VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure

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Qualification Information

VTCT Product CodeAF30489
Qualification Number600/8635/X
GLH408 - 436
Units8 - 11
Minimum Credits63
Age Restriction16+
Registration End Date31/07/2018

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The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure (QCF) is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as an employed and/or self-employed sports massage therapist. This qualification is based on massage National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's largest and leading professional association for sport and remedial therapists , The Federation of Holistic Therapists. This qualification is also recognised by the General Council for Soft Tissue Therapies (GCMT), the governing body for massage and soft tissue therapies that form all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques in the UK. The GCMT also represents several professional associations for massage.

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists and/or join any of the professional associations governed by the General Council for Soft Tissue Therapies.

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group and develops the necessary knowledge, understanding and technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a sports massage therapist.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a sports massage therapist including: functional anatomy, physiology and nutrition for sports therapies; applying sports massage methods; injuries in sport; customer service, employment rights and responsibilities; understanding the active leisure and learning sector; and field based fitness testing. These units are all mandatory.

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills base by selecting a number of optional units from a range of specialist units which include: applying taping and strapping; applying hot and cold modalities; applied sport and exercise psychology; and sports nutrition. This qualification structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to support their chosen context within the field of sports massage.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as a sports massage therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Sports injury clinics
- Sports clubs
- Leisure/fitness centres
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- Osteopathy clinics
- Physiotherapy clinics
- Chiropractic clinics

Further Learning Opportunities

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as sports massage therapist, learners may choose to complement their skills base by undertaking advanced specialist massage qualifications at Levels 4 and 5 :

- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF)
- VTCT Level 5 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF)

Qualification Structure*

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 7 units and earn a minimum of 58 credits.

Unit CodeUnit Ref.Unit TitleLevelCreditsGLH
UV20316J/600/0840Understanding employment rights and responsibilities2215
UV30319F/600/1758Understanding the active leisure and learning sector3323
UV30378H/600/8928Functional anatomy, physiology and nutrition for sports therapies31290
UV30379D/600/8930Applying sports massage methods to non-pathological tissue318120
UV30577H/601/7676Customer service in the sport and active leisure industry3326
UV30578Y/601/4998Injuries in sport3542
UV50581K/601/1877Field-based fitness testing for sport and exercise51560

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 1 units and earn a minimum of 5 credits.

Unit CodeUnit Ref.Unit TitleLevelCreditsGLH
UV30555K/601/8909Applying taping and strapping to support and limit specific movement in sport and active leisure3532
UV30570R/602/1495Applying hot and cold techniques in sport and active leisure3532
UV31541F/600/0044Applied sport and exercise psychology31060
UV31542H/502/5640Sports nutrition31060

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre NameTelephoneWebsiteLocation
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus01582 477776http://www.centralbeds.ac.ukBedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Sussex Coast College Hastings01424 458395http://www.sussexcoast.ac.ukEast Sussex
Bolton College01204 482000http://www.bolton.ac.ukGreater Manchester - Bolton
South Downs College023 9279 7979http://www.southdowns.ac.ukHampshire
Oaklands College01727 737000http://www.oaklands.ac.ukHertfordshire
Heysham High School01524 416830http://www.heyshamhigh.co.ukLancashire
West Lancashire College01695 52300http://www.westlancs.ac.ukLancashire
Loughborough College01509 215831http://www.loucoll.ac.ukLeicestershire
Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education01472 311222http://www.grimsby.ac.ukLincolnshire - North East Lincolnshire
Knowsley Community College0151 477 5850http://www.knowsleycollege.ac.ukMerseyside - Knowsley
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus01744 733766http://www.sthelens.ac.ukMerseyside - St. Helens
City College Norwich01603 773393http://www.ccn.ac.ukNorfolk
Middlesbrough College01642 333333http://www.mbro.ac.ukNorth Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
Moulton College01604 491131http://www.moulton.ac.uk/Northamptonshire
Balby Carr Community Academy0845 345 1629http://www.balbycarr.org.ukSouth Yorkshire - Doncaster
Leamington College, part of Warwickshire College Group01926 318000http://www.warwickshire.ac.ukWarwickshire
Guernsey College of Further Education01481 737500Guernsey
Aesthetica Institute of Cosmetology+91 2717 244176 / ?+91 82389 88444?http://aestheticaindia.comIndia
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot01639 648200http://www.nptcgroup.ac.ukNeath Port Talbot