Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation

  • Sports Therapy

    Often seen as an alternative to an NHS Physiotherapist focusing on neurology, geriatric, geriatric and respiratory, a Sports Therapist will specialise in Musculoskeletal conditions, including – but not limited to – sports injuries, back pain, posture, and joint issues.

  • Sports Massage vs. Sports Therapy

    Sports Massage is only a single aspect of Sports Therapy treatments, which also includes other dimensions like Posturology, Myofascial Release, Soft Tissue Manipulation, etc. Both practices should not be conflated, as Sports Therapy is more complex and inclusive for injury treatments.

  • Level 5 at Active Health Group

    Following the increasing demand for Sports Massage, Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury services, and the growing NHS waiting list, AHG has built a unique Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy, which also expands to the field of rehabilitation.

    Unlike most courses on the market, AHG’s Level 5 is covering no less than 19 National Occupational Standards, while being highly practical. We are committed to Excellence and expect the same from our students. Thus, we expect them to study theory at home to be able to focus on hands-on cases in class.

    We are proud to be one step ahead and to offer our students the sum of 18 years of teaching experience and of constant research, including Evidence Informed Research based on our busy on-site clinic, as well as recognised resources such as the British Journal of Sports Medicine; Journal of Athletic Training and Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, etc.

    AHG teaches unique skills to a wide variety of students with diverse backgrounds. Joining AHG after a Degree in Sports Therapy or a BTEC Level 5 in Sport & Remedial Massage, Physiotherapy is everything but a backward step as our teaching methods as unique. Furthermore, most of our Sports Massage students choose to pursue further training in Sports Therapy, understanding that employment and earnings options are much greater.

  • Pathways

    After a Level 5 at AHG, graduates have many options, including:

    • Join the BSc Sports Therapy top-up course at Newcastle College
    • Join AHG’s own vocational Level 6
    • Pursue a Degree or Masters in Osteopathy
    • Specialise in Nutrition
    • Open their very own Pain Clinic or Sports Therapy practice
  • Curriculum and Prerequisites


    Prerequisites:   Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy (attended within the last 5 years and must be one of the schools recognised by AHG).   For candidates without a recognised Level 3 Sports Massage qualification, you will undertake the AHG Foundation course, which is a 2 day workshop, plus online learning.  (We offer this free of charge when booking the Level 5).

    Holders of Level 4 or 5 Sports Massage qualifications we may be able to offer Accreditation of Prior Learning on some of our modules.  A skills assessment will be required.  An APL fee will be charged, the exact cost will depend on qualifications and experience.  Please contact us for details.

  • Cost

    Pay in full. Total – £3,505.00

    Monthly installments – £3,895.00 – including £600 of deposit

  • London (Ilford)

    Induction: May 18th

    Monthly Courses:

    One week (Monday to Friday) per month for six months.

    MON0518: 21st to 25th May; 18th to 22nd June; 2nd to 6th July; 13th to 17th August; 10th to 14th September; 15th to 19th October.

  • Manchester


    ISM5 – 19th  & 20th May OR

    ISM6 – 23rd  & 24th June OR

    ISM7 – 8th & 9th September


    Monthly Courses:

    One week (Monday to Friday) per month for six months.

    MON0318: 5th to 9th March; 9th to 13th April; 14th to 18th May; 4th to 8th June; 2nd to 6th June; 6th to 10th August.

    MON0718: 30th July to 3rd August; 3rd to 7th September; 8th to 12th October; 12th to 16th November; 10th to 14th December; 14th to 18th January.

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


    Weekend Courses:

    One weekend per month for 15 months

    WKD0318: 17th/18th march; 14th/15th April; 19th/20th May; 16th/17th June; 14th/15th June; 18th/19th August; 15th/16th September; 20th/21st October; 17th/18th November; 8th/9th December; 19th/20th January; 16th/17th February; 16th/17th March; 13th/14th April; 11th/12th May – SOLD OUT

    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

    WKD1018 13th/14th October, 10th/11th November, 1st/2nd December, 12th/13th January, 9th/10th February, 9th/10th March, 13th/14th April, 11th/12th May, 8th/9th June, 13th/14th July, 10th/11th August, 7th/8th September, 12th/13th October, 9th/10th November, 7th/8th December.


    Intensive Course:

    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