Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who validates/accredits the courses?

    Our main accrediting body is Sports Therapy Organisation. We have various courses, validated and accredited or endorsed by some of the leading bodies in the UK, including: Society of Sports Therapists (Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy), Sports Massage Association (ITEC Levels 3, 4 and 5 in Sports Massage Therapy) and REP’s (Fitness Instructor & Personal Training). Our courses meet the standard of the governing bodies: GCMT and the current regulator CNHC.

    We run a full range of Sports Massage, Fitness and Education courses which are all awarding by ITEC a leading Ofqual Awarding Organisation.

  • Who issues the qualifications?

    We run various recognised qualifications: STO accredited Active Health Group certificates and diplomas; ITEC and Active IQ. Accreditation by our awarding bodies is a guarantee of quality. It means that the learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited annually. We have been licensed by our awarding bodies on the basis of our own quality systems. We have heard claims that some of the levels offered by other training providers are not to usual educational standards. We counter this claim by stating that our Level 5 qualification takes around 500 hours to complete, with students spending between 12 and 18 months in training. By its very definition, our level 5 is the equivalent of a HND or Foundation degree, and is accepted by most universities (we haven’t tried them all yet) for entry onto their own BSc Sports Therapy programmes. Learners successfully completing our accredited programmes receive a nationally-recognised certificate.

    Our Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy gives access to the Sports Therapy Degree from Teeside University at Year 3,

  • What types of courses do you run ?

    Our training portfolio covers Sports Therapies, Bodywork and Fitness. We also run CPD workshops for therapists and a range of home study courses.

  • How do I pay for the courses?

    We accept payment by cheque, cash, and all major credit and debit cards. If you pay in full, a discount is given. (This is valid only to courses costing over £1,000. Not including any special offers or in conjunction with any other discount.) For courses costing over £1000, you can opt to pay in up to 8 instalments with a £500 deposit. Courses costing less than £500 can be paid with a £100 deposit and up to 3 monthly instalments. Courses costing between £501 and £999 can be paid with a £300 deposit and up to 5 monthly instalments. Course fees must be paid prior to the end of the practical training, and before the qualification is issued. E-Learning courses must be paid for in full at the time of enrolment. Full payment details can be found in our terms and conditions.

  • What happens if I cannot complete the home study in time?

    We allocate enough time for students to complete the home study modules before you attend the practical dates, but we are aware that your circumstances may change before its commencement. In all cases we offer tutorial support via email, letter, telephone and face to face. As long as you inform us of any change in your circumstances, we are able to support you with extra tuition, both during the home study period and also during the practical training dates. In the event that it is impossible to complete the home study in time, we will allocate different training dates.

  • What are the job prospects for a sports therapist?

    Sports Therapists are gaining huge recognition in the UK, and this has led to more companies, sports clubs and individuals seeking their services. Recent Sports Therapy vacancies have been advertised with starting salaries of £27,000 pa. In private practice, earnings of up to £50 per hour are possible. Some of our graduates have gone on to do the following jobs: Osteopathic Assistant, Football Sports Therapist (up to Premier League), Rugby Sports Therapist (up to SuperLeague level), Lecturing, Sports Injury Clinic, Private Practice, GPs’ Surgery, European Ski resort, Dance School. Some NHS trusts now employ Sports Therapists in the physiotherapy departments.

  • Where do you run your training courses from?

    Our aim is to ensure our students work in a relaxed and professional atmosphere, and similar to one in which they may be working in upon graduation. It is for this reason that we run most of our courses from our own purposely designed training centre, with attached clinic in Manchester City Centre. We have spacious training rooms, a resource centre/library with free internet access and full use of our comprehensive range of books, DVDs, videos and PC software, kitchen plus our on-site clinic. Our therapy clients know the high quality of our training courses, and will often volunteer for treatments from students. We also work with many sports clubs, so on-site work can also be arranged. We also offer students an online resource centre, giving access to websites, course notes, tests and exams. Fitness/Personal Training courses may be run from our local gym in Manchester. When we get demand to run our courses in different areas of the UK, we will do so, however, we cannot offer the same facilities as our main Manchester venue. We will endeavour to find similar accommodation such as the British School of Osteopathy or Lincoln College.

  • I have checked out other courses and yours seems expensive!

    Our Practitioner Level 5 courses prepare our graduates for a competent career in the industry. People regularly attend our courses after paying a few hundred pounds for a course elsewhere, and tell us that they wished they had saved their money and come straight to us! We pride ourselves on being the longest established private sports therapy training provider in the UK, and can boast that our graduates are some of the most respected.

  • What is the difference between a diploma in Sports Therapy and a Degree in Sports Therapy?

    Probably around £30,000! 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!

  • Why do you offer 'home study' courses?

    At AHG we firmly believe in ‘blended learning’ and continue to use this with all of our courses. We decided to develop ‘home study’ courses so that interested people can try a therapy discipline before commiting to investing in a full course. We do not offer practitioner level courses by distance learning.

  • Why is your Sports Therapy course run over 20 days when I have seen others at 5 days?

    Our Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy is run over 25 plus home study and case studies, and has been assessed continually as containing 500 hours worth of study. We work with the governing body to ensure that our courses meet all of the standards in the UK. Active Health Group feel that training providers who cut corners are doing their students and the industry a disservice. We offer a ‘fast track’ course leading to a Diploma in Sports Therapy, however, this is for practising and experienced sports massage practitioners and sports therapists who just need us to ‘fill in gaps’ in their training and knowledge. Our Advanced Clinical Diploma is run with 30 days of practical training, and home study.

  • What is the difference between Active Health courses and those of other training providers?

    There is only one company that run AHG qualifications, and that is AHG! We don’t franchise our courses, and we don’t have hundreds of colleges with varying standards. Where we license other providers to offer our courses, it is only people with whom we have many years working relationship. The training courses will be the same where-ever you choose, whether it be Manchester, London, Plymouth or Norfolk! When you train with us, you can be assured of the highest standard of training, backed by a national awarding body and working very closely with the lead body and regulator. We find some of the alternative therapy courses on offer by other training schools disturbing due to the huge variances of their standards. As an example, you can do a Level 3 Sports Massage course in 3 days at one institution but complete it over 1 year at another. There just doesn’t seem to be any standard. AHG have full control over the quality of their courses.

  • 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.  We are pleased that our Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy allows for accelerated entry onto the Teeside Unversity’s BSc in Applied Sports Therapy, which is undertaken on a part-time basis.

    Whilst each programme is dependent on your own skills and experience, most of our graduates that have gone on to undertake this degree have spent on average two years studying.  The cost of the BSc is approximately £10,000 (as of 2015)

    If you would like further information on the degree programme, please contact the Teeside University directly.

    With a progression route in mind, we also developed our own, which is the Level 6 Masters 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.

    Average time for completion of the AHG Level 6 is 2 years, and the price is approximately £3,000 (once the Level 5 has been undertaken).

  • Sports Therapy or Sports Massage, Whats 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, perfomed on ‘non pathalogical’ tissue, or uninjured tissue. This level of course, in our opinion is suitable as a foundation course.

    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.

    Level 5 Sports Massage involves a greater amount of functional anatomy.

    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, orthopedic assessments, cryotherapy, thermal therapy, athletic taping, sports first aid and exercise therapy. Most Sports Therapists will find that Sports Massage becomes a tiny proportion of their treatment.

  • How do I enrol on to a course?

    Apply online on our online enrolment page or call us on 0161 235 5307. Our standard terms and conditions need to be agreed to before an application is processed to an enrolment.

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