Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc (Hons) [Full Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Sport

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  CB69


The Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc will develop the knowledge and skills you will need to work as a sport and exercise rehabilitator. You will have the unique opportunity to work with a variety of clients and athletes from a range of backgrounds. You will undertake 400 hours of “hands on” experience within the sport and exercise rehabilitation sector, some of this will take place at external events (such as the Great North Run), university and college sports matches (in a pitch side support role) and also at Newcastle Falcons and Thunder where you have the opportunity to work with professional athletes. In addition you will also work within our own Sports Injury Clinic where you will develop your clinical skills and will learn how to rehabilitate and prevent injury. As part of our Work Ready Guarantee you will be provided with insurance throughout your studies to enable you to develop your practice. You will also be able to gain fitness instructor, personal trainer, massage, first aid and advanced trauma qualifications. As part of the course you will study a range of topics that will help you to prevent and treat injuries. You will be able to be involved in research focusing on your chosen field and will have the chance to participate in conferences. In addition you will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop your practice by engaging with events, volunteering and visits to our industry partners.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation is suitable for individuals who want to achieve a degree in this field and learn about sports massage, gym instruction, sports rehabilitation or personal training.

Qualification Gained

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation

How to Apply


UCAS will begin to accept applications for 2018 entry from September 2017. Applications for 2018 entry will need to be made using the web-based on-line application system

When you apply, you will need the UCAS code for your chosen course (see the course listing in the prospectus). You will also need Newcastle College’s institution name and code.

The institution name is NCAST.
The institution code is N23.

If you have any problems with the online application, contact UCAS by phone: 0871 4680 468  or email:

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

Year 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology
As part of this module you will learn about the structure and function of systems within the body, such as the skeletal and muscular systems
The Fitness Practitioner
This module will provide you with a pathway to gain the necessary skills and knowledge required to be able to operate as a fitness practitioner. It will prepare you to meet the national occupational standards of a qualified gym instructor.
Sports Massage
This module will provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge, techniques and expertise in sports massage
This module will provide you with an understanding of anatomical landmarks and their role within the body to understand the mechanical basis of movement.
Sports Injury Management
The aim of this module is to provide you with underpinning knowledge in relation to basic sports injuries. The module will discuss the mechanics of each injury and best treatment practice and management for a number of injuries
Research Methods 1
This module will introduce you to research within sports therapy. It will show you how research should be designed and implemented to meet outcomes.
Work Related Learning
This module will introduce you to academic study skills and the sport and exercise rehabilitation field of work. As part of the module you will undertake 50 hours experience of shadowing a professional within the sport and exercise rehabilitation field. You will also complete 20 hours experience within Newcastle College Sports Injury Clinic
Clinical Assessment
This module will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out clinical examinations and assessments.

Year 2
Peripheral Mobilisations and Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques
This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop manual therapy techniques in relation to peripheral joints. You will integrate and apply knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, neurophysiology, psychophysiology and assessment relating to peripheral sports rehabilitation
Advanced Fitness Practitioner
This module is designed to prepare you to meet the national occupational standards of a qualified personal trainer. The aim of the module is to further develop an understanding of advanced training principles and methods for improving performance and rehabilitation from injury. Applied Biomechanics
This module will help you understand biomechanical techniques and their use in the mechanical analysis of sporting movements, injuries and the prevention of injury.
Psychology of Injury
This module aims to develop your knowledge of the psychological impact of sport and exercise related injury. The module will also allow you to appraise psychological interventions as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation
Injury Treatment Modalities
This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of different injury treatment modalities and their use in a variety of sports injury settings.
Exercise and Rehabilitation
This module will help you to develop the use of exercise as a treatment modality for specific injuries
Research methods 2
This module will develop your understanding of the research process and help you to conduct analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
Work Based Learning
This module is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of an appropriate work context and apply your knowledge and skills to a work place issue or problem which you have identified. We provide you with many practical experiences within this module on which to focus your project. As part of the module you will learn by attending British University and College Sports (BUCS) games in a pitch side role for a minimum of 40 hours (in conjunction with Newcastle University). You will also work within Newcastle College Sport Injury Clinic for a minimum of 70 hours. In addition you will also participate in various organised volunteering opportunities for a minimum of 20 hours).

Year 3
The focus of this module is learning through conducting primary research. You will develop skills in research and analysis through independent study of a related subject of your choice
Research Methods 3
This module will provide you with the skills needed to design, collect and analyse data in both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms and will develop your critical thinking skills
Career Development
The aim of this module is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to move into employment within sport and exercise rehabilitation. You will complete a minimum of 50 hours placement within a sport and exercise rehabilitation setting. This will give you the insight and experience of working as a sport and exercise rehabilitator.
Clinical Practice and Advanced Trauma
This module aims to give you a well-rounded understanding of the wider aspects of clinical practice and to develop clinical reasoning skills with regards to a range of sports injury related problems including trauma care within pitch side scenarios.
Spinal Mobilisations
This is a practical module that will build upon peripheral mobilisations learned at level 5. This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop manual therapy techniques in relation to the spine.



Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, guest speakers and visits, independent research and case studies. Learning takes place in classrooms, lecture theatres and in our sports injury clinic. You will also participate in lectures, group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in public speaking and increasing self-confidence

In year one you will undertake a 50 shadowing experience within the sport and rehabilitation field as well as 20 hours of work within our Sports Injury Clinic on campus. In year two you will complete a 40 hours of clinical placement pitch side for university and college sports matches. You will also complete a further 70 hours within our Sports injury Clinic and 20 hours of volunteering work at sports events or similar. Between years two and three you complete 100 hours of external placement over the summer break. In addition in year three you complete a further 50 hours placement with an external partner throughout the year and 50 hours within our Sports Injury Clinic.
Please note that these are the minimum hours we would expect you to complete. You are encouraged to gain even more experience if possible. We have many links with industry and offer many more opportunities for volunteering and gaining experience.

Assessment Methods





Progression Opportunities

With successful completion and satisfactory academic performance, you may decide to progress to an appropriate Masters programme.

Career Opportunities

Many graduates move into self-employment as a sports rehabilitator. Some have progressed to working in rehabilitation clinics or within the health and fitness industry, focusing on exercise referral work. Others have focused on the exercise aspect and have moved into personal training.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.
A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required to undertake this programme and must be obtained within the first term of enrolment.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.