We are pleased to offer 5 modular courses which, along with a clinical case study and upon successful completion, lead to a VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage Award. These courses will help increase your range of knowledge and skills providing greater scope of treatment to your clients.
We also provide an option to add 2 further modules in Injury Rehabilitation and Taping for Sport so that you may attain our Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy as well. More information for both courses is shown below.
VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage
Our VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage Course includes 5 of our key modules which meet all learning outcomes for this award. For established Level 4 therapists this course will increase your range of knowledge and skills, in turn enhancing your expertise to support your clients. The course offers a modular and flexible approach requiring you to attend all modules over a maximum 18 month period.
During each of the five core modules you will be guided on functional anatomy, plus the science underpinning various advanced therapeutic modalities. For the practical training you will learn skills and techniques that will enable you to plan, prepare, and apply a range of assessments and interventions beyond those included at Levels 3 and 4 in sports massage therapy, to further help clients recover from sports injuries and other conditions.
> VTCT Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention
You will also be enrolled upon the above course which is a knowledge-based qualification aimed at sports massage therapists who need to understand the COVID-19 infection prevention methods required in the working environment in order to maintain high levels of health and safety in the provision of their services to clients.
Upon successfully completing all elements of our course you will receive
the VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage Award
helping demonstrate a higher standing as an experienced soft tissue practitioner.
> Entry Requirements
To enrol on the Level 5 course, you must already have a VTCT (or equivalent) Level 4 Sports Massage qualification. To gain this Level 5 Award, you must register for the course before attending the required 5 modules below by completing an online application form. If you do not wish to gain the full award, you may attend each module as an individual CPD unit.
Your Level 4 qualification must demonstrate your competency in the following areas as they will be included in your course assessment:
- The Science and Practise of Manual Therapy including:
- Fluid dynamics
- Stretch Reflexes
- Tissue Adaptation
- Joint Function and Repair
- Advanced Functional Anatomy
- Assessment of Postural Imbalances, Pelvic and Spinal Alignment
- Active, Passive and Strength Joint Testing
- Assessment of Muscle Length, Function and Firing Patterns
- Soft Tissue Trauma, and Principles of Injury Management
- Active, Assisted and Advanced Stretching Techniques
- Understanding Client Assessment, Results, Analysis, and Treatment Planning
- Assessment of Soft Tissues and application of Advanced Techniques
- Neuromuscular Techniques
- Soft Tissue Release
- Myofascial Release
- PNF - Post Isometric Relaxation (M.E.T.)
- Psychology and Sports Injuries
- Legal and Ethical Aspects of Professional Practice
Other eligible applicants may include Foundation Degree and Full Honours Degree graduates allied to healthcare, and other professions such as Osteopaths, Chiropractors, etc.
> Course Syllabus, Structure and Duration
The course comprises 5 core modules:
- Sports Injuries Upper Body
- Sports Injuries Lower Body
- Gait Analysis
- Neuro-Spinal Assessment & Treatment (3 Days)
- Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques
You must attend all modules over a period of no more than 18 months from attending your first module. Four modules comprise practical training over 2 days each, and the other one lasts 3 practical training days. Our flexible award programme allows you to attend the modules in any order. During each of the modules, observations of your skills will be recorded towards your final assessment.
You will also be required to complete a clinical assessment within 3 months of completing your practical training - see below.
To book on our Level 5 course, please use our online Booking Form
> Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Module Exemptions
If you have already completed modules that may contribute to our Level 5 Award and you wish to apply for an exemption, please forward evidence to support your claim for ‘recognised prior learning’ (RPL) and we will respond accordingly. Please note that copy certificates or educational transcripts, plus the associated syllabus for each topic will be required. They must show the awarding body, level, title, and date.
Modules or units demonstrating knowledge and/or competency in key areas must be recognised independent educational units and not topics forming part of other modules.
> Course Assessment & Award
Upon completing all 5 modules, you may apply to take your clinical assessment and compile a report as shown below.
Clinical Assessment – you will be required to assess, analyse and treat a single client on a date to be agreed whereupon you will be required to complete a Case Study Report - see below. After completing the client treatment, you will be asked to discuss this with an assessor, and you will be asked to demonstrate a selection of skills from any of the 5 modules.
Case Study Report - you will be required to compile a comprehensive report and extended treatment plan based on the findings gathered during your Clinical Assessment.
If you are working towards the Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy, this case study will be superceded by the requirement for one on Higher Diploma course.
> COVID Infection Prevention Theory Examination
You will also be required to sit a 30 minute on-line multiple choice exam based on 6 home study lessons for the Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) course which is a co-requisite course to the Level 3 Sports Massage VTCT qualification.
> Course Dates & Location
See Course Calendar for all Level 5 and CPD Course Dates.
> Course Fees, Interim Payments and Other Costs
If you have completed your Level 4 training with Sports Therapy UK, please go to Loyalty and Other Discounts below.
To secure your place on the course, please book online and submit a fee of £355 which includes VTCT registration, course administration, and all first assessment fees. All modular fees may then be paid as you apply for a place on each one and are shown below. Possible assessment retakes will be charged at the time of sitting and all course fees are non-refundable.
If you wish to pay in full upon enrolment, you will be eligible for a 5% discount as shown below.
|Level 5 Sports Massage||Fee|
|Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques||296|
|Sports Injuries Upper Body||296|
|Sports Injuries Lower Body||296|
|Total of all 5 Modules||1584|
|Plus Registration & Assessment Fee||355|
|Less 5% discount for full payment upon enrolment||£1842|
|All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate|
Please note that course fees are non-refundable.
Equipment and Other Costs
There are no essential materials or equipment required to complete the Level 5 modules.
To book on any individual Level 5/CPD Module without enrolling on the full Level 5 course, please select the module of your choice on our online Booking Form
> Loyalty & Other Discounts
If you have already attended our Sports Massage Level 4 full course, you will also be eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 25% off all Level 5 and Higher Diploma Module Course fees.
Please note that this discount does not apply to course registration, administration, and assessment fees.
|Level 5 Sports Massage||Fee||With Loyalty Discount|
|Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques||296||222|
|Sports Injuries Upper Body||296||222|
|Sports Injuries Lower Body||296||222|
|Total of all 5 Modules||1584||1188|
|+ Registration & Assessment Fee||355||355|
|Less 5% discount for full payment upon enrolment||£1842||£1466|
|All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate|
VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage
& HDip in Sports Therapy (combined)
|Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy|
|Successful completion of the VTCT L5 Award above, plus 2 additional modules|
|Taping for Sport|
Please note you may choose to complete these additional 2 modules before the Clinical assignment for the VTCT L5 Sports Massage Award (above). However, you may not gain this award until successfully completing the above.
For full details of the Higher Diploma course please go to Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy