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:
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:
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:
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:-
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 –
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.
Students will need to provide:
You may also wish to enhance your treatment portfolio with other treatments such as:
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.
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.
"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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Submitted by Clare Pallett (Jun 19th 2014)
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
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)
Location: South London
This is a Weekend course
Apr: 1st, 2nd, 23rd
May: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 27th, 28th
Jun: 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th
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
Exam Info: 15th July 2017
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