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Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage (ITEC)

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The Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage (ITEC) course is designed for qualified sports therapists who are keen to expand their client base to include actively engaged people, ranging from team club players to individual athletes. 

Following your completion of the Level 3 Sports Massage (ITEC) course, you can build upon your existing knowledge to achieve a comprehensive understanding of injury management. During the level 4 sports massage course you will learn advanced techniques and use tools and skills to be able to assess and treat common patterns of dysfunction and suitable pre-diagnosed injuries.

I had a great experience doing the Level 4 course at St Mary's, from a great bunch of fellow students to our teacher, who was very knowledgeable and kept the classes fun and interesting. Even when I had my leg in a brace for a couple of months during the course due to a rugby injury, everyone found a way to help and keep me involved. I wouldn't hesitate to do another short course at St Mary's University.

Dates and Times

12 sessions from 9.30am - 4.30pm on any of the following dates:

  • Summer Intensive Course
  • Wednesdays from 2nd November 2022 to 1st February 2023
  • Saturdays from 5th November 2022 to 4th February 2023
  • Wednesday 22nd March 2023 to 28th June 2023
  • Sunday 26th March 2023 to 2nd July2023

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.


This course will take place at our 60 Waldegrace Road campus.


The full cost for the course is £1,450. The deposit cost is £50.


Whilst enrolled upon the level 4 course you will study three distinct units:

  • Conducting subjective and objective assessment
  • Treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair
  • Provide sports massage techniques to prevent and manage injury

Unit components include:

  • Management of injuries
  • Soft tissue mobilisation
  • Postural analysis
  • Range of movement tests
  • Active, passive and resistive stretches
  • Stretching and rehabilitative exercises
  • Advanced massage techniques 
  • Frictions
  • Soft tissue release
  • METS
  • Trigger points 

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

  • Ongoing practical assessments and oral questioning
  • A completed Log Book which details sports massage treatments on five clients with evidence of consultations and assessments
  • Final practical exam with oral questioning (viva)
  • Written assignment: Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair

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


Candidates must hold a recognised Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage qualification. Photocopy evidence of this accreditation must accompany your application. Candidates must also have good health, since the course involves a practical component. A sporting background is advantageous as well.

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

We also offer the Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage. This course is available to study online, see here for details.


Upon successful completion of this module, you will be awarded an ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage.

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

Tel: 020 8240 4321