BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

Southwark Campus
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Be a team player

Individuals to entire sports teams. Amateurs to world champions. Youth leagues to club legends and beyond. This course will equip you with all the specialist skills needed to assist people at all levels of activity in their rehabilitation. Our Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSRs) are trained to be first response practitioners working pitch-side at sporting events, and are qualified to assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries from the point of injury. You’ll learn with a big emphasis on injury prevention and exercise prescription, including programming for return to sport, performance enhancement and improving health and function in populations with injury, illness and disease. Our School of Allied and Community Health within the Institute of Health and Social Care is one of the largest in the country, enabling you to study in a state-of-the-art environment within a wide and supportive network. There are also a number of opportunities available within this course, such as the chance to qualify as a registered Sports Massage Therapist, and to undertake the Pre-Hospital Immediate Care In Sport Course (Level 2), accredited by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

There are excellent onsite facilities at LSBU, including LSBU Active, a purpose-built onsite clinic, and state-of-the-art clinical and human performance laboratories. In addition to our top-class facilities, our central London location provides easy access to a range of exciting health, sport and exercise clinical placement opportunities, which you will undertake as an integral part of your course.

Why Sport Rehabilitation at LSBU?

    Ranked 1st for feedback satisfaction for Health Professions amongst London Modern Competitors (Guardian University Guide 2021).
    Ranked 1st in London for career prospects (Guardian League Table 2020).
    Access to our dedicated facilities: a range of clinical skills labs, outstanding on-campus virtual learning environments, gym facilities and exclusive onsite supervised student clinics.
    Learn from expert staff who are currently working with national and international athletes.
    Study alongside health care profession courses to the highest standard of professionalism.
    Gain clinical experience with our placement partners across London and the South East, this can include sports clubs, sport injuries clinics and gyms
    You can gain additional qualifications built into the degree course – for example, become a Sports Massage therapist, Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer or PhICIS.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


Although initially, study is university based, there’s a minimum of 400 hours’ clinical practice required to complete the degree. This may be carried out in a variety of settings including sports injury clinics, sports clubs, pitchside or in the gym. Students are able to develop their knowledge and skills in a safe and supported work environment with athletes, supervised by appropriately qualified and experienced professionals, such as GSRs, physiotherapists and doctors. We have our own clinic at LSBU where you can be supervised by the programme teaching staff: all experienced clinicians who work with national and international athletes.

This course can also be studied as a 4 year Integrated Masters. There’s an option to transfer between these courses at the end of the second year depending on the grades achieved. Modules are assessed by a range of relevant modes including written exams, projects, coursework and practical examinations.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

The first year modules are designed to provide a sound foundation in the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, injury pathology, assessment and clinical skills, and exercise prescription. Teaching will comprise of the key underpinning theory, as well as large, applied, practical components.

  • Concepts of Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice (IPL)
    This module introduces students to the place and value of interprofessional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support the development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients and diverse populations. Students will work collaboratively with other Health and Social Care students, with face-to-face and online teaching and action learning sets.
  • Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
    This module provides students with an underpinning knowledge of the physiology and function of the human body systems. Students will also explore the pathophysiology of common disorders and diseases that they may encounter in sport rehabilitation practice.
  • Functional Anatomy, Kinesiology
    This module allows students to gain an understanding of neuro-musculoskeletal anatomy and human movement. Anatomical knowledge will be applied in a practical setting through the use of palpation, observation and analysis of basic movement function and assessment. This fundamental knowledge will be further developed through the application to neuro-musculoskeletal injury and movement. 
  • Therapy and Clinical Skills
    This module provides students with a range of hands on therapy and clinical skills that are required to work clinically as a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator (GSR). Students will be taught fundamental assessment methods and approaches and therapy skills in this largely practical module which will include sports massage, electrotherapy, cryo and thermo therapy, taping and strapping. Students will also explore their clinical decision making. Within this module students will also commence with their placement hours, with 50 hours of sports massage practice, as well as the fundamental massage skills that start their progression towards the Sports Massage Association (SMA) Level 2 or 3 qualification.
  • Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription
    In this module students will develop an understanding of key knowledge underpinning physical activity and exercise-based interventions. Students will develop the practical skills to undertake health-related fitness assessment, including heart rate, blood pressure, body composition and submaximal exercise evaluation. Students will develop knowledge of responses and adaptions to aerobic exercise, as well as activities involving strength, speed, flexibility and power. This module is designed to align to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Level 2 Gym Instructor, to allow registration at a suitable point in the course. 

Year 2

  • Appraising Evidence Based Practice
    This module extends students’ understanding of the concept of evidence based practice and research in practice. The module equips students with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. Conducting research, research methods, approaches to data analysis and presentation are explored, as well as the knowledge and skills that are pre-requisite for critical appraisal and evidence synthesis. 
  • Pitchside Assessment, Trauma Management and Advanced Clinical Skills
    Students will develop the knowledge and skills to work in sporting pitchside environments with assessment, critical decision making and management of injury, minor and major trauma, including concussion identification and management protocols. This course will prepare students for the RFU Immediate Care in Sport (ICIS) Level 2 certification. This module will also build on the theoretical and practical therapy and clinical skills from year one, with further soft tissue techniques such as soft tissue release, frictions, neuromuscular technique, muscle energy technique, joint mobilisations and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques. These skills, along with further placement practice and experience, will prepare students to attain Sports Massage Association (SMA) Level 4 certification. 
  • Lower Limb Rehabilitation
    This module will develop the students’ knowledge of the underpinning theories and concepts of neuro-musculoskeletal and common sporting injuries, focusing on the lower limb regions of the ankle and lower leg, knee and thigh, pelvis and hip. Students will gain knowledge and skills in the application of assessment, early, mid and late stage treatment and return to activity and sport.
  • Upper Limb and Spinal Rehabilitation
    This module will develop the students’ knowledge of the underpinning theories and concepts of neuro-musculoskeletal and common sporting injuries, focusing on the upper limb and spinal regions including the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, trunk and abdomen, spine and neck. Students will gain knowledge and skills in the application of assessment, early, mid and late stage treatment and return to activity and sport. Within this module students will also learn the theory and practice of hydrotherapy rehabilitation in water.
  • Applied Biomechanics
    The aim of this module is to develop the practical skills required for assessment of human motion and in particular those relating to gait and functional lower limb motion. Areas covered include motion analysis using subjective and objective methods, such as 2/3D analysis, electromyography and isokinetic analysis. A deeper understanding of the gait cycle is included, with particular reference to the role of the foot and ankle, as well as the major lower limb joints.
  • Placement 1
    Placement provides the opportunity for students to gain essential practice-based experience in a range of different settings. Students will develop their skills in assessment and management of injuries and conditions across a range of settings and environments, such as our own teaching clinic, sports and injury clinics, sports teams and pitch side at games and events. Student progress and competencies will be monitored and recorded through the placement portfolio, which will see them through the minimum 150 hours for their second year of study, working towards the total of a minimum of 400 hours by the end of the course.

Year 3

  • Psychological Principles for Rehabilitation and Human Performance
    This module provides an opportunity for students to develop the biopsychosocial approaches in relation to injury, rehabilitation and human performance. Focus on the development of understanding of psychological determinants of health and well-being across a range of populations including elite athletes, sports active populations, healthy and unhealthy populations, and how this impacts a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator’s (GSRs) practice.
  • Screening and Conditioning for Performance
    Students will develop their knowledge and practical skills in optimising training and rehabilitation programmes, as well as methods for performance enhancement through programming and training. Methods for screening athletes and individuals for movement impairment, muscle imbalance and key performance indicators are covered, with methods for correction, improvement and optimisation. 
  • Clinical Rehabilitation and Health Promotion
    This module examines the management and rehabilitation within a range of special populations, and how a range of clinical conditions affect human performance and recovery. Health promotion and lifestyle management are considered in relation to the wider populations necessitating the development of more advanced clinical decision making within this module.
  • Application of Evidence Based Practice (Research Module)
    This module will consolidate the student’s understanding and application of evidence based practice in sporting and rehabilitation environments. The module develops skills in collection, collation and synthesis of data and evidence from a range of different information sources to a level where a literature review is composed as a paper for publication and/or a chosen area/topic for future research is identified and justified.
  • Placement 2
    This module is a continuation of the Year 2 placement where students will continue to gain further practice based experience during a range of placements. Students will continue to complete their placement portfolio whilst implementing their increase in knowledge and skills in to clinical and sports environments, and complete the minimum requirement of 400 hours. Implementation of advanced skills in assessment, treatment and clinical decision making will be encouraged, with a view to building the student’s confidence as a practitioner.


As a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR), you will be a graduate level autonomous healthcare practitioner specialising in musculoskeletal management, exercise based rehabilitation and fitness. Graduates of this degree will have demonstrated and achieved the skills and knowledge to fulfil these roles, as well as completed a minimum of 400 hours of clinical and sporting environment placements which prepares our students for a competent and high level of performance upon graduation.

As well as this, because the degree is within the School of Health and Social Care at LSBU, students benefit from working within a multidisciplinary team of academics and courses – all of which are taught to the highest standard of professionalism required across these professions. As a GSR, you’ll be able to look for roles in a range of environments including: Sports injury clinics; amateur, academy and professional sports clubs; health, fitness clubs and gyms, rehabilitation units, the military, NHS and private practice, sports massage or one-to-one and group personal training.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

The programme is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). It aligns with the Sports Massage Association (SMA) Level 4, Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Level 3, and Rugby Football Union Immediate Care in Sport (RFU PHICIS) Level 2.

The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) is the UK regulator for Sport Rehabilitation Graduates. BASRaT ensures that all accredited courses are of a high equitable standard and that all graduates conform to a strict code of professional practice and conduct.


When it comes to placements, the course is planned to ensure that you’ll complete the number of hours required in both theory and practice (not less than 400 hours in assessed clinical practice). Placement opportunities may include Private Practice Clinics; a variety of sport teams from amateur, school level, academy and seniors; health and fitness sectors.

A practice placement portfolio that monitors and records progress and competencies throughout the course is used to:

  • Act as a focus for activities and experience related to clinical practice
  • Profile experience and development in a coherent and measurable manner
  • Provide a structure for clinical training and competence development
  • Provide evidence for continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Used as part of assessment for clinical placement modules.


You’ll benefit from an array of outstanding facilities, providing the perfect environments for you to practice and develop your skills. Some of the facilities you’ll have access to include:

Clinical  skills labs 

We have a variety of skills labs which replicate real-life work environments, and provide an ideal setting for simulation learning using the latest technologies. Facilities include adult wards, physiotherapy suite, and critical skills lab.

Human Performance Centre 

Equipped with modern technology, the Human Performance Centre enables word class research in the fields of sport, health, physical activity and exercise science.

LSBU Active

You'll have access to a range of sports facilities and equipment, including a fully equipped fitness suite with SMART Centre Technology, a Functional Training Zone, Free Weights Room and Sports Hall.

You can explore these facilities further, including viewing virtual tours of some of the areas, by selecting the links above.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching methods vary across academic and practice-based settings. They’ll include classroom teaching, practical simulation in clinical laboratories, human performance laboratory testing, and practice in gym and rehabilitation facilities. There will be extensive online resources to develop your digital skills and support your learning. And you’ll also have a dedicated personal tutor and access to the University’s wide range of student support services.

Year 1 time table - indicative Semester 1

AMTherapy and Clinical SkillsIPL Module Concepts Inter-professional Collaborative PracticeStudyHuman Physiology and PathophysiologyFunctional Anatomy & Kinesiology
PM IPL- ALG/ group intermittently timetabled   Self-directed Study

Year 1 time table - indicative Semester 2

AMTherapy and Clinical SkillsIPL Module Concepts Inter-professional Collaborative PracticeStudyPhysical Activity and Exercise PrescriptionFunctional Anatomy & Kinesiology
PMMassage ClinicIPL- ALG/ group intermittently timetabled  Peer sessions and Workshops


Entry requirements

  • A Level BBC or, including at least one of; maths, biology, physics, chemistry, human biology, sports science/studies, PE, dance, psychology, or;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, in sports science or science, or:
  • Access to HE Diploma in Science with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths, Science and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Additional requirements

The following additional requirements apply to this course:

  • Evidence of commitment to the profession
  • Passing of occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • Ability to meet travel requirements to attend placements
  • Students from outside the UK will be required to provide a police check from their home country
  • English Language: Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 6.5 overall (including 7.0 in the written element and a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening elements) for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS)

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

Course status

  • Accreditation and Course validation status

    This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Personal statements

Please include a reflective statement that demonstrates your experience of Sports rehabilitation as a profession (work experience, observational visits, as a patient or other contact).

The reflective statement should be sufficiently explicit to demonstrate your commitment to Sports rehabilitation and show that you have an understanding of the depth and breadth of the profession. For further advice on work experience and other areas of Sports Rehabilitation as a career, please consult the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)  :


The School of Health and social Care has a values based recruitment (VBR)  process.  This enables the recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the strength of their UCAS application. The interview process focuses on 'how' and 'why'  an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found on the Health Education England website.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians. You will be assessed through multiple mini interviews (MMIs) which will include a simple practical task that will not require any special clothing or preparation.  Applicants will be assessed on their academic ability, work experience, insight into caring and helping others and their ability to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative.
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • working with others
  • a caring and respectful attitude to others
  • reliability, honesty and trustworthiness

International applicants

The application process may involve further steps for International applicants (non-EU nationals). All non-EU applicants for this course must therefore contact the International Office as soon as possible to discuss the admissions steps and the immigration requirements : or +44 (0) 20 7815 6189.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2021.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?

What do I need to declare on my DBS?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list (PDF File 248 KB) to be verified.

Providing documents whilst campus is closed due to COVID-19

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

Occupational Health (OH)

An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.


Once you have enrolled, students will be asked to complete an occupational health check, the first part is completing an online questionnaire sent from our occupational health provider.

GP appointment

The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB)
GP Vaccination and Screening History (PDF File 117 KB)

Occupational Health appointment

After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.

The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 588 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be double vaccinated?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?

If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?

Numeracy practice

Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.


Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

Frequently asked questions

Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.


Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.


BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £9250International fee: £17500
AOS/LSBU code: 5006Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK £27750
International £52500

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Year of study UK/EU fee International fee
Year 1 Full-time £9,250.00 £15,100.00
Year 2 Full-time £9,250.00 £15,100.00
Year 3 Full-time £9,250.00 £15,100.00
Total £27,750.00 £45,300.00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

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