This part-time course aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career as a sports massage therapist, either employed or self-employed. On completion, you will obtain the qualification required to gain insurance to practise as a sports massage therapist.
You will study in a class-based and practical setting, with the expectation that a further 50% of practice and study is done in your own time. There will be a four-week assessment block at the end of the course.
Courses are planned to start in:
Bespoke courses are available. Contact us to discuss course dates and how to apply. Adult learner loans are available to cover the course fees of this programme.
To study at this level, learners will benefit from having:
The qualification comprises all the elements needed to work effectively and efficiently as a sports massage therapist. These include anatomy and physiology, professional practice, an understanding of the principles of health and fitness, and how to provide sports massage treatments.
Learners will be assessed through a range of methods including:
You may wish to purchase your own massage equipment, fold-away beds and oils in order to practise. This is not, however, a requirement of the course as you will have access to this equipment while you study.
An adult learner loan can be taken out to cover the course fees. For more information on adult learner loans, please contact us for details.
Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage therapist.
You can also consider progression to a:
* Please note that the Sports Massage Diploma is a technical certificate and has no UCAS points allocated against it.
As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest.
Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council. While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three.
Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship, Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction.
In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.
Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.
Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.