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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: Not applicable to this course

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?
This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
24+ Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for details

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.