BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation with foundation year

Our Sport Rehabilitation with foundation year degree offers BASRaT accredited training in preventing, assessing, diagnosing and treating sports and physical activity-related injuries. Based within the excellent facilities of Bolton One, the course offers an exciting array of placement opportunities including professional sports teams, private clinics and the Ministry of Defence.

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BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



4 years


The University of Bolton

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Course Details

Sport rehabilitators are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and are essential across all levels of sport. Our British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) accredited BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation with foundation year degree offers industry-approved training ready for a career working with sports men and women and members of the public.

The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics alongside study skills development. It’s designed to prepare you for degree level study.

We focus on equipping you with hands-on practical experience teamed with an invaluable grounding in theory. Our team will guide you as you explore musculoskeletal injury prevention screening, specific exercise therapy, and clinical treatment skills. Extensive practical and laboratory work will help to cement your understanding of human anatomy, the biomechanics and physiology of the human body, and the pathology of injury and dysfunction.

You may gain direct experience on-campus at our Sports & Spinal Injury Clinic and Athlete Development Centre in Bolton One, as well as through external placements, safe in the knowledge that as a graduate you’ll be eligible to practice as a registered Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR), rehabilitating athletes from injury.

  • This course is accredited by BASRaT. As a graduate of the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation with foundation year degree, you’ll be eligible to apply to join the BASRaT practitioner register and subsequently use the graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR) title. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care approves BASRaT’s accredited practitioner register.
  • Our solid links with professional and elite sport mean we can access an extensive array of placements. We work with Olympic sports, Premiership and Super League rugby clubs, professional and semi-professional football clubs, as well as with an army specialist mobility rehabilitation centre, private clinics and orthopaedic departments.
  • Two of our final year students, who meet the specific entry criteria, are chosen each year to attend our prestigious overseas placements that are co-ordinated with a USA university, allowing them to gain experience in athletic training departments for NCAA sports.
  • You’ll be encouraged to attend world-class guest lectures from renowned sports professionals and practitioners in the orthopaedic, sports and private practice arenas. These enhance your learning, help you make contacts in the industry and contribute to your professional development.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications as part of your programme. These include a first aid certificate, the Royal College of Surgeons-endorsed level 2 certification in Immediate Care in Sport, assessed by the Rugby Football Union, and eligibility for an externally recognised level 3 sports massage qualification.
Key Features
  • Our on-campus facilities are based in the £31 million Bolton One building, including hydrotherapy and swimming pools, rehabilitation suite, strength and conditioning suite, fully-equipped physiology and biomechanics laboratories, and specialist classrooms. We also use some facilities at the world-class Bolton Arena.
  • We offer a highly qualified and experienced team of multi-sports practitioners and academic staff with links to top-flight athletes and sports teams. Our chartered, state-registered and BASRaT-accredited lecturing staff are involved in current clinical practice and relevant research.
  • Opportunities exist for you to gain experience in our clinician-led Sport & Spinal Injury Clinic and our Athlete Development Centre, where you can engage with a range of athletes: elite, professional, recreational and participatory.
  • You’ll complete at least two external placements, and gain over 400 supervised clinical hours of experience prior to graduation. For example, your placements may be at professional sports clubs, physiotherapy clinics, the Ministry of Defence, or even overseas in the USA.
  • We offer bespoke pathways if you’re keen to have a career in the Military. On successful completion of the Military application and interview process, you’ll have the chance to partake in paid training alongside your degree; in fields such as Combat Medic Technician.
  • Your dedicated personal tutor will support you to develop valuable transferable skills such as communication, self-management, group working, numeracy, research and critical evaluation.
Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), the professional body for Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSR), who hold an Accredited Professional Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Healthcare in the UK.

BASRaT provides full professional liability insurance to all graduates, which enables you to practice as a sport rehabilitation professional.

  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a sport, physical education or science related subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics and English.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

With people’s increased awareness of exercise and the need to prevent and manage injury, there’s a growing demand for practitioners specialising in musculoskeletal healthcare for the physically active. Graduates will have a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamentals of sport rehabilitation, experience of relating theory to practice and utilising skills in a practical setting on placements.

Key transferable skills that will be developed include the ability to work independently, planning and time management, adapting to changing circumstances, good communication skills, responding to customers and their needs, applying techniques of health and safety and risk assessment, and teamwork.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate sport rehabilitators (GSRs) are in demand across the UK and career opportunities exist in professional and semi-professional sports clubs, private sports injury and physiotherapy clinics, health clubs, fitness centres and positions with the Ministry of Defence. A sport rehabilitator may also work alongside many other health professions or as an autonomous practitioner.

GSRs have a solid undergraduate academic platform to study at master’s level in a range of fields, including physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, exercise science, physician's associate, psychology, biomechanics, and sports medicine.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use the qualification to enter a range of other careers including strength and conditioning, teaching, the police, the fire service, the leisure industry and the NHS. Some other possible roles include:

  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • HE Lecturer
  • Outdoor Activities/Education Manager
  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Sport Therapist
  • Community Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Rehabilitation Case Load Manager

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021/2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021/2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


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September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

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  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

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The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
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  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

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We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

We use a combination of face-to-face teaching, and directed and independent study. Knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical coaching sessions, and workshops. You’ll also have access to a virtual learning environment, with online learning resources.

Presentations and masterclasses by guest speakers are used throughout the programme to enhance employability and to make the link between theory and practice. Similarly, work experience forms a large part of the programme and will help you to develop your skills in a practical environment.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained written exams, practical assessments, and coursework, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for the course.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these don’t count towards your final marks. For instance, you might be asked to complete quizzes or undertake practical exercises. You’ll also receive feedback on assessment drafts. These will help to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Transition to Higher Education
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Foundations of Sport Therapies, Injury and Exercise
  • Foundations of Biomechanics in Sport
  • Anatomy, Musculoskeletal Injury and Assessment
  • Physiology and Practice of Injury Management
  • Clinical Enquiry and Personal Development
  • Clinical Biomechanics and Movement Analysis
  • Injury Pathology and Clinical Treatment Skills
  • Exercise for Training, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Evidence-Based Project Development
  • Professional Practice Development
  • Advanced Professional Practice Skills
  • Return to Sport
  • Sport Rehabilitation Project
  • Clinical Practice
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 50%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 25%
Level twoCoursework 44%, Practical exams 44%, Written exams 12%
Level threeCoursework 56%, Practical exams 44%
Level fourCoursework 67%, Practical exams 33%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 64%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 36%
Level twoGuided independent study 61%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 39%
Level threeGuided independent study 60%, Placement/study abroad 3%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 37%
Level fourGuided independent study 57%, Placement/study abroad 30%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 13%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Adam Naylor
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903664

Catherine Bardsley
Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)1204 903614

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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