• Level 4 Sports
    Massage Courses

     
  • VTCT Accredited
    and Nationally Recognised

  • Loyalty
    Discounts Available

  • Flexible, Affordable Sports Therapy Training
    to Levels that Exceed Industry Benchmarks.

  • Our Friendly Team are Always on Hand
    to Support our Students Both During
    the Course and Beyond.

Level 4 Sports Massage Course

Soft Tissue Assessment & Advanced Techniques

for the Treatment of Injury

 
The Sports Therapy UK Level 4 Sports Massage Course leads to a nationally recognised VTCT qualification and will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work with a wide range of people from recreational to the elite athlete using comprehensive assessment and advanced treatment techniques to treat and rehabilitate a wide range of conditions. The course is validated by Balens for Professional Indemnity insurance.
 

Entry Requirements


You must have completed a Level 3 VTCT (or equivalent - see below) 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 on our level 3 sports massage course, you must have successfully completed all parts of the practical training before being eligible to commence level 4, and will be eligible for our Loyalty Discount - see below for full details and eligibility.

Please note that we adopt the same criteria for Level 3 qualifications as The Sports Therapy Association and therefore we do not accept qualifications issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, Distance Learning Academy, Open Study College, BSY Group, NCFE or ABC awards and Active Health Awards. The STA do not recognise Level 6 Diplomas or Master Diplomas that do not appear on a qualifications framework for any membership category. Membership levels for the Sports Therapy Association are based on the industry agreed National Occupational Standards (NOS)


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Course Details

Course Costs
Flexible Awards & Discounts
Recognition & Awards
Course Dates
Course Syllabus
Assignments & Exams
Course Structure

Course Costs

 
To secure your place on the course the course fees may be paid as set out below. You must hold a recognised current level 3 sports massage qualification to enrol at Level 4.

Due to our reduced costs for delivering the practical training on weekdays instead of weekends we are able to offer a reduction in course fees for this option. This will automtically be adjusted when you select your course dates. Exam fees are included, although possible retakes will be charged at the time of sitting.

Interest Free interim payment scheme available below:

3 Modules (first two each of 4 weekdays, plus a final module of 3 days including an assessment day)
1. In Full - £1731 2. By deposit of £355 plus payment of £1376 before the start of the course
3. By deposit of £355, plus four monthly interim payments of £344.
All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate

5 Weekends
1. In Full - £1863
2. By deposit of £355 plus payment of £1508 before the start of the course
3. By deposit of £355, plus four monthly interim payments of £377.
All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate

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Recognition and Awards

 
Upon successful completion of all elements of our Level 4 sports massage course, you will receive:
 

A VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Certificate


A VTCT award is a regulated qualification on Ofqual’s national framework (and equivalent to BTEC Level 5). 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 just endorsed, not regulated. Our course covers a breadth of training that incorporates all of the VTCT criteria and thereby leads to the 2 awards listed above.

Upon successfully completing the VTCT level 4 qualification you will be eligible to apply for membership to The Sports Therapy Association.


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Course Progression

 

How you progress with qualifications once you have passed Level 3 in Sports Massage.

 

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Course Dates

 
Our practical training courses are held at our sister company, BeActive Clinic, Hertford near London. There is easy access from the A10 and A1 motorway and the venue is only 20 miles from both Stansted and Luton airports.

For anyone travelling by train, we are less than a mile from Hertford North train station – a regular service departs from London Kings Cross and takes between 48-56 minutes.

 We can provide a list of recommended and affordable accommodation options.

See Course Calendar for all Higher Diploma Sports Therapy and CPD Course Dates.

Modular Training
Our modular format for this course comprises of home study and 3 practical training modules, allowing you time to practice and consolidate your learning.

Weekend Training
Our weekend training comprises of home study and five practical training weekends over a 5-6 month period.


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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
 

Here is a table showing the VTCT Units, titles and credit values which combine to form the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.

VTCT Code Ofqual unit reference Unit Title Credit Vaue GLH Level
USP46 D/506/7501 Conducting subjective and objective assessment 7 50 4
USP47 H/506/7502 Provide sports massage techniques to prevent and mange injury 3 58 4
USP48 K/506/7503 Treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair 3 20 4

 

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Course Benefits

 

  • Home study - including learning resources and study guide
  • Practical training comprises 10 days - over either 5 weekends, or 3 modules with expert tutors & practitioners
  • Video demonstrations of skills for added support
  • Academic support by phone, email & post
  • Canvas online management learner system, plus phone app, and group contact
  • Online library of Learning Resources
  • Work log and field experience - including attending a choice of sporting competitions organised by STUK
  • VTCT Lifetime Membership
  • VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Certificate
  • Eligible to join The Sports Therapy Assoc.
  • Option to progress from Level 3 - See Flexible Award Programme

 

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.

Assignments & Exams

 

Practical


You will be required to take a practical assessment and an oral exam lasting approximately 60 minutes in total. These will take place on the last day of practical training and are usually held at our training venue BeActive Clinic in Hertford.
 

Learner Evidence Record


You will also be required to complete a Learner Evidence Record (LER) comprising various written tasks to demonstrate your Level 4 knowledge and understanding. Full instruction will be provided on how to complete these assignments.

Field Experience


All course assignments must be completed within 8 months of the final day of your practical training. This will allow you to structure your home study and practise alongside other commitments you may have, to successfully achieve your award.
 

Course Completion


All course assignments must be completed within 8 months of the final day of your practical training. This will allow you to structure your home study and practise alongside other commitments you may have, to successfully achieve your award.
 

Exam and Practical Assessment Retakes


If you are unsuccessful in your first attempt for either of the above, please go to Practical Assessment and Exams for further information and booking form. Please see the foot of the Course Dates webpage for final submission dates for applications.

 

Supported Self Study Day


The day will be structured according to the needs of those students attending, so we begin the day with a brief group discussion where we list all the topics and skills ‘requested’ by each of the participants. Our tutor will then structure a day balanced between instruction and practical demonstrations considering as many of, or all the listed requests. Each student may then choose which parts of the day they wish to participate in with the tutor, and which others they may prefer to leave, and simply continue practising or studying with a partner. So, your Study Day will be exactly that, a day of reviewing specific topics, watching ‘refresher’ demonstrations, revising and practising.
 
Self enrolment required at BeActive Clinic - go to Supported Self Study Day at foot of page - https://beactive.pike13.com/offerings


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Course Progression

 

How you progress with qualifications once you have passed Level 3 in Sports Massage.

 

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Flexible Award Programme

 
If you completed your VTCT Level 3 Practical Training with Sports Therapy UK within the last 2 years you are eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 12.5%. To apply, please select the fees including Loyalty Discount and attach a copy of your VTCT Level 3 Diploma.

To take advantage of this offer you will be required to:

Commence any available scheduled Level 4 course within 2 years of the final day of your Level 3 practical training.
 
The saving will be deducted from the balance of your course fees after paying your course deposit.
 
If, for any reason you apply to defer your Level 4 practical training after enrolling on a course, your discount will be revoked.



Please note this discount is not available with our First Aid course which is already offered at a highly competitive rate.

Interest Free interim payment scheme available below:

3 Modules (first two each of 4 weekdays, plus a final module of 3 days including an assessment day)
1. In Full - £1515
2. By deposit of £355 plus payment of £1160 before the start of the course
3. By deposit of £355, plus four monthly interim payments of £290.
All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate

5 Weekends
1. In Full - £1630
2. By deposit of £355 plus payment of £1275 before the start of the course
3. By deposit of £355, plus four monthly interim payments of £319.
All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate

Please note that your deposit is non-refundable. If you start your practical training and then withdraw from the course you will still be liable for the full course fee.

Loyalty Discount


Finally, Once you have completed your Level 4 training you will be eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 25% off all Level 5/CPD modular courses. Please note this discount is not available with our First Aid course which is already offered at a highly competitive rate.


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Equipment & other Costs


Student insurance cover to practice whilst studying is available, although you will be covered by Sports Therapy UK insurance whilst under the direct tutelage of our tutors.

To set up as an independent sports massage therapist you will need to purchase a portable couch and sundry items, and hold a current recognised first aid certificate. A one day First Aid at Work qualification is normally the minimum requirement to be eligible to practice and costs may vary according to the provider.

If you buy a good quality couch and accessories, you may expect to spend a total of £300, although costs can be reduced significantly by shopping around for cheaper alternatives. Full guidance towards purchasing the right equipment will be given at the start of your practical training

Course Structure

 

Practical Training


Number attending each course: up to 12 students

The course comprises 75 contact hours over either 5 weekends or 3 weekday modules (two lasting 4 days each, plus a final module of 3 days including an assessment day). You may continue to Level 4 immediately after your level 3 sports massage courseclick here for upcoming course dates.  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
  ·  Connective tissue massage and myofascial release
  ·  Soft Tissue Release
  ·  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 an oral exam. 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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