Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is a technical level qualification aimed at developing the knowledge, understanding and technical skills needed for a career as a Sports Massage Therapist, either employed or self employed. This qualification has been specifically designed for the 19 plus age group and is based on the the national occupational standards for massage.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September. You will attend college for one evening per week from 6.00pm - 9.00pm for one academic year.

What will I study?

You will be taught by industry professionals and you will be based in the College's fully equipped Sports Department. You will learn the theory behind the practices you explore and you will be provided with the confidence needed to launch your career in Sports Therapy. In this course the following areas will be covered:

  • Anatomy and physiology for sports massage - USP41
  • Principles of health and fitness - USP42
  • Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction - USP43
  • Professional practice in sports massage - USP44
  • Sports massage treatments - USP45
  • Business

  • The theory underpinning the practice of sports massage therapy
  • The anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Classification of sports injuries
  • Stages of healing
  • Planning, preparing and applying a range of sports massage methods
  • Emergency First Aid

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a number of methods, including portfolio work, observation and examination.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

It would be desirable that you have achieved either a level 2 in Anatomy and Physiology, GCSE Biology, GCSE P.E. or have relevant industry experience.

What are the course fees?

If you are 19+, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress onto further courses such as the level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy alternatively you may wish to secure employment as an advanced Sports Massage Therapist.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Joe Ferguson