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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (ITEC)

ITEC Short Course

The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage (ITEC) course is designed to give you the understanding and the skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage therapist. 

Dates and times

This is a part-time course run over five months.

  • 17 Wednesday sessions between 18th September 2019 and 29th January 2020 from 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • 17 Sunday sessions between 15th September 2019 and 26th January 2020 from 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • 17 Wednesday sessions between 5th February 2020 and 24th June 2020 from 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • 17 Saturday sessions between 8th February 2020 and 27th June 2020 from 9.30am - 4.30pm

The examination date will be an additional day approximately 2 – 3 weeks after the last day of the course. Once agreed with the external provider you will be notified by email.


The full cost is £1600. The deposit cost is £50.


Whilst enrolled upon this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the practise of sports massage therapy. The course consists of five distinct units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • Professional Practice in Sports Massage
  • Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
  • Sports Massage Treatments

The level 3 sports massage course encompasses the study of anatomy and physiology including the following body systems: cells; skin; skeletal; muscular; joint; nervous; endocrine; cardiovascular; lymphatic; respiratory; digestive; and urinary.
In addition you will study:

  • The effects of sports massage
  • Benefits of a healthy lifestyle
  • Effects of exercise on the body
  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of training
  • Healthy eating
  • Professional practice and conduct
  • Setting up and management of a practice
  • Soft tissue, dysfunction and repair
  • Client assessment
  • Contra-indications and indications
  • Sports Massage treatments

The course is assessed via:

  • 25 question multiple choice paper
  • One hour practical examination 
  • Evidence of three treatments

The course also includes three assignments:

  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • Professional Practice in Sports Massage
  • Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction 

You will also accumulate a portfolio of evidence of learning, a useful tool for later reference.


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 Certificate in Sports Massage. Exemptions may be made for adult returners with experience of the work place.


Successful students will receive an ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage (QCF). Students may wish to progress onto the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage course

You will be qualified to work effectively in sporting environments to include people actively engaged in a variety of sports ranging from team club players to individual athletes. You will be qualified for employment in health clubs and remedial clinics.

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team:
Tel: 020 8240 4321