Sports Massage Level 3 Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The next course will start on 28 September 2021. The course will run for 15 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6.00pm-9.00pm.

Entry requirements

An experience in massage or the completion of an Introductory Massage course would be desirable.

You will achieve

Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage (Soft Tissue) Therapy.


Course overview

Barnsley College offers this highly popular and comprehensive Level 3 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.

Course content

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

The course will be predominantly delivered through theoretical and practical workshops. A variety of flexible delivery strategies will be used to accommodate each individual’s learning style. A significant amount of learning is home study, working with individuals, planning and performing sports massage treatments. The course assesses theory, practical knowledge and understanding using a variety of examination types.


As a student within the Department of Sport and Public Services you will be expected to wear appropriate and professional clothing at all times. Polo shirts and track suit bottoms are mandatory for all lessons. Jeans and non-regulation tops are not allowed. You will also require all necessary writing materials, ring-binders and paper/stationery.


Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

You can become self-employed and run your own sports massage therapy business or work in spas, fitness centres, sports clubs, hotels and leisure outlets. You may wish to progress to Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage. This qualification is also complimentary to the Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £1,200 full fee payable.

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.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

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

Sports Massage Level 3 Part-time

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