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Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

The programme comprises modules shared with other sports-related courses and others specifically designed for the course including anatomy, strength and conditioning, sports injuries, sports massage and sports rehabilitation. The course is inter-disciplinary in nature building on the University's strengths in sport science, sport performance, health, strength and conditioning and sports massage.  Students are required to complete significant practical experience throughout the course, including practical lectures, independent learning time, clinical practice and work-based learning.

Students are given the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in sport massage within the degree programme that will entitle them to Level 4 membership of the Sports Massage Association, (SMA) and allow them to practice as qualified sports massage practitioners in the final year of the programme. There is a small additional cost for the sport massage practitioner insurance required to allow students to deliver massage whilst still undergoing training. Furthermore the learning outcomes for each module 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 individual membership applications (BASRaT) and accreditation (UKSCA) with these professional bodies.

The course receives National Student Survey (NSS) results that indicate over 80% satisfaction amongst students in their final year.

Course Content

Year One:


  • Research Process
  • Sports Principles & Techniques
  • Introduction to SES

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
  • Introduction to Sport Massage
  • Introduction to Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation

Year Two:


  • Research Process

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Sport Massage

Options (Select 2):

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

Year Three:


  • Independent Project

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Work-Based Learning

Programme Options (Select 1 or 2):

  • Advanced Strength & Conditioning
  • Advanced Sports Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Sports Massage

Options (Select 0 or 1):

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Exercise and Health Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology

Learning & Teaching

The course utilises a range of learning and teaching strategies to provide students with a holistic experience that also reflects the nature of the role they would hope to secure after graduation.  Students will experience theory lectures as a cohort in a lecture theatre, but also have opportunity to engage in small group seminars with staff to address specific subjects and discuss their personal development needs.  The course includes a large practical aspect, whereby students are given the opportunity to develop the practical skills required of being a Strength and Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Sport Massage practitioner.  The practical sessions also draw upon the theory aspects of the course, providing opportunity for student to apply theory to practice and develop clinical reasoning skills.


The School of Sport assessment strategy varies for each module to ensure that the most appropriate method is used for a given area of study. It is feasible that a module could be assessed completely via a single coursework submission, whilst others could be assessed solely via a traditional unseen examination. In practice however, the undergraduate modules are assessed primarily by a combination of varying types of coursework submissions and examinations. Students who wish to obtain an honours degree award will be expected to produce an independent project of not more than 10,000 words in the final year. This course will also require significant practical and clinical competency examinations throughout all levels of study.

Employability & Careers

This course provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in sport conditioning, rehabilitation, sports massage or sports science settings. Graduates obtaining the professional qualification in sport massage will be equipped to seek employment as sport massage practitioners, as well as level 4 membership of the SMA (required for most Sport massage jobs).

Students should also be well placed to pursue UKSCA accreditation (required for most jobs in Strength and Conditioning, and assessed independently by the UKSCA), and also fulfil many of the requirements for BASRaT graduate membership (required for many Sports Rehabilitation jobs, but requires an individual application to BASRaT).  Additional professional qualifications including, strength and conditioning, and exercise instruction / leadership will be available (at additional costs) to assist students who wish to gain entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals; this will enable graduates to work within health and fitness clubs, in community leisure centres, sports injury / rehabilitation settings, as self-employed personal trainers, in health promotion and exercise prescription.

The course will also enable graduates to explore employment and internship opportunities in professional sports clubs and national governing bodies, which may have a strength and conditioning, rehabilitation or massage focus. Other graduate opportunities exist within sport science and coaching; graduates will also be able to undertake further study at Masters or PhD level or complete a PGCE.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a strong sporting profile; five GCSE passes including English Language, Maths and Science at grade C or above, plus one of the following:

  • 320 points from at least 3 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BB within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded (acceptable Sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE/Sport Studies, Psychology, Mathematics or Social Biology)
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Merit to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • 320 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x B1 grades within a Science subject (minimum grade C2 considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 credits with Distinction within a relevant subject
  • 320 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BB at A Level within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded (acceptable Sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE/Sport Studies, Psychology, Mathematics or Social Biology), Core counted as fourth subject
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels / 12-unit BTEC or equivalent, other qualifications and sporting achievements will be considered.

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 can change option

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

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s): C607

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time.

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.

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
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

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

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

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

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website
SCRAM Staff profile pages
Follow Cardiff Met SCRAM on Twitter for news, updates, research and activities related to the course: @CardiffMetSCRAM

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