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Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

This course aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply sports massage techniques to health clients with no diagnosed medical conditions or acute injuries.

Key Dates

  • Sunday 19th May
  • Sunday 2nd June
  • Sunday 16th June
  • Sunday 30th June
  • Sunday 14th July
  • Sunday 28th July (Assessment)

You will learn

To understand the anatomy and physiology necessary to apply sports massage

To be able to carry out a range of assessments

To be able to collect information relating to the client’s current condition and status (including the identification of conditions that would be inappropriate for treatment by someone at this level of qualification)

To be able to distinguish between acute injury and soft tissue dysfunction

To be able to recognise when to defer treatment or when to refer to a more qualified massage or healthcare professional

To be able to select appropriate massage techniques for a range of clients

To be able to apply sports massage techniques safely and effectively, understanding the potential effects.

Entry Requirements

There are no qualifications required to gain entry to this course

There is an element of communication involved (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) and learners should have basic skills in communication at a minimum.

Performing sports massage is a physical activity and learners will need to be fit enough to carry this out

All applicants for level 3 must be over 16 years old.


Learners will be assessed by:

A multiple-choice examination

A portfolio of evidence including an assignment

Practical demonstrations and assessments

Logbook submission of practical hours (45 hours)


This Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.

You will find it on the Register of Regulated Qualifications worth 37 credits.

The Complementary and Natural Care Council (CNHC) and the General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT) also recognise the qualification.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for those who wish to pursue or further a career in Sports Massage, providing sports massage therapy to a wide range of clients.

Clients can inclusive of sports performers, athletes, and individuals suffering from day-to-day problems such as repetitive strain injury, sprains, tension, and fatigue.


The qualification will enable learners to work as a sports massage therapist in a variety of organisations, such as sports massage therapy and rehabilitation clinics, wellness clinics, spas, coaching facilities, fitness facilities, and sporting organisations.

On completion of this Diploma learners can progress onto the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF).

Sports Therapy Scotland will soon be delivering the following Active IQ qualifications

  • Level 4 Diploma Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 4 Certificate in Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercise
  • Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral


Sports Therapy Scotland staff have to be qualified not only in the taught subjects but also in teaching, assessing and internal verification processes to the recognised national level to be permitted this status.



It makes sense to learn these qualifications from a business such as ours which for 20 + years has and continues to work with the public and professional sports people. TV & Film and the performing arts in all the awards listed that we will teach.