The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is a technical level qualification aimed at developing the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career as a sports massage therapist, either employed or self-employed.
This qualification was developed collaboratively with input from the industry through the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT).
Learners also study a range of additional qualifications in preparation for progression to the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.
Links with sports teams, clubs or fitness centres are desirable to ensure your work placements are set up immediately. Please enquire about combining this qualification with A-level Biology should you wish to progress to university-level study. This will involve a separate application for the A-level provision.
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.
As a Level 3 sports massage therapist, you will be able to work safely and effectively on dysfunctional tissue in a range of contexts, including for pre-event, post-event, intra-event and maintenance purposes.
The structure of the qualification comprises five units which are all mandatory:
You will also study an Award in Mental Health Awareness; Safeguarding; First Aid; Nutrition; and Alcohol Awareness.
You will complete 72 hours of work experience too.
This qualification will be delivered, assessed and assured in line with the CNHC code of conduct, ethics and performance.
A range of practical and knowledge-based assessments will be arranged, including vocational experience and observation of practice.
Assessments will also be through a range of written coursework, presentations, exams and discussions.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
You may also 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.
Students who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage therapist.
They can also consider progression to the:
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
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