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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (ITEC)

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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. 

Enjoyed meeting new people, the tutors were excellent, learning new skills was the most valuable experience I’ve had in a long time and it really helped in my current job as a Personal Trainer. The whole journey was full of fun memories!

Dates and times

This is a part-time course 17 sessions run over five months from 9.30am - 4.30pm on the following dates:

  • Summer Intensive Course
  • Wednesday sessions from 14th September 2022 - 25th January 2023
  • Sunday sessions from 18th September 2022 - 29th January 2023
  • Wednesday sessions from 22nd February 2023 - 5th July 2023
  • Saturday sessions from 25th February 2023 - 8th July 2023

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 £1,650. 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 the sport massage content will cover:

  • 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

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

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.

This massage course has a prerequisite of a Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage. The course must be completed prior to starting your massage course. This course is available to study online, see here for details.


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