Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Now Combined Level 3 and 4 Sports Massage Therapy

To fall in line with the Sports Massage Regulator (CNHC) new requirements, we will no longer be offering a stand-alone Level 3 Sports Massage course, as CNHC will not accept this for registration.   You may be able to take Level 3 Sports Massage as a stand alone course with other providers , but not with Active Health Group, as  we do not feel that it is in the best interest of our students to offer them a course that will not be recognised when they graduate.  

We now offer a combined Level 3 and 4 course, and we have reduced the combined cost compared to what it would cost for separate Level 3 and Level 4 courses.

Upon successful completion you will be able to join all of the following organisations:

  • Sports Therapy Organisation - Leading Sports Therapy Professional Association

  • Sports Massage Association - Leading Soft Tissue Therapy Professional Association

  • Federation of Holistic Therapists - Professional Association and Accredited Register

  • CNHC - Sports Massage Regulator and Accredited Register

Using a combination of online learning and practical training we will be covering:

  • Anatomy & Physiology for Sports Massage

  • Principles of health and fitness

  • Understanding the principles of soft tissue dysfunction

  • Professional practice in sports massage

  • Sports massage treatments

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Sports Massage consultations

  • Postural and ROM Assessments

  • Sports Maintenance Massage

  • Pre, Post, and Inter-event Massage

  • Static Stretching 

  • Myofascial Release*

  • Postural Realignment*

  • Trigger Point Therapy*

  • Soft Tissue Release

  • Soft Tissue Mobilisations*

  • Muscle Energy Techniques

  • PNF

  • Orthopaedic Clinical Assessments

  • Hot and Cold Therapy

  • Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Dysfunction

  • Infection Prevention (Covid-19)

*unique to AHG.




Progression Route

Level 5 Advanced Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation


In addition to the course dates below, 2 additional days will be required for skills consolidation and VTCT exam/assessment, once all the home study and 100 hours case studies have been completed.   The Level 3/4 course consists of 19 days in class, plus two additional consolidation and assessment days.   In addition to this you will be required to attend approximately 60 hours of online Zoom theory lessons*, and  obtain 100 hours of case studies (many of which are completed in our student clinic).  There is also approximately 350 logged hours of home study on our online classroom to complete.  (You will need access to the internet, and a PC or Laptop with Word/PDF reader). Total Qualification Time: 670 hours - this meets the requirements for CNHC Sports Massage Registration.   *We have a flexible online schedule to support our learners.  


As a private training provider we do not receive government funding.  We also do not accept Advanced Learner Loans.

Course fees can be paid with a £400 deposit, and equal, interest-free monthly instalments over the duration of the practical training.  If you opt to pay your course fee in full at the time of booking, you will receive a 10% discount. Course fees vary and can be found next to the relevant course dates.

If you have been affected by Covid, such as redundancy or loss of income, we may be able to offer a Tuition Award, please click here for details.


  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

  • AHG Level 4 Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy

  • TQUK Level 4 Award in Understanding Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

  • VTCT Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention for Sports Massage

2021 Dates - Manchester Venue


WKD0121: #30/31 January; 20/21 February;  6 March#;
20/21 March; 17/18 April; 15/16 May; 19/20 June; 17/18 July; 14/15 August; 18/19 September - Course fee:  £1895.00



MON0221: #22 - 26 February#;

22 - 26 March; 19 - 23 April; 17 - 20 May.  Course fee: £1895.00


Practical sessions will resume in March.

  • Level 3 and 4 combined Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 and 4 combined Sports Massage Therapy

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