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Sports Massage - Level 3 VTCT Diploma

Part Time

Course Overview

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) 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 16-19 and 19 plus age group and is based on the the national occupational standards for massage, namely CNH1, CNH7 and CNH20. 

Course Content

This course comprises all required elements needed to work effectively and efficiently as a sports massage therapist. This includes anatomy and physiology, professional practice, an understanding of the principles of health and fitness and how to provide sports massage treatments. The Level 3 sports massage therapist will be able to work safely and effectively on dysfunctional tissue in a range of context, to include, pre-event, post event, intra-event and for maintenance purposes. 

The structure of the qualification is comprised of five units: 

  • Anatomy and physiology for sports massage 
  • Principles of health and fitness
  • Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction 
  • Professional practice in sports massage
  • Sports massage treatments

Entry Requirement

If you are under 19: Level 3 certificate in sports science or a relevant subject as well as five GCSEs grade at grade 4 or above.

If you are over 19: Ideally you will have relevant industry or life experience with sport and massage.


Learners will be assessed through workbooks, assessments, practical observations and exams.

Where does this course lead to

Once qualified students are able to become self-employed as a Sports Massage Therapist and start to build up a client base. You will also be able to apply for positions in sports teams at a semi-professional level. It is also a requirement to progress onto the Level 4 qualification.

How to Enrol

You can enrol directly onto this course if you have the entry requirements noted above.

If you would like to enrol but do not have the entry requirements please email information@bcot.ac.uk with your contact details or telephone 01256 306484.


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Course Outline

Course Code: JPBL006
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: 18/09/2019,
Day & Time: Wed 9.30am to 2.30pm
Tuition Fees: £2110.00
Registration Fees: £115.00
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