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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

Aligned to meet the national occupational standards for massage, this technical qualification is aimed at developing the knowledge, understanding and technical skills needed for a career as an employed or self-employed, Sports Massage Therapist.

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

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete. You will attend College for one evening per week on a Thursday, from 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

You will be taught by industry professionals in our fully-equipped gym and sports studio.

During 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 PE or have relevant industry experience.

What are the course fees?

More information on course fees will be provided upon application. For further information, please visit our financial support pages.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility is not dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments do not start until you have finished your course and earn over £27,295 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

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

Upon successful completion of this course, you could progress on to a higher level course such as the level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.

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

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

Ref: Joe Ferguson


“My course has helped me to build my physical abilities while developing my knowledge of sports massage and anatomy.”

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