This professional qualification will give you the knowledge, techniques and practical skills you need to treat paying clients. Your training and certification will allow you to conduct assessment, as well as apply pre-, post and maintenance treatments. You’ll learn the theory behind massage treatment application, including anatomy and physiology, as well as professional practice knowledge that’ll give you the confidence to work for yourself. It’ll also give you the basic qualifications needed to progress onto injury treatment and further specialist training.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

Entry requirements

You don’t need any formal qualifications for this course, however a Level 2 qualification in massage is preferable, as is a genuine interest in the subject.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn how to assess clients’ needs, apply suitable sports massage techniques and understand the principles of wellness and how the sports massage therapist contributes to this.


You’ll study five units:

Anatomy and physiology for sports massage

Principles of health and fitness

Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction

Professional practice in sports massage

Sports massage treatment


You’ll be assessed through a combination of portfolio evidence, practical tasks, knowledge and understanding tasks and an online task. You’ll also need to complete 50 hours of treatments outside of your teaching timetable.

Career and Progression

You can progress to a higher level qualification in sports massage. Alternatively, you can seek employment as part of a multidisciplinary practice, with a sports team or in a self-employed capacity.

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