Corona-virus and training
at Sports Therapy UK

23rd March 2020.

It is clear the gravity of the situation globally and here in the UK is growing. We are all now aware of the immediate ramifications, but also some of the wider implications as we move further on. Inevitably these will increase before things start to get better, and one question everyone is searching for an answer to is ‘when?’ I am not even going to begin debating or trying to guess the answer to this as this would be quite futile. We are therefore preparing for a lengthy period of a national ‘shut-down’ the extent of which is bound to vary from week to week. We will look forward to when the time is right for us to offer practical training here in Hertford and to welcome you back, but we will only do this when the government and the W.H.O. deem it is safe for all concerned.

In the meantime, we will be doing all we can to support you and help you progress your learning in spite of the obvious limitations we are all facing. We recognise the added anxieties everyone will be dealing with over the coming weeks so we will be working hard to help reduce these with regards to your training with Sports Therapy UK. Here are some of the steps we will be taking:

Marking time for assignments:

We are diverting some of our teaching resources to reduce this as far as possible. We will keep you informed of how long to expect before receiving work back.

Practical training:

Where possible we will be recording more instructional videos to substitute the direct contact you would normally have with us. We are assessing each stage of training reached and how much going forward may be substituted by online instruction. We will liaise accordingly with each group to help you progress and will advise you of any variations in the level of direct contact required to complete your course. This will also involve us seeking approval from VTCT. Our aim remains to deliver the highest standards of tuition and to help you become both competent and confident in your professional capacity.


We are exploring all options for online delivery and will use the most appropriate medium for each tutorial. We will notify each group as we create and make them accessible for you.


As we will not have the normal interaction with you, we will be using conference calls, skype, WhatsApp, emails, etc to directly support both groups and individuals.


We will distribute general news via newsletter, Facebook and would urge you to access and read these sources. We will try to generate interesting news and extra-curricular activities to help you through this period, plus tips on how you can interact with your clients.

Rescheduled Practical Training:

There will be a need to reschedule practical training dates. We will do this when we can be a little more confident that any revised dates have a greater chance of going ahead. I realise this doesn’t help when it comes to planning ahead and we would love to reschedule with confidence but that is simply not possible at the moment. We will keep you informed as things change.

Please make sure you continue to read all emails sent to you, and check the announcements posted on Canvas; these will be updated as frequently as necessary and we hope will provide answers to questions most of you are asking.

We look forward to staying in touch with you and wish you well.

Level 3 VTCT Sports Massage Online Course Instructions


Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy



Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy


Sports therapy encompasses a wide range of skills and knowledge to underpin competency in assessing and treating people, both in the sporting and clinical environments. A sports therapist will be proficient in helping people of all ages recover from injuries and sporting conditions, and return to any previous level of activity with minimal risk of further injury. This often entails guiding a person beyond being able to carry out normal daily activities, and back to being able to perform complex actions under differing types of physical duress. 


Entry Requirements


To attain this award you must have already completed all five modules shown in our Level 5 Sports Massage Award or equivalent, comprising:



Other eligible applicants may include Foundation Degree and Full Honours Degree graduates allied to healthcare with clear evidence of the above, and other professions such as Osteopaths, Chiropractors, etc.


See Course Calendar for all Higher Diploma and CPD Course Dates.

Recognition and Awards


Upon successfully completing all elements of our course you will receive


Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy by Sports Therapy UK


helping demonstrate a higher standing as an experienced practitioner.



Course Syllabus, Structure and Duration


To attain our Higher Diploma you must achieve the 5 core modules above plus 2 further modules shown below:


  • Taping for Sport 
  • Injury Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy


To complete the range of skills and knowledge to demonstrate your abilities as a Sports Therapist whereby you will help clients to recover from injury, rehabilitate and return to competitive activity, plus improve performance. In addition, you will also learn how to apply pre-competition strapping and taping, plus kinesiology-taping, thereby adding vital pitch-side knowledge and skills required to attain our Sports Therapy Award. 


However, please note that during your final assessment, your skills and knowledge from all modules will be appraised, so you may wish to achieve this whilst your training is still current.


Upon completion of all modules you may apply to sit your Clinical Assessment which will be arranged individually with you on a mutually convenient date. This must be done within 3 months of attending your final module. 


To book on any Level 5 Module 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 Higher Diploma Sports Therapy qualification 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 both modules with observed assessments on each, you will also be rquired to complete a case study aligned to specific guidelines and learning outcomes. 


Observed Assessments – you will be required to complete specific tasks during the practical training which will demonstrate your understanding of the various topics on each module.


Case Study Report - you will be required to compile a comprehensive report based on the course guidelines to show your ability to construct a rehabilitation programmme to meet the individual needs of your client.


This must be done within 3 months of attending your final module.



> Course Dates & Location

See Course Calendar for all Higher Diploma Sports Therapy and CPD Course Dates.


> Course Fees


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


The registration and assessment fee of £225 is payable upon application before registering to attend both of the above modules at £400 and £317 respectively. These fees must be paid at least 4 weeks before the start of the practical training.  


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> Loyalty & Other Discounts


If you have already attended our Sports Massage Level 4 full courses, you will also be eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 25% off the above module fees whilst the registration and assessment fee of £225 remains fixed.




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.



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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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