VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Course Overview

The VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is a one-year, part-time course and is focused towards those seeking to gain employment as a sports massage therapist providing sports massage to prevent and manage injury.

  • Entry Requirements

    You must have completed the Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy or equivalent to undertake this qualification.

    This includes bridging courses from complementary therapy massage/Swedish massage courses.

  • Career Prospects

    Graduates of this qualification will be able to gain employment as a Level 4 Sports massage practitioner, providing a range of advanced sports massage techniques for recent non-acute injuries and for pre-existing conditions.

    This may include working in clinics, for sporting teams or as a mobile therapist and may be in an employed or self-employed context.

    Graduates will be able to progress onto the VTCT Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage which will build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding gained at Level 4, introducing more advanced massage techniques (myofascial, PNF and active isolated stretching), and advanced clinical assessment techniques for ligamentous and neural conditions.

  • Course Modules

    The course builds on skills introduced on the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and develops advanced sports massage techniques, including soft tissue release, trigger points, neuromuscular technique, connective tissue massage and muscle energy technique.

    The course will also equip learners with complex clinical assessment skills, covering the major joints of the body. By the end of the course, you will be able to obtain insurance and practice with a sports club or work with private clients.

    The course tutor has many years of experience in the field of sports therapy including the London Olympics and Commonwealth Games, whilst running a successful specialist clinic.

  • Assessment

    Assessment methods include a combination of assignments, workbooks and practical assessments.

  • Additional Costs

    There will be additional course-related costs.

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Adult Learning


Afan College

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19/20 fees: £850

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