my degree.’
David Chapman, recipient of the Bolton Sports Bursary in 2016 





Military Pathway Finder

The Military Pathway Finder is an exciting opportunity if you are keen to have a career in the Military. We have secured pathways for Army Reserve Training, Combat Medic Technician within the Army Reserves or the chance to apply for the Army Officer Training Regiment. On successful completion of the Military application and interview process, you will have the chance to partake in paid Army Reserve Training and Officer Training alongside your degree. The Army will award an annual bounty throughout the training process and there is the opportunity to travel abroad for final-year placements. This flowchart shows the commitments involved and payments available during the three-year training period (correct as at September 2016). 

You can get more information and register your interest at Open Day, interview, during Welcome Week or by emailing

The Manchester and Salford University Officer Training Corps has provided this slideshow (correct as at June 2016). Further information about the Manchester and Salford University Officer Training Corps is available on their website.


Military Platoon