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Level 3 Intensive Diploma in Massage (ITEC)

ITEC Short Course

We offer the opportunity to condense a body massage course which usually takes four months into only three weeks. As the name suggests it is intensive and requires commitment on your behalf. 

The Level 3 Intensive Diploma in Body Massage (ITEC) course is designed to provide training for giving safe massage treatments that are both commercially acceptable and performed in accordance with legislation and establishment rules. Once you have successfully passed this course, you will be a fully qualified masseur who can gain insurance and set up your own business or gain employment within the industry.

Dates and times

This intensive course is a full time course of 15 sessions that run over three weeks.

The course will run everyday Monday to Friday, between 9.30am-4.30pm on the weeks commencing:

  • 3rd June 2024
  • 17th June 2024
  • 8th July 2024.

The exam will be held on Saturday 3rd August 2024.

Our next part time Level 3 Diploma in Massage course will run over 17 weeks will run again in September 2024. 


The full cost is £1,650. The deposit cost is £50.


This course will be held at our 60 Waldegrave Road Campus.


Whilst enrolled upon the intensive massage course you will study three distinct units:

  • Body Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Business Practice for Complementary Therapies.

Students on this course are required to complete the Business Practice for Complementary Therapies module. We have taken a blended learning approach to this module and students are required to undertake independent study.

You will study Anatomy and Physiology which covers: 

  • body systems including skeletal, muscular, circulatory and lymphatic, neurological, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive
  • histology
  • anatomical planes and positions
  • akin, hair and nails
  • common pathologies affecting each body system.

Applying the foundation of knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology you will learn how to give a full body massage. Throughout the Body Massage element course you will cover the following:

  • full body massage using a variety of techniques
  • the treatment environment and the working area
  • therapist appearance and behaviour
  • client care and preparation
  • legislation and working practices
  • client consultations including contraindications and restrictions
  • reflective practice
  • the history and philosophy of massage
  • good practice and legal obligations
  • principles and practice for complementary therapies.

Whilst studying you will both give and receive massages so please be prepared; this is a practical, hands-on course.


The course will be assessed by the following methods:

  • 36 treatments
  • final practical exam which includes oral questioning
  • written assignments
  • multiple choice paper.


If you already hold an equivalent qualification in one of three units (Body Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, Business Practice for Complementary Therapies), you may receive RPL and be excused from part of the course.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss this.

It is recommended that learners should have achieved a level of education equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A*-C prior to commencing the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage, however exemptions may be made for adult returners with experience of the work place.

Due to the amount of information covered in the course, home studies of approximately five hours per week will be required. 


Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded an ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage. You will be a fully qualified masseur who can gain insurance and set up your own business or gain employment within the industry.

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