The Sports Therapy, Health and Wellbeing study programme combines a technical level qualification - in the form of a sports massage diploma - with a Foundation Diploma in Sports Science and Advanced Research* and an A-level in Biology.
It is delivered over two years and aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career as a sports massage therapist, either employed or self-employed. It is also an ideal pathway for students wishing to progress to Sports Therapy or Physiotherapy courses at university.
The course is delivered over two sites, with the A-level Biology and Sports Science being delivered at the Joseph Wright Centre and the Sports Massage Diploma at Ilkeston (or Broomfield) Campuses.
Please note that an additional interview will be required for your acceptance on the A-level Biology pathway - as such, you will need to complete a separate application for A-level Biology.
*This is the equivalent of 1.5 A-levels.
Links with sports teams, clubs or fitness centres are desirable to ensure your work placements are set up immediately. Please enquire about the available UCAS points on this study programme if you wish to progress into physiotherapy or sports therapy at university.
In Year 1 students will start a Foundation Diploma in Sports Science. This qualification covers anatomy, physiology, fitness testing, research methods, a research project and psychology. You will also be working towards your A-level in Biology.
In Year 2 students will complete their A-level in Biology and commence a Diploma in Sports Massage. The qualification comprises all the elements needed to work effectively and efficiently as a sports massage therapist. These include anatomy and physiology, professional practice, an understanding of the principles of health and fitness, and how to provide sports massage treatments.
Please note that this order of Sports Massage and Sports Science may be switched around.
Students will be assessed through a range of methods including:
For Sports Science, the anatomy unit will be assessed through an externally set and moderated exam.
A-levels will be assessed through end point examinations.
Sports massage will be assessed through practical demonstrations of competency, work sheets and two exams in anatomy and combined knowledge.
You will need to purchase a kit. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £100 and will include your contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will get free gym membership for the academic year.
If you also join one of our sports academies, such as Derby Trailblazers, you may be required to purchase an academy-specific uniform which is an additional cost set by that academy.
Financial assistance is available, depending on your circumstances.
You may also wish to purchase your own massage equipment, fold-away beds and oils in order to practise. This is not, however, a requirement of the course.
Students who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage therapist, but the programme is also designed for students who want to progress to higher level study at university.
You can consider progression to a:
You will be guaranteed an offer for the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Derby College.
*Please note that the Sports Massage Diploma is a technical certificate and has no UCAS points allocated against it.
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
Keen runner Kirsty Peinelt has always wanted a health related career but hadn't considered sports therapy until her partner needed physiotherapy after an illness a few years ago.
His physiotherapist explained to her how soft tissue massages work so she decided to look into that area of health and fitness and found her ideal course at Derby College.
And Kirsty who is 22 and from Heanor, has been gaining valuable hands-on experience as she works towards completing her BTEC level 3 Sports Science Advanced Diploma.
Over the summer break she worked part-time at Belper Life Fitness giving sports massage treatments to people of all ages and fitness levels.
As part of her therapist's role she has treated everyone from keen athletes in training for gruelling triathlons through to older people who just want a massage in order to feel better.
Kirsty, who is soon to start the second year of her two year diploma course, hopes to go on to university and study for a degree in physiotherapy.
Once qualified she would like to work in the NHS and ideally specialise in paediatric, neurological or malignancy physiotherapy.
Luckily I found just the course I was looking for at Derby College.
My Level 2 course, which I took in 2013/2014, was fantastic – there wasn't a thing about it that I didn't love.
To be a good sports massage therapist you need to thoroughly understand physiology and anatomy, so there is a lot to learn.