Get hands-on. Immerse yourself in the world of sport, exercise, injury and rehabilitation and gain manual therapy skills in our specialist Cambridge facilities, endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Get experience in our student-led clinic or with a placement year. Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, this degree covers the principles of rehabilitation techniques and exercise science, so you’ll graduate ready to work as a professional sports therapist, with sport teams or within a clinic.
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.
Our course is accredited by the Society of Sport Therapists, the leading professional body in the UK.
You have the option to take a placement year as part of your degree.
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:
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.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, including MSc Sport and Exercise Science as well as PhD opportunities.
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.
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.
£250 per annum to cover optional external qualifications/professional memberships, sports attire for practical sessions and miscellaneous study items (i.e. printing).
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
Full-time, full-time with placement year undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
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