Level 3 sports diploma (VTCT)

Level 3 sports diploma (vtct)

Who we work with

Client Care In this course you will be shown the importance of client care. This will include:
  • Equipment and safety
  • Knowing the boundaries for sports massage
  • The correct forms of communication and history taking
  • How to ensure the clients comfort and reassure them if/when needed
  • The benefits of massage and any contraindications (precautions) to look out for before massage
Client Assessment and treatment Your tutors will help you develop the correct assessment and treatment methods needed for sports massage. This will include:
  • Understanding the steps in rehabilitation and how sports massage can aid in recovery
  • Being aware of musculo-skeletal imbalances
  • The most appropriate massage techniques for different areas of the body
  • How to confidently assess posture and joint range of movements
  • Knowing surface anatomy for palpation
  • Different soft tissue conditions you may come across
  • How to create an effective treatment and/or management plan based on the results from your assessment and treatment
The Theory of sports massage In order to perform an effective sports massage, it is important to have an awareness of the theory behind the treatment and what it is most commonly used for. Your tutors will guide you through the following:
  • Types of tissues and their behavior
  • How soft tissues repair themselves after damage has occurred
  • The application of stretching and the science behind this
  • The most common sporting injuries and conditions you will come across
  • How sports massage is used to improve performance
Sports massage ethics and accepted practice When you are fully qualified and using sports massage clinically, it is vital you maintain the ethics of sports massage and stick to the accepted practice. Whilst on the course the tutors will give in depth detail of the following:
  • The code of conduct in sports massage
  • The industry standards within sports massage
  • Having insurance in order to provide sports massage
  • How to build a successful practice
  • Keeping records of your clients and the treatments you have provided
  • What kinds of events you may work at and what types of massage would be used (pre event/post event etc)
  • Working with other professionals within different areas of Healthcare

Entry requirements

There is no specific qualification/experience needed in order to take part in this course. However, you must be 18 years of age or older and be physically able to do the work. Good communication skills are ideal however not essential- this is something we can aim to develop and improve during the course.

If you have never had any experience in massage, you will be required to take part in an introductory weekend which will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge before your Sports Massage Course.

Demonstrating techniques in Level 3 Diploma in Sports massage therapy
What the package includes If you opt to take part in the vtct Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma course, you will be provided with the following:
  • All practical equipment will be provided
  • 100% support from the highly experienced tutor
  • Upon completion you will receive a Level 3 diploma qualifying you in Sports massage that is recognised internationally
  • You will also receive certification to show you have completed Stretching and deep tissue techniques

Awarding Body (vtct)

The awarding body of this Level 3 Diploma in Sports massage is VTCT. vtct (Vocational Training Charitable Trust) “is a Government-approved awarding organisation which has awarded world class qualifications since 1962”. vtct is a highly recognised awarding body within the UK and is also recognised internationally, allowing more flexibility in where you work.

Qualifications Obtained

On completion of the course, you will receive a vtct Level 3 Sports massage Diploma.

This qualification, along with insurance, will enable you to work as a Sports Massage Therapist either full time of part time. You will be able to treat various injuries and conditions in order to speed up recovery, improve performance and help prevent injury to sports people regardless of their age or type of sport they play.

Course Benefits The vtct Level 3 Sports massage Diploma course offers an array of benefits. The benefits of attending this course include:
  • Structured, independent home study- the tutor will be available for any kind of support via phone, email or post as and when needed
  • Top quality and highly professional practical training provided by a fully qualified and widely experienced tutor
  • Demonstrations provided via video in order to give more support and practice outside of the course
  • vtct Level 3 Diploma in Massage Award, highly recognised across the country and internationally
  • High employability
  • Ability to become a member of the SMA (Sports massage Association)

Course Structure

Home Study

As part of the course, you will be required to study at home. You will need to study Sports Massage as well as Anatomy and Physiology. You can do this using Sports massage textbooks or using online resources. It is important you fit in as much home study as possible as your final theory exam will be based on your Anatomy and Physiology knowledge.

Practical Training As well as home study, you will receive practical training within the course. Practical training can be delivered in two ways:
  • Weekend
  • Intensive

Weekend practical training is held over 4 weekends in total where intensive practical training is held over 7 consecutive days.

The content of the practical training does not change regardless of whether you opt to do the weekend or intensive course. It is entirely up to you to decide which course is more convenient for you.

Assignments and Exams


As part of the course, you will be required to study at home. You will need to study Sports Massage as well as Anatomy and Physiology. You can do this using Sports massage textbooks or using online resources. It is important you fit in as much home study as possible as your final theory exam will be based on your Anatomy and Physiology knowledge.

Work Log and Case Study

You will be required to complete a series of case studies outside of the course. You must keep a log of these studies including the assessment cards as these will then be submitted as part of your coursework. You can complete your case studies on your friends or family etc.


Do I need any previous qualifications to attend this course?

No, previous qualifications are not essential to take part in this course. However, if you have never had any experience in massage, you will be required to take part in an introductory day to teach you the basics around massage.

What does the course involve?

The course will consist of hands on practical learning whilst under supervision of our highly trained tutors. You can also expect in depth theory lessons ensuring you have an outstanding knowledge of anatomy and physiology, health and safety and the research behind Sports Massage itself. You will have full tutor support throughout the whole of your course.

What do the exams involve?

You will be required to pass 3 practical assessments which involve an in class observation, typically held on your final day of practical training. You will also sit a multiple choice anatomy and physiology exam and 3 case studies away from the course.

If I fail an exam, do I get to re-sit it?

The tutors of your course will work their best in order to help you achieve a first time pass. However, if you are unfortunate and fail either your practical assessments or theory exam you will still be able to re sit these. The fees for your exams are included in the course price however if you are re-sitting your theory exam, there will be a small added charge for this.

How many case studies do I need complete?

You will be required to complete at least 3 case studies outside of your practical training. However, it may be beneficial to complete more than this as it will help you develop your skills, experience and confidence in massage and help to improve your service once you have finished the course.

How much coursework do I have to complete?

You will be given 5 assignments to complete during the course alongside your case studies. These do not have to be completed before you have finished your practical training. The topics and requirements to pass these assignments can be discussed with your tutor in more detail when you start the course.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing is best when attending this course. Track bottoms, shorts or sports leggings with a sports top or polo shirt are preferred. You will be required to dress appropriately during your practical assessments as you will be marked for this. Your tutor will be able to discuss with you what is and isn’t accepted during your course.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, you will need student insurance whilst on this course. If no insurance is obtained by yourself, you will be liable for any incidents when completing case studies outside of the course. Once you have qualified, you can upgrade your insurance. Details of where to buy your insurance can be discussed with your tutor during the course.

Are there any textbooks I need to purchase before the course?

It is not essential that you by any textbooks or learning materials before you start this course. However, there is an option to buy 3 textbooks that will help you during your course work assignments.

How long will it take me to qualify?

There is no specific timescale you have to complete your course. You have from 3 months to 1 year to complete all of your assignments, case studies, assessments and exam. It is up to you how quickly you qualify from the course.

What/who will I be able to treat when I am qualified?

You will be able to treat any person upon completion of this course. You will however be required to obtain an up to date DBS check if you are treating anyone under the age of 18. You will be able to treat any sporting injury/condition on completely of the course and work with any sports clubs/gyms etc.

Once I have qualified, will I still get support?

Yes, your tutor will always be available for support, even when you have finished the course. It is inevitable that you will have a few bumps in the road when you have newly finished the course and the tutor will be available for any questions or advice.

What happens if I miss a training day/weekend?

The course of action when missing a training day or weekend will depend upon the circumstances to which you have missed them. In extreme or unfortunate circumstances that force you to miss a training day/weekend, it may be organized to have 1-1 tuition before your next practical training day depending on how much of the course/what part of the course you missed.

In any other circumstance, you may be liable to cover the extra tutor fee and must attend the training weekday.

If you have any queries or worries you may not be able to attend one of the training days/weekends you have signed up for, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss this further.

Which are the most recognised governing bodies in the UK?

vtct is one of the most recognised organizations across the UK. It is also recognised internationally, making it the best awarding body. It has been endorsed by the SMA (Sports Massage Association) and the qualification gained will be shown on the new QCF (Qualification Credit Framework). The qualification gained on completion of the course is approved by SkillsActive, the sector skills council for active leisure and learning and Ofqual.

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