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Level 3 Diploma in Massage (ITEC)

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The Level 3 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 massage 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 is a part-time course with 17 sessions that run once a week over a five month period.

September 2024

Each day of the course will run from 9.30am-4.30pm and you can choose from Sunday or Wednesday date options.

  • Sunday course sessions will run 15th September 2024 - 2nd February 2025.
  • Wednesday course sessions will run 18th September 2024 - 29th January 2025.

February 2025

Each day of the course will run from 9.30am-4.30pm and you can choose from Saturday or Wednesday date options.

  • Saturday course sessions will run 22nd February - 5th July 2025.
  • Wednesday course sessions will run 26th February - 9th July 2025. 

The examination date will be an additional day approximately two to three weeks after the last day of the course. Once agreed with the external provider you will be notified by email.

We also offer a Level 3 Intensive Diploma in Massage course which is full-time, Monday to Friday, and runs over a three week period. The next course will run in June 2024. 


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


The full cost is £1,695. The deposit cost is £50.


Whilst enrolled upon the course you will study three distinct modules including:

  • 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. The workbook is completed online via our e-learning platform. You will follow a step-by-step course to produce the business plan.

The Anatomy and Physiology module will cover the following areas: 

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

You will apply the foundation knowledge you learn in Anatomy and Physiology and will learn the practical skills of 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.

Throughout the course 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:

  • completion of 36 massage treatments
  • a final practical exam supervised by an external ITEC examiner, including oral questioning
  • written assignments
  • completion of a multiple choice paper.


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 on the course, home studies of approximately five hours per week will be required. 

If you already hold an equivalent qualification in one of three modules (Body Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, Business Practice for Complementary Therapies), you may be eligible for recognised prior learning exemption and be excused from having to take that part of the course.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss this.


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.

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses Team: