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!

Our Level 5 course is the only 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.



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, we offer an alternative, which includes Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology; Sports Massage, and Infection Prevention ​which can be done concurrently


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

Details of course fees and any available instalment payments can be found next to the course dates.



-TQUK 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)


For holders of Level 3 Sports Massage the Level 5 course consists of 30 days in class, plus one additional assessment day, spanning over either 6 or 15 months. (If you do not have level 3, you will attend 36 days in class).  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 can be 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.



Manchester Venue
To book, please click the dates you require at the bottom of the page and choose either deposit or full payment.   Please note each course code, e.g. WKD031 is a complete course.  

Please note: If you do not hold a Level 3 Sports Massage qualification, please click here for details of our Access Course.

2021 Course Dates


INT0621: 21st to 25th June;  28th June to 2nd July; 5th to 9th July; 12th to 16th July; 19th to 23rd July; 26th to 30th July.   

Course Fee: £3995.00 payable in full only.


MON0821: 2nd - 6th August; 6th - 10th September;  4th - 8th October; 8th - 12th November; 6th - 10th December; 10th - 14th January, 2022.

Course fee: £3995.00 payable in 6 monthly instalments of £665.83.  Pay in full for a 10% discount.

  • Level 5 Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation
    21 Jun 2021, 09:45 – 17:30 BST
    Active Health Group, 79 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FL, UK
    For holders of Level 3 Sports Massage
  • Level 5 Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation
    02 Aug 2021, 09:45 – 17:30 BST
    Active Health Group, 79 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FL, UK
    for those with Level 3 sports massage


WKD0821: 7th/8th August; 11th/12th September; 2nd/3rd  October; 6th/7th November; 4th/5th December; 22nd/23rd January 2022; 19th/20th February; 5th/6th March; 2nd/3rd April; 14th/15th May; 11th/12th June; 2nd/3rd July; 6th/7th August; 3rd/4th September; 1st/2nd October.

Course fee: £3995.00 payable in 12 monthly instalments of £332.91.  Pay in full for 10% discount.

  • Level 5 Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation
    07 Aug 2021, 09:45 – 17:30 BST
    Active Health Group, 79 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FL, UK
    For holders of Level 3 Sports Massage