Foundation Human Form and Function
In a nutshell
This course allows you to apply high-level academic and practical management skills to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries arising from the sport and physical activity.
You'll complete a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement, supervised by a registered healthcare or medical professional, to help you graduate confident and ready to step into the world of work.
When you graduate, you'll be eligible for membership of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and benefit from the professional industry insight they provide.
- Learn to improve the health and function in people with injury, illness and disease, and to positively contribute to improving public health.
- Be taught by industry experts with a focus on practical skills and small group practical sessions.
- Graduate with the skills to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries.
- Experience a variety of settings on placement such as hospitals with orthopedic consultants, GP practices, the Ministry of Defense, private sport rehabilitation and physiotherapy clinics.
This is for you if...
You have a keen interest in sports and physical activity
You're a strong communicator with great interpersonal skills
You want to help improve the others
You can see yourself working with people from all kinds of backgrounds
You are raring to deliver and up for a challenge
You are good at solving problems
All about the course
You'll study musculoskeletal injuries, therapeutic techniques and exercise rehabilitation skills, supported by a foundation in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology. You'll learn to provide effective care for people with injuries, illness and disease in order to improve their health and function, either autonomously or as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
You'll learn how to help injured people get back to full sporting activity by applying cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques in a lively and supportive environment. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in real-life situations.
We currently have several exchange programmes running, including two, semester-long exchanges with universities in the USA, where you'll undertake a similar programme of study and a professional baseball internship.
An introduction to the structure and function of the human body with special attention to an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal system.
Foundation Therapy Skills
Covers the use of soft tissue treatments including massage, electrotherapy, and hot and cold therapy.
Foundation Exercise and Conditioning
This module will develop your understanding of basic principles, physiology and biomechanics of exercise prescription and strength and conditioning.
Applied Human Form and Function
You will study the musculoskeletal system in detail, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the common pathological conditions that may arise from physical activity.
Intermediate Therapy Skills
This module will give you an introduction to a range of orthopaedic treatments including joint manipulation and mobilisations.
Applied Exercise and Conditioning
You will develop an understanding of exercise prescription for health and performance, including exercise for special populations and the link to anatomy and rehabilitation.
Professional Practice 1
Experiential learning in our in-house sports injury clinic.
Applied Therapy and Rehabilitation Skills
You will learn about the aims, principles and integration of progressive rehabilitation and therapeutic interventions for sport.
Advanced Exercise and Conditioning
A detailed study of strength and conditioning for sports, integrated with an understanding of aspects of sports science and its use in the world of sport rehabilitation, including aspects of sport psychology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and nutrition.
Evidenced-based Practice in Sport Rehabilitation
You will develop an understanding fundamentals of research as applied to evidence-based practice.
Professional Practice 2
Experiential learning of an advanced nature with our partners from professional sports clubs, private clinics, and orthopaedic consultants around the UK.
Advanced Therapy Skills
You will gain competence in a range of advanced therapies including neuro-dynamics, complex rehabilitation and manual therapy.
This research project will be driven by your own interests, with a focus on future publication.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
Teaching is delivered in a variety of ways including lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, clinical visits, group discussion and self directed study. To facilitate this, we have our own dedicated treatment rooms and human performance laboratory, which contain specialised equipment for testing, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and training.
- Exams - theory - 25%
- Exams - practical work and clinical assessments - 45%
- Essays and projects - 20%
- Presentations - 10%
The School of Health and Society
In the School of Health and Society, we are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes and our commitment to public involvement help us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.
Sports Injury Clinic
Our sports injury clinic provides valuable practical experience for you to practice your skills under the direct supervision of qualified staff. The clinic is open to staff, students and the general public and offers a full range of rehabilitation services including:
- Injury assessment and rehabilitation
- Musculoskeletal screening
- Injury prevention courses
- Exercise and sport-specific courses
- Postural assessment
Human Performance Laboratory
Our world-class human performance laboratory contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion cameras, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns. We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes and isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.
The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research that underpins your learning.
Take a 360 tour of the facilities here.
What about after uni?
This course opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the management of musculoskeletal injuries in venues such as professional sports clubs, clinics, private hospitals and the NHS. Some graduates choose to go on to further study or research while others have used their degree as a stepping stone to joining the armed forces or emergency services.
Graduate destinations include:
- Ministry of Defence
- Military Rehabilitation Centre
- BASRaT Executive Committee
- England Football Team
- GB Cycling, Hockey and Taekwondo
- Lecturer in Sport Rehabilitation at universities including: Bradford, Bolton, Cumbria, Hull, Nottingham, and Salford
- Football clubs including: Manchester City, Everton, Southampton, Bolton Wanderers, Celtic, Middlesbrough
- Yorkshire County Cricket Club
- Warrington Wolves
- Leicester Tigers RUFC
- Sale Sharks RUFC
- Manchester Storm Ice Hockey
- Norris Associates
- Orchard Physical Therapy
We have strong partnerships with top sports clubs in the north-west including Salford Red Devils, Sale Sharks, Manchester City Football Club and Manchester Storm. You will have the opportunity to work alongside our partners in fields such as pre-season injury screening, fitness testing, and placements.
What you need to know
As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. Prior to the interview you will be sent some pre-reading. This pre-reading will form the basis of your group interview.
The interview day will begin with a brief introductory talk, followed by a group interview and finally with a tour of the sport rehabilitation facilities, which will be led by current students.
Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English, an IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.
Prospective students may discuss their qualifications or experience with the admissions tutor who will be pleased to advise. All candidates will be required to hold a full and current HSE approved First Aid certificate.
Acceptance on the course is subject to:
- Satisfactory health clearance
- Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance
Five GCSE subjects at grade C/ grade 4 or above including English Language, Mathematics, and Science/ Biology.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
GCE A level
Grades BBB required. Preferred subjects - Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, PE, Sport Studies, Sociology.
BTEC National Diploma
DDD Science or Sports Science subjects are preferred.
Irish Leaving Certificate
120 points to include English, Maths and Science.
29 points to include biology.
Open University offers are made on an individual basis.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully.
Once we have received your application, we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
Find out more information about the scheme here.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2019||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP and £150 for uniforms. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance are required in year one of study only; uniforms will be required throughout the duration of study. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Optional costs include £20 per year for professional body membership, should the student wish to register. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
All set? Let's apply
Course ID BC96
Apply through Clearing and start this course in September 2019.
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