Sports Massage Practitioner Diploma - Level 4


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Soft Tissue Assessment & Advanced


Techniques for the Treatment of Injury



Achieving the Sports Therapy UK Sports Massage Practitioner Diploma will also gain you the VTCT Sports Massage Level 4 Award, a regulated qualification on Ofqual’s national framework (and equivalent to BTECT Level 5). Upon achieving this qualification you may complete additional worklogs and apply for membership to The Sports Massage Association.  


We can guarantee the regulated status of our qualifications and the significant currency that these carry across Europe. We would encourage you to check the status of any course you wish to enrol on as some providers claim level 5 for courses that are endorsed, not regulated.


The course is also endorsed by the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPS).

The skills and knowledge attained to pass this course will allow you to work with a wide range of people from recreational to the elite athlete using comprehensive assessment and advanced treatment techniques. The course is validated by Independent Professional Therapists International for Professional Indemnity insurance.

> Entry Requirements


You must have completed a Level 3 VTCT (or equivalent) qualification in soft tissue massage, be physically able to do the work, have good communication skills and be at least 18 years old. Ideally you will have strong skills and experience in functional anatomy, palpation, joint movements and muscle actions before enrolling on this course. You must also be regularly treating clients.


If you are enrolled upon our Level 3 Sports Massage course, you must have completed all parts of the practical training before being eligible to commence Level 4.



> Loyalty & Other Discounts


Once enrolled as a student of our Certificate or Diploma courses you will be entitled to a discount of 25% as part of our Customer Loyalty Scheme when progressing on to any of our CPD/Level 5 modules. 

Please contact us for discount terms for booking more than one person. Note: you may use only one available discount for each course.

> Next Diploma in Sports Massage Courses:


Weekend Courses 


HERTFORDSHIRE - BeActive Clinic, Hertford

8 Weekends + 1 Assessment Day commencing 25th & 26th Feb 2017 - see Course Calendar for all weekends.


HERTFORDSHIRE - BeActive Clinic, Hertford

8 Weekends + 1 Assessment Day commencing 27th & 28th May 2017 - see Course Calendar for all weekends.


HERTFORDSHIRE - BeActive Clinic, Hertford

8 Weekends + 1 Assessment Day commencing 23rd & 24th Sept 2017 - see Course Calendar for all weekends.


HERTFORDSHIRE - BeActive Clinic, Hertford

8 Weekends + 1 Assessment Day commencing 17th & 18th Feb 2018 - see Course Calendar for all weekends.


HERTFORDSHIRE - BeActive Clinic, Hertford

8 Weekends + 1 Assessment Day commencing 26th & 27th May 2018 - see Course Calendar for all weekends.



4 Module (Weekday) Courses  


HERTFORDSHIRE - BeActive Clinic, Hertford

4 Modules + 1 Assessment Day commencing 6th to 9th November 2017 - see Course Calendar for all Modular dates


HERTFORDSHIRE - BeActive Clinic, Hertford

4 Modules + 1 Assessment Day commencing 24th to 27th April 2018 - see Course Calendar for all Modular dates


For Certificate course dates that form the start of our Diploma (see Flexible Award Programme below), please go to Certificate Course. To see all Course Dates please click on calendar icon on right.


> Course fees


You must hold a recognised current Level 3 Sports Massage qualification to enrol at Level 4.  The course fee of £1985 is payable with a deposit of £200 upon enrolment, and the balance due either prior to starting the practical training, or by 7 monthly payments of £255. Examination fees are included, although possible retakes will be charged at the time of sitting.


If you wish to enrol at Level 3 course, please go to our Certificate in Sports Massage page for full details including payment terms for combining fees for Levels 3 and 4.


Please note that your deposit is non-refundable. In addition, if you withdraw from the course after you have started your practical training, you will still be liable for the full course fee.


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> Flexible Award Programme


We are the only private training organisation offering both Level 3 and Level 4 sports massage courses and our unique Flexible Award Programme providing you with the freedom to progress between the two and with a break, if you wish.


> Course Syllabus


  • The Science and Practise of Manual Therapy
  • Advanced Functional Anatomy & Physiology
  • Assessment of Posture, Joints, Muscle Imbalances and other Conditions
  • Soft Tissue Trauma, Assessment and how Massage may Help
  • Principles of Injury Management and Rehabilitation from Injury
  • Active, Assisted and Advanced Stretching Techniques
  • Assessment of Soft Tissues and application of Advanced Techniques
  • Working Practise and Developing Your Business
  • Psychology and Sports Injuries
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Professional Practice


Further details of topics covered over each weekend given below:


> Included in Your Course


  • Home Study - inc' Manual Therapy textbook and Study Guide
  • Practical Training - 12 weekends with expert tutors and practitioners approximately one month apart
  • Video demonstrations of skills for added support
  • Academic support by phone, email, and post
  • On-line library of Learning Resources
  • Work Log and Field Experience - including attending a choice of sporting competitions organised by Sports Therapy UK
  • VTCT Lifetime Membership
  • VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Award
  • Sports Therapy UK Sports Massage Practitioner Diploma
  • Option to progress from Level 3 - see Flexible Award Programme above


Course instructions and core text books will be provided so that you may plan and implement a system of study at a pace to suit you. A portfolio of evidence must be kept to show all your achievements.


> Practical Training


The course comprises 120 contact hours over 8 weekends or 4 weekday modules each comprising 4 days, and may be continued immediately after your Level 3 training. The practical training is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere from 9.00am to 5.00pm each day and covers the following topics:


  • Manual Therapy Dimensions and Loads of Moding 
  • Assessment of Posture, Pelvic Alignment, the Spine and further MusculoSkeletal Imbalances
  • Trauma, Healing and the Assessment of Soft Tissues
  • Neurological Stretch Reflexes and the Effects of Manual Therapy
  • The Science and Application of PNF - Post Isometric Relaxation
  • Soft Tissue Adaptation and the Effects of Immobilisation
  • Principles of Injury Management and Rehabilitation from injury
  • Oscillatory Stretching; Specific Soft Tissue Mobilisations and Positional Release techniques
  • Connective Tissue Massage; Soft Tissue Release and MyoFascial Release
  • Spinal and Peripheral Joint Mobilsations
  • Fluid Dynamics; Active Muscle Pump and Lymph Drainage
  • Working practise and developing your business; Legal and ethical aspects of professional practice


Your skills will be reviewed throughout your practical training to help you towards the final assessment and viva. A personal Course Handbook will show details of this and all practical assignments as they are completed. You will be required to practice your sports massage skills and to record your findings on treatments carried out.


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> Assignments & Examinations




You will be required to take a practical assessment and viva lasting approximately 40 minutes in total. These will be set for any of the dates offered in February, June, or October each year and are usually held at our training venue in Luton.


Field Experience and Case Study


You will be required to undertake sports massage on at least 12 clients in different environments and produce an in-depth report on one as a case study. As part of your field experience you will be required to attend at least one competitive sporting event to provide pre and/or post competition sports massage. These events provide invaluable experience and a great boost to confidence. Sports Therapy UK invite you to a range of these organised throughout the year including the London Marathon. Full instruction will be provided on how to complete these assignments. 


Theory Examinations


You may apply to sit the theory examinations on any of the dates offered in February, June, or October each year. Fees for examinations and assessments are included, although possible retakes will be charged at the time of sitting. 



22 October 2017
28 January 2018
29 April 2018
22 July 2018
28 October 2018


> Ready to Enrol?


Please complete the online booking form whereupon we will confirm receipt and your place on the course.


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Course Fees



Course Duration


The practical training takes place over 8 weekends.


This follows 4 more at Certificate Level 3 giving a combined total of 12 weekends if you are starting with no prior training or experience.



This course leads you to the Level 4 VTCT Sports Massage Award, plus our Sports Therapy UK Sports Massage Practitioner Diploma.

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