Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy - Cambridge Regional College
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YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Performance Massage

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Performance Massage

Course Information

Cambridge Campus, Jan 2025, 17:00
Level: 3
Start Date:Jan 2025
End Date:12/06/2025
Days: THU
Location: Cambridge Campus
Duration: 17 Weeks
Start Time: 17:00
End Time: 21:00
Type: Part Time
Fees: £600
About the Course

The YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Performance Massage replaces the generic Sports Massage qualification we used to offer, has been updated by the awarding body so that it aligns with current education and the practical skills required in industry. These are the first qualifications specifically designed to map to the latest national occupational standards (NOS). Developed in association with The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists (SMA) and fully endorsed by General Council for Massage Therapy (GCMT). This qualification will also support learners to gain full membership of sports massage therapy professional associations.


This qualification aims to help the learner to understand the skills required of them as a Performance Massage Therapist. Learners will gain the knowledge and understanding needed to plan, provide and evaluate massage treatments. Treatments learnt on the course will cover pre, post and inter-event maintenance and maintenance, using a range of basic massage techniques. Learners can use this qualification to set up their own business, or alternative progress onto the higher Level 4 Certificate Sports Massage (Soft Tissue Dysfunction) qualification or use this qualification to progress onto university.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 17 and over, fit enough to perform sports massage and have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 3 and above. Previous Fitness qualifications are not required. *You may be required to source clients for the completion of your practical observation on course.


The course will be delivered in a variety of ways, with face-to-face contact and distance learning from home. Therefore, you will be required to be motivated and organised to ensure you complete your studies timely as there are eight mandatory units on the course to cover and complete. The tutors on the course will be able to guide you and answer all queries whilst you are on the course. You will attend specific dates to carry out your practical studies.

All units assessed via a range of methods such as assessment workbooks, worksheets and observations.

Units studied:

Knowledge and understanding
• Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology.
• Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness
• Further Anatomy and Physiology for Performance Massage
• Massage Professional Practice
• The Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
• Assessing Clients and Treatment Planning
• Application of Performance Massage
• Providing Post-Treatment Care Advice

• Assessment and screening of clients for performance massage treatments.
• Formulations of massage strategies in accordance with the client's requirements and expectations.
• Application of fundamental performance massage techniques.
• Evaluation of performance massage treatments.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct, some details may be subject to change. Cambridge Regional College reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient.

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