Level 5 Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy

Pre-requisites: This course also includes the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy.  If you have already done Level 4 Sports Massage please contact us for details of  our Accreditation of Prior Learning skills assessment. 


This is the highest Level Ofqual Regulated Sports Massage qualification in the UK.  

It has been designed to give the candidate the highest level of training in Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy to enable you to be recognised amongst the elite of the profession.

The need for higher level qualifications has never been greater, as we see the Sports Massage profession gaining greater recognition in the medical and healthcare field.


The main skills you will learn are:

  • Advanced Massage Techniques

  • Soft Tissue Manipulation*

  • Soft Tissue Release

  • Trigger Point Therapy*

  • Myofascial Release*

  • Myofascial Postural Restructuring*

  • Muscle Energy Techniques

  • PNF

  • Static Stretching

  • Postural Assessments

  • Clinical Orthopedic Assessments

  • Walking gait analysis

  • Movement analysis

  • Hot and Cold Therapy

  • Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Dysfunction

  • Neurological Testing

  • Peripheral Joint Mobilisations and Articulations

  • PNF

  • Myofascial Release

  • Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Dysfunction

  • After-care exercise


Qualifications Gained


VTCT Level 5 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF)

AHG Level 5 Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy


23 in-class days, plus one additional assessment day, plus home study, plus 100 hours case studies.


In addition to this you will be required to attend approximately 60 hours of online Zoom theory lessons*, and  obtain 100 hours of case studies (many of which can be completed in our student clinic if you wish).  There is also approximately 400 logged hours of home study on our online classroom to complete.  (You will need access to the internet, and a PC or Laptop with Word/PDF reader).    *We have a flexible online schedule to support our learners.  



All AHG courses come with an expiry date, which means that you have up till your expiry date to complete your course. Level 5 students have 24 months to complete their course starting from their first day in class.  

Financial Investment 

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

Course fees can be paid with a £500 deposit, and equal, interest-free monthly instalments over the duration of the practical training.  If you opt to pay your course fee in full at the time of booking, you will receive a 10% discount. Course fees vary and can be found next to the relevant course dates.


Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
Active Health Group
Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
Active Health Group

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