BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

Our Sport Rehabilitation degree offers BASRaT accredited training in preventing, assessing, diagnosing and treating sports and physical activity-related injuries. Based within the excellent facilities of Bolton One, the course offers an exciting array of placement opportunities including professional sports teams, private clinics and the Ministry of Defence.

BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

Course details

Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSRs) are in demand due to our increasing participation in sport and exercise and the injuries that we inevitably sustain. Sport rehabilitators are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and are essential across all levels of sport, from amateur to elite. Our British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) accredited BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation degree offers industry-approved training ready for a career working with sports men and women and members of the public.

We focus on equipping you with hands-on practical experience teamed with an invaluable grounding in theory, so you can graduate with a well-rounded skillset. Our dedicated and professionally experienced team will guide you as you explore musculoskeletal injury prevention screening, specific exercise therapy and clinical treatment skills. Extensive practical and laboratory work will help to cement your understanding of human anatomy, the biomechanics and physiology of the human body, and the pathology of injury and dysfunction.

You may gain direct experience on-campus at our Sports & Spinal Injury Clinic and Athlete Development Centre in Bolton One, as well as through external placements, safe in the knowledge that as a graduate you’ll be eligible to practice as a registered GSR, rehabilitating athletes from injury.

  • UCAS points: 112
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: C602
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • This course is accredited by BASRaT. As a graduate of this degree you will be eligible to join the BASRaT practitioner register, and subsequently use the title of Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR). BASRaT’s accredited practitioner register is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
  • Our solid links with professional and elite sport mean we can access an extensive array of placements. We work with Olympic sports, Premiership and Super League rugby clubs, professional and semi-professional football clubs, as well as with an army specialist mobility rehabilitation centre, private clinics and orthopaedic departments.
  • Two of our final year students, who meet the specific entry criteria, are chosen each year to attend our prestigious overseas placements that are co-ordinated with a USA university, allowing them to gain experience in athletic training departments for NCAA sports.
  • You will be encouraged to attend world-class guest lectures from renowned sports professionals and practitioners in the orthopaedic, sports and private practice arenas. These enhance your learning, help you make contacts in the industry and contribute to your professional development.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications as part of your programme. These include a first aid certificate, the Royal College of Surgeons-endorsed level 2 certification in Immediate Care in Sport, assessed by the Rugby Football Union, and eligibility for an externally recognised level 3 sports massage qualification.
  • Our Sports Science courses, including our Sport Rehabilitation degrees, are top in the North West and top 15 in the UK, according to the Guardian University Guide 2018.

Key features:

  • Our on-campus facilities are based in the £31 million Bolton One building, including hydrotherapy and swimming pools, rehabilitation suite, strength and conditioning suite, fully-equipped physiology and biomechanics laboratories, and specialist classrooms. We also use some facilities at the world-class Bolton Arena.
  • We offer a highly qualified and experienced team of multi-sports practitioners and academic staff with links to top-flight athletes and sports teams. Our chartered, state-registered and BASRaT-accredited lecturing staff are involved in current clinical practice and relevant research.
  • Opportunities exist for you to gain experience in our clinician-led Sport & Spinal Injury Clinic and our Athlete Development Centre, where you can engage with a range of athletes: elite, professional, recreational and participatory.
  • You’ll complete at least two external placements, and gain over 400 supervised clinical hours of experience prior to graduation. For example, your placements may be at professional sports clubs, physiotherapy clinics, the Ministry of Defence, or even overseas in the USA.
  • We offer bespoke pathways if you are keen to have a career in the Military. On successful completion of the Military application and interview process, you will have the chance to partake in paid training alongside your degree; in fields such as Combat Medic Technician.
  • Your dedicated personal tutor will support you to develop valuable transferable skills such as communication, self-management, group working, numeracy, research and critical evaluation.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 112
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: C602
  • Duration: 3 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include a sport, physical education or science related subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics, Science and English.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. Find out more

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Please note that it's not possible to join this course at Level 3 (HE6). Applications to join the course at Level 2 (HE5) will be considered.

Career opportunities

With people’s increased awareness of exercise and the need to prevent and manage injury, there is a growing demand for practitioners specialising in musculoskeletal healthcare for the physically active. Graduates will have a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamentals of sport rehabilitation, experience of relating theory to practice and utilising skills in a practical setting on placements.

Key transferable skills that will be developed include the ability to work independently, planning and time management, adapting to changing circumstances, good communication skills, responding to customers and their needs, applying techniques of health and safety and risk assessment, and teamwork.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate Sport Rehabilitators are in demand across the UK and career opportunities exist in professional and semi-professional sports clubs, private sports injury and physiotherapy clinics, health clubs, fitness centres and positions with the Ministry of Defence. A Sport Rehabilitator may also work alongside many other health professions or as an autonomous practitioner.

GSRs have a solid undergraduate academic platform to study at Master’s level in a range of fields, including physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, exercise science, physician's associate, psychology, biomechanics, and sports medicine.

Alternative career options

  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • HE Lecturer
  • Outdoor Activities/Education Manager
  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Sport Therapist
  • Community Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Rehabilitation Case Load Manager

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), the professional body for Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSR), who hold an Accredited Professional Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Healthcare in the UK. BASRaT provides full professional liability insurance to all graduates, which enables you to practice as a sport rehabilitation professional.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2020/21 -£9,250£9,250£9,250£27,750

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350
2020/21 -£12,450£12,450£12,450£37,350

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

No hidden extras

  • British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers professional body student membership (3-year membership) (2019-20)
  • Sports Kit - e.g. polo shirt, t-shirt, hoodie, shorts, tracksuit trousers, tracksuit jacket (2019-20)
  • British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers professional body student massage insurance (1-year insurance) (2019-20)
  • Level 3 Sports Massage Certification (2019-20)
  • Costs for final year project equipment above the £100 provision provided per student e.g. sports tape, resistance bands, measuring devices (2019-20)
  • Placement transport costs (2019-20)

How to apply


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Anatomy, Musculoskeletal Injury and Assessment
  • Physiology and Practice of Injury Management
  • Clinical Enquiry and Personal Development
  • Clinical Biomechanics and Movement Analysis
  • Injury Pathology and Clinical Treatment Skills
  • Exercise for Training, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Evidence-Based Project Development
  • Professional Practice Development
  • Advanced Professional Practice Skills
  • Return to Sport
  • Sport Rehabilitation Project
  • Clinical Practice

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a combination of face-to-face teaching, and directed and independent study. Knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical coaching sessions, and workshops. You’ll also have access to a virtual learning environment, with online learning resources.

Presentations and masterclasses by guest speakers are used throughout the programme to enhance employability and to make the link between theory and practice. Similarly, work experience forms a large part of the programme and will help you to develop your skills in a practical environment.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained written exams, practical assessments, and coursework, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for the course.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these do not count towards your final marks. For instance, you might be asked to complete quizzes or undertake practical exercises. You will also receive feedback on assessment drafts. These will help to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (44%), Practical exams (44%), Written exams (12%)
Level Two Coursework (56%), Practical exams (44%)
Level Three Coursework (67%), Practical exams (33%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (61%), Placement/study abroad (0%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (39%)
Level Two Guided independent study (60%), Placement/study abroad (3%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (37%)
Level Three Guided independent study (57%), Placement/study abroad (30%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (13%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Adam Naylor
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903664

Catherine Bardsley
Admissions Tutor
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903614

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903