Course Type: Part Time

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

  • Course Code STA0103
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Evening
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Academy for Sport - Stadium

The VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is focused towards those seeking to gain employment as a sports massage therapist providing sports massage to prevent and manage injury. This course is offered on a Wednesday evening at our Academy for Sport campus.


Through this qualification you will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to apply sports massage methods competently to recent non-acute injury and pre-existing conditions. This will include a range of massage techniques additional to those acquired at Level 3, which include: connective tissue, soft tissue release, corrective frictions, trigger points and muscle energy techniques.


You will develop your subjective and objective assessment skills to include clinical reasoning and the use of a wide range of special and functional muscle test. You will be able to give advice on treatment modalities used to support soft tissue repair at each stage of injury. In addition you will explore a wide range of pathophysiology and acquire a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology through the practical application of the newly acquired objective tests.


It is a requirement that you have a Level 3 qualification in sports massage therapy and an interview will be required prior to enrolment.


As part of the course you will complete a range of written assignment, will need to complete a range of practical observations demonstrating your knowledge and will be expected to provide and demonstrate sports massage methods learned in a range of practical scenario situations.


You could continue your studies to gain other related qualifications in subjects such as YMCA gym instruction or personal training, which would complement this qualification. 

An interview is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy

The cost of this course varies depending on your age and circumstances.

If you are under 19 years old, this course is free.

If you are aged over 19 years old you may qualify for free or reduced price course fees, depending on your circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 years over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee upfront in full and qualify for a 10% discount.

For an up to date cost and more finance information please visit an Enrolment Event, call 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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