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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 17 sessions run over five months from 9.30am - 4.30pm on on any of the following dates:

  • Wednesday sessions from 10th February 2021 to 23rd June 2021 
  • Saturday sessions from 6th February 2021 to 26th June 2021
  • + Business Practice Workshop Sunday 18th April 2021 from 9.30 - 4.30pm

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 will be completed during the 'Business Practice' workshop.

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.

COVID-19 update

The Government has now approved that it is safe for massage to return with the appropriate social distancing and health and safety measures in place.

ITEC have introduced a compulsory prerequirement 'Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage RQF Level 2' which we will be taught as part of our course. 

We will be providing all necessary PPE throughout the course, this includes: aprons, gloves, face coverings and a visor as well as available hand sanitiser and disinfectant sprays.


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


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

  • Body massage
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Business Practice for Complementary Therapies

You will study anatomy and physiology which covers the following: 

  • Body systems: skeletal, muscular, circulatory and lymphatic, neurological, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.
  • Histology
  • Anatomical planes and positions
  • Skin, 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. During the massage 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 is assessed via

  • 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.

Students who already hold equivalent anatomy and physiology or business and professional conduct qualifications may apply for recognised prior learning (RPL). Please call us to discuss your options.

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 module, 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:
Tel: 020 8240 4321