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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Sports Therapy, Health and Wellbeing study programme combines a technical level qualification - in the form of a sports massage diploma - with a Subsidiary Diploma in Sports Science and Advanced Research* and an A-Level in Biology.

It is delivered over two years and aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career as a sports massage therapist, either employed or self-employed. It is also an ideal pathway for learners wishing to progress to Sports Therapy or Physiotherapy courses at university. 

The course is delivered over two sites, with the A-level Biology and Sports Science being delivered at the Joseph Wright Centre and the Sports Massage Diploma at Broomfield or Ilkeston campuses.

Please note that an additional interview will be required for your acceptance on the A-Level Biology pathway - as such, you will need to complete a separate application for AS/A2 Biology.

*Subject to specification change

Entry requirements

You need:

  • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) which must include both Maths and English
  • Good customer service and communication skills
  • Excellent personal hygiene, appearance and a professional demeanour
  • A flexibility to work at events and external opportunities throughout the academic year

Links with sports teams, clubs or fitness centres are desirable to ensure your work placements are set up immediately. Please enquire about the available UCAS points on this study programme if you wish to progress into physiotherapy.

Course Content

In Year 1 learners will complete a Subsidiary Diploma in Sports Science. This qualification covers anatomy, physiology, fitness testing, research methods, a research project and psychology. You will also be working towards your A-Level in Biology.

In Year 2 learners will complete their A-Level in Biology and commence a Diploma in Sports Massage. The qualification comprises all the elements needed to work effectively and efficiently as a sports massage therapist. These include anatomy and physiology, professional practice, an understanding of the principles of health and fitness, and how to provide sports massage treatments.

Please note that this order of sports massage and sports science is subject to change.

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be assessed through a range of methods including:

  • presentations
  • reports
  • exams
  • practical assessment
  • discussion

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Learners are expected to purchase a Sports Department uniform to wear during practical sessions and theory-based class time. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £100. This will also cover yearly gym membership and the end-of-year celebration event. This money should be received before November. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.

You may also wish to purchase your own massage equipment, fold-away beds and oils in order to practise. This is not, however, a requirement of the course and will not be needed until Year 2.

What can I do after this course?

Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage therapist, but the programme is also designed for learners who want to progress to higher level study at university.

You can consider progression to a:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym-based Exercise)
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • Physiotherapy degree
  • Sports Therapy degree

*Please note that the Sports Massage Diploma is a technical certificate and has no UCAS points allocated against it.

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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