Sports Therapy HND

UCAS code 036C
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What is special about this course?

The HND Sports Therapy builds on the HNC Soft Tissue Therapy and provides you with an industry recognised qualification, and the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a sports therapist. It also prepares you to progress onto a degree in sports therapy or another higher education award in a related field.

If you are interested in a career that involves working with people in the sports industry in the maintenance or improvement of their sporting performance and treating and rehabilitating injuries that affect their output, then this is the course for you.

Completion of this award may allow you to gain employment in sports clubs, either working independently or with a team of other professionals (eg physiotherapists, coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, or nutritionists). Additionally, you could seek work in single or multi-disciplinary clinics providing clinical sports massage treatments.

Special features

  • You will gain the knowledge and understanding required to analyse, plan, evaluate and communicate appropriate sports injury referrals.
  • Your ability to problem solve and apply techniques to sports therapy program prescription and management will be enhanced.
  • You will also develop your skills in administering accurate and appropriate sports therapy treatment and provide appropriate after and home care.
  • After completion of a sufficient number of logged practice hours you may be eligible for Sports Massage Association level 4 membership.
  • This programme may include weekend and twilight (5pm – 9pm) classes/clinics.
  • You may have the opportunity to provide support for cycle/running and other sport events
  • You may be eligible for reduced entry conference fees relevant to your field of study

During your practical work you will log a number of hours of practice that demonstrates your competence at using a variety of different techniques. This log, together with the HNC award, is the basic requirement for you to achieve membership of a professional association such as the Sports Massage Association or Sports Therapy Organisation. Membership of such an association assures the public that you are not only appropriately qualified, but will work within strict ethical guidelines laid down by the industry.


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Highers at grade C or above and a core skills profile at SCQF level 5 with communication at SCQF level 6, or equvalent, OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D and relevant GSCE equivalent core skills
  • Alternatively, National Qualification at SCQF level 6, S/NVQ level 3, or equivalent, in appropriate subject area eg health or sport.
  • Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course

Direct entry to year two:

  • HNC Soft Tissue Therapy, with 15 credits, may allow you advanced entry to the second year of the HND Sports Therapy

You will be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.

Access routes

Year 1 - HNC

Subjects may include:

  • Sports Therapy: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Basic Objective and Subjective Assessment
  • Clinical Sports Massage
  • Sports Massage for Events and Special Populations
  • Pathology and Aetiology of Sports Injury
  • Prevention and Management of Sports Injury
  • Sports Therapy: Professional Standards
  • Clinical and Team Experience 1
  • Sports Therapy: Graded Unit 1
  • First Aid for Sport and Fitness
  • Sports Therapy: Exercise Principles and Testing
  • Stretch Training

Year 2 - HND

Subjects may include:

  • Sports Fitness and Return to Participation Criteria
  • Psychology of Sports Injury
  • Taping Techniques for Sports Injuries
  • Clinical Assessment of Sports Injuries
  • Plan and Deliver Exercise Based Sports Rehabilitation
  • Electrotherapy
  • Biomechanics and Movement Patterns
  • Health Promotion
  • Graded Unit 2
  • Functional Anatomy 2
  • Clinical and Team Experience 2

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions in college and in the community.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year HNC; 2 years HND
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years HNC; 4 years HND

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of course you may gain employment as a sports therapist, opportunities include:

  • Independent therapist
  • Employment within sports clubs
  • Working with other professionals (eg physiotherapists, coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, or nutritionists)
  • Employment in single or multi-disciplinary clinics providing clinical sports massage treatments
  • You can also diversify to apply your skills to treat overuse injuries in an occupational setting

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. 

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

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