• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group19+
  • Duration25 weeks
  • Awarding bodyActive IQ


This course has been designed for practitioners currently working in sport and active leisure, including osteopaths, physiotherapists, sports therapists and massage practitioners.

The purpose of this specialist qualification is to enrich practitioners' understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to the application of sports massage. It will provide candidates with advanced palpation skills and those needed to analyse posture and range of movement. You will develop a range of advanced skills and massage techniques to prevent and manage injury in sport and active leisure. You will also learn to critically evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future treatments.

For those seeking graduate qualification successful completion of the course offers progression to a FdSc in Sport and Exercise (Injury Management) (2 years) and further progression to a BSc in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (2 years).

Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules include:

  • Practical Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
  • Professional Practice in Sports Massage
  • Sports Massage Treatments

Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

There is a complex scientific content on this course therefore experience handling this material is preferred.

This course is assessed with a mixture of examination, practical application, assignment writing and portfolio building.

You can progress onto the VTCT Level 4 in Sports Massage Therapy (treatment of pathological soft tissue) or to the Fd Sport Therapy with Rehabilitation including the opportunity for further progression to BSc Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation delivered at Middlesbrough College.

You could also progress to employment in a supervised position in preventing and managing injuries in sport and active leisure or employment in providing sports massage treatment.


Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.

Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19-23 and this is not your first full Level 3 qualification or you are aged 24 or over on the start date of the course, you will have to pay fees. However, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to fund all or part of the fee. For information on Advanced Learning Loans go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/.

Please note any fee shown excludes any additional costs to learners for any necessary equipment, materials, uniforms or any visit/residential that learners are required to participate in.

Please enquire by the clicking the ‘enquire now button’ at the top of this website page or contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk.

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Sport & Leisure

Sports students will learn theoretical based study in the classroom, whilst taking part in a range of sport and fitness activities. Taught by specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are ex professionals in their field, you'll benefit from fantastic facilities including an AstroTurf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite and a physiology lab.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.