Is this course right for me?

Would you like a career as a sports massage practitioner?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage therapy has been designed to provide you with the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage practitioner, with non-pathological (no-injured) tissue.

VTCT units at level 3 will include:

  • 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 treatments.

Entry requirements:

  • There are no entry requirements for this course 

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:  

  • Practical modules 
  • Formal lectures 
  • Individual research
  • Group work


  • Written questions 
  • Observation work
  • Oral questions
  • Construction of a portfolio

Evidence on unit outcomes will be documented.


Graduates of this qualification will be able to gain employment as a Level 3 Sports massage practitioner, providing pre, post, intra/inter and maintenance massage. This may include working in clinics, for sporting teams or as a mobile therapist, either in an employed or self-employed context.

Graduates will be able to progress onto the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage (QCF). It will introduce more advanced massage and assessment techniques, preparing you to work with non-acute injury and pre-existing conditions.