Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Sports Therapy

Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality university course right here in Cornwall.
A variety of people enter higher education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.
For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Sports Massage (TRUR1239)

      In this module students learn the benefits associated with Sports Massage to include the theory and application of specialised sports massage, lymphatic drainage and prescriptive therapy. This module allows the student to develop and plan an effective treatment programme to favourably benefit individual clients and sporting groups.

    • Osteology and Anatomy (TRUR1240)

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an in depth understanding of the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular systems as well as their response to rehabilitation, sport and exercise. A great deal of focus will be aimed at origins and insertions as well as muscular movements and functions.

    • Sports Injuries & Clinical Practice (TRUR1242)

      This module will introduce students to a range of sports injuries in relation to their mycology and osteology. The module will develop skills needed to manage sports injury in a clinical environment. Manual techniques will be covered to equip students with the skill to form an injury diagnosis. Emphasis will be on clinical responses to potential sports related injuries, in line with accrediting body guidelines.

    • Research Methods (TRUR1243)

      This module introduces the concept of scientific method and how this is applied to sport science. It will develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative techniques and will introduce basic statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation.

    • Anatomy & Physiology (TRUR1273)

      The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the structure and function of those systems in the human body that are of direct relevance to sport and exercise.

    • Introduction to Biomechanics and Human Movement (TRUR1274)

      This module will introduce students to a basic range of biomechanical principles concerning force, motion and human movement.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Sports Therapy (TRUR2245)

      Students will study a comprehensive range of techniques available to the sports therapist to equip students with all skills needed for professional practice. Emphasis will be placed on development of knowledge and good practice.

    • Project (TRUR2249)

      This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop an investigation of their own related to the programme. The topic must first be agreed with the module leader, with due reference to ethical and practical considerations, and for those wishing to prepare themselves for progression, with the appropriate programme leader(s).

    • Applied Movement Analysis (TRUR2250)

      This module provides the opportunity to review relevant biomechanical principles and apply an analytical approach to understanding sporting movements, enabling learners to reason about the structures and mechanisms that drive sports injuries. The module has a major focus on returning an athlete to full functional fitness, and ultimately sport performance. Learners will also explore strength and conditioning modalities.

    • Nutrition for Performance and Rehabilitation (TRUR2275)

      This module will provide students with the nutritional knowledge to enable them to advise a wide range of people about their nutrition, which could include elite athletes as well as a variety of special populations. It will also look at how nutrition can play a vital role in rehabilitation of clients and its importance.

    • Treatment and Management of Injuries (TRUR2276)

      This module aims to develop an understanding of the treatment and management of a range of sports injuries in various sporting environments. Students should develop a proficient level of understanding and experience of the anatomical aspects of sporting injuries.

    • Human Exercise Physiology (TRUR2277)

      To develop a thorough understanding of scientific testing and training prescription to enable the student to link exercise physiology theory to practical delivery to develop participants.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.
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