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Sports Therapy HND

(SCQF level 8)

Sport & Fitness, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 2 years


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    The sports therapy course will equip you with the skills required to help prevent injury and rehabilitate clients back to full fitness. The first year of the course focuses heavily on sports massage and will give you an industry recognised qualification on completion. The second year of the course focuses on the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions arising from sporting activity.

    You'll also get the opportunity to work in our sports injury clinic, developing skills in clinical assessment, devising treatment plans and providing physical therapies. You may also be involved in pre and post match and touchline support for sporting events.

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Two Highers at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject; OR
    • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a Sports related subject; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    *relevant subjects include: English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, P.E, Maths and Geography.

    Additional selection requirements

    • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    Year one:

    • Clinical Sports Massage.
    • Functional Anatomy.
    • Pathology and Aetiology of Sports Injuries.
    • Anatomy and Physiology.
    • First Aid.

    Year two:

    • Clinical Assessment.
    • Functional Anatomy 2.
    • Taping Techniques.
    • Electrotherapy.
    • Plan and Deliver Exercise Rehabilitation.
    • Biomechanics and Movement Patterns.

    After the course


    This course prepares you for a career as a sports therapist working freelance, in sports clubs, or as part of a government health initiative.

    Continuing Study

    You can progress on to first, second, or third year of :

    • BSC (Hon) Sports Therapy in the Community at Teeside University.
    • Physiotherapy Studies at Glasgow Caledonian University.
    • Sports Therapy at Worcester University.
    • Strengthening and Conditioning at the University of Abertay.
    • Sports Therapy at Edgehill University.
    • BSC Sports & Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University.
    • Sports Therapy at Coventry University.
    • BA in Sports Studies at the University of Stirling.


    How the course is taught

    The course is taught over 2 x 18 week blocks with 2 exceptions which are 9 weeks long, using a variety of different teaching approaches.  Students are required to attend college for 16 hours per week however it is expected that students will devote another 16 + hours per week to their studies off site.

    Assessment methods

    There are various ways to assess your knowledge & skills, including class-based exams, completion of coursework, such as handing in reports/essays and practical assessments, including working with real clients. A maximum of TWO attempts are allowed for each assessment.

    Additional Information


    No specialist materials are required, the college will provide access to materials required to successfully complete course.

    Dress code

    Students will be required to buy college uniform which must be worn in all practical classes.  In non practical subjects students may wear smart but casual clothes but no football colours are permitted in any environment.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome