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.

Academic Year: 2024/25
Course Code: 10722
Campus: Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Beauty & Holistic Therapies

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Day: Thursday
Time: 16:30-21:30
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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Approximate prices below of extra costs:

  • Uniform: T-shirt £20 
  • Equipment: Massage Oils £8 (500ml) & Portable massage plinth £100-£200 for use at home.


Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Day: Thursday
Time: 16:30-21:30

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Available Sessions

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VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy


Day: Thursday

Time: 16:30-21:30

14 £602.00

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Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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