Exeter College

FdSc Sports Therapy

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Introduction to Physiology for Sports Therapy (EXCE1151)

      This module will provide basic introduction to the study of the systems within the body on a physiological level, in relation to Sports Therapy. It provides a platform to enable students to develop an understanding between the physiological responses to Sports Therapy

    • Manual Therapy Techniques (EXCE1152)

      This module will provide an intense level of Sports Massage, understanding the indication and contra-indications for treatment. It will allow students to gain an introductory level of assessment prior to Sports Massage and therapy techniques, understanding the effects and reasons of treatment. The module will also introduce other manual therapy techniques such as Muscle Energy Techniques and Soft Tissue Release, providing a strong platform for progression as a Sports Therapist.

    • Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning (EXCE1153)

      This module will provide an introductory level of the physiology and biomechanics involved within strength and conditioning and relate specifically to Sports Therapy providing an understanding of exercise protocols interlinking with sports rehabilitation and prehabilitation. Baseline measurements of fitness tests and monitoring procedures will be investigated on a practical and theoretical level in relation to strength and conditioning.

    • Functional Anatomy (EXCE1154)

      This module has an overview to body structure including the skeletal system and muscular system. There is a heavy emphasis of practical application of anatomy, and therefore developing palpation skills and understanding how anatomy plays an important role in Sports Therapy. In depth understanding of muscular origin, insertions and actions are encouraged to enhance the Sports Therapist for progression.

    • Clinical Practice 1 (EXCE1155)

      This module involves a student led clinic with “real life” clients. The module allows development of all manual therapy and assessment skills learnt in other modules to be put in to practice. It provides a great platform for building confidence and knowledge of the skills learnt. It allows a greater understanding of how ethical considerations and safety elements can be applied in a specific environment.

    • Introduction to Assessment and Treatment (EXCE1156)

      This module introduces common injuries within sport, their signs and symptoms and the risk factors. The module provides a practical application of basic assessment of joint and tissue in the body, progressing on to taping, strapping and thermotherapy and cryotherapy treatments. The module content will provide a base understanding and platform for progression in to diagnostic testing and treatment methods as a Sports Therapist.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment of Injury (EXCE2021)

      This module will have a heavy emphasis on how to assess peripheral joints including orthopaedic diagnostic testing. A deeper understanding of the anatomical structures in relation to assessment and diagnosis will be covered to provide a suitable justification of treatment. A range of modalities for Sports Therapy treatment will be covered theoretically and practically with evidence-based research applied.

    • Research Project in Sports Therapy (EXCE2022)

      This module will be an introduction to basic research skills, and developing report writing skills. The module will support with future progression on to Level 6 or further research. Skills that will be encouraged include methodology planning, writing and delivery, data analysis and critical evaluation of results in relation to literature. The module allows the students to choose a topic of their choice in relation to Sports Therapy.

    • Movement Analysis in Sports Therapy (EXCE2023)

      The module will aid students in the understanding of biomechanics in relation to Sports Therapy. The module will show an introduction to analysis of human movement, including lever systems, centre of gravity, and stability with practical applications. The module will also discover areas of Sports Therapy modalities such as magnetic therapy or rehabilitation and investigate the effects it has on movement.

    • Clinical Practice 2 (EXCE2024)

      This module is a practical based module, where student Sports Therapists will regularly treat a range of patients with different conditions, ranging from sporting injuries to occupational and health issues. The clinical session will run like a small business, developing business ideas and skills to prepare therapists for industry ideas of business planning

    • Rehabilitation for Sports Injury and Health Conditions (EXCE2025)

      This module will provide a structured approach to rehabilitation for a variety of injury scenarios and health conditions. It will place a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice and research of rehabilitation techniques and will carry a strong practical application of rehabilitation techniques in relation to specific injury scenario.

    • Pathology and Physiology for Sports Therapists (EXCE2026)

      This module will study the pathological response to injury with regards to tissue healing and relate to specific sporting injury. The module will include an investigation in to the neurological innervations of the body and how to apply this in Sports Therapy, providing a suitable platform to have a sound understanding of myotomes and dermatomes contributing to assessment of injury or dysfunction.

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.

Our partnership with Exeter College

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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.

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Studying with Exeter College

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