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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 24

Hours: 3.00

Start: 06/10/2016

Days / Times: Thursday 18:00 to 21:00

Tuition (£): 999.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

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:

  • October - 24 x Thursday 6-9pm

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.

Entry requirements

To study at this level, learners will benefit from having:

  • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) which include both Maths and English
  • Good customer service and communication skills
  • Excellent personal hygiene, appearance and a professional demeanour


Course Content

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.

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be assessed through a range of methods including:

  • presentations
  • reports
  • exams
  • practical assessment
  • discussion

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

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:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym-based Exercise)
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • Physiotherapy degree
  • Sports Therapy degree

* Please note that the Sports Massage Diploma is a technical certificate and has no UCAS points allocated against it.




* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Katy Morten

Katy Morten

Ahead of the game in a sporting career

Ever since school, Katy Morten had set her heart on becoming a personal trainer.

By the age of just 21, she had already achieved her career goal – thanks to a sport apprenticeship programme run by Derbyshire Dales District Council in partnership with Derby College.

Having secured a full-time job as an instructor at Bakewell Swimming Pool, Katy particularly enjoys helping people to reach their goals – whether it be weight loss or training for a particular sporting event.

I knew I could get nationally recognised qualifications more quickly on an apprenticeship – and having lots of work experience in the industry under my belt would stand me in good stead when looking for employment. Plus, who could argue with being paid to learn?

There’s a real feel-good factor to my job – just knowing you have helped someone improve their lifestyle and become happier with themselves.
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