VTCT Level 3 Diploma inSports Massage Therapy

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A practical course for anyone interested in how sports massage can benefit a range of clients, both physically and psychologically. You must have an interest in sport and a knowledge of anatomy and physiology would be an advantage; however, no previous massage qualifications or experiences are needed.

Each three-hour session covers the theory of massage techniques and anatomy taught in an interesting and hands-on way, giving the learner the necessary understanding for working on the human body.

Sports massage is not just for the athlete, so if you are wanting to learn deep tissue techniques to help improve a client’s flexibility, help with postural imbalance or work-related aches and pains, this course is perfect for you.

Course Content

You will cover

  • anatomy and physiology
  • health and fitness
  • sports injury
  • health and safety
  • sports massage treatments - pre/post and preventative
  • client assessment

A useful course book to help you with your studies is The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey.

There are a variety of assessment methods used to gauge your understanding including workbooks, case study, an external anatomy exam and three client massage treatments on paying members of the public.


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 (£25), black tracksuit bottoms, and trainers.

This course may be eligible for the new Advanced Learner Loan.

Entry Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have an interest in a variety of sports and the human body

Progression Opportunities

You could progress on to the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy or start your career as a mobile sports massage therapist or work with a sports team or in a clinic.


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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Course Duration:

1 Year

College Course Code:

  • 20/21QEH6231
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