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  • Where do you run your training courses from?
    We run our courses from Active Wellness Centre, 79 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FL and The Monastery Manchester, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF
  • What is the difference between a diploma in Sports Therapy and a Degree in Sports Therapy?
    Probably around £50,000! In all seriousness, we are confident that our Advanced Diploma prepares you for work as well as, if not better than the BSc. The reason? Sports therapy is a hands-on profession, not academic, and we actually train BSc graduates (from sports therapy, physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation) on our sports courses because of the quality of our vocational training! We have years experience of teaching the Advanced Diploma, and we guarantee that no-one else can claim this longevity! Considering feedback we get from some college/uni lecturers teaching after graduating just months before, we can see why there can be a lack of good quality teaching out there! Teaching needs experience and that is something we have in abundance, considering our courses came before the Degree. It is also interesting to note that whilst the Advanced Diploma is accepted by the Regulator, not all Degree programmes are!
  • What is the difference between Active Health courses and those of other training providers?
    When you train with us, you can be assured of the highest standard of training, backed by a national awarding bodies and working very closely with the governing bodies and regulators. When looking for a course, you should check who awards their certifications and who accredits their courses. For example, as well as our own fully accredited Active Health Group certifications, we ensure that we also offer external certification. With our Sports Therapy courses these are awarded by TQUK; Sports Massage by VTCT, ITEC or ActiveIQ; Health Coaching by TQUK and Royal Society for Public Health, and Nutritional Therapy by both TQUK and RSPH. This dual certification means that not only are our students assessed by industry bodies, to ensure they meet the standards to go into practice, they are also assessed by the Ofqual Regulated Awarding Bodies, to ensure they meet their own exacting standards. We are audited annually by each of our Awarding Organisations and accrediting bodies (much like Ofsted visits), to ensure that our standards remain the highest they can be. Not all training providers offer this!
  • Do I need a degree to be a sports therapist?
    One of the main questions we are asked is "Do I need a degree to be a sports therapist?", and the answer is "No". The Sports Therapy diploma has been around for almost 40 years, and has always been aimed at getting its graduates either into work in sport or in private practice. The first Sports Therapy degree was set up in the mid 90's, and heavily weighted in academia. Indeed, Active Health Group have trained many degree graduates (of both Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy) who have decided to use our Level 5 courses as their 'post-graduate' training to gain the valuable hands-on soft tissue skills that we teach, and that are essential for this industry. Whilst experience has told us that you do not need a degree to work as a sports therapist, we understand that some people would like the challenge of undertaking a degree course. With a progression route in mind, we also developed our own, which is the Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy. Unlike traditional university degrees, our Level 6 is a hands-on vocational programme, which builds on the Level 5 Advanced Diploma and includes our highly regarded Diploma in Myofascial Release. The Level 6 programme has a maximum duration of four years.
  • Sports Therapy or Sports Massage: What is the difference?
    The two are commonly confused, however, Sports Massage is a single element of Sports Therapy. Level 3 Sports Massage focusses on basic massage techniques, performed on ‘non pathalogical’, or ‘uninjured’ tissue. This level, of course, in our opinion is suitable as a foundation course or even a 'taster', or in addition to other therapy or fitness qualifications, but not practitioner level as one cannot work on injuries. Most of the genuine accrediting bodies such as the Sports Massage Association do not accept Level 3 for membership, and they are not recognised by the Sports Massage Regulator. Level 4 Sports Massage has additional soft tissue skills and allows for sports massage to be performed to prevent and treat injury. As injury treatments primarily involve the use of additional techniques such as cryotherapy, ultrasound, taping etc, sports massage treatments will be very limited for this purpose. Many of the Level 4 courses on offer do meet the standard for the Sports Massage Regulator. Level 5 Sports Massage involves a greater amount of functional anatomy and is recognised by all the major accrediting bodies, and Sports Massage Regulator. It is aimed at working both in private practice, alongside Physiotherapists, Osteopaths etc, and in elite sports, as Soft Tissue Therapists. Sports Therapy courses start at Level 5 and their pre-requisites are Sports Massage and Anatomy & Physiology. Sports Therapy builds on Sports Massage to include advanced soft tissue techniques, orthopaedic assessments, cryotherapy, thermal therapy, athletic taping, sports first aid, electrotherapy and injury rehab. Most Sports Therapists will find that Sports Massage becomes a tiny proportion of their treatment.
  • How long do I have to complete my course?
    For each course, there will be a maximum duration within which you study at your own pace. We recommend around 7 hours of study per week. Our practical courses have a maximum duration as follows: Level 3 Sports Massage - 12 months Level 4 Sports Massage Nutrition - 6 months (can be extended by six months) Combined Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage - 18 months (can be extended by six months) Level 5 Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation 24 months Level 6 Sports Therapy - 48 months maximum Extensions beyond the above are granted on an individual basis.
  • What happens if I cannot complete the course in time?
    All courses have deadlines, as you would with any accredited qualification, as these too have 'expiry dates'. If any student has had any life changes that means they may not complete their course in time, as long as we are kept informed, we may be able to grant course extensions. These are done on an individual basis.
  • Who Runs Active Health Group?
    Active Health Group was founded by Richard Johnson, who also founded the Sports Therapy Organisation back in the 1990s. Richard is Principal, supported by Kirsty, who is Head of Training & Quality Assurance, and Co-Principal, Christian. The tutor and support team comprises of Student Support, Nik and Carolina; Tutors, Dawn, Charlie, Nikki, Beth, Gill, Dan, Linzie, and Cristo, Tanya, and Rachel, with Richard, Christian and Kirsty making an appearance to support the team and students. We also have an awesome team of medical, academic and health associates and advisers who help us develop our training courses. Whilst training with us at AHG you may also meet examiners from STO, TQUK, RSPH, ActiveIQ, VTCT, and ITEC, whose job it is to ensure good quality assurance on all of our courses.
  • Who recognises/validates/accredits/approves the courses?
    Most of our certification is through Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisations. We are approved to run qualifications for: Active IQ VTCT ITEC Royal Society for Public Health TQUK We also work with professional and industry related bodies for accreditation and insurance purposes. Sports Therapy - STO, IICT, IMPH, CNHC Sports Massage - STO, CNHC, FHT, SMA, IICT, IPMH Health Coaching - UKHCA, IICT, CMA, IMPH Nutritional Therapy - FNTP, IICT, CMA, IMPH STO - Sports Therapy Organisation - UK IICT - International Institute of Complementary Therapists - UK and overseas CMA- Complementary Medicine Association - UK and overseas UKIHCA - UK & International Health Coaches Association - UK and overseas SMA - Sports Massage Association - UK FHT - Federation of Holistic Therapists - UK IPHM - International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine - UK and overseas FNTP - Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners - UK CNHC - Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council - UK
  • What types of courses do you run?
    Our training portfolio covers Sports Therapies, Myofascial Release, Bodywork, Fitness, Health Coaching, Nutritional Therapy, Pilates and also Teaching and Assessing. We also run CPD workshops for therapists and a range of online courses. All of our courses are insurable for practitioners, therapists and trainers.
  • Who issues the qualifications and certifications?
    These vary with each course and as well as our own highly respected AHG Certifications, we also offer qualifications from: RSPH, VTCT, ITEC, AIQ and TQUK, which are are all UK Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisations
  • How do I pay for the courses?
    Our courses can be paid for by Cash, Credit/Debit Cards and Bank Transfer. Where instalments are available, these must be paid for by equal monthly credit/debit card subscriptions, which are interest-free. Due to the huge costs involved (which would have to be passed on to our learners), we do not offer Adult Learner Loans (19+/24+).
  • What support do you offer when I qualify?
    We are proud to be part of the largest network of sports therapists, anywhere! Our Alumni benefit from many free online courses and workshops to help with their practice, we also have private mentoring groups where we can offer continuing support. Most of our students have come to us through word of mouth, so it is absolutely in our best interest to ensure that we go above and beyond anyone else in terms of providing ongoing support for our graduates. We are extremely proud that some of our Alumni from the start of our history, still keep in touch with us, from all over the globe! Without sounding cliché, we do feel strongly that AHG keeps its family feel, as our students and graduates help stop our job feeling like work!
  • How do I enrol on to a course?
    On each of our course pages, you will booking links, which you follow. Click on your chosen course and then complete the registration form on our booking site. Our standard terms and conditions need to be agreed to before an application is processed to an enrolment.
  • Who accredits and approves the courses and who can I join?
    We believe we have the best accreditations in the industry, and our commitment to the highest standards is demonstrated by this. All of our courses are TQUK endorsed. TQUK is a leading Ofqual Awarding Organisation. Upon successful completion of the Level 5 and 6 programmes graduates can join the UK & International Health Coaches Association (UKHCA). International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT), the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPMH), and the Complementary Medical Association (CMA). The IICT and the IPMH represents overseas students and practitioners. Level 6 graduates can join the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTP). Additionally completion of our RSPH Level 3 Health Coach, and/or Level 4 Nutrition Programmes will enable you to join the Royal Society for Public Health. We are a training provider member of the Association for Coaching, which our graduates can join due to the comprehensive nature of our coaching modules (non-accredited course). We also recommend Level 5 and 6 graduates join The Nutrition Society, as they are a leading body in the advancement of nutritional science.
  • How are the courses delivered?
    Our Health Coaching and Nutrition courses are delivered 100% online so they are accessible by anyone with computer and internet access. The courses are self-paced, so there is no set timetable for lessons or assignments, you work purely to your own schedule, which makes the course ideal for those with busy lifestyles! The course format consists of online ebooks, pdf's, audio and video, as we try to accommodate all learning styles. As well as the learning materials, at Level 5 and 6 we also have some live zoom sessions. The lessons are fully interactive (as you would find in a classroom), as is the Q&A session. The course is delivered in the English language.
  • How long will it take to complete the courses?
    For each course there will be a maximum duration, within which you study at your own pace. We recommend around 7 hours of study per week. If you can complete quicker if you have paid in full for your course. If you pay in instalments, the course modules are unlocked each month, in relation to your instalments. Our online courses have a maximum duration as follows: Level 3 Health Coaching, and Nutrition - 6 months. (Can be extended by 3 months) Level 4 Nutrition - 9 months. (Can be extended by 3 months) Level 5 Nutrition - 12 months. (Can be extended by 6 months) Level 5 Health Coaching - 18 months. (Can be extended by 6 months) Level 6 Nutritional Therapy - 18 months. (Can be extended by 6 months) Level 6 Health Coaching & Nutritional Therapy - 24 months. (Can be extended by 6 months) Extensions beyond the above are granted on an individual basis.
  • What is the difference between your course and other Health Coaching courses?
    Our courses are industry recognised, and are certified by Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation, ensuring they are of the best standard. We are independent of any membership association, and combined with external certification, you are ensured the highest quality of training. At Level 5 and 6 we can guarantee that our courses are unique, the most comprehensive available, and will ensure you qualify with the best vocational scope of practice that there is.
  • What are the entry requirements?
    There are no academic entry requirements, however you will need the following: a) Basic IT skills b) Equipment (computer/laptop) and software required to undertake the course (e.g. Windows or equivalent, Microsoft office, Zoom access) c)English Proficiency – students for whom English is not their native language must achieve a score of 7 (or higher) in the four components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or its equivalent). For our Level 5 and 6 courses there will be an element of research involved, where you will have to find information for some assessments. If you are not used to studying at higher levels, we recommend you speak to us before applying.
  • Do I get a personal tutor?
    We have an experienced team, who are very happy to help our students (and graduates), and as they all have different specialisms, they work with our Student Support team, who ensures that you get help from the right person.
  • Are there exams, assignments and case studies?"
    All of our certificated courses have assignments in one form or another. Please see the individual course page for details.
  • How long do I keep access to the course for?
    Once you graduate, you can join our alumni, with access to the course materials for the lifetime of the course that you have booked. Many of our graduates become student mentors, and as a thank-you gesture, they will get access to all course upgrades for the duration.
  • Do you provide client forms and programmes?
    We provide you with a wide range of client forms, covering both coaching and nutrition. Whilst you are free to use these, we always encourage you to create your own when you know how you best work. We do provide some generic programmes for you, and again, we provide these to use, but more importantly to show you how to create your own that are unique to you, and what you offer. Working generically is not the best way when it comes to working with clients!
  • What is Scope of Practice?
    Scope of practice describes the procedures, actions, and processes that a healthcare practitioner is permitted to undertake in keeping with the terms of their accrediting body. The scope of practice may also be limited to that which the law allows for specific education and experience, and specific demonstrated competency. The Health and Care Professionals Council for the UK Scope of Practice states: “Your scope of practice is the limit of your knowledge, skills and experience. It is made up of the activities you carry out within your professional role, provided that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to do them lawfully, safely and effectively.” The UK Health Coaches Association has their own Scope of Practice, which covers the Health Coaching element only - if you are trained in Nutritional Therapy or Advice, then you will have an additional SoP. Insurance is extremely important to obtain, as this covers you if there are any claims made against you whilst undertaking work for which you have trained and qualified. With our Level 5 course, you are trained to give nutritional advice, for example, showing a client how to increase their Vitamin C intake, using diet. You can also work with clients macros/micros - for example if someone needs support with weight loss or training for a sporting event etc. At Level 6, you are trained how to assess a clients nutritional needs, and work with them to achieve their needs, whether that be recommending certain nutritional supplements, or diets. You are not allowed to diagnose, however, at all levels, we teach how to work alongside your clients medical practitioner. For more details on what each level covers, see the course pages - as they will give additional information.
  • What certification do I receive and what can I call myself?
    At Level 5: TQUK Diploma in Integrative Health and Nutrition Coaching At Level 6: TQUK Diploma in Health Coaching and Nutritional Therapy plus TQUK Diploma in Health Care and Nutitional Therapy Certification states the relevant level. With the Level 5 certification you can call yourself: Health Coach Nutrition Coach Health and Nutrition Coach Nutrition Advisor Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach Integrative Health Coach Additionally at Level 6 you can call yourself a Nutritional Therapist. Your insurance covers you for what you are taught on your course - not your working title.
  • What are the career prospects for Health and Nutrition Coaches?
    Health Coaching is a relatively new profession in the UK, whereas Nutritional Therapy is long established. Since the coronavirus pandemic we have seen the NHS advertising for Health Coaches, and as a company, we actively seek to promote our graduates and work to getting greater recognition. Most Health Coaches and Nutritional Therapists are self-employed and run their own practices. Health & Nutrition Coaches charge anywhere between £50 and £100 per session, depending on where they are based. Some of our own tutors charge £125 per session for their service.
  • Do you accept every application?
    The short answer is no. Both our Level 5 and 6 courses require a lot of study commitment, written work, and also research. For this you need to be motivated and be able to demonstrate your ability to both study, and produce assignments at a higher level. Whilst we are happy to answer all questions, we do expect potential students to do their own research - and so basic questions, such as "What is the level of your course", or "How much is your course?", do not display the ability to read information that is very clearly laid out, so there may not be much hope of reading and understanding complex information or written assignments. We want the learning experience to be a good one, and we also want the best practitioners out working, so we do a short initial written assessment, which may be followed up by a phone or zoom call. If you have not contacted us prior to booking, to ask questions, or just to chat with us to get a feel for what we are about, then we would always contact you before accepting your application to make sure you are the right person for us, and we are the right school for you.
  • How do you price your courses?
    All of our coaching courses are online programmes, and compared to our other (Active Health Group) courses which require practical attendance they are cheaper. We work out the fees based on a number of factors, and indeed running online courses are cheaper than those requiring a practical base. We do not exaggerate the costs of our courses, and we do not hire expensive sales teams or pay affiliates to sell our courses.
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