Cardiff Metropolitan University Physiotherapy

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Physiotherapy

Cardiff Metropolitan University Physiotherapy


Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage – BSc (Hons) Degree

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage programme includes core modules within the fields of strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and sports massage, as well as modules in the underpinning sports-science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

Work-based learning is a key element of the final year of study, to enable students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings and to gain value experience to use as a foundation for future employment.

Furthermore, the learning outcomes for modules across the programme are clearly linked to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) competencies and role delineations, leaving students well placed to pursue accreditations with these professional bodies upon graduation. The programme is also approved by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as part of the Education Recognition Program and also an approved school with the Sports Massage Association (SMA). This enables students to gain an SMA accredited L4 qualification in Sport Massage and Soft Tissue practices through completion of the appropriate modules.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

​Course Content​

Year One:


  • Introduction to the Research Process*
  • Introduction to Applied Principles & Techniques in Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
  • Introduction to Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Practices
  • Introduction to Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation

Year Two:


  • Research Process*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Sport Massage and Soft Tissue Practices

Options (Select 2):

  • Physiology of Sport & Exercise*
  • Biomechanics of Sport & Exercise
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology

Year Three:


  • Independent Project*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Work-Based Learning

Programme Options (Select 1 or 2):

  • Advanced Strength & Conditioning
  • Advanced Sports Rehabilitation

Options (Select 0 or 1):

  • Biomechanics of sport and Exercise
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology for Health*
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

Employability & Careers

This course provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, sports massage or sports science settings. Graduate would be ideally placed to pursue careers with a range of populations including youth/ development academies, professional teams, sports governing bodies, national institutes of sports, health and fitness industry, or as independent practitioners.  Graduates will also be well placed to undertake further study at Masters or PhD level or complete a PGCE.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Maths* and Science at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 128 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A Levels: 128 points to include grades BB, one within a Science (acceptable Sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE/Sport Studies, Psychology, Mathematics or Social Biology). Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject​
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 128 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades, one within a Science subject (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 128 points to include grades CC
  • Access to Higher Edu​cation Diploma: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Applicants should preferably have a strong sporting profile

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn’t listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Sport Applicant Days:
Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers.

Applicants are advised not to make multiple applications for other undergraduate degree courses within the Cardiff School of Sport, as applicants may have the chance to change option.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the School Administrator:
Tel: 029 2041 6591