On successful completion of the full level five program, students will receive three certificates:
Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage (Level 5)
The School of Natural Therapies provides advanced sports and remedial massage training with our popular two-step programme, leading to a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage.
The 2-step programme consists of practical and theoretical study, leading towards an ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy, providing students with solid robust skills in Sports Massage Therapy.
The next step is a 6 month bridging programme, allowing students who have qualified either with the Level 3 programme above, or those who already hold an existing, recognised Level 3 or Level 4 Sports Massage qualification. This part of the programme requires students to attend one weekend per month.
The advantages of studying a 2-step programme such as this are:-
This qualification benchmarks not only the highest quality standards, but also the highest qualification available for the Clinical Sports & Remedial Massage Industry in the UK today. The level 3 and level 5 programme takes place over 11 months and is externally validated by:
Developing the skills necessary to become an accomplished and advanced practitioner takes time and practice to learn and assimilate. Remember that once qualified, you may well find yourself working alongside other healthcare professionals, such as Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and similar. Therefore, we do not advocate fast-track training when working to these standards.
The main objectives of our full program, is to provide successful candidates with the skills needed to:
On successful completion of the programme, the skills learned on the course will enable graduates to work not only within the sport and leisure industry, but also to work with other client bases unrelated to sports injuries; for example work and occupational musco-skeletal and soft tissue injuries. Therefore, it is worth noting that the skills gained on this programme can be applied to a variety of medical conditions as well.
It is also worth noting that we are validated as a school, by the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage (ISRM) who have overseen this level of training for a number of years and have achieved much within the remedial massage industry, to establish what is now a recognised field in modern healthcare.
Initial Level 3 Syllabus (Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy)
This course will be examined by a visiting ITEC examiner and succesful students will achieve a diploma at Level 3 initially (which is equivalent to NVQ 3, Advanced GNVQ, BTEC National and AS/A Level) and some home study and case studies are required away from the classroom.
The course will take place over four months, spread over seven study weekends, which means that initial study will take place over approximately two weekends per month – see dates for this course above and on the right hand side of this page.
The Level 3 course consists of two units, which cover:-
Unit 416 – Functional Anatomy, Phyiology and Nutrition for Sports Therapies
Students will learn how to understand the structures and functions of -
This unit will be assessed by an externally set multiple choice question paper (25 questions) on exam day.
Unit 417 – Applying Sports Massage Methods to Non-pathalogical Tissue.
Students will be able to understand, explain and apply the following –
This unit will be assessed using the following methods on exam day:
This comprises of a six study weekends, one weekend per month, culminating in an examination weekend (an additional 7th weekend), consisting of –
In order to satisfy BTEC requirements for the Level 5 program, learners will also need to undertake the following home study assignments:
Summary of study weekends subject areas, there are 6 in total) :-
Biomechanics, Joint assessment and specialised Tests – during the programme, students’ will-
Soft Tissue Release (STR) – to include:
Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)
Preparing to set up a successful clinical practice – to include the following sessions:-
Consolidation and Clinical Practice Weekend – an opportunity to assimilate the whole bridging programme content, revisit all techniques and to prepare for the final Level 5 examination. The weekend includes a Clinic day, with real clients, with injuries, and muscular and soft tissue dysfunction. All clinical clients will be seeking sport & remedial massage intervention, help and remedial advice. Great preparation for the forthcoming exam.
Please note that the study weekends do not run in the above order, rather the full programme focuses on elements of the above disciplines during every weekend as appropriate and where required.
We do factor in plenty of time to re-visit and practice all techniques learned, in order for students to be able to consolidate these techniques into a cohesive treatment programme.
Course Entry Requirements for Beginners
Course Entry Requirements for existing practitioners
This course is also open to qualified or student practitioners of disciplines, such as –
On successful completion of the course, graduates can-
CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration with CNHC. The CNHC quality mark (above) is being recognised as the hallmark of quality for the sector. This means that the general public, and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners, will be able to choose with confidence by looking for the CNHC quality mark.
The Department of Health in November 2009 stated: "CNHC is the only voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare which has official government backing. No other organisation has the same exacting criteria or focus on safety and quality."
The ISRM has been approved by the CNHC to verify applications for registration and encourages its members to register in order to gain the quality mark. The ISRM/BTEC qualification exceeds the standards set by CNHC and graduates are eligible to register.
Thanks for the opportunity to study with you guys, it was a great experience and I've learnt a lot.
The lectures were the best I've ever had, especially Trevor and Alison.
Submitted by NC- 2013 (Nov 19th 2013)
Firstly can I thank you, Trevor, Alison and Julianne for a fantastic course. I have really learnt so much about so many different aspects of sports & remedial massage. The confidence levels that your lecturers have installed in me are first class.
I would also like to compliment you on the thorough anatomy & assessment criteria needed on the course.
My knowledge has been severely tested in past 3 months as I have been treating injuries galore within the gym I work in, plus in addition to this I am now the resident Sports Therapist for Old Owens FC each Saturday.
The knowledge I gained from completing the level 5 course has stood me in great stead with the assessment & treatment of soft tissue injuries. I have used as this alongside the PT exercise rehabilitation benefits I can offer with the gym.
In addition to this I have now landed the Sports Therapist role for The SAL (Southern Amateur League) & The AFA (Amateur Football Alliance)
My only regret is that I should have completed the course years ago.
Send my best wishes to all the team at SNT.
Submitted by Ed Pritchard (Nov 1st 2013)
Jan: 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th
Feb: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
Mar: 8th, 9th, 29th, 30th
Apr: 12th, 13th
May: 24th, 25th
Jun: 7th, 8th
Jul: 12th, 13th
Aug: 9th, 10th
Sep: 13th, 14th
Oct: 18th, 19th
Location: British School of Osteopathy
Tutor: Trevor Gorard
Co-Tutor: Alison Christoforou
Co-Tutor 2: Julie-ann Gillitt
Note: Course runs for a total of 28 days
and is held on a Weekend
The BTEC National Diploma is a vocational qualification taken in England and Wales and Northern Ireland by young people aged 16 and over and by adults.