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VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

The VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) is focused towards those seeking to gain employment as a Sports Massage Therapist providing sports massage to prevent and manage injury.
Level 4

Course Structure

Through this qualification you will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to apply sports massage methods competently to recent non-acute injury and pre-existing conditions.    

Mandatory Units Include:

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


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Available Sessions

Title Campus Type Start Spaces Fee
VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy



Day: Thursday
Time: 16:30-21:30



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Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

5 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials

Personal Study

Approximately 6 hours studying and preparing assessments.  A further 5 hours clinical practice per week.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:

  • The VTCT Level 3 certificate or Diploma in sports massage therapy or equivalent qualification and
  • The VTCT Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology with nutrition for sports therapies or equivalent qualifications

Access Diploma:

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 60%+

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

This course requires an interview and skills test


How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

Graduates will be able to progress onto the VTCT Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage (QCF), which will build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding gained at Level 4.

Graduates from Level 4 are also eligible to join the SMA (Sports Massage Association) at Level 4  

How will it make me more employable?

Successful completion of this course will equip you with the skills to apply to positions such as Sports Massage Practitioner working independently in a Sports Club or with a Sports Team. You may also be eligible to apply for positions working alongside Osteopaths, Physiotherapists or Sports Therapists.

Additional Costs

Approximate prices below of extra costs:

  • Uniform: T-shirt £20 
  • 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.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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