VTCT Level 4 Certificate inSports Massage Therapy

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This is a practical course for candidates who have previously studied sports massage at Level 3 and wish to enhance their skills. You must have an interest in sport and a strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Each three-hour session includes both the theory of massage techniques and practical anatomy, taught in an interesting and hands-on way, giving you the necessary understanding for advanced work on the body.

Course Content

You will study

  • advanced anatomy
  • muscle, bone, and joint palpation
  • injury management and prevention
  • advanced sports massage techniques
  • range of movement and flexibility
  • passive and active stretching
  • postural assessment
  • special tests for ligaments and neural conditions.

There are a variety of assessment methods used to gauge your understanding including workbooks, three assignments and five client massage treatments on paying members of the public. These assessments will cover five body sections to include the shoulder, ankle/knee, hip, back/neck and wrist/elbow.

Uniform is a College polo shirt (£25), black tracksuit bottoms, and trainers. A useful course book is Hands on Sports Therapy by Keith Ward.


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.

Entry Requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age.
  • You will need to have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy or the Level 3 Diploma in the Prevention and Management of Sports Injuries.

Please note, the tuition fees stated are the costs for the academic year 2019-2020, and may be subject to change for the academic year 2020-2021. The Student Recruitment Team will clarify this information with all applicants once final details are confirmed.

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, you may choose to progress on to a Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy course (currently this is not offered at Loughborough College) or enter into employment as a mobile sports massage therapist or work with sports teams or in a clinic.

Loughborough College also offer a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport and Exercise Therapy. This three-year degree is validated by Loughborough University and accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists. To find out more or to check if you meet the entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate course page: www.loucoll.ac.uk/undergraduate-study/


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



Course Duration:

1 Year

College Course Code:

  • 20/21QEH6251
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