Sports Therapy

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus, Sighthill Campus


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 will 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.

In the first year of this course, 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 which meet currently accepted professional standards.

In year two you will develop the skills, competencies and techniques learned in year one in order to analyse, plan and evaluate appropriate sports therapy treatment. Year two will advance your knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body along with biomechanics and movement patterns. You will also learn taping techniques, the use of electrotherapy as a treatment, how to plan and deliver sports based rehabilitation programmes, explore the psychology of sports injury, health promotion activities and how to prepare your own business plan.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers, preferably English and a science subject; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview. Practical and written test.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Degree level study

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

2 years


Sport and Fitness

SCQF Level