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ITEC Diploma in Massage - QCF Level 3 QAN 600/5503/0

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Qualification Gained

 ITEC Level 3 diploma in Holistic Massage.

This course is open to beginners.

This course includes Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (A&P)

For those who already have a recognised A&P diploma (level 3), please note that massage only can be studied.

Please email, call or skype us to discuss.

The School of Natural Therapies' ITEC Holistic Massage Diploma Course provides an exciting, dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable learning experience for all students undertaking one of our internationally recognised diplomas. The course provides a vital ‘stepping stone’ for candidates wanting to move into the rapidly growing field of massage and complementary health; after successful completion  candidates may also wish to further develop their massage and therapeutic skills on one of our advanced massage workshops or higher diplomas such as sports massage or aromatherapy massage.

With a long standing reputation for learning excellence and on-going tutor support, the School of Natural Therapies' prides itself on ensuring that students are well prepared for the ITEC Diploma examination. On successful completion of the examination, post graduate students will be able to begin a new career or earn additional income in any of the following ways:

  • Work in a Health Club, Hotel, Cruise Ship or a Ski Resort
  • Set up a practice from a spare room at home
  • Study one of our further advanced massage courses such as the BTEC Sports Massage
  • Supplement your full time income by building your own client base for Massage and Beauty Treatments
  • Carry out treatments for family/friends or colleagues

To complete the Diploma, we offer a ‘Fast track’ option, which takes place over 8 separate weekends, this means that throughout the three/four months you study with us, it will include most weekends, but not every weekend.
We also run a weekday course for those who are unable to study at weekends - dates for our next weekday course will be advertised on this page also.
Courses take place in South West London at our popular venue in Clapham, close to the common with excellent public transport links – parking is also free at weekends.


The ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage, Anatomy & Physiology is a fast track, intensive course of study designed for those wishing to build the base from which to develop a career in alternative therapies. The course is run by enthusiastic, dedicated ITEC professionals who teach not because they can do but because they love to. The Diploma is comprised of four independent units or modules including:

Please note that as from September 2012, the structure of the ITEC Diploma in Massage changed nationally and the School of Natural Therapies will be offering the diploma in it’s new and up to date format – please see details of the new course structure below.

The ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage, Anatomy & Physiology is a fast track, intensive course of study designed for those wishing to build the base from which to develop a career in complementary therapies. The course is run by enthusiastic, dedicated ITEC professionals who teach not because they can do but because they love to. The Diploma is comprised of four independent units, with the option of a fifth unit in Healthy Eating & Well-being as well, if this unit is of interest to the student.

The compulsory units are:

ITEC Unit 380 Massage for Complementary Therapies

Students will learn how to evaluate contraindications or cautions that may restrict or prevent treatment, deliver an effective massage treatment in a safe, hygienic and professional manner.
Learning outcomes for this unit include:

  • How to prepare for a body massage treatment, in a safe, comfortable work area, in line with current legislation & working practice requirements
  • Through effective client consultation, learn how to respond to any presenting contra-indications and provide a safe, appropriate and comfortable massage treatment as appropriate for the individual client.
  • The identification of important body surface landmarks, such as muscles and bones
  • The principles of Holistic/Therapeutic Body Massage and its psychological effects and benefits to the human mind
  • Guidance on how to develop a massage routine for each individual client
  • Development of a holistic approach - treating the 'mind, body and spirit'
  • The correct application of massage techniques and use of body posture/mechanics by the therapist, in order to prevent mechanical injuries
  • The benefits of massage on a physical level
  • Identify lifelong learning opportunities to plan for self-development

Students will be expected to undertake case studies as part of the course and provide evidence of these treatments on case study forms – the majority of this work is expected to be completed by the student at home; however, some of this work will be carried out during the class time as well.
This unit is externally examined by a visiting ITEC examiner and will be  45 minutes long. Exam days are confirmed once the course is under way.

ITEC Unit 383, Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies
(Multiple choice theory test 50 questions on exam day – 55 minute paper, taken alongside the practical exam for unit 380)
Human Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies, covering all major systems and their functions, incorporating:

  • Cell Structure, Tissue and Skin Cellular Composition
  • Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  • Cardiovascular - Heart and Blood Circulation
  • Lymphatic System - Lymph glands and production of Tissue Fluid
  • Neurological System - Brain and Nervous System
  • Endocrine System - Hormonal producing organs and role of hormones in the human body
  • Respiratory System - Lungs and air pathways
  • Digestive System
  • Genito-Urinary System - Kidneys and water metabolism
  • Reproductive System

ITEC Unit 384 - Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies
(Assignment based learning which allows the student to research four other complementary therapies in the form of  four assignments – these will be submitted andmarked internally by the school)

ITEC Unit 385 - Business Practice for Complementary Therapies
(Assignment based learning – students will write their own business plan in relation to a holistic business – internally marked and assessed by the school)

There is also an optional study unit, which can be taken in addition to the above course and will benefit the student by: –
Unit 386 Healthy Eating and Well Being for the Complementary Therapy Client – Please note that this course does not form part of the above course, but can be taken if desired as a separate unit during the course. Students may wish to study this unit in order to enhance their Holistic Massage Diploma and earn additional learner credits through Ofqual. Successful candidates my want to offer nutritional advice as part of their new practice and may adopt the status of ‘Nutritional Adviser’.
Those undertaking this additional unit will be able to:-

  • Evaluate the client's present eating habits in line with current healthy eating guidelines
  • Provide general information and nutritional advice, in order to maintain health and well-being
  • Explain the factors that should be considered when planning healthy eating for the Complementary Therapy Client.


I have no previous massage experience and I have no previous background in science or anatomy – can I sign up for this course?
Yes, the course assumes no prior knowledge and is open to beginners who are looking for a career change, or those with related experience, who wish to further their knowledge.
We will train and guide you throughout the course on practical massage techniques and all massage related theory, including anatomy and physiology.

Course Entry Requirements for existing practitioners
This course is also open to existing qualified massage practitioners,  or student practitioners of disciplines, such as –

  • A genuine desire to learn the art and skill of massage and bodywork and it’s therapeutic values as a complementary treatment
  • Education to GCSE standard is desirable
  • Good command of English language is desirable
  • Time to compile 36 case study’ treatments)
  • To be prepared to complete at least 5 hours home study per week

Do I need to do any pre-reading or preparation before the course starts?
Some general reading on the human body in advance of your course may be helpful if you haven’t studied any anatomy or physiology before and we will supply a basic recommended reading list prior to the course, once you have booked and paid your deposit. Don’t forget we also provide our own exclusive and comprehensive course notes as well as a textbook once the course is under way.

Do I have the right background to study massage?

As we have said, the course is open to anyone with a genuine desire to learn the art of massage and is physically fit enough and able to perform what we term ‘bodywork’, so it is important to advise us at the time of booking or enquiring, if you have an illness or condition which may affect your ability to perform massage. Something that may be helpful for potential candidates is a background in some sort of sport, exercise or dance, but it is absolutely not essential.

What will I need to bring to the course?

Comfortable trousers, flat shoes and a plain dark coloured (navy, black, grey) polo shirt for the practical sessions. The dress code will be more finely tuned with tutor guidance once on the course. You will also need to bring 2 matching dark coloured (navy, black, grey) bath sheets for use on yourself.
You will provided with comprehensive course notes throughout the course.
Coloured pencils and general writing materials will be needed for the anatomy class, although we do provide a notebook and school pen.

Will I need to buy my own couch?
You will undoubtedly need your own couch for practise at home and for case study treatments. We will be able to advise you before you purchase one and we have an exclusive deal with a well-respected massage couch supplier, who is able to offer discounts and very good deals for students.  We will provide couches during class time of course.

How much study time at home will be needed?
You will need to allocate time regularly throughout the week for assignment work and some small pieces of written work. You will also need to set time aside for case study work/home treatments as the course progresses. Of course it depends on how quickly you learn as to how long you will need but you will need to make some time available.

Will there be lots of essay writing?
The ITEC Level 3 anatomy exam is multiple choice only. The other units involve some writing but the tutor will guide you as to the style of presentation. Generally, bullet point presentation is passable if the information is thorough, clear and accurate.

What if English is not my first language, or if I haven’t studied for a long time
We would expect anyone applying to possess a reasonable command of English language, both written and oral. However, there are many ways of presenting work and we can advise what is best for the individual in terms of how they present their work, if they find they are struggling with their written skills.

I have dyslexia
We can assist those who struggle with English, don’t have English as their first language, or have dyslexia – see question above.  

Is there an age limit?
We prefer students to be at least 18 years of age in order to undertake this course. Younger students may apply by contacting us and acceptance on this programme is subject to telephone interview first.

Can I park at the venues?

At our London venues, there is free parking available in the side roads near our Clapham venue at the weekends.

During the week there is pay and display parking (9:30am-5:30pm). Clapham North tube station is a 1 minute walk away.

Do I have to provide my own “clients” to practise on for coursework?
Yes, you will need to find people to do case studies on in your own time – friends, family and work colleagues are usually very willing to receive a free massage session!!

Can I leave my belongings at the venue between sessions?
Students cannot leave belongings at the venue as there is very limited storage available.

Are the massage classes single sex?
The massage classes include both male and female students. You would need to advise us in advance if you have an objection to that and we will advise you if this course is suitable.

  • ITEC Practical Examination – 45 minutes
  • .Multiple choice theory test 50 questions on exam day – 55 minute paper, taken alongside the 45 minute practical exam for unit 380
  • The remaining units, such as business studies are completed throughout the duration of the course and are assessed internally by the tutor - all work is then externally verified by the visiting examiner
  • Guided learning with tutor support for home study
  • All relevant massage equipment, oils, etc are provided for the practical part of the course
  • Comprehensive course manual, pad and pen
  • Advice and guidance with choosing and purchasing a top quality massage couch and equipment at student rates
  • All ITEC’s exam fees
  • A friendly and relaxed learning environment

Students will need to provide: 

  • 2 matching dark coloured (navy, black, grey) bath sheets for use on yourself during practical sessions
  • Comfortable trousers, flat shoes and a plain dark coloured (navy, black, grey) polo shirt - all without logo.


You may wish to undertake further your massage skills in specialised areas, such as Reflexology and  Sports & Remedial Massage.

You may also wish to enhance your treatment portfolio with other treatments such as:

Professional Membership
On successful completion of the diploma, graduates are also able to register with any number of professional membership associations; this will enhance your professional reputation and standing.

These bodies include:
FHT, CThA/Embody, CMA, The Guild of Beauty Therapists, GCMT, CNHC

Did you know?
The School of Natural Therapies are working to the new ITEC syllabus, which incorporates the new QCF (Qualification Credit Framework) standards. The QCF is at the heart of a major educational reform process in England, Wales & Ireland which allows skills gained (such as this diploma course) to have value and credit in industry needs, opening up collaborative working opportunities between sector skills councils (SSC’s) standards setting bodies (SSB’s) employers and awarding organisations and to suit potential employers needs.

Credits gained in these QCF’s can now count towards future education and university degrees.


Student Feedback about this course

"I am very happy for the choice I made. I just passed the ITEC Level 3 Massage , Anatomy/Physiology and Patholoy Diploma. I say that my level of English is not so good, but our teachers Helen and Suz knew every moment how to make us understand more and better. I can only thanks them for their patience and commitment. You are amazing! Thank you for all your support!"
Submitted by EUGENIA DOGARU (Jan 31st 2018)

"It took me quite sometime to find the right school to attend in order to obtain the ITEC qualification in Massage, and my choice couldn't have been better! The level of professionalism, the depth of the knowledge transmitted and the atmosphere in class were absolutely amazing all the way through. Helen has the incredible ability of teaching a complex subject like Anatomy & Physiology in a very comprehensible, thorough and funny way, making her classes always interesting and never boring, and Suzanna, with her strong personality and constant attention to her students, proved herself as an excellent Massage teacher. Without any doubt I recommend the School of Natural Therapies to anyone interested in obtaining a qualification backed by a high level of professionalism and knowledge "
Submitted by Elena Menegazzo (Jan 31st 2018)

"Having recently completed the ITEC Level 3 Massage with SNT, I highly recommend this course and the school. This was an intensive course, but was made thoroughly enjoyable thanks to tutors, Helen and Suz. Their enthusiastic and fun approach to teaching made all the information easier to understand and digest. The classes are taught in a relaxed environment where all students are free to ask any questions they may have. I definitely plan on returning to the school in the future to study. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience."
Submitted by Louise (Jul 24th 2017)

"I have recently completed the ITEC Diploma in Massage - QCF Level 3 course at the School of Natural Therapies and I couldn’t recommend the school highly enough. Despite the course being intensive, the clear guidance given by Helen and Suz enabled me to manage my time across the three and half months of study without any undue stress, and all whilst working a full time job. Both Helen and Suz are clearly passionate about their teaching and offer styles of teaching that make what appear to be indigestible reams of information into easier, simpler, more manageable learnings. From the first lesson when I was mildly overwhelmed by the course content, both tutors guided us as a class through often dense studies to make those studies feel applicable and understandable. The classes are taught with good humour and sharp tutorial thought which can make everything accessible for even the most novice learner. I’ve come away with a renewed sense of what is achievable in only a few months and with further ambitions to return to the school to study other courses on offer. Thanks to all at the School of Natural Therapies for making what could be a daunting task into something joyful, stimulating and always engaging. James 20 July 217"
Submitted by James (Jul 20th 2017)

"Words can't describe my gratitude and luck for being your student and learning so much from you. You are a bunch of absolutely amazing, dedicated and very talented teachers and a huge credit to my improvement in massage, anatomy and valuing myself as a business goes to you. You haven't only assisted in improving my knowledge and skills but you've inspired me big time! Thank you thank you thank you and hope our paths will cross again. "
Submitted by Aneta Beasley (Jan 2nd 2017)

"I had a great time getting my ITEC Level 3 in Massage with SNT, the teachers were very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and thorough. Having not been in a classroom for 25 years I didn't consider myself a strong candidate however by following closely their direction I managed to get a high merit. I will be going back for more courses. Thanks. Richard Bunton (July 2016) "
Submitted by Richard Bunton (Nov 13th 2016)

"I can't recommend this course highly enough. The teaching methods are enjoyable and interactive with plenty of hands on practice. The teachers Helen and Suz are enthusiastic and lively in their teaching and very approachable for help at any stage of the process. The A & P was very intensive and Helen made this easier with lots of excellent ways to get information to stick. The practical massage was challenging at the beginning, with so many things to remember about technique and posture but Suz was there reminding us all over and over and over again, to make sure that we learned the right way and didn't allow any bad postural habits to take hold. Both teachers gave us confidence that we could not just succeed but excel. I'm looking foward to more courses with SNT, beginning with the chair massage course later this year! Cheers, Kirsty.Doolan (July 2016)"
Submitted by Kirsty Doolan (Nov 13th 2016)

" I recently took the ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage with the School of Natural Therapies. After searching a few different course providers I'm so pleased that I chose SNT. The tutors are extremely knowledgeable and experts within their field, answering all my questions in detail. I felt totally at ease during practical sessions; all routines were really clearly explained and demonstrated step by step. There is plenty of time for practising and refining massage techniques whilst integrating the anatomy and physiology theory to consolidate your knowledge. Although there is a considerable workload involved, tutors gave us deadlines throughout the course and we were fully prepared for the exam routine. I was very pleased to pass with a good grade, thanks to excellent tuition from Suz.   I actually took my A&P with another provider due to my work commitments; even though students usually take both elements with the same provider, SNT were very understanding and supported me fully.   I would highly recommend the course with SNT. Thanks so much.    Sarah "
Submitted by Sarah (Jun 16th 2016)

" I would like to thank you all for being such amazing and inspirational teachers, the courses l completed at your school gave me a very good and strong professional base that l have been able to build on since, and now hopefully can take it to a further level and get a degree in what l love doing. Thank you. Kind regards, Andrea "
Submitted by Andrea (Feb 7th 2015)

" For anyone wondering whether to join or are yet to start a course with the School of Natural Therapies, I highly recommend it. During my experience I was guided in the right direction to succeed throughout (by all my tutors) and it certainly works because I am delighted with my grade! My tutors Helen, Suz, Joseph, Iris and Trevor all went above and beyond to answer my many questions and provide me with really thorough, encouraging and useful feedback. The amount I learnt in such a short time is unbelievable. All the staff at SNT are so friendly and I will definitely be returning for further courses and now I've been, couldn't imagine choosing any other school. Thank you to everyone who helped me reach my goal! (Marc, Duncan, Helen, Joseph, Suz, Trevor and Iris and everyone else involved) Alison Fay Clarke "
Submitted by Alison Clarke (Aug 22nd 2014)

" I have just recently completed and passed the ITEC Massage Diploma (Level Three). My whole experience from day one even exam day was so wonderful. I have not really studied like this since university which was a good ten years ago. It was a fantastic challenge to have to engage my brain again. The course was over 4 months and it raced by. You have A&P desk based tuition everyone Saturday and Sunday morning. After lunch you learn and practise massage. The weekends were mentally tiring but completely empowering. The tutors really care about whether or not you actually understand the principles you are learning and really inject so much personal energy. This is what really makes the course so good. Now I must say if you take this course revise the A&P as soon as you learn it. Write up your notes. Cover your kitchen cupboards in notes and download apps on your phone to really help your revision. It is fascinating stuff but there is a lot of detail especially if like me you have no medical knowledge or background. Don't let this put you off though. The content is concise and the teaching is very focused. Months after my exams, I am still reading about the bodies systems and wanting to understand more. The course gives you everything you need to develop pre-existing massage skills or learn them from scratch like I did. When you pass which you will. You feel that all the hard work, sweat and revision was so worth while. I loved every minute and actually miss going to my School of Natural Therapies classes.   Jack Downes "
Submitted by John Downes (Jun 19th 2014)

" The course with TSNT was intensive and hard work, but throughout I found the staff professional, supportive and encouraging. The teaching style was clear and active, and staff provided resources to reinforce our learning and make it stimulating and fun. The massage practice sessions were focussed and instructive  and we received plenty of feedback to help us develop our skills. The staff had high standards and high expectations which spurred us on to do our best.     Clare Pallett "
Submitted by Clare Pallett (Jun 19th 2014)

" Hi Duncan, How are things with you? Thank you very much for the care you took in sending my ITEC diploma, it arrived in Japan safely and it is beautifull, I can't thank you enough! Since qualifying with you, I've got a holistic therapist job at a hotel and spa here in Japan and am startingwork there from 1st March. I'm so very proud of myself that I've learnt a great deal at your school and I'm sure that experience will only make me a better therapist in the future. I really like the way your tutors taught us in the lessons. I won't be able to find another Holistic Therapy School in London as professional and helpfull as yours and so when I come and study again in London I'll definitely get in touch with you! Please can you thank from the bottom of my heart, Marc, Suz, Helen as well as you xxxx Warm regards, Ayumi Uchiyama "
Submitted by Ayumi Uchida (Feb 21st 2014)

" Have booked the restaurant so we can all celebrate our wonderful results, and wonderful tutors. Nothing short of miraculous getting this old menopausal girl through those exams. Am so chuffed thought I’d grow my nails but 2 clients have already booked for next week. No peace for the wicked!! Thanks so so much again for all your professional tutoring, practical advise and support. "
Submitted by Laurin (Nov 21st 2008)

" Thank you so much for all your inspiration, hard work and making this course so enjoyable. You have certainly got me hooked into this way of life! I have enjoyed every minute of it - I am going to be lost one weekend of every month. Thank you for everything. "
Submitted by Gemma (Dec 14th 2008)

" The course gave me much more than I had hoped and expected. I now have the confidence to go out into the world and be a holistic massage therapist and I have learnt so much more about myself that can only lead to me caring for my clients and myself in a rewarding and compassionate way. I looked forward to every weekend and found that I would leave every Sunday full of an energy and enthusiasm that I have seldom found anywhere else. The course the tutors and my fellow students were fantastic and I am so excited to be continuing with another course next term. I have made friends that I will probably keep in touch with for the rest of my life. "
Submitted by Natali (Apr 14th 2009)

" Submitted by A&P student (surname withheld), SNT on Dec 19th 2009 “Louise here - just to say that I was so delighted to get my distinction in my exam. I can’t thank you enough for all your help and advice. But most importantly, for making it fun! "
Submitted by Duncan (Feb 7th 2010)

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Dates for this course
Location: South London
This is a Weekend course
Apr: 14th, 15th, 28th, 29th
May: 5th, 6th, 19th, 20th
Jun: 9th, 10th, 30th
Jul: 1st, 7th, 8th
Venue Details: Claphamspace
Tutor: Helen Cameron-Lee
Co-Tutor: Suzannah Agrippa
Note: Course runs for a total of 14 days
and is held on a Weekend
Cost: £1475.00
Exam Info: Exam date 14/07/18 TBC
Location: South London
This is a Weekend course
Sep: 8th, 9th, 22nd, 23rd
Oct: 6th, 7th, 27th, 28th
Nov: 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th
Dec: 1st, 2nd
Venue Details: Claphamspace
Tutor: Helen Cameron-Lee
Co-Tutor: Suzannah Agrippa
Note: Course runs for a total of 14 days
and is held on a Weekend
Cost: £1475.00
Exam Info: Exam Date 8th December 2018

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