BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

Our BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation 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.

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

112

UCAS code:

C602

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSRs) are in demand due to our increasing participation in sport and exercise and the injuries that we inevitably sustain. Sport rehabilitators are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and are essential across all levels of sport, from amateur to elite. The University of Bolton's British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT) accredited BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation degree offers industry-approved training ready for a career working with sportsmen and women and members of the public.

We focus on equipping you with hands-on practical experience teamed with an invaluable grounding in theory so that you can graduate with a well-rounded skillset. Our dedicated and professionally experienced team will guide you to explore musculoskeletal injury prevention screening, specific exercise therapy and clinical treatment skills. Extensive practical and laboratory work will help 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 GSR, rehabilitating athletes from injury.

Highlights
  • Our Sports Science courses are ranked seventh in the UK and first in the North West of England by the Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • Also, The Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ranks our Sports Science courses as first in the UK for teaching quality.
  • This course is accredited by BASRaT. As a graduate of the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation 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.
  • 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 before graduation. For example, your placements may be at professional sports clubs, physiotherapy clinics, or the Ministry of Defence.
  • We offer bespoke pathways if you are keen to have a career in the Military. On successful completion of the Military application and interview process, you will 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 (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.

Upon successful completion of your degree programme, you’ll be able to apply for Professional Membership of BASRaT subject to meeting the prerequisite eligibility criteria set by the professional body.

BASRaT provides full professional liability insurance to all Professional Members, enabling you to practice as a sport rehabilitation professional.


  • 112 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 English, Mathematics, and Science.
  • 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.
  • Please note that it's not possible to join this course at Level 3 (HE6). Applications to join the course at Level 2 (HE5) will be considered.

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. As a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation, you'll have a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamentals of sport rehabilitation. You'll also have experience relating theory to practice and using your skills in a practical setting on placements.

As a graduate, you'll also possess key transferable skills that employers highly value. These include the ability to work independently, planning and time management, adapting to changing circumstances, good communication skills, responding to customers and their needs, applying health and safety and risk assessment techniques, and teamwork.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate sport rehabilitators (GSRs) are in demand across the UK. Career opportunities exist in professional and semi-professional sports clubs, private sports injury and physiotherapy clinics, health clubs, fitness centres, and 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 the master’s level in a range of fields, including physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, exercise science, physician associate, psychology, biomechanics, and sports medicine.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers, bearing in mind that postgraduate study and/or work experience may be required. Areas of employment or possible roles include:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Police
  • Fire service
  • Leisure industry
  • Health and social care
  • Health promotion
  • Outdoor activities/Education manager
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Sport therapist
  • Community rehabilitation support worker
  • Rehabilitation caseload manager

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350

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 www.gov.uk 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.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

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.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


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 link theory with 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. 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 do not count towards your final marks. For instance, you might be asked to complete quizzes or undertake practical exercises. You will 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.

Modules

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.

  • 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 55%, Practical exams 33%, Written exams 12%
Level twoCoursework 62%, Practical exams 38%
Level threeCoursework 67%, Practical exams 33%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 61%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 39%
Level twoGuided independent study 60%, Placement/study abroad 3%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 37%
Level threeGuided independent study 56%, Placement/study abroad 30%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 14%

Disclaimer

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 Hargreaves
Lecturer

A.Hargreaves@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903168

Steve Rawes
Lecturer

S.Rawes@bolton.ac.uk

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

Related courses

BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation with foundation year

Full-time
Mode of study
4 Years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

Part-time
Mode of study
4.5 Years
Duration
112
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Full-time
Mode of study
3 Years
Duration
120
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

Postgraduate Options

MSc Strength and Conditioning

Full-time
Mode of study
1 Years
Duration

University of Bolton

PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate in Education M 14+

Full-time
Mode of study
1 Years
Duration

University of Bolton

MSc Sport Rehabilitation

Part-time
Mode of study
2 Years
Duration

University of Bolton

myBolton

Download the app for your smartphone from:

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
RiSE pos rgb logo
TEF Silver QQA Scheme Participant

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
RiSE pos rgb logo
TEF Silver QQA Scheme Participant