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.

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 7 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 offer a blended learning evening course too, combining classroom and remote learning, extending the duration of the course for a gentler pace.

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 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

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.

Please note that as from January 1st 2021, all students enrolled on this course are now required to study an additional, COVID-19 compulsory unit, in order to achieve their massage diploma qualification.

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to work safely. Learners will develop knowledge on the importance of social responsibility, the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19, and the methods used to control transmission, such as correct hand hygiene and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They will also gain an understanding of the safe working practices required to protect themselves and their clients.

This unit has 6 learning outcomes:

  • LO1 Understand the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19 
  • LO2 Understand social responsibility for the complementary therapy and sports massage sectors in relation to COVID-19 
  • LO3 Understand the controls necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 
  • LO4 Understand the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hand Hygiene and Personal Hygiene in the prevention of COVID-19 
  • LO5 Understand potential hazards and risks and the workplace procedures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the complementary therapy/sports massage environment 
  • LO6 Understand decontamination and waste management processes relevant to complementary therapies and sports massage

On scheduled exam days, students will be required to undertake an additional multiple choice question paper, consisting of 23 questions.

30 minutes are allocated for this exam.

There is an additional cost of £20.00 to undertake this compulsory unit.

Please note that qualifications cannot be issued unless this unit is successfully completed.

Course Fees

Level 3 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 three monthly instalments of £425.00 (This includes a 5% admin fee)

The course fees include the following:

  • Guided learning in class with tutor support.
  • Direction and support for home study.
  • Comprehensive SNT level 3 course notes manual.
  • ITEC examination fees and final certificate.
  • A copy of Louise Tucker’s Introductory Guide to Anatomy & Physiology text book
  • Note pad and pen.
  • Advice, guidance and discount with choosing and purchasing a quality massage couch and equipment at student rates.
  • A friendly and relaxed learning environment

Please note that as from January 1st 2021, all students enrolled on this course are now required to study an additional, COVID-19 compulsory unit, in order to achieve their massage diploma qualification. 

There will be an additional fee of £20.00 to cover the cost of this unit – your tutor will discuss this with you on enrolment.

Please see Course Structure.


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, 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

Please note that there is now a requirement to undertake an additional compulsory COVID-19 unit exam which consists of 23 multiple choice questions – this exam will be timetabled in alongside the above unit 380 on exam day – please see Course Structure

Photos from the Course


Course Dates

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage 

Sept – Dec 2022 intake – blended learning

A&P classes – at home, via Zoom, live & interactive, Wed evenings 6:30-8:30pm 

Sept 7,14,21,28

Oct 5,12,19,26

Nov 2,9,16,23,30

Dec 7 

Massage classes 9:30am – 5:30pm at our Clapham studio

Sept 4,11,25

Oct 15 (Business day), 16


Attendance 9:30am – 5:30pm, A&P in morning + Massage in afternoon, on the dates below

Nov 5,6,19,20

Dec 3,4


Exam day: Monday 12th December 2022




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Latest Reviews

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)

5 star rating

I am amazed how the team of SNT has delivered an excellent course in spite of the uncertainty of Covid-19 restrictions. I enjoyed the course as it is not only well structured but also teachers make sure, you, as a student is learning the subjects as well as enjoying the course. Moreover, teachers listen to your queries and your feedback.
I felt confident when I sat for my examinations, thanks to SNT!

Dora Aram (February 5, 2022)

5 star rating

My teachers were amazing. They made sure we were equipped with all the information we needed and made learning fun and easier to understand.
I enjoyed learning and I know feel confident to go ahead as a massage therapist.

Cerine Finnikin (January 19, 2022)

4 star rating

I’ve completed the Itec Level 3 Massage combined with A&P and both courses were very engaged. I’ve learned a lot with Helen in A&P, and Suzannah in Practical massage. Business as well as this is given me tools for merchandising my business. The tutors are very helpful.
Definitely I recommend the school if you are interested in learning Massage.
I will continuing the courses next year.
Thank you very much.
Marcelo Colombo

Marcelo Romero Colombo (December 27, 2020)

5 star rating

I have recently completed Holistic Massage course with SNT and can’t recommend it enough.
Both teachers, Helen and Suz, were absolutely amazing – passionate, professional and very helpful. I didn’t expect those classes to be so much fun too!
If you’re looking for a place to start your massaging career, look no further!

Gosia Zbudniewek (February 19, 2020)

5 star rating

I’ve just completed the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage! I cannot say how much I recommend this course and this school! When I started this course, I had an interest in massage therapy but I had no idea about the world of holistic/ complementary therapies and what it entailed. Helen and Suzannah were brilliant tutors. Helen is a fantastic A & P teacher who makes the course content interesting, enjoyable and lessons with her left me feeling prepared for the final exam. Suzannah was brilliant at answering all of our questions and helping us to develop our massage techniques. Both of them were very patient and filled us with confidence whenever we felt overwhelmed. I was very pleased with my exam results and I feel excited to begin a career as a Massage Therapist!

Alexandria Walters (January 23, 2020)