module specification

ST7W34 - Work Placement (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Work Placement
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
20 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
70 hours Guided independent study
10 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
200 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 100%   Competency practical assessment
Placement 0%   Evidence of work placement hours
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday All day
Autumn semester North Thursday All day
Spring semester North Tuesday All day
Spring semester North Thursday All day
Summer studies North Thursday All day
Summer studies North Tuesday All day

Module summary

Students are required to undertake supervised clinical placement hours in order to gain eligibility for membership of the professional body. This module aims to provide the framework for students to undertake these hours and to support their development of professional skills in the working environment. The module also enables students to experience work with injured athletes in a variety of sports therapy environments. The module will run over the all three semesters and placement hours may be gained from the initial semester in order to spread the workload of students.
The module aims are:
To provide a framework for enhancing theoretical knowledge and applying professional principles for a sports therapist
To provide an opportunity of working with injured athletes across a variety of sports therapy environments
To familiarise students with the ethical, legal, professional and administrative issues associated with working as a sports therapist
To promote the development of skills required of a sports therapist in the sports therapy environment

Prior learning requirements

ST7050, ST7051, ST7052, ST7053, ST7068, ST7069


The majority of the syllabus for this module will be experiential learning during placement hours.  A number of seminar sessions will be arranged to discuss:
Demonstarte practical skills in the clinical environment (LO1)

Ethics, legal and professional requirements of a sports therapist and the Society of Sports Therapists (LO3)

Demonstarte effective examination and assessment skills in a clinical environment
Use clinical reasoning to interpret examination and assessment findings (LO2)
Reflective learning - the relevance to a Sports Therapist (LO4)


Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

- Student centred learning – articles, key texts, online resources.
- Sports therapy clinic. All students will spend a period of time working in the clinic where they are supervised by university staff. Learning is experimental and by reflection and discussion in small groups.
- Placements in a variety of sports therapy work environments where they may be supervised assessing, planning and treating a variety of sports injuries. Learning is by discussion and demonstrations. Some of these will be student led seminars where there will be peer feedback on performance.
- Learning will be recorded within the student’s portfolio.
- A number of seminar sessions exploring areas relating to ethics and professional considerations, case notes and therapy related skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate skills in a sports therapy environment
2. Effectively interpret examination and assessment findings in the therapy decision-making process in a clinical environment.
3. Appreciate the ethical, legal and professional obligations of a graduate sports therapist.
4. Develop skills through personal reflection.

Assessment strategy

Competency practical assessment
The practical assessment is designed to assess the student’s clinical competence in interpreting case notes, diagnosing and planning sports therapy treatments. They are required to reflect on their skills demonstrated in the clinical environment. Students are assessed during their clinical placement in the University’s Sports Injury Clinic. This assessment accounts for 100% of the overall module mark.

Portfolio of Evidence (Placement Hours)
In order to successfully pass the module placement hours must be gained as follows (failure to achieve the required number of hours by the assessment deadline will result in failure of the module – pass all components configuration):

1. Hands-on (HO) = Minimum 200 hours including minimum 20 HO in the university clinic (CHO)
a. University Clinic (CHO) = Minimum 20 hours within HO

b. Emergency Aid/Trauma Management Experience (EATME) = Minimum 10 hours within HO

2. Practitioner Observational (PO) and Professional Development Activity (PDA) = Minimum 30 10 hours (Plus 20 observed hours achieved in ST7052)

Total: 230 hours

HO refers to all Sports Therapy related practical experience under supervision. For example, taking part in a session whereby practical skills are being applied at some point in an injury related situation (clinic appointment, pitchside etc.).
A minimum of 20 hours will be appointments within the university Sports Injury Clinic (CHO). 1 hour session length max per patient. All bookings must be entered into the booking system. In the event that the clinic is full and your session is a follow-up rehab session that does not require a plinth, you may email the ML to approve the appointment and formally record it. All sessions must be recorded on the clinic case notes and filed in the clinic cabinet.

Students must be supervised at all times by a qualified practitioner and all treatment to be administered must be agreed by the qualified practitioner before advice is given to the patient.

Supervision means that the supervising therapist must be in a position to act on behalf of the patient if deemed necessary. The Supervisor is not required to be present throughout the interaction of the student with the patient.