Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

What Qualifications do I get?

With this course  you gain the following  qualification:

YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

 A Level 3 sports massage therapist’s role includes planning, providing and evaluating sports massage treatments. Treatments can be carried out for pre & post, inter-event, maintenance and restorative purposes, using a range of basic massage techniques. Once you have started your course we offer you space to practice between training days.


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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

This qualification comprises of 5 mandatory units:

Unit 1 -Anatomy and physiology for sports massage

Unit 2 – Principles of health and fitness

Unit 3 – Professional practice in sports massage

Unit 4 – Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction

Unit 5 – Sports massage treatments

 Successful achievement of all five units must be achieved for the full qualification.

Are there any Prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites for the course.

How do I book?

Stage 1. You can either complete the contact form by clicking here  ,or you can scroll down the page and click on the book course which will open up a new page. Once we have received your contact information we will email the enrolment documents to complete.

You can also telephone and we will start the process by emailing you the documents.

Stage 2. Once we have received all documents and payment you will receive the resources for the course. This will take approximately a week to process. If you would like to use our interest free payment plan please ask as details will then be emailed to you.

Stage 3. You can start learning once you have received all resources. You will  be guided how to start and what is required. You will be provided with your tutor contact details.

Stage 4. You will be emailed the course schedule which will give you the venue address and requirements.

We are happy to answer any questions you have so please do ask.

Total Qualification Time

370 hours

This is an estimate of the total amount of time this qualification will take to achieve.

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Classroom Learning Course Stages

Stage 1 –Once you have enrolled onto the course you will be provided with your learning resources.

Stage 2 – You will receive your hard copy manuals. The schedule for your classroom training days will be emailed to you. This process can take up to 5 working days to process. You will also be provided with your tutor details who will contact you.

Stage 3 –You can start working on receiving the manuals and workbooks. Using the hard copy manuals will allow you to make notes as you work. 

Stage 4- You will attend the scheduled training days where the tutor will guide you through all the skills you require to complete your assessments.

Stage 5– All assessments will be arranged on the course. 

Stage 6 – Once all units have passed and your work has been through our quality assurance process your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Once we receive your certificate we will post to you.

We look forward to supporting you through your learning.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the qualification you must complete and pass the following:

  • Multiple Choice Theory paper
  • Observed Treatment Sessions x 3
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Worksheets

There is no charge for reassessments 

Classroom Learning  

You will attend the classroom scheduled days. You will be supported by your tutor during your learning journey. The days are spaced to ensure enough time for your to study and prepare. You will be provided with all your course resources and revision aids.This is a great way to learn as you are working to set dates in a set time frame. You will meet new friends and be able to share your experiences in a confidential environment.

Choose the start date below for the classroom days were you will study with a tutor.

Contact us with any questions or just for a chat.

September 2020 Dates

Peterborough –

Venue: SMART Qualifications, 99 Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5BA

  • Sunday 20th  September  2020
  • Sunday 27st  September
  • Sunday 4th October 
  • Sunday 18th October
  • Sunday 25th October
  • Assessment dates confirmed on the course

Classroom Learning Cost

 Regular Course Cost £550.00 

0% payment plans available on request.

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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Awarding body 

The Awarding body for our Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage qualification is YMCA Awards.  Once you have achieved all elements of the qualification and the quality assurance process has been completed your nationally recognised certificate will be processed. 



Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

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.


Skills Learnt

Assessment and screening of clients for sports massage treatments. Formulation of massage strategies in accordance with clients requirements and expectations. Application of fundamental sports massage techniques. Evaluation of sports massage treatments.


0% Payment plans available

Spread the cost with 0% financing. Credit subject to application and status.

Interested In the YMCA Awards Level Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy?

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Level 3 Sports Massage Course. Claire was an excellent tutor, knowledgable and always so supportive..I will continue with courses at Smart Qualifications based on the support from the office and the quality of the instructors. Thank you Suzanna and team.


Sports Massage – I thoroughly enjoyed my Level 3 Sports Massage Course with Smart Qualifications. Clare our tutor was great, there was nothing she didn’t know and supported us all through the course. It was a very enjoyable course and I’d definitely recommend Smart Qualifications. I have since done another course, and plan to do more.


I found the course really enjoyable and engaging. Clare was an excellent knowledgeable tutor who was very easy going and approachable. The whole Smart qualifications team has supported me throughout the course. Would definitely recommend. 

I’ve just recently attended both the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and Level 3 Award in Life Coaching. The tutors, the organisers and the ongoing support I received was undoubtedly the best I’ve ever experienced! If you are interested in enhancing your qualifications in the fitness industry or even starting out a career as a fitness professional, look no further, you’ve found it! Smart Qualifications are 5 Star!


Sports massage – Claire was a very knowledgeable, professional and approachable tutor, the atmosphere was great amongst the group and made the course very enjoyable and a lot easier to learn within. 

Paul F

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