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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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 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 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 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


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