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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

This course has been designed to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage practitioner, with non-pathological (non-injured) tissue.

Course Overview

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) is focused towards those seeking to gain employment as a Sports Massage Therapist working with the general public and athletes.


Through this qualification you will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to competently apply sport massage methods to dysfunctional tissue and in a pre, post, intra/inter and maintenance massage context.


This includes professional practice, expected standards and related legislation and legal requirements.


You will develop knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology related to sports massage and the principles of health and fitness which combined will equip you to better understand the athlete, the problems they may be incurring and how sports massage can help. In addition you will develop an understanding of the differences between soft tissue dysfunction and injury and the role that sports massage plays.


Modules may include:


  • 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



For further information please contact Eunice Kerr at  

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements:

  • You must be 18 years old

  • Candidates must have one of the following:

  1. A VTCT Level 2 or higher in any health and/or fitness discipline.

  2. A VTCT level 2 or higher that includes a reasonable amount of anatomy and physiology or equivalent qualification.

  3. Other equivalent qualifications to those identified in prerequisites 1-2.

  • Candidates are required to have Professional indemnity and Public liability to practice. This can be achieved after enrolment.

  • Have Access NI. This can be achieved after enrolment

There is an interview for this course.

Where will it take me?

You may progress to VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Be eligible to join the SMA (Sports Massage Association) at Level 3


Additional information

There are a number of professional associations (PA’s) that offer membership to qualified (postgraduate) sports massage therapists. Individual PA’s often have their own membership entry requirements that can include:

• a minimum period of time over which a course/qualification is completed 

• the method of course delivery

• a logbook to evidence learner practice hours

• a First Aid qualification

• an annual log of continuing professional development (CPD) 


This list is not exhaustive and learners are advised to check the requirements of the specific professional association they may like to join post qualification.
How will it make me more employable?

Completion of this course can lead to a job as a Sports Massage Practitioner working in a Sports Club or with a Sports Team. You may also gain employment working alongside an Osteopaths, Physiotherapists or Sports Therapists.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Learners must successfully undertake and record at least 50 hours of massage. This is restricted to working on dysfunctional tissue and excludes working on recent acute injuries.

Units will be assessed by following:

  • Observations in Situ (Sporting events) and in clinic

  • Written examinations

  • Case studies

  • Assignments

  • Witness statements

  • Portfolio work

South Eastern Regional College provides a professional, enjoyable, clinical environment and access to Sporting events including The Belfast City Marathon.

Additional Costs

Uniform: T-shirt £15

Equipment: Massage Oils £8 (500ml) & Portable massage plinth £100-£200 for use at home.

Mandatory Access NI fee of £33.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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