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BSc Hons in Sports Therapy

Course Type: CAO and Third Level
Institute Name: Portobello Institute
Fee: on request
Course Locations: Dublin City Centre
Application Deadline: Course is run on regular basis

Course Details

The BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU) is one of the first such degrees in the UK. In Ireland the demand for skilled, highly trained Sports Therapists is at an all time high. Knowledge and understanding of Sports Therapy is developed through an integrated programme of teacher-led lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory based practical sessions, and through the guided use of student centred learning activities such as problem solving exercises, case studies, directed reading and e-learning. Year 1 provides a solid foundation of general subjects underpinning Sports Therapy including anatomy, human physiology and sports science. In-depth studies of the Sports Therapy examination and assessment protocol and rehabilitation and are the focus of Year 2 and during Year 3 the emphasis is placed on advanced and applied aspects of Sports Therapy including manual therapy, electrotherapy, placement work, related theory, clinical reasoning skills and business developments in sport.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 3 years. (This course can also be studied part time over 4 years).

Once students have completed year 1 they have the option to complete year 2 and 3 of Sports Therapy or change over to complete year 2 and 3 of Sports Science and Physical Education.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application.  Acceptance to this course is interview based.  Leaving Certificate students require 6 passes, 3 at Higher Level with a C in Hons Biology

Alternate entry route with the 1 of the following:
•Portobello Institute FETAC Level 5 in Sports Science and Coaching programme with 4 merits achieved in 4 subjects including Anatomy and Physiology.  Portobello Institute student’s gain direct entry to year 1 and are exempt from interview process.
•or entry via interview from a similar programme with equivalent grades from alternate college
•Portobello Institute Sports Therapy programme with a credit achieved in Level 4 sports massage.  Portobello Institute student’s gain direct entry to year 1 and are exempt from interview process.
•or entry via interview with ITEC level 4 sports massage programme with minimum of merit grade from alternate college
•Mature students are reviewed on a case by case basis and entry is via interview, preferable to have a grounding in science and a previous academic qualification.  Please contact the college to discuss your background.

Qualifications Gained

BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU)

Note: Students can become registered as a Student Member of The Society of Sports Therapists at the beginning of Year 2.

Career Opportunities and Progression

Successful completion of this course offers career opportunities as a Sports Therapist working with teams, in a clinic or as a self-employed practitioner.  The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or study.

Course Content Modules

Year 1 (Level 6)

Essential Principles in Sports Science
Sports Anatomy and Physiology
Practical Sport Experience
Science, Research and Application

Year 2 (Level 7)

Sports Physiology
Sports Rehabilitation
Sports Therapy
Sports Science Research Methods

Biomechanics of Human Movement

Year 3 (Level 8)

Sports Science and Therapy Dissertation
Advanced Sports Therapy
Work Placement and Electrotherapy

Principles of Sport Psychology

Biomedical Implications of Exercise
Business Developments in Sport

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