Project Description


ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage QN 603/4092/7

  • 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.

Our weekend/ evening courses run over a total of 3.5 – 4 months and are taught using a blended learning approach. There will be a mixture of face to face and remote classes + 1 exam day.

Practical massage classes– will all be face to face, at weekends, 9:30am – 5:30pm.

A&P classes – most will be taught remotely via live interactive classes on Zoom on Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm.

There will also be just a few face-to-face classes on weekends.

Zoom classes will be recorded and available to watch for revision or if you have missed a session. This approach has proven itself to be very popular and very successful.

The School of Natural Therapies’ ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage provides an exciting, dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable learning experience for all students undertaking one of our internationally recognised diplomas. The new, refreshed ITEC Diploma in Massage 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 holistic massage and therapeutic skills on one of our other diplomas such as Reflexology, Aromatherapy massage, or Sports massage, or, on our short CPD courses.

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 this new ITEC Massage Diploma examination. On successful completion, 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 other Diplomas or further advanced massage courses
  • 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 ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage, we offer this ‘Fast track/ Intensive’ option.

  • This means that throughout the three/four months you study with us, you will be required to attend on some weekend dates, but not every weekend.
  • Our courses run every term, i.e. Three times a year.
  • Courses take place in South West London at our popular venue in Clapham, with excellent public transport links – some street parking is also free at weekends.

Course Structure

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:

Unit iUCT24 – Provide Body 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.

Unit iUCT38 – 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.
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

Unit iUCT21 – 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 and marked internally by the school)

Unit iUCT34 – 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 iUCT29 – 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.

Course Fees

ONLY £1497.00

A deposit of £295.00 will secure your place.

Course fees may be paid in full or the balance may be spread over two monthly instalments of £631:00 (this includes a 5% admin fee) + £130 exam fee

These fees include the following:

  • Guided learning in class & remotely with tutor support.
  • Direction and support for home study.
  • Comprehensive SNT level 3 course notes manual.
  • ITEC exam fees and final certificate.
  • Notepad and pen.
  • Advice, guidance and discount with choosing and purchasing a quality massage couch and equipment
  • A friendly and relaxed learning environment

Exam Fee

On registration as a student during the course, an exam fee of £135.00 is applicable


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.

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.

Exam Details

  • ITEC Practical Examination – 45 minutes
  • Multiple choice theory test 50 questions on exam day – 55-minute paper.
  • 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

Photos from the Course


Course Dates and Info

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2024 Fast-track blended learning course – BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! 

Every Wednesday evening 11/9/24 – 4/12/24 @  6:30-8:30pm, live classes on Zoom.

Plus, the weekends below at our Clapham studio, 9:30am – 5:30pm.

September 2024

 7, 8, 14, 22



19, 20 (both dates on Zoom, 9:30am -1:00pm Business Unit)


2, 30 


1, 7, 8

December 14th 2024 – exam day



Examining Body


ITEC is an international examination board offering a variety of qualifications worldwide.

Latest Reviews

5 star rating

I had such an amazing experiencing studying at The School of Natural Therapies. I looked into a lot of options when choosing where to study, and the reviews of this school stood out to me – all I can say is the reviews are spot on! I completed my ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage. The use of blended learning worked really well – although it felt overwhelming at times I trusted the tutors when they said it would all come together in the end and it definitely did! I was able to continue my employment while studying evenings and weekends, and felt supported the entire time. I passed with results I’m very proud of, and certainly wouldn’t have been able to do so without the thorough, and fun, teaching methods of Helen and Suz. Thank you for all the help, education and support!

Bethany (May 20, 2024)

5 star rating

I am so grateful, because I chose SNT, Helen and Suz were extraordinary teachers, patient, dedicated to their profession, with experience behind them, for me it was a real challenge because English is my second language, not only did I I successfully passed the exam and got a diploma in massage therapy, but I managed to regain my confidence that regardless of your age, your studies, your experience, you can develop new skills. I strongly recommend you to choose SNT, because you also have the online A&P course that gives you the opportunity to listen and review at any time, I loved this part, it helped me a lot to fix my knowledge. Next, I already signed up for the chair massage with Suz.

Mihaela (May 13, 2024)

5 star rating

I found the course really interesting as it is very different to my day job and the mixture of academic and practical makes it all the more engaging and fascinating.
The learning is intense and is a lot to take on when you have a full time job, but if you pay close attention to deadlines and manage your time well from the start, it is manageable and prepares you well for the final exams.
The tutors were excellent and were committed to helping you achieve the very best that you can.

Lucy Alford (December 28, 2023)

5 star rating

🌟 Unforgettable ITEC Massage Diploma Journey 🌟

Just wrapped up the most amazing ITEC Diploma in Massage course, and I’m still buzzing with excitement! 📚💆‍♀️ Huge shout-out to the dynamic duo of tutors, Helen and Suzannah, who took this experience to the next level.

Helen, your expertise in breaking down the intricacies of anatomy and physiology was nothing short of outstanding. You made learning so enjoyable and accessible, turning complex concepts into easily digestible information. 🧠📊 Your patience in answering every question, no matter how tricky, truly set the foundation for success in massage therapy.

Suzannah, your passion for the art of massage is downright contagious! 🙌 Your practical sessions were an adventure, diving deep into various techniques and their incredible effects on the body. Your passion, energy and guidance made every technique come alive, and I’m beyond grateful for the confidence you’ve instilled in me.

But what really made this course shine was the harmonious synergy between Helen and Suzannah. 🤝 The way you seamlessly bridged theory and practice was a game-changer. It’s like you two were destined to teach together – a match made in educational heaven! Their combined expertise, friendship, kindness, passion and dedication to their craft enriched the learning experience in ways I could not have anticipated.

For anyone considering the world of massage therapy, I can’t recommend this course enough. It’s not just about learning; it’s about embracing a transformative journey. 🌈❤️ Thank you, Helen and Suzannah, for lighting up my path in the world of massage. This is just the beginning! 🌟🌿 #ITECMassageDiploma #BestTutorsEver #PassionInLearning

Donna Wiltshire (August 18, 2023)

5 star rating

I would highly recommend this course. The teaching methods were varied to suit different learning needs. All the tutors were incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. They held your hand throughout the whole process, ensuring you were fully prepared for the exam at the end. Thank you Helen, Suz and Melanie.
Maria Class April 2022.

Maria (January 11, 2023)

5 star rating

One of my best experiences in London. Being of a different nationality, I started a little scared that the language barrier would be a problem. It wasn’t like that at all, the teachers’ way of teaching is extraordinary, I felt at home. I recommend this school to everyone who wants to enter right into this beautiful world of massage!

Marius Gabriel Sava (February 16, 2022)