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Level 4 Certificate Sports Massage

Subject Area

Sport & Public Services

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

What is the course about?

This qualification will provide you with the knowledge, integrity, competency, and proficiency required to perform sports massage on a range of clients to prevent and manage injuries and conditions. Successful achievement of this qualification will allow you to gain employment within an organisational setting or alternatively in a self-employed environment.

Why should I choose the course?

This in-depth course prepares you for industry and develops your sports massage techniques to a level 4 standard. By completing this course, you will gain high quality skills, knowledge, and behaviours which can be adapted to a variety of clients. The course runs over one evening each week for the full academic year and is designed to develop and embed your knowledge and techniques. Throughout the course you will gain hands on experience in a realistic environment, with open clinics taking place throughout the year.

What will I learn?

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the practice of sports massage therapy, including functional anatomy and physiology. You will develop and understand the effects and benefits of conducting subjective and objective assessments and treatment modalities to suit the client. You will develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages to cryotherapy and heat treatments. The course will also provide you with high quality skills and techniques to plan and prepare for a range of clients. You will apply a range of sports massage methods to help clients prevent and manage injuries. You will also develop skills to evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future practice.

In order to complete this qualification, you must achieve all three mandatory units:

  1. Conducting subjective and objective assessment
  2. Provide sports massage techniques to prevent and manage injury
  3. Treatment modalities to support soft tissue injury.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, a portfolio of evidence, and practical assessments.

What will the course lead on to?

This qualification is focused on employing a range of methods to massage uninjured clients in sport and active leisure. Therefore, graduates of this programme will be equipped to work in an unsupervised capacity throughout the sport and active leisure industry. This qualification is recognised as an approved qualification for continued professional development (CPD) by the Sports Massage Association. It also provides progression opportunities to additional VTCT level 4 qualifications as well as progression onto a level 5 in sports massage.

Are there any links with industry and university?

The department has various industry links with organisations such as Warrington Running Club and local boxing gyms.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. For further information on student support please visit:

Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we have a team of dedicated, experienced staff who can share their extensive knowledge and skills with you. Learning in a friendly and inclusive environment, you will be fully supported to achieve your goals.

What are the entry requirements?

To enter this course, you will need to have successfully completed the Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma. It is desirable but not essential that you have experience of working within the industry.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

A mandatory top is to be purchased and you may wish to purchase an optional jacket. Costs will be confirmed upon application.

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Course options


33 Weeks
Class Times
18:00 - 21:00
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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Fees Information
This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.
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