Level 5 Sports Therapy Bridging Programme

Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation


  • What is Sports Therapy?

    Why Sports Therapy?

    Sports Therapy is now seen by many as an alternative to Physiotherapy, as an ST will use a variety of some of the more traditional Physiotherapy skills that seem to be lacking from modern Degree’s.   Whilst Physiotherapists working in the NHS can cover specialisms such as neurology; geriatric; pediatric and respiratory, a Sports Therapist will specialise in Musculoskeletal conditions, including, but not limited to sports injuries, back pain and joint issues.  Many ST’s now run successful Pain Clinics to deal with the ever increasing amount of work-related muscular problems.  Sports Therapists from the outset are also trained to work in Sport, something which is not included within Physiotherapy Degrees.

    Why AHG?

    Our course has been developed to satisfy an ever increasing demand for the services of good quality musculoskeletal and sports injury therapists. With NHS waiting lists increasing daily and referrals for effective treatment scarce, our graduates are in high demand. We have built on our highly successful Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy to expand the scope of practice to the field of rehabilitation.

    We are unique in the fact that our course covers a whopping 19 National Occupational Standards.  Usually training providers will cover 6 or 7, however we see the need to keep our Sports Therapy programme head and shoulders above everyone else.  Ours is a highly practical course and we guarantee you will not find the same content on any other course in the UK.

    Sports Massage or Sports Therapy?

    There is an ever growing amount of Sports Massage courses in the UK and we estimate there to be over 200 training providers, with the standard varying from terrible to excellent.  Sports Massage is NOT Sports Therapy – it is a small aspect of a Sports Therapist treatment and we offer our students the chance to take small steps in undertaking Sports Massage training first, or go straight into the full Sports Therapy course.   The majority of our Sports Massage graduates upgrade to the Sports Therapy course within a year as they see the wider scope of practice available, and therefore understand that employment and earnings options are much greater.

    Sports Therapy Advanced Diploma or Degree?

    AHG are in a very unique position in that we train many graduates who have done other courses, such as the BTEC Level 5 Sport & Remedial Massage, Physiotherapy and a growing number of people who have undertaken a Degree in Sports Therapy.  Whilst some may think this is a backward step, it is widely recognised that AHG Sports Therapy training is unique in the skills that we teach.  Our students have to work hard to undertake most of their theory studies at home, which means that the time spent in class is 90% practical, hands-on.  We use evidence-based research from well respected journals such as the British Journal of Sports Medicine; Journal of Athletic Training and Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, amongst others.  We also run a very busy clinic on-site where we see hundreds of clients per week, which gives us a unique opportunity to do a huge amount of Evidence Informed Research.

    Should our Sports Therapy graduates wish to go on to Higher Education, they would be eligible to join the BSc Sports Therapy Top-up course at Newcastle College. We also run our own vocational Level 6 which is widely recognised as the most unique course on the planet.  There is nothing else available that comes close, which is why we have learners from all four corners of the globe travel to train with us!  Some of our graduates also go on to do a Degree or Masters in Osteopathy and our course stands them in good stead for this.

  • Course Information


    Qualifications Gained (Upon successful completion)

    Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy
    Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
    Pitchside Sports First Aid & AED Certificate (valid for 3 years)

    (Optional – ITEC Level 5 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, additional fees and assessment days will apply,  please ask for details)


    32 days in class practical training, home study (550 hours), 250 hours logged case studies, plus one additional final assessment day.


    Advanced Sports Massage
    Soft Tissue Techniques
    Soft Tissue Manipulation
    Muscle Energy Techniques
    Myofascial Release – superficial, deep and postural
    Peripheral Joint Mobilisations and Articulations
    Vertebral Mobilisations and Articulations
    Muscle Testing
    Orthopaedic Joint Assessments
    Pitchside Sports First Aid
    Electrotherapy- Ultrasound, Microcurrent, Electrotherapy, PEMS
    Athletic and Kinesiology Strapping and Taping
    Musculoskeletal Injuries & Dysfunction Assessment and Treatment
    Sports Injuries Assessment and Treatment
    Spinal Pathologies Assessment and Treatment
    Exercise Therapy
    Gait Analysis & Biomechanics
    Rehabilitation of Spinal, Upper Limbs and Lower Limb Pathologies
    Early, Mid, Late Stage and Return to Sport Rehabilitation

  • Cost & Date


    Pay in full. Total – £3,505.00  (10% discount for full payment)

    Pay in instalments. £600 deposit plus equal interest-free monthly payments. Total – £3,895.00



    Dates – Manchester Induction

    (please choose one block)

    ISM5: 24th & 25th March
    ISM8: 28th & 29th April
    ISM6: 23rd & 24th June
    ISM7: 8th & 9th September

    Please choose one block of main dates i.e. ASR1.


    Dates – Manchester

    To book, please click on the relevant main course dates below, you will be taken to our booking site.  Induction dates can be added during the registration process.

    Intensive: One week (Monday to Friday) for 6 consecutive weeks.
    February 5th to 9th; 12th to 16th; 19th to 23rd; 26th to March 2nd; March 5th to 9th; 12th to 16th.

    Monthly: One week (Monday to Friday) per month for 6 months.
      March 5th to 9th; April 9th to 13th; May 14th to 18th; June 4th to 8th; July 2nd to 6th; August 6th to 10th.

    MON1018: October 1st to 5th; November 5th to 9th; December 3rd to 7th; January 7th to 11th, 2019; February 4th to 8th; March 4th to 8th.

    Weekends: One weekend per month for 15 months.
    WKD0218: 17th/18th March; 14th/15th April; 19th/20th May; 16th/17th June; 14th/15th July; 18th/19th August; 15th/16th September; 20th/21st October; 17th/18th November; 8th/9th December; 19th/20th January 2019; 16th/17th February 16th/17th March; 13th/14th April; 11th/12th May. (FULL)

    WKD0618: 2nd/3rd June; 30th June/1st July; 28th/29th July; 1st/2nd September; 29th/30th September; 27th/28th October; 24th/25th November; 15th/16th December; 26th/27th January 2019; 23rd/24th February; 23rd/24th March; 27th/28th April; 1st/2nd June; 29th/30th June; 27th/28th July.

    We will be running one course in London Ilford.

    MON0518: May 21st to 25th; June 18th to 20th; July 2nd to 6th; August 13th to 17th; September 10th to 14th; October 15th to 19th.

    Induction days for London Ilford are to be confirmed and likely to be May 17th & 18th.

    Dates – Manchester – 2019

    Intensive: One week (Monday to Friday) for 6 consecutive weeks.
    INT0319: 4th to 8th March; 11th to 15th March; 18th to 22nd March; 25th to 29th March; 8th to 12th April 2019


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