Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Level 3 Course
12 Weeks
Fully funded

The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is a vocational qualification regulated by Ofqual at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). It provides training for learners aged 19 and above who wish to pursue their passion in sports massage therapy with healthy adults. It's never too late to start this course!

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Course Overview

Convenient Delivery

Located in Newcastle city centre for easy access by public transport.
Sunday Sessions: Can’t squeeze in time during the busy week? No worries! Our course is exclusively scheduled for Sundays, tailored to fit your busy lifestyle.

• Total Qualification Time: 370 hours
• Guided Learning Hours: 225 hours
• Total Credits: 37 (with at least 34 credits at Level 3 or above)
• Covers anatomy, physiology, principles of health/fitness, soft tissue dysfunction, professional practice, and sports massage treatments
• Provides skills to assess clients, create treatment plans, and apply sports massage techniques

Course Duration
12 Weeks
Course Fees
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Course Level
Level 3
Awarding Body
North East - Newcastle

What will you learn?

Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage

  • Covers the structural organization, cells, tissues, and major body systems relevant to sports massage.

Principles of Health and Fitness

  • Explores the benefits of an active lifestyle, effects of exercise, components of fitness, training principles, and importance of nutrition.

Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction

  • Examines soft tissue injuries, dysfunction, causes, severity, repair process, and inflammation.

Professional Practice in Sports Massage

  • Focuses on legal obligations, scope of practice, professional standards, ethics, record-keeping for sports massage.

Sports Massage Treatments

  • Delves into massage history, fundamentals of treatments, client assessment, treatment planning, massage application, and evaluation.

Can I apply
for this course?

  • Whether currently employed or not, all are welcome.
  • Resided in the UK for a minimum of three years.
  • • Possession of original passport or birth certificate is mandatory.
  • • Must provide a valid National Insurance Number (NINO).


All of the courses we offer at SNE are aimed to help progress your continuous professional development.

Completing the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy opens doors to exciting progression opportunities:

  • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy: Elevate your expertise and deepen your knowledge in sports massage therapy with our Level 4 certification.
  • Expand your horizons and explore diverse career paths in the fitness industry. From personal training to group fitness instruction, the possibilities are endless!
  • Seize the opportunity to advance your career and become a leader in the world of sports massage therapy and fitness instructing. Your journey to success starts here!



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"Completed the level 3 sports massage therapy course with Doug. He is a great tutor and made the sessions fun and interesting. Really enjoyed the course, highly recommended"

Nicola Knight

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