BTEC Level 3/4/5 Sports Massage Diploma

BTEC Level 3/4/5 Sports Massage Diploma - Course Details

The ISRM Soft Tissue Therapy Level 5 BTEC diploma was the first qualification to be accredited by BTEC is one of the most comprehensive and highly respected in the industry. With its roots in Sports and Remedial Massage, our diploma has evolved in line with current evidence to incorporate joint and injury assessment as well as rehabilitative strategies, such as exercise and lifestyle advice. This knowledge allows our graduates to work with clients to truly get results and improvements in daily living.

Massage and manual soft tissue techniques still form a key part of what we teach. We are passionate about the benefits these modalities can have when used as part of an evidence-informed approach.

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To find out more, please get in touch! You can either download our brochure, call us or email us.


Massage Module:

  • Evidence Based Practice principles
  • The Biopsychosocial model of pain and person-centred care
  • Pain Science
  • Functional anatomy (How we move)
  • Musculoskeletal physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Consultation Process
  • Language and Communication in healthcare
  • Therapeutic and Relaxing Massage
  • Contraindications & Red Flags

Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques:

  • Neuromuscular Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release Technique
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Myofascial techniques
  • Positional Release technique
  • Sports massage
  • Breathing Patterns and their influence on MSK care
  • Effects and Role of Manual Therapy in Pain management

Injury and Joint Assessment:

  • Understanding Tissue Repair Process
  • Understanding current evidence around Pain in Acute and Chronic Injuries
  • Physiology of common soft tissue injuries
  • Joint Assessment
  • Common soft tissue injuries assessments
  • Evidence-based approaches to the treatment of common injuries

Exercise and Movement:

  • Principles of Injury and Pain rehabilitation
  • Injury rehabilitation specific to our role as soft tissue therapists
  • Movement-based approaches for the treatment and management of common MSK pain and injuries
  • Principles of Gait analysis

Business Awareness:

  • Professional Conduct and Business Awareness


Full course fee




Discount for full payment upfront:
If the full course payment is made on application or by the first day, a saving of £100 can be made, making the course total £2900

Spreading the cost – Monthly repayments:
To secure a place, a deposit payment of £500 is required, which is non-refundable. Please see the cancellations policy below. You will then pay the balance of the course as 10 continuous monthly instalments of £250.

Cancellations Policy
Cancellations made 4 weeks prior to the start of the course will receive a refund of fees paid, less the non-refundable deposit. After this date, an agreement to attend the course is assumed and payment in full will become due on the first day of the course. Students cancelling less than 4 weeks prior to the start of the course will be liable for the full course fee.


"I recently attended the Rehabilitation Principles CPD course with The School; and I must say I was thoroughly impressed with the course and standard of teaching by Anna-Maria and her team. They demonstrated exceptional knowledge throughout, along with critical thinking and up to date evidence based research which was easy to digest. Anna-Maria and her team were professional, yet very friendly and delivered the course in an informative yet fun manner. The course was very interactive (my favourite way to learn) and provided all the key skills required to offer comprehensive injury rehabilitation, whilst giving me the confidence to offer this service to my patients. I look forward to attending the next course with The School and would highly recommend their services! "

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Luke Wooding Soft Tissue Therapist at

"As always an excellent presentation by Anna Maria Mazzieri from The ST School. So much information to unpick! Anna Maria is a passionate presenter with the most up-to-date knowledge on massage and soft tissue therapy. Always look forward to her webinars and presentations."

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Kathryn McConville Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist at

"For any soft tissue therapist or massage therapist The School is the home of up to date, evidence based and easy to use in clinic education. I wish I had started my educational journey with Anna Maria and her incredible team. I have enjoyed some face to face and online workshops and both formats have helped me to feel more confident in what I do and how I support my clients - and that’s where it really matters! I couldn’t recommend Anna Maria and her team more highly."

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Carol Seaborne Massage Therapist at

"This course has changed everything! I started this course as a level 3, who really knew nothing and everything I did know was outdated! The course is intense, it’s hard work, but boy is it worth it! The knowledge and understanding I’ve come away with after 9 months has improved massively and the confidence it’s given me to take my business forward is something I can never thank Anna Maria for enough. The passion that Anna Maria has for this industry, her business but also every single one of her students is incredible and I feel extremely lucky to of been taught by one of the best! If you have the opportunity do a course with The School, I promise you won’t be disappointed!"

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Linsey Penn Soft Tissue Therapist in Yeovil

"I have never enjoyed a course more and I have attended many. This course really sparked a lot in me. From the desire to constantly know more to wanting to ask questions on the course. The knowledge shared with me was very comprehensive and I have created an exciting new career for myself. I can’t thank the school enough for the knowledge and experience they have provided with me. This course has been invaluable and I would encourage any one to go for it. I have loved every minute of it. Thanks Anna and Becky 😃"

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Laura Rodgers Soft Tissue Therapist at Absolute Body Focus

"I just wanted to share my thoughts about the standards of teaching at The Massage Training School, Exmouth & Bristol. Today I attended the BTEC level 5 therapists in their final assessment and I commend both your tutors and your students. Whilst I've no idea about the world of massage therapy, I teach and assess students at degree and masters level and was credibly impressed with their level of knowledge, the attention to detail from tutors and the students' professionalism. I also have to say that just 5 minutes of sports & remedial therapy on my shoulder has achieved more than hours of other therapy. A credit to the standards at The ST School. Many thanks!"

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James Hester Head of Drums at BIMM Bristol & Triathelete (PACTri)

" Anna-Maria is an incredibly knowledgeable tutor and her passion for the industry is completely evident in the way she delivers each session. She seamlessly includes critical thinking and challenges her students to do the same and this element becomes more of a focus as the course develops. The ST School is forward thinking in its approach to evidence-based practice with a client-centred approach and I continue to benefit from the latest learning by attending CPD events. As a past student, it is great to know that high quality content is still available, as is the growing community of ISRM members."

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Chris Lander Pulse Therapy

"I found the CPD format very easy to follow and was very impressed by how interactive it was. The content was thorough, yet simple to understand. I found this style to be less intimidating as a newly qualified STT which allowed me to get involved in the polls and questions. I found the 3 tutors presenting to have the perfect mix of personalities, knowledge and delivery."

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Leila Jackson Soft Tissue Therapist

"My BTEC level 5 course with The ST School has been the experience of a lifetime. Both my tutors were inspiring, knowledgeable, professional and incredibly supportive. The content is up to date, evidence based and very comprehensive. I had to work hard to acquire both knowledge and practice over 13 months but I found my dream job as a ST therapist within a week of qualifying. Client feedback is excellent with a great re-booking rate. If you’re looking to become a professional, knowledgeable and client centred therapist, this course is 100% for you".

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Esther Hocking Esther Hocking - Soft Tissue Therapy Cornwall


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