Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Skills & Qualifications

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services

Start Date


Course Length

30 weeks - Tuesday and Thursday 5.30-8.30pm







Course Level


Home / Course / Sports Massage Therapy Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course is for people interested in becoming a sports massage therapist looking to work within a sports therapy clinic, alongside a qualified physiotherapist or independently through their own business.

It has been designed to provide you with the skills to work unsupervised as a sports massage practitioner, with non-pathological (non-injured) tissue.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need to have a Level 2 qualification in an anatomy and physiology related area such as GCSE Biology or PE, or have industry experience.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of Sports Massage Therapy including:

  • Functional anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Classification of sports injuries
  • Stages of healing
  • Principles of Exercise, health and fitness

You’ll also learn how to prepare and apply a range of sports massage methods to uninjured clients and evaluate massage strategies and methods for future treatments.

How you will learn

This course is taught mainly through theoretical and practical workshops. The college have a partnership with Houghton RUFC and you will gain practical experience during and after training on their players.

Assessment is through portfolio work, observation, assignments and examinations.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you could become a self-employed sports massage therapist running your own business or find work in spas, fitness centres, sports clubs or other leisure outlets.

The course would also allow you to progress on to a Level 4 course in Sports Massage or can provide a route into a fitness instructing course.

What costs will you incur?

Course fees – £1,800

You’ll need to provide a uniform of clean trainers, black tracksuit bottoms or shorts and a college polo shirt.

Having access to a portable massage table would be helpful.

Please note this course will run Tues & Thurs 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.