York College

This course has been designed to provide students with the prerequisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage practitioner with dysfunctional tissue.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be aged 19 or over for assessment.
An appropriate level of fitness to carry out a sports massage and an interest in fitness and/or sport.
It is recommended by VTCT that applicants complete the Level 3 in Swedish Body Massage prior to them starting this sports massage programme.
Candidates must complete an application form and attend an interview before an offer of a place can be made.

Dates and Times

18th September 2019 - 10th June 2020

Wednesdays, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Course Content

In this qualification, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the practice of sports massage therapy, including functional anatomy and physiology, nutrition, classification of sports injury, and stages of healing. It will also provide students with the understanding, skills and techniques to plan, prepare for and apply a range of sports massage methods to clients. Students will also develop skills to evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future practice.

Exams and Assessments

Assessment will take place throughout the course. You must pass all assessment elements to achieve the qualification:

  • One externally set written examination.
  • Completion of sports massage portfolio tasks. For example observed work, written questions, case studies, assignments

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Accreditation of Prior Experience (APEL), and Accreditation of Prior Assessment (APA) are available.


VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.


On completion of the course, students are able to gain professional body recognition with the Sports Massage Association (SMA).
The common progression route is becoming a sports massage practitioner, however other suitable progression routes are:
Level 4 and Level 5 VTCT qualifications in sport massage or Foundation Degrees and Degrees in Sports Therapy taught at York College.

Additional Information

Recommended books:
‘Sports Massage' by Pamela Mills and Shanon Parker-Bennett. ISBN: 0-435456520.
‘Sports Massage' by Susan Findlay. ISBN-10: 0-7360-8260-3.
‘Kinetic Anatomy; by Robert Behnke. ISBN-10: 0-7360-5909-1.

Course Fees


Courses costing more than £200 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

How to Apply

Applications should be made to the College and you may be required to have an interview. You can apply online on the web page of your chosen course, collect an application form from the College, or request a paper or PDF copy from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01904 770770.

Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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