Level 5 Sports Massage


We offer flexible, affordable sports therapy courses and train our students to levels that exceeds industry benchmarks. Our friendly team are always on hand to support our students both during the course and beyond.


We are pleased to offer 2 advanced courses leading to a VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage Award, and further to our own Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy. These courses incorporate five of our Level 5 CPD modules leading to the first of these awards and then, by adding 2 further modules in Injury Rehabilitation and Taping for Sport you may achieve our Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy. Full details for both courses are shown below.




VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage



Our VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage Course includes 5 of our key modules which meet all learning outcomes for this award. For established Level 4 therapists this course will increase your range of knowledge and skills, in turn enhancing your expertise to support your clients. The course offers a structured approach requiring you to attend all modules over a 5 to 7 month period.


During each of the five core modules you will be guided on functional anatomy, plus the science underpinning various advanced therapeutic modalities. For the practical training you will learn skills and techniques that will enable you to plan, prepare, and apply a range of assessments and interventions beyond those included at Levels 3 and 4 in sports massage therapy, to further help clients recover from sports injuries and other conditions.


Recognition and Awards


Upon successfully completing all elements of our course you will receive


the VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage Award


helping demonstrate a higher standing as an experienced soft tissue practitioner.



Entry Requirements

To register for the Level 5 course, you must already have a VTCT (or equivalent) Level 4 Sports Massage qualification, before attending the required 5 modules below.  Your Level 4 qualification must demonstrate your competency in the following areas as they will be included in your course assessment:


  • The Science and Practise of Manual Therapy including:
      • Fluid dynamics
      • Stretch Reflexes
      • Tissue Adaptation
      • Joint Function and Repair
  • Advanced Functional Anatomy
  • Assessment of Postural Imbalances, Pelvic and Spinal Alignment
  • Active, Passive and Strength Joint Testing
  • Assessment of Muscle Length, Function and Firing Patterns
  • Soft Tissue Trauma, and Principles of Injury Management
  • Active, Assisted and Advanced Stretching Techniques
  • Understanding Client Assessment, Results, Analysis, and Treatment Planning
  • Assessment of Soft Tissues and application of Advanced Techniques
      • Neuromuscular Techniques
      • Soft Tissue Release
      • Myofascial Release
      • PNF - Post Isometric Relaxation (M.E.T.)
  • Psychology and Sports Injuries
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Professional Practice


Other eligible applicants may include Foundation Degree and Full Honours Degree graduates allied to healthcare, and other professions such as Osteopaths, Chiropractors, etc.



Course Syllabus, Structure and Duration


The course comprises 5 core modules:


Please note that 4 of these modules incorporate practical training over 2 days each, and the other one lasts 3 practical training days. You must attend all modules within one of the scheduled set of courses shown on our website and in the same order. During each of the modules, observations of your skills will be recorded towards your final assessment.


Upon completion of all modules you will be required to sit your Clinical Assessment which will be arranged individually with you. 


To book on our Level 5 course, please use our online Booking Form


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Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Module Exemptions


If you have already completed modules that may contribute to our Level 5 Award and you wish to apply for an exemption, please forward evidence to support your claim  for ‘recognised prior learning’ (RPL) and we will respond accordingly.  Please note that copy certificates or educational transcripts, plus the associated syllabus for each topic will be required. They must show the awarding body, level, title, and date.


Modules or units demonstrating knowledge and/or competency in key areas must be recognised independent educational units and not topics forming part of other modules.



> Course Assessment & Award


Upon completing all 5 modules, you may apply to take your clinical assessment and compile a  report as shown below. 


Clinical Assessment – you will be required to assess, analyse and treat a single client on a date to be agreed whereupon you will be required to complete a Case Study Report - see below. After completing the client treatment, you will be asked to discuss this with an assessor, and you will be asked to demonstrate a selection of skills from any of the 5 modules.


Case Study Report - you will be required to compile a comprehensive report and extended treatment plan based on the findings gathered during your Clinical Assessment.



> Course Dates & Location

See Course Calendar for all Level 5 and CPD Course Dates.


> Course Fees, Interim Payments and Other Costs


If you have completed your Level 4 training with Sports Therapy UK, please go to Loyalty and Other Discounts below.


To secure your place on the course the course fees may be paid as set out below. You must hold a recognised current Level 4 Sports Massage qualification to enrol at Level 5.


Please note that the fees quoted below include the cost of all 5 modules, plus VTCT registration, course administration, and all first assessment fees. Possible retakes will be charged at the time of sitting.


Interest Free interim payment scheme available below:


5 Modules 

1.  In Full - £1939
2.  By deposit of £355 plus payment of £1584 before the start of the course 
3.  By deposit of £355, plus six monthly interim payments of £264.
All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate 


Please note that your deposit is non-refundable. If you start your practical training and then withdraw from the course you will still be liable for the full course fee. 


Equipment and Other Costs


There are no essential materials or equipment required to complete the Level 5 modules. 


To book on any individual Level 5/CPD Module without enrolling on the full Level 5 course, please select the module of your choice on our online Booking Form


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> Loyalty & Other Discounts


If you have already attended our Sports Massage Level 4 full course, you will also be eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 25% off all Level 5 and Higher Diploma Module Course fees. 

Please note that this discount does not apply to course registration, administration, and assessment fees.


5 Modules 

1.  In Full - £1543
2.  By deposit of £355 plus payment of £1188 before the start of the course 
3.  By deposit of £355, plus six monthly interim payments of £198.
All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate 


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Summary of Level 5 Courses


VTCT L5 Sports Massage    
Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques    
Sports Injuries Lower Body    
Sports Injuries Lower Body    
Gait Analysis    
Neuro-Spinal Assessment & Treatment    
Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy    
Successful completion of the VTCT L5 Award above, plus    
Injury Rehabilitation    
Taping for Sport    

Please note you may choose to complete these additional 2 modules before the Clinical assignment for the VTCT L5 Sports Massage Award (above). However, you may not gain this award until successfully completing the above.

Course Fees


> Course registration payable at start for each of the two Level 5 Courses – see left

> Also see discounts available.

Course Duration


All 5 modules must be completed in scheduled order.


The Clinical Assessment must be completed within 3 months of attending your final module.



These courses lead you to the L5 VTCT Sports Massage Award or our Sports Therapy UK Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy.

All Course Dates


View our Course Calendar







VTCT Course


  • VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma
  • VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Certificate

Training Venue & Map



We run our courses from the BeActive Clinic in Hertford, near London. Easy access by car and train and only 20 miles from both Luton and Stansted airports.


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