Level 5 Diploma in
Soft Tissue Therapy

The evolution of Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy

Course Details

Looking for a professional & up-to-date Level 5 Sports Massage Therapy Course? If so, our Level 5 Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy is the one for you!

As leaders in Soft Tissue Therapy Education, we at The ST School take great pride in bringing evidence informed practice into Massage & Manual Therapy training, and our Level 5 Diploma In Soft Tissue Therapy is no exception. Originally created by the ISRM (it was the first course to be accredited by BTEC at Level 5), our Level 5 Dipoma naturally fulfills all the ISRM and BTEC criteria. However, we also bring to it our OWN standards, by ensuring the content delivered is continuously up to date, relevant and reflecting best practice.

Our tutors are looked upon by their peers as leaders and experts in the industry, meaning that the delivery of this Level 5 diploma is one of the most comprehensive and highly respected in the industry. With its roots in the ISRM Sports and Remedial Massage Diploma, our diploma has evolved in line with both the needs of clients who seek our help AND the latest scientific knowledge. As such, it incorporates modern manual therapy techniques, joint and injury assessment, exercise rehabilitation programs and after care advice for health and wellbeing.

The knowledge, skillset and competencies acquired in our unique Level 5 Diploma allow our graduates to treat people suffering with a variety of pain & injuries, including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and rotator cuff problems. Learn how to facilitate their return to a pain free life, to their sports activities, their daily activities, or management of pain in the case of long term conditions.

Massage and manual soft tissue techniques form a key part of what we teach, as well as communication skills, pain science, exercise and movement based rehabilitation, all within a framework of current evidence informed practice.

SEE BELOW for full details of the SYLLABUS. 

Course Information

Full Course Fee: £3350
Deposit: £350
Location: Bristol or Exeter
Dates: Various. Full list of dates can be found here.


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

Manual Therapy 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

Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy BTEC Level 5


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 £3250

Spreading the cost – Monthly repayments:
To secure a place, a deposit payment of £350 is required, which is non-refundable. The balance then can be settled by monthly instalments which range from 6 to 12 months, according to applicant’s preference. 

Charging while a student therapist:

After the first practical and theory assessment at weekend 5, you will be able to charge a fee to the people you are providing practice treatments to. The fee you can charge must be noticeably below current market rate. Usually student therapists charge around £15 to £20 and they find this to be of help towards course fees.

Cancellations Policy

Deposit is non-refundable unless cancellation is provided within 14 days of enrolment.

Enrolment can be cancelled up to 4 weeks before course is due to start, apart from non refundable deposit all fees paid will be refunded. After this date, thus within 4 weeks of course start, an agreement to attend the course is assumed and course fees will be due irrespective of attendance. We are a very small business, with very small classes and each enrolment is significant and can make the course viable or not, therefore we will always enforce this clause.


"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 rttherapy.co.uk

"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 kmsportsmassage.co.nz

"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 thebackcare.clinic

"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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Anna Maria Mazzieri