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Sports Massage Therapy

Course Code: YMSMT

Level: 3
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: YMCA
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime, Evening
Duration: 18 weeks (plus blended learning)
When you'll study: Wednesdays, 5.30pm - 8.30pm and Saturdays, 9.00am - 12.00noon

About the course

A level 3 sports massage therapist’s role includes planning, providing and evaluating sports massage treatments. Treatments can be carried out for pre-, post- and inter-event, maintenance and restorative purposes, using a range of basic massage techniques. 

Scope of practice is restricted to working on dysfunctional tissue and excludes working on recent acute injuries or pre-existing conditions.

What you'll learn

The course covers the following areas: 

  • anatomy and physiology for sports massage
  • principles of health and fitness
  • professional practice in sports massage
  • the principles of soft tissue dysfunction
  • fundamentals of sports massage treatments.
Entry requirements

You will need to hold a level 1 qualification in maths and a level 2 qualification in English.


You will be assessed via an MCT theory paper, a workbook, worksheets and three observed treatment sessions.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to the YMCA Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: YMSMT

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £1500

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.