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Sports Therapy BSc Hons Top-Up (Teach Out)

Course information

Course Summary

The BSc Top-Up programme is specifically designed to provide FdSc Sports Therapy graduates with a challenging curriculum that will develop their knowledge and clinical skills in preparation for employment in the sports industry. The programme will also provide a Top-Up route for students who hold other relevant qualifications.

Course Code:N6715
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 6
Awarded by:Kingston University
Course Length

This course is in teach out phase and is no longer recruiting new students.

Course Detail

Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.

Programme specification

The BSc Top-Up programme is validated by Kingston University and delivered at Nescot. The College promotes a supportive learning environment for its students. With low staff to student ratios the College is able to provide excellent academic support to enhance the learning experience. Students will benefit from innovative and collaborative teaching strategies that are engaging and designed to contextualise the academic knowledge and skills within the curriculum. Academic and pastoral support is underpinned by a Personal Tutor system that enables students to engage with the subjects being addressed in their modules, explore entrepreneurship activities and develop skills in finding and successfully applying for careers opportunities.

In addition, students will benefit from access to Kingston University’s Student Union, sports clubs and societies.

The programme competencies closely reflect the core competencies and disciplines expected of the Sports Therapy governing bodies, and meet the National Occupational Standards in Sports Therapy. The programme equips graduates with the appropriate knowledge and skills to seek employment in the sports therapy industry.

Emphasis is placed upon developing the strength and conditioning principles that are incorporated throughout injury rehabilitation for a wide range of populations. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and clinical assessment principles are developed to provide advanced and effective clinical reasoning for a wide range of sports therapy treatments. Students enrolled on the programme will build a detailed knowledge of emergency action plans and normal operating procedures associated with working as a pitch-side sports therapist. This will include an understanding of advanced clinical skills in electrotherapies, advanced osteopathic mobilisations and emergency trauma.

Students enrolled on the programme will accumulate 300 hours of clinical and emergency trauma practice. Principally these hours will be accrued through simulated placement within the Nescot sports injuries clinic, assessing and treating sports teams, the wider public, college staff and students. There will also be opportunities to accrue emergency trauma practice hours through pitch-side work with Nescot College sports teams and Kingston University British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) teams. This will enable students to develop their match preparation, pitch-side care and post-match treatment of injuries as a sports therapist.

Finally, students will be prepared in undertaking an independent research project on a sports therapy topic. It will require students to draw upon the knowledge of fundamental principles and theories of treatment, rehabilitation, clinical application and research delivered throughout the academic year. The project is a “capstone” module and a key final component of the programme, and develops student’s skills in designing, planning and implementing research.

Course detail

The course is made up of four modules each worth 30 credit points. A student must complete 120 credits at level 6. Students will be provided with the university regulations and specific additions that are sometimes required for accreditation by outside bodies (e.g. professional or statutory bodies that confer professional accreditation such as the Sports Therapy Organisation and Society of Sports Therapy). Full details of each module will be provided in module descriptors and student module guides.

Level 6 (all core)

Compulsory modules

Module code




Teaching Block

Principles of Strength & Conditioning





Advanced Clinical Practice





Emergency Trauma & Pitch-side Management





Independent Project





Level 6 requires the completion of all modules

The modules are assessed using a variety of methods which include case studies, presentations, practical assessments and exams. The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.

A detailed Programme Specification can be viewed by clicking here.

Course Fees

Fees for Academic Year 2022/23

Annual tuition fees: £8,200

Full fee information here

Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:

  • Foundation degree in Sports Therapy from a UK university or other HE establishments (or international equivalent recognised by NARIC) with a relevant curriculum
  • We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer. Applications from international students with equivalent qualifications are welcome and other healthcare professions with the requisite practical and clinical skills.
  • You will be required to produce a valid Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before the commencement of the course to indicate that you are permitted to work with members of the public.

Applicants with qualifications that do not meet these requirements, but with significant professional experience, may also be considered. See Kingston University Admissions Policy.

Your Next Steps

Preparation for work is an integral part of the BSc Hons Degree in Sports Therapy. The programme has been designed to enable students to develop their employability skills to support progression and success in a competitive economy.

The department has excellent links with employers to ensure the skills and knowledge acquired by students is appropriate to workplace requirements. One such link is through supervisor feedback contributions in the modules that require supervised work experience. There will be a significant focus on the employability of students with careers advice from the placement tutor and the network of supervisors.

The ‘practice’ aspect of the programme is emphasised in taught material, practical activities and work based placements and assessments. The Nescot Sports Injury Clinic and other work place opportunities are supervised and play a central role in developing practitioner skills in a safe learning environment, while also offering the students some autonomy to make clinical decisions as they would in their own practice. Students will become self-aware through critical reflection as part of their professional practice, and understand the importance of acting ethically. They will develop the confidence to consider original solutions to problems and influence change within a culturally diverse sporting context.

All students are encouraged to gain sport therapy related vocational experience throughout the year and are actively encouraged to attend additional continual professional development courses. They are also encouraged to explore the job market and possible career paths, and to consider developing attributes that employers look for in graduates above and beyond essential academic skills.

In addition to developing subject specific skills modules place emphasis on developing the transferable skills essential to successful employment. This includes developing the ability of students to confidently apply and communicate their knowledge and ideas through oral and written communication, presentations and implementation of practise.

Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 12/10/21