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Sports Therapy HNC (Soft Tissue Therapy)

Campus Granton Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

If you want to work with sportspeople in the rehabilitation of injuries this is the ideal course for you. 

The HNC Sports Therapy (Soft Tissue Therapy) is a one-year practical course that includes a strong theoretical component. Providing you with an industry-recognised qualification, this course develops the knowledge and skills required for you to work as a Sports Therapist delivering clinical sports massage treatments. There may be opportunities to work with local sports clubs, businesses and also the wider college community through our clinics and health and wellbeing initiatives as well as supporting national and international sporting events. These opportunities will assist you in gaining the required number of practice hours in order to demonstrate your competence in a variety of relevant techniques.

This course offers a 1st Aid qualification, the opportunity to be competent in a variety of relevant techniques and have the understanding needed for safe practice. You will learn how to use various modalities to treat the soft tissues of a wide range of ages and abilities of sportspeople who participate from a recreational level through to elite level performance. 

What you will learn

  • You will gain detailed knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body
  • Learn how to apply a range of treatment modalities and skills in assessment techniques to enable safe and effective client screening and appropriate after and home care
  • You will develop your understanding of the management of sports injuries in order to analyse, plan and evaluate appropriate soft tissue treatment and follow an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, whilst learning how to implement working practices that meet currently accepted professional standards.

How the course is assessed

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis in both practical and theoretical settings and will include assessment methods such as;

  • class-based assessment
  • practical observations
  • report writing
  • presentations
  • logbooks
  • portfolio work
  • assignment tasks

Entry requirements

  • 2 x Higher passes at grade C or above (preferably English and one science) and a core skills profile at SCQF level 5 with communication or equivalent at SCQF level 6 or 2 A levels at grade D and relevant GSCE equivalent core skills A National Qualification at SCQF level 6, S/NVQ level 3, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject area such as sports massage, exercise and fitness or sports development may be considered along with the appropriate core skills profile previously stated.
  • You may be a candidate who comes from a non-traditional route such as a mature returnee or one who wishes to change career or perhaps retrain following a career break to raise a family. In these or other cases we would take into account work experience life skills and potential ability. You may be expected to submit a brief written assignment or essay before the interview to provide some indication of academic standing and communication skills.
  • You should be able to provide evidence of or are expecting to meet the minimum entry requirements by August 2022. 
  • You should currently be participating regularly in exercise and fitness activities. 
  • Being able to achieve a suitable level of clearance through the PVG scheme will be expected of all applicants.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • At the interview, you will be expected to show your knowledge of and active participation in sport and fitness activities along with knowledge of the role of a sports/soft tissue therapist and/or sports physiotherapist.
  • The interview session may include practical elements, written work to establish your knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body and/or a one-to-one discussion with a member of the sport and fitness team.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTs 6.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • HND Sports Therapy (year 2)
  • Year 2 of Degree programmes in Sports Therapy, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing or Sport and Exercise Science

Career options

You may gain direct entry to employment as a Soft Tissue Therapist by setting up your own business practice or in a range of health fitness or sports-based establishments such as.

  • Private health and fitness clubs and clinics. 
  • Local authority sports centres and health and fitness clubs.
  • Hotels and conference centres with health and fitness facilities. 
  • Sports clubs that require massage therapy to support training and recovery of players/athletes. 
  • Single and multi-disciplinary clinics providing sports massage treatments.
  • NHS physiotherapy assistant 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks
Sighthill Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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