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.
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 organised 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 recognized 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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Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma (VTCT)
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