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This exciting new course provides you with a blend of theory and practice as you explore the issues that can impact sports performance.

You will be part of a successful School with a longstanding reputation for delivering sport-related courses in Kent. The foundation year introduces you to study at University and to your chosen subject. You will be part of a highly supportive environment where you can develop your self-confidence and knowledge.

Get to grips with anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and have the opportunity to work with real clients. This practical experience will help you to develop key skills for a career in this field.

Why study Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation with Foundation Year?

Sports therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with preventing injury and improving rehabilitation. It offers exciting prospects if you are planning a career in sports injury management and treatment, or if you want to work with professional athletes and sports teams.

On this course, you'll be learning how to help people return to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness.

The foundation year will help you develop the study skills, subject knowledge and self-confidence needed to start the degree.

As you progress to the degree, you'll develop strong academic and practical skills, which you'll put into practice in our dedicated labs and while on a work placement.

Whether you are interested in working as a personal trainer, coach, sports therapist, exercise physiologist, or another related career, this course will help you develop the specialist skills and knowledge needed to diagnose, treat and prevent injury through rehabilitation programmes. 

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to sport and exercise science and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level. 

Throughout the course, you'll have lots of opportunities to develop your practical skills while building your academic knowledge and research skills.

You'll begin by exploring functional anatomy and physiology and you'll go on to study concepts applied to issues in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with injury, and complications with disease.

You'll gain valuable work experience while undertaking a placement in industry where you'll be able to provide a real service to the community. This experience is designed to help you build your skills and confidence in preparation for employment in the field. 

As you move into the final year, you'll undertake an individual research project, where you'll be able to focus in detail on a topic of specific interest to you under the guidance of a supervisor.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of real and virtual lectures, seminars, practical sessions, labs, workshops and tutorials. 

Seminars and tutorials in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and other sessions. In addition, you will meet with your personal academic tutor on a regular basis. 

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.


When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for workshops, seminars, coursework and examinations.

Each module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before and/or after class to support your learning and development. Your allocated personal academic tutor will help you review your performance, and support your independent learning.

During the final year of study the extended research project (dissertation), offers the opportunity to engage in an independent research programme where you will work under the supervision of a member of the academic staff who you will meet regularly.

Your overall workload typically consists of 10-14 contact hours per week. You will also undertake 15-20 hours of independent learning and assessment related activity each week.

During each semester you will normally study three modules, so each module will have a 10-12 hour commitment per week.

The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics, supported by a skilled technical team. They have a range of expertise and experience across the across the breadth of disciplines studied on this course.

The majority of staff hold the highest academic qualification (doctorate), with a small number of staff working towards achieving this standard. Staff are research-active and many of the teaching team are at the forefront of their research fields in the UK and beyond. They have substantial experience in delivering research led and research informed teaching.

You can find out more about the current teaching teams on our Sport and Exercise Sciences Staff web pages. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

We pride ourselves on delivering a "hands on" practical approach to your learning experience as you develop the necessary skill sets for practice life.

Colm GregoryProgramme Director, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

How you’ll be assessed

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Practical sessions will also allow students to receive feedback on their engagement and progress throughout the course.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods may include written examinations, presentations, practical treatment sessions and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your future career

An example of careers you can pursue:

  • Sport rehabilitator or therapist in both sport and clinical settings
  • Strength, conditioning, fitness and wellbeing advisory work
  • Health screening and prevention roles (e.g. fall prevention, pre-obesity/pre-diabetic populations).

Alternatively, the course will offer you the option to continue in further education at the MSc, MRes or PhD level.

The welcoming atmosphere made me settle in straight away, with supportive supervisors guiding me to succeed. There are also many opportunities to work and gain experience alongside your studies which help you gain the valuable skills employers are looking for.



Tuition Fees for some 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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