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Immerse yourself in the world of sport, exercise, injury and rehabilitation. Our full-time Sport and Exercise Therapy degree is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists. Get hands-on experience in our specialist labs in Cambridge, and graduate ready to work as a professional sport therapist.
Sport therapists are a vital cog in the sport medicine teams that work with professional athletes.
Our brand-new degree course will give you the skills to work with a range of patients with different injuries, using evidence-based practice to bring them back to optimal levels of fitness and performance.
All players need professional support pre-, during and post-performance – and sport therapists are the recognised people to work in this space. You’re likely to find yourself working pitch-side, dealing with a range of emergencies, and also behind the scenes, bringing athletes back from injury. But there are opportunities outside of professional sport, too: our course recognises broader national concerns about low levels of physical activity, leading to poor health and an increased susceptibility to injury. There’s an emerging need for qualified healthcare professionals to work with groups or individuals in rehabilitation and also exercise referral.
You’ll learn to work safely and ethically as a sport therapist in our accredited labs in the Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Science. We cover the core principles of sport and exercise science, alongside focused sport therapy modules. So, you can expect to get involved in a wide range of activities, from learning to provide pitch-side first-aid, dealing with spinal injuries, and delivering sport massage, to diagnosing injuries, formulating rehabilitation techniques, learning high-level exercise physiology, and delivering strength and conditioning training.
By studying at ARU, you’ll benefit from highly-experienced lecturers, including practising sport therapists, coaches, conditioning specialists, sports analysts, psychologists, nutritionists, and world-leading researchers. Our team currently includes a Paralympian World Record holder, Scottish Women’s Rugby player and Judo champion. We also host visiting guest speakers as part of our Excellence in Sport seminar series.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
You’ll graduate as a healthcare professional from a course accredited by the Society of Sport Therapists.
Sports therapy professionals are increasingly in demand in the performance sport, recreational sport and healthcare industries. They can work for teams or organisations, or be self-employed. You could pursue a career in a sports medicine team, supporting professional players back from injury. Or you might choose to work with the increasing number of ‚weekend warriors’ and recreational athletes, who also need support to recover from injury. Alternatively, you could focus on working with the wider community – perhaps those who are inactive or older, and need assistance to get back to functional fitness.
While you’re studying at ARU, we’ll encourage you to make connections with industry. We have links with a range of sporting organisations, such as:
- Living Sport (Cambridge and Peterborough Sports Development)
- Cambridge City Council
- Addenbrooke’s Hospital
- British Paralympic Association
- Cambridge Utd FC
- British Cycling
- England & Wales Cricket Board.
When you first register as a student, you’ll become a member of the Society of Sport Therapists, which provides guidance and advice for the profession. Our course will also signpost opportunities to gain wider qualifications, such as REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) courses, to strengthen your CV.
Modules & Assessment
Level 4 modules
Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Human Movement
Foundation Skills in Sport and Exercise Therapy
Anatomy and Joint Assessment for Sports Therapists
Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
Applied Research Skills
Level 5 modules
Physiological Profiling for Endurance
Physiological Profiling for Strength and Power
Applied Sports Therapy
Strength and Conditioning
Applied Research and Employability
Level 6 modules
Professional Practice in Sport Therapy
Rehabilitation for Performance
Advanced Strength and Conditioning
Contemporary Issues for Sport and Exercise Therapy Practice
Undergraduate Major Project
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. These include presentations, practical skills tests, scientific reports, case study critiques, online assessments and a research project.
We’ll also encourage you to reflect on your work, and participate in peer assessment.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.