VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapies for Sport | Loughborough College

Level 3 in
Massage Therapies for Sport

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A practical course for anyone interested in how sports massage and fitness can benefit a range of clients, both physically and psychologically.

The course includes both theory and practice taught in an interesting and hands-on way, giving you the necessary understanding for working on the human body.


Course Content

This course will provide you with a holistic profile to prevent and manage injuries in sport and active leisure. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and sports injuries and their rehabilitation to support your practical skills.

Customer care and employment awareness are also embedded in this qualification to prepare you for employment in the sport and leisure industry.

Level 3 modules:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Practice in Sports Massage
  • Level 3 Sports Massage Treatments and Assessment
  • Sports Injury
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Hot and Cold Techniques for Sports Massage
  • Fitness Testing
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Work Experience

A kit and uniform is required to work in the salon. A bursary is available for kit and uniform requirements, subject to eligibility. Find out more: Student Services


Our industry-standard facilities and close working relationship with Loughborough University provides plenty of excellent opportunities in terms of potential clients. Previous students have had the opportunity to work with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, elite clubs, and professional sports people.

Our uniform is a College polo shirt and hoody (£50), black tracksuit bottoms, and trainers. A useful coursebook is Hands on Sports Therapy by Keith Ward. During the course you'll be expected to complete practical experience in a sports club or at sporting events with athletes.

Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and Maths
  • You’ll also need to be interested in a variety of sports and have access to sports clubs

Progression Opportunities

At the end of this one-year course you could progress on to a sports therapy degree or start your career as a mobile sports therapist. You could also work in sports clubs, with athletes, or alongside physiotherapists, or take the CYQ Level 3 Personal Trainer Award.

Average salaries start from £17,000. With experience, there's potential to earn between £28,000 and £35,000.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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Key Facts


  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full Time (FT)



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact Student Recruitment for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 18/19QFH5071

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