Go further with our Level 5! 

AHG Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation



Often seen as an alternative to an NHS Physiotherapist which focuses on neurology, geriatric, pediatric and respiratory, a Sports Therapist will specialise in Musculoskeletal conditions, including – but not limited to – sports injuries, back pain, posture, and joint issues.  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 and Rehabilitation, 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  over 20 years of teaching experience and of constant research, including Evidence-Informed Research based In 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/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.  We also include Sports Nutrition, which is a useful modality for Sports Therapists.  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!

Pre-requisites to join our course.

You need to be able to work under pressure, as this is a challenging course.   You won't have anyone in your clinic with you when you graduate, so we teach you how to work autonomously with your clients, and how to make your own clinical decisions.  You need to be friendly and approachable, and above all, professional.  If you are new to the industry and don't have a Level 3 Sports Massage qualification as minimum, no problem, you can join our Access Course, free of charge

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 £600 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.

Qualifications Gained

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 (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage. 


To download our curriculum please click here.

The Level 5 course consists of 32 days in class, plus one additional assessment day, over either 6 or 15 months.   In addition to this you will be required to attend approximately 100 hours of online Zoom theory lessons*, and 250 hours of case studies (many of which are completed in our student clinic).  There is also approximately 350 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).  Total Qualification Time: 950 hours. *We have a flexible online schedule to support our learners.


Course Dates

Manchester Venue

To book, please click the dates you require at the bottom of the page and choose either deposit or full payment.

2021 Course Dates

If you do not hold a Level 3 Sports Massage qualification, you will be required to attend the access workshop on 30/31 January.


WKD0221: 20/21 February; 20/21 March; 17/18 April; 15/16 May; 19/20 June; 17/18 July; 14/15 August; 18/19 September; 16/17 October; 20/21 November; 11/12 December. - Course fee: £3995.00



MON0221: 22 - 26 February; 22 - 26 March; 19 - 23 April; 17 - 21 May; 21 - 25 June; 19 - 23 July.  Course fee: £4195.00

Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation
Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation

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