Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements. As there is an element of communication involved (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 3. Performing sports massage is a physical activity and learners will need to be fit enough to carry this out. Learners will also need to be prepared to act as a client as well as a therapist.

The qualification has been designed for:

Learners aged 16+.

Those who wish to further their careers in sports massage with healthy adults.

What's Involved

On completion of this course you will be competent in anatomy and physiology and the principles of health and fitness, have an understanding of the principles of soft tissue dysfunction, be aware of professional practice in sports massage, and pass assessments in three practical sports massage treatments. All five mandatory units must be successfully completed to achieve the full qualification.

You will be able to provide sports massage therapy to a range of clients who have dysfunctional tissue (without acute injuries or underlying pathological conditions) by assessing and constructing sports massage treatment plans.

Course Assessment Method

You will be internally assessed via:

> Coursework – workbook including 5 units and assignment

> Three observations – Client assessment, and treatment planning for a pre, post and maintenance massage

> Critical evaluation

What's Next

This qualification provides progression on to:

> Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.

> Routes into fitness instructing.


Learners have the opportunity to work as a Sports Massage Therapist in health clubs, sports clubs or on a self-employed basis.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

> 16-18 is N/A

> 19-23 is £1499.00

> 24 and over is £1499.00

Help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
Level: Level 3
Awarding Body: ACTIVE IQ
Academic Year: 23/24
Start Date: October 2023

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