Sports Massage

L3 Level 3
Part Time
14 September 2020 — 9 March 2021
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Our VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) is a technical qualification aimed at developing the knowledge, understanding and technical skills needed for a career as a Sports Massage Therapist. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this course has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group, but can also be taken by 19 years plus, and is based on the national occupational standards for massage, namely CNH1, CNH7 and CNH20. Studying in the College's dedicated facilities, this qualification was developed collaboratively with the following organisations:

  • Active IQ
  • Central YMCA Qualifications
  • ITEC
  • VTCT

with input from the industry through the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT).

What you will study

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements needed to work effectively and efficiently as a sports massage therapist. This includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Professional practice
  • An understanding of the principles of health and fitness
  • How to provide sports massage treatments

The Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist will be able to work safely and effectively on dysfunctional tissue in a range of contexts, to include pre-event, post event, intra-event and for maintenance purposes.

The structure of this qualification is comprised of 5 units which are all mandatory:

  • Anatomy and physiology for sports massage
  • Health & Fitness
  • Understanding the principles of soft tissue dysfunction
  • Professional practice in sports massage
  • Sports massage treatments

Assessments will be practically based, and case studies are required for portfolio of evidence with an external paper to demonstrate knowledge competence.

Course fee per year

Exam Fee: £92.00

Course Fee: £458.00

Entry requirements

Evidence or knowledge of qualifications in Anatomy and Physiology. You will need to attend an interview.

Course times

Group A Tuesday 1pm - 4pm
Group B Tuesday 5pm - 8pm

Teaching and assessment

  • Practical assessments including portfolio

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

14 September 2020

End date

9 March 2021

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

3 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy QCF


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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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