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 Sports Science alongside their technical qualification in Massage.
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:
This qualification will be delivered, assessed and assured in line with:
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:
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.