ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage – QCF Level 3

ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage – QCF Level 32018-05-08T14:23:10+00:00

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

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 8 separate weekends, this means that throughout the three/four months you study with us, it will include most weekends, but not every weekend.

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:

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 and marked 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.

Course Fees

Level 3 ONLY £1475.00
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 £418.00  (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


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

Photos from the Course

Examining Body


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Latest Reviews

5 star rating

I booked on the ITEC Diploma in Massage because I had decided on a change of career and wanted to start as soon as possible. After looking around at various schools, I chose this course because of the location, and reputation of the school – and I haven’t been disappointed!

The ITEC Diploma in Massage is THE course to take if starting a career in massage therapy; make no mistake: the course is intense, but the support we have received from the course tutors, Helen and Suzannah, has been outstanding from start to finish – and we have all made it to exam day. To get all the students on a course of this intensity exam-ready in 3 months is quite an achievement!

The quantity of material covered in the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology module is immense; there is no way that I would be able to learn it and understand it all from a book or an online course – and Helen’s engaging and inspiring way of teaching has ensured that we all have a thorough understanding of the material. I cannot imagine a better anatomy teacher!

Suzannah has given us a really grounded knowledge of massage – and has given us excellent feedback on how to improve our massage technique.

And also, there has been a great atmosphere in our classes and rapport between the students and teachers.

I cannot recommend this course or school highly enough – and am looking forward to attending further CPD courses here.

Graham (December 7, 2018)

5 star rating

I really enjoyed the course! It was intense and there was a lot of theory and massage techniques to learn, but Helen and Suzannah (Suz) made it fun and engaging, if you listen to them and keep on top of the coursework and homework you’ll get there. I was also lucky to be with a great group of people on my course.

Researching where to do the course can be a long and confusing process but I would definitely encourage people to come here. The tutors are so supportive and friendly, they make you feel comfortable and free to ask questions and just encourage you to get stuck in. Helen made anatomy accessible and fun. Yes, who would have thought learning about anatomy can be fun! She made us realise how fascinating our bodies are, getting us involved with practical demonstrations and providing tips on how to remember information for the exam. Meanwhile Suz developed our massage skills, teaching us massage techniques, planning coursework, providing extra support if we needed it and pointers to improve. She prepared us not just for the exam but to be good practitioners and successful massage therapists in the future. They make a great team, many thanks to them both!

Avril (July 23, 2018)

4 star rating

This course is a brilliant way to learn Anatomy & Physiology as Helen is a gifted teacher who understands how to best convey often complex information in an absorbing, simple way. Some of us, as students, are blessed with wonderful auditory skills; whilst others (like myself) only seem to learn in a visual way. Helen’s teaching caters to all students, but what particularly impressed me was her deep understanding of and her own evident enjoyment of the material which ensures that all student queries are answered in an engaging and easy to comprehend way. I would say that with her teaching it’s almost impossible to fail. For this reason alone i would sign up!” All the best

Susan (June 20, 2018)

4 star rating

I booked onto the Holistic massage course in January as been thinking about a change in career, even if start part time and wanted to try something where I would make a difference. A friend recommended SNT and I rang and had a long chat with Helen who was just so positive and helpful that I put a deposit down that evening! Yes the course is intense but SNT have fabulous tutors- Helen is inspiring, her knowledge of anatomy and how to get students involved is second to none and I would recommend everyone to be taught by her. I had and still do have some self doubt but Helen said I would pass and I did and this is thanks to her and Suzannah. The practical side, I never thought I would get hang of but I did, and am still learning but I really enjoyed it, yes doing case studies is full on but I really enjoyed doing them and learnt and continue to learn so much by doing them and continuing to practise on friends and colleagues. Suzannah is very competent and passionate about massage and she truly wants every student to succeed and she makes sure we do- I would recommend SNT to others I met a great bunch of fellow students who I hope do well in the future. I am seeing where this can take me. Sports massage next for me and yes it will be here at SNT.

Joanna King (June 10, 2018)

5 star rating

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

Elena Menegazzo (January 31, 2018)

5 star rating

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 (June 21, 2017)