Level 5 VTCT Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

The Level 5 VTCT Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy has been designed to provide experienced practitioners currently working in sport and active leisure, with the requisite understanding and complex skills and techniques to work as an advanced sports massage practitioner.

Please note, we are one of only a handful of institutions in the UK offering this qualification so please apply early in order to secure your place on the course.

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

This course starts in September and will take one year to complete. It will include 4 hours of clinical delivery each week in addition to clinical case studies required for assessment which are flexible.

What will I study?

Throughout this qualification, you will develop an advanced understanding of the biological basis for complex massage/soft tissue methods and the impact of nutrition and hydration on the effects of treatment. The effectiveness of complex massage/soft tissue methods will also be evaluated, as will research undertaken on the use of these methods in sport and active leisure.

You will develop the understanding and skills required to carry out and analyse comprehensive subjective assessments of clients. You will undertake detailed biomechanical assessments, test and analyse the integrity of the muscular and neurological systems and develop complex treatment strategies based on sound clinical reasoning and evidence-based research. You will also develop the understanding and skills to prepare, apply and evaluate a range of complex sports massage/soft tissue methods to prevent and manage injuries.

Practically you will carry out sports massage using a range of complex techniques, to include myofascial, positional release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and active isolated stretching. You will explore the concept of evidence-based practice, understand the importance of evidence-based practice in sport and be able critically to appraise research undertaken on the use of sports massage and be able to draw conclusions.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through portfolio work, observations and clinical case studies.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You must hold a relevant level 4 sports massage qualification.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £995 with only a limited number of places available. A payment plan is available once you secure your place on the course.

For further information on payment arrangements that may be available, please click here.

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

You will be equipped to work with clientele ranging from recreational sport and active leisure enthusiasts to professional sports persons and elite athletes.

This qualification will enable you to work with non-acute recent injuries and pre-existing conditions for restorative and corrective purposes, with focus on posture, gait, ligamentous and neural conditions. This may include working in clinics for sporting teams or as a mobile therapist. This may be in an employed or self-employed context.

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.

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