Sports Massage Package Level 3 and Level 4 Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course will start on 27 September 2022, and will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6pm-9pm plus one Sunday. This course will take 28 weeks to complete.

Entry requirements

  • Experience in massage or the completion of an introductory massage course would be desirable but is not essential.
  • Learners must be 19+

You will achieve

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage
  • Pre-sports Taping

Course overview

This sports massage therapy package combines all of the qualifications you need to work successfully as a sports massage therapist and includes both the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and the Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage. This qualification package will provide you with the knowledge skills and abilities for advanced client assessments, enhanced massage practice and more detailed post massage advice.

Course content

Barnsley College offers this highly popular and comprehensive qualification to enable you to gain the practical and theoretical skills necessary to provide sports massage therapy. It will provide you with the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage practitioner with non-pathological (non-injured) tissue, as well as those needed to be able to treat and/or seek to correct common patterns of dysfunction and suitable pre-diagnosed injuries.

The course will be predominantly delivered through face-to-face theoretical and practical workshops. A variety of flexible delivery strategies will be used to accommodate individual learning styles. You are also required to study from home.

You will study the following units:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Anatomy and physiology for sports massage
  • Assisting soft tissue repair
  • Professional practice in sports massage
  • Assessing clients and treatment planning
  • Applying sports massage techniques
  • Providing post-treatment care
  • Applying neuromuscular and soft tissue mobilisation techniques
  • Conducting an objective physical assessment
  • Prescribing corrective exercise to support the treatment of common injuries/soft tissue dysfunction

Sports Taping – you will study the following:

  • Introduction to the Kinesio Taping method
  • Tape properties & comparison
  • The effect of Kinesio Taping on physiology, inflammation and proprioception
  • Relevant anatomy and palpation for taping
  • How to cut and apply the tape safely
  • Taping for a variety of common areas: neck, shoulder, wrist, back, knee and foot

  • Multiple choice question paper
  • Worksheets
  • Practical demonstration
  • Coursework including a portfolio of evidence and assignments

Manuals and learner assessment portfolios are provided. You will need to bring pens and stationery as well as training clothes and trainers.

Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

Successful achievement of the qualification will allow the learner to gain employment within an organisational setting such as a sports club or alternatively in a self-employed environment.

How much does the course cost?

Course Fees: £2,400

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sports Massage Package Level 3 and Level 4 Part-time

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