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 17 days in class.   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 vary and can be found next to the relevant course dates.


  • 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



WKD0721: 10th/11th July; 7th/8th August; 11th/12th September; 2nd/3rd  October; 6th/7th November; 4th/5th December;

22nd/23rd January 2022; 19th/20th February.

 In addition to these dates you will be required to attend 2 additional consolitation and exam days at a later date.

Course Fee: £1895.00 payable in 8 monthly payments of £236.87.  Pay in full for 10% discount.  To book please the button below.

  • Level 4 Sports Massage with Access Course
    Active Health Group
    10 Jul 2021, 09:45 – 19 Feb 2022, 17:00
    Active Health Group, 79 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FL, UK
    for those without a Level 3 sports massage qualification