AHG L5 advanced diploma enables learners to gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge to become a Sports Therapist and to specialise in Musculoskeletal conditions, including - but not limited to - sports injuries, back pain, posture, and joint issues. This course also expands onto the field of rehabilitation.




Our Level 5 course is the longest established and most comprehensive one in the UK, offered by a private training provider, that is recognised for entry onto the CNHC Sports Therapy register.   The CNHC is the Sports Therapy Regulator and Accredited Register.


AHG’s Level 5 is covers 19 National Occupational Standards, while being highly practical.  We are committed to Excellence and expect the same from our students. There is a strong element of theory involved in this course which is all done online at your own pace.  


We are proud to offer our students the result of over 20 years of teaching experience and of constant research, as well as recognised resources such as the British Journal of Sports Medicine; Journal of Athletic Training and Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.


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/Soft Tissue Therapy and even Physiotherapy is everything but a backward step as our teaching methods are 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.


No experience in therapy or fitness?  That's fine too!  We pride ourselves on being the chosen provider for many 'career changers', and have trained the likes of builders, accountants, police officers, armed forces and many others without a 'therapy' or 'sport' background.



One question we are asked is: "Is this course the same as the BTEC Level 5 in Sports & Remedial Massage or Soft Tissue Therapy?"  The answer to that is, "Whilst they are both at the same 'academic level', Soft Tissue Therapy/Sports/Remedial Massage, are just a small part of an AHG Sports Therapists toolbox."  We differ in that we go far more in-depth with our Myofascial Release, Clinical Assessments, and Rehabilitation, plus we offer many other treatment modalities, such as strapping and taping, sports first aid, electrotherapy. For those new to the business, we also include a 'second to none' Business, Marketing and Social Media module.


Our students gain access to our Online Academy, where we have a whole host of courses and videos, access to which, you keep after you have graduated!


  • Level 3 Sports Massage *

  • Work under pressure, as this is a challenging course

  • VTCT level 2 Award in Infection Control unless you already hold an equivalent.


*If you do not hold a Level 3 Sports Massage qualification you can still book this course and you will need to attend our Access Course. To book a Level 5 with Access Course  Click Here


The main skills you will learn are:

  • Advanced Sports Massage

  • Soft Tissue Techniques

  • Soft Tissue Manipulation*

  • Muscle Energy Techniques

  • Trigger Point Therapy*

  • Myofascial Release*

  • Peripheral Joint Mobilisations and Articulations

  • Vertebral Mobilisations and Articulations

  • Posturology

  • Muscle Testing

  • Orthopaedic Joint Assessments

  • Pitchside Sports First Aid including AED

  • Electrotherapy - Ultrasound, Microcurrent, Interferential

  • Athletic and Kinesiology Strapping and Taping

  • Musculoskeletal Injuries & Dysfunction Assessment and Treatment

  • Sports Injuries Assessment and Treatment

  • Spinal Pathologies Assessment and Treatment

  • Exercise Therapy

  • Proprioception

  • Gait Analysis & Biomechanics

  • Rehabilitation of Spinal, Upper Limbs and Lower Limb Pathologies

    *  Unique to AHG



  • AHG Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation

  • AHG Level 5 Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy

  • Pitchside Sports First Aid certificate (valid for 3 years)

  • VTCT L2 Infection Prevention Control (if you attend this course with us)

Upon successful completion you will be able to join all of the following organisations:

  • Sports Therapy Organisation - Leading Sports Therapy Professional Association

  • Federation of Holistic Therapists - Professional Association and Accredited Register

  • CNHC - Sports Therapy Regulator and Accredited Register



For holders of Level 3 Sports Massage the Level 5 course consists of 30 days in class, plus one additional assessment day, with a 2 year maximum duration. If you do not have level 3, you will attend 32 days in class, minimum. 


In addition to this you will be required to:

  • attend approximately 100 hours of online Zoom theory lessons*

  • obtain 250 hours of case studies (many of which can be completed in our student clinic).  

  • approximately 350 logged hours of home study on our online learning platform (including theory assignments) . 


Total Qualification Time: 950 hours.


*We have a flexible online schedule to support our learners


As a private training provider we do not receive government funding.  We do not accept Advanced Learner Loans.


Level 5 Sports Therapy:  £3995.00  (If you require the access course the total fee is £4299.00)


COURSE DATES 2021/2022

Weekday Format [all dates need to be attended]


Access Course [if required choose one of the below dates]:

  • 21st - 22nd October or, 

  • 30th - 31st October

Level 5:

  • 1st to 5th November; 6th to 10th December; 17th to 21st January; 14th to 18th February; 14th to 18th March; 25th to 29th April.

Weekend Format [all dates need to be attended]

Access course [if required]:

  • 5th - 6th February

Level 5:

  • 12-13th March 2022; 23rd-24th April; 21-22nd May; 25th-26th June; 23rd-24th July; 20th-21st August; 17th-18th September; 15th-16th October; 12th-13th November; 10th-11th December; 14th-15th January 2023; 11th-12th February; 11th-12th March; 15th-16th April; 13th -14th May.