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October 2020

BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy - Blended Learning

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Are you interested in becoming a professionally qualified sports therapist with a BSc in Sports Therapy? This honours degree has been designed by Portobello Institute for flexible learning so you can study at your time. Seminars are delivered over the weekend with one to one support available to you throughout your learning journey. You can obtain professional membership of the global Society of Sports Therapists – the only programme in Ireland to carry this recognition. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a level 8 degree that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

What is the role of a Sports Therapist?

If you are interested in working with athletes to support the prevention of injury and rehabilitate them back to peak fitness, then a role in Sports Therapy will be of interest to you. When working in this particular aspect of healthcare, you will support athletes to return to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of their age and ability.  As a sports therapist, you will utilise the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes.

Why should I study this degree?

Portobello Institute's BSc Hons in Sports Therapy gives you the opportunity to attain a level 8 honours degree through a flexible mode of delivery combining contact tuition with online learning. You will obtain professional membership of the global Society of Sports Therapists - membership of the association has many unique benefits as detailed below. You will have career opportunities as a Sports Therapist working with teams, in a clinic or as a self-employed practitioner. You will also have the option, like some of our past pupils, to use this qualification as a route to study a Masters in Physiotherapy. Visit our Graduates Success Stories here to understand the opportunities they availed of, the further studies they have undertaken and their unique learning journeys.

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.  This mode of delivery includes contact tuition and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. This type of delivery is generally applied to courses with a practical skills element such as our BSc (hons) in Sports Therapy and allows you to work full-time and balance the requirements of a lengthy programme with home and work.

What will I learn during this BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy?

During this programme, you will learn to assess, treat and where appropriate refer athletes for specialist advice and intervention. You will learn to provide immediate care of injuries and basic life support in a recreational, training and competitive sporting environment. You will learn to plan and implement a unique rehabilitation programme for each athlete you treat. The practical techniques you will acquire, include sport and remedial massage for injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Who will I learn from?

The programme management and tutoring team on this Sports Therapy degree have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and combined practical experience in sports therapy and education. Each of our tutoring team are passionate about the contribution sports therapy plays in the overall performance of athletes and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Meet our Team by clicking here

Who will recognise my degree?

Upon completing this degree you will hold a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU). When you begin your second year of this course you are invited to become registered as a student member of The Society of Sports Therapists. You may become a full member of the society when you complete your degree. Sports Therapists who are members of SST are recognised globally for the high standards they have attained during their training and are employed by leading clubs throughout the sporting world.  Members of the Society of Sports Therapy are eligible for Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.

Has your dream to become a physiotherapist been smashed because of the lack of leaving certificate points?    This year (2019) entry to physiotherapy at TCD or RCSI requires 542 points – if you don’t have that, don’t worry, you can join the growing numbers studying a BSc in Sports Therapy with Portobello Institute as an alternative route to physiotherapy. Available to study full-time or through flexible study at weekends and accredited by London Metropolitan University, entry to this 3 year programme is not based on leaving cert points.

Why can I use Sports therapy as an alternative route to Physiotherapy

You can use the BSc in Sports Therapy degree to access Physiotherapy because the curriculum is similar and therefore holders of this degree are eligible to apply for a Masters  in Physiotherapy at home and abroad. For instance, Dan O’Mahony, Portobello Institute’s recent graduate of our Sports therapy degree, progressed directly to the masters course in physiotherapy at the RCSI ( read Dan’s full story). Jamie Judge chose Brunel University in London to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy. Read Jamie's story here

What else can I do with a BSc Sports Therapy degree?

With this degree you are a qualified sports therapist with the opportunity to open your own sports therapy clinic.  Our recent graduate Conor Sheils has done just that, establishing his clinic with a growing client base including a leading professional soccer club in Ireland.

Conor has been recently appointed as Senior Sports Therapist with Shamrock Rovers FC.

“After 3 years of in depth study and research I was now equipped with the tools I needed to open my own clinic, the Athletic Injury Rehabilitation (link to clinic) clinic at a North Dublin sports centre”

Read more about the Alternative routes to Physiotherapy here

Student Sports Clinic

The Student Sports Clinic has been an invaluable part of our BSc Sports Therapy Degree training. As a Portobello Institute Sports Therapy student, you are insured to practice under the Society of Sports Therapists. Our Student Clinic runs on a Thursday evening in the College. As a therapist, practitioner-skills are typically not learned from books or lectures but from years of hands-on work. You gain early client-contact hours in our Sports Therapy clinic where you will be tasked with setting up the clinic, completing client consultations, providing sports therapy treatments and providing rehabilitation or follow-up as required. In doing so, you learn essential clinical skills and work autonomously (with guidance and support from our Clinic Supervisor).

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy. This is awarded at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here. 


Many of our students use the BSc Sports Therapy degree as an alternative entry pathway to becoming a Chartered Physiotherapist. With the points ever increasing for professional degrees such as Physiotherapy, many Universities have opened graduate entry professional qualifications for students who have graduated with a level 8 BSc honors degree in Sports Therapy or other affiliated areas.

We provide individual support to each student who is hoping to pursue graduate Physiotherapy Qualifications in preparing their applications and for interview to ensure students chances of success are optimized. Our BSc Sports Therapy degree also provides students with supervised clinical practice hours and clinical research skills that are imperative for progressing to achieving the MSc in Graduate Physiotherapy.

Graduate Physiotherapy courses are accredited by CORU and by IACP, most offer the qualification over a 2-year period. The main Universities in Ireland/UK that offer graduate routes for Physiotherapy are University of Limerick, University College Cork, RSCI, University College Dublin. There are similar progression routes to Graduate Physiotherapy available in the UK. For more information see here.

Many of our graduates continue to pursue careers directly in Sports Therapy, working as allied support teams for sport or as part of multidisciplinary healthcare teams specializing in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Over the course of the three years students develop proficiency in therapeutic skills and modalities as well as business development in health sciences for those wishing to pursue private practice. Additionally, there is a heavy emphasis on research skills to support those who wish to pursue a combined career in applied practice and academia at MSc or PhD level. Our graduates also go on to teaching and tutoring in roles Sports Therapy at third level.

The entry requirement for this programme are as follows:

With a Leaving Certificate;

Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects


Without the required Leaving Certificate, students should meet one of the following criteria;

  • QQI level 5 major award containing a biology subject
  • ITEC level 2 award containing anatomy & physiology
  • An undergraduate degree in another subject
  • QQI Level 5 Anatomy & Physiology - available through Portobello Institute
  • Mature entry at 21 years without meeting the above criteria
  • Equivalent qualifications with biology/anatomy & physiology module


Application Process

Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of the entry criteria

Step 3  - Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.


Applicants who do not meet the criteria, maybe required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student  with London  Metropolitan University.

Application Process

Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of the entry criteria

Step 3  - Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.


Applicants who do not meet the criteria, maybe required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student  with London  Metropolitan University.

This programme is delivered over three academic years. There are supported seminars held at weekends with an exact schedule available on 22/07/20.

Weekend seminar dates Sept 2020

Seminars & Tutor Support

The tutorial seminars held at the start and throughout each module introduce you to your tutor who will guide and support you throughout the module. These seminars lay out the module for you and support you to learn and acquire the skills you will need as a Sports Therapist. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on the Moodle platform. You will meet fellow students and have the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey.

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.  This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapy practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.


Online Learning Portal - Moodle

During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate Moodle and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessment. You will need basic computer skills to search the internet and type a word document to complete your assignment.

During your studies, you will develop subject-specific knowledge and the ability to relate this to the clinical situation of sports therapy. To understand the evidence-based nature of the therapies, it is essential you achieve a level of understanding of science, human and exercise science are a core theme throughout the programme.

As the Society of Sports Therapists set the competency benchmarks for membership, these are reflected in the topics. It is essential that you develop an ability to problem solve and clinically reason. These skills are the foundations for accurate diagnosis and treatment formulation. You will be supported to develop these critical and analytical skills to ensure that your practice remains current and underpinned by a body of scientific knowledge. A high level of clinical competence is gained through practice and the problem based learning in Portobello Student Sport’s Clinic. Practical demonstrations and presentations ensure you achieve the benchmarks for society membership. 



Year 1

Foundations of Sports Therapy

Human Anatomy and Biomechanics

Human Physiology and Training Principles

Sports Research Skills


Year 2

Sport Rehabilitation

Sports Science Research Methods

Peripheral Manual Therapy

Exercise Physiology

Clinical Examination and Assessment in Sports Therapy

Psychological Factors in Sport: Individual Differences

Biomechanics of Human Movement

Practical Delivery in Coaching and Teaching


Year 3

Sports Science and Therapy Dissertation

Advanced Sports Therapy Techniques

Sports Therapy Work Placement

Business Developments in Health Sciences

Advanced Biomechanics

Exercise Physiology

Principles of Sport Psychology and the Elite Athlete

Sport Rehabilitation

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge and understanding:

 - Have a thorough systematic knowledge of the various scientific and clinical topics studied
 - Show an ability to apply knowledge in practical settings involving sport, exercise and rehabilitation from injury
 - Have the capacity to demonstrate the advanced scholarship required to execute and critically evaluate research relevant to exercise science, injury and rehabilitation

2. Cognitive intellectual skills:

 - Be able to understand and develop clear & logical arguments in support or criticism of medical and scientific theories with support from primary sources of evidence and scholarly reviews
 - Demonstrate an ability to solve problems by applying underpinning knowledge to the clinical situation
 - Be able to analyse medical and patient information to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan based on current evidence
 - Show fluency with appropriate quantitative and numerical skills, involving relevant mathematical and statistical methods
 - Demonstrate academic and scientific literacy at graduate level

3. Transferable skills including those of employability and professional practice:

 - Have the ability to devise and sustain arguments, both orally and in writing, in a concise, clear and professional manner
 - Have an understanding of: ethical, equal opportunity and professional issues and work within the professional code of conduct
 - Be able to demonstrate strong decision-making skills and work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary sports or medical team to prevent injury and diagnose and rehabilitate post injury
 - Demonstrate a range of other key transferable skills including active involvement in learning, exercise of initiative and judgement, use of appropriate resources and technology
 - Appreciate the skills necessary to secure and retain employment, including: punctuality, professionalism, communication, consideration for others, creativity, and commitment
 - Demonstrate an understanding of the need to continually develop professionally

4. Subject-specific practical skills:

 - Be able to analyse patient information and derive a diagnosis and treatment plan supported by current scientific and medical evidence
 - Be able to make informed judgements to competently and safely implement treatment and rehabilitative strategies to a patient with a sports injury
 - Have an understanding of the main philosophies of practice in the sports rehabilitation arena whilst appreciating the limits of knowledge
 - Demonstrate an ability to lead and motivate others with an awareness of the different needs of patients
 - Demonstrate an understanding of practical skills relating to sport and exercise science, from psychological inventories, and in implementing appropriate interventions
 - Be able to suggest appropriate methodologies for a variety of measurements in sports and exercise science

Course price €4,795 per academic year

Exam fee €275 per academic year - due at start of academic year

Society of Sports Therapy - €330 (paid at the start of academic year 2)

Easy Payment Scheme:

Deposit of €1,200, 6 monthly payments of €633 per month payable by debit/credit card on 5th of each month, commencing month after the academic year commences. This payment scheme contains a nominal €203 instalment fee. Total payable is €5,273 per academic year plus the €330 Society of Sports fee due only in year 2.

Please note if you  wish to pay by instalment, contact our enrolments department on 01-892-0041 as our website can only process full payment.

Places are not confirmed until initial tuition fee is received by Portobello Institute.


We are delighted to share just some of the success stories from happy graduates reaching their ultimate goals from completing a degree in Sports Therapy.

This month we are featuring the profiles of Matthew Bursey and Dan O’Mahony. For further Graduate Testimonials and an insight into their learning journey, click here.

Matthew   Dan 


"After 3 years of in depth study and research I was now equipped with the tools I needed to open my own clinic, the Athletic injury rehabilitation (AIR) clinic." Read more

Conor Sheils


John’s love of sports therapy is apparent. He sees helping people as one of the main perks of the job. “Real job satisfaction is when a client gets off their support and is happy with the treatment. “ Read more

John Daly

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Course Code Location & Info Price
SBSB-B-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Year 1 - 03/10/2020 - 28/05/2021
This course is delivered for flexible learning with workshops held on a Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am - 4.30pm on the dates detailed under course structure
€4795 Book Now
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