Qualification Information

Sector: Complementary Therapy Category: Complementary Therapy
VTCT Product Code: AC30406 GLH: 296 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/4841/4 Units: 4 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 57

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Guided Learning Hours

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 266 GLH.

Primary Outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage is to confirm your competence as a massage therapist in the complementary therapy sector. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a massage therapist.


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a massage therapist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a massage therapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in complementary therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a massage therapist including the mandatory units, knowledge and understanding the principles of complementary therapies and business practice, anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies. You will also develop your understanding and practical skills to competently provide massage services.

Throughout this qualification you develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, and client care. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide massage treatments using a variety of different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will confirm your competence for employment as a massage therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a massage therapist. Career opportunities as a massage therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working in commercial a complementary therapy clinic, beauty salon or spa.
- Working in the NHS in a hospital or care home.
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings.

This is the only VTCT qualification in massage for the complementary therapy sector at level 3.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the complementary therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a massage therapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found here.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 57 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV31267 L/503/7779 Business practice for complementary therapies 3 12 60
UV31268 A/503/7776 Principles and practice of complementary therapies 3 13 30
UV31299 R/503/7640 Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies 3 13 94
UV31300 D/503/7740 Provide body massage for complementary therapies 3 19 112

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


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

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 Name Telephone Website Location
Mendip School of Mind and Body Work 01225 753061 Visit website Bristol, City of
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Elysium Salon and Private Academy Limited 01763 449005 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Greenhouse Therapies 01244 637851 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire West and Chester
CTIA Ltd 01925 242814 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Cornwall Adult Education 01872 323033 Visit website Cornwall
Cornwall Adult Education - Bude 01288 356629 Visit website Cornwall
Cornwall Adult Education - Camelford 01288 356629 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Infinity Training Academy 02392983223 Visit website Derbyshire
Nottingham College - Chesterfield 0115 884 2402 Visit website Derbyshire
White Rose Beauty College Chesterfield 01246 588773 Visit website Derbyshire
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
The White Rose School of Beauty and Complimentary Therapy 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
School of Massage & Physical Performance 01323 736187 Visit website East Sussex
Brighton Holistics 01273 672690 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 01273 667788 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Sussex School of Natural Therapies 07906 140674 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
The Angel Academy of Teaching and Training 020 8508 2243 Visit website Essex
Any Driver Ltd Gloucester Visit website Gloucestershire
Cheltenham School of Complementary Therapy & Beauty 01242 255440 Visit website Gloucestershire
Forest Oasis 07909 766542 Visit website Gloucestershire
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Stroud Campus 01453 763424 Visit website Gloucestershire
Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Manchester School of Massage 0161 881 7171 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty 0161 236 7181 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Full Spectrum Centre Limited 0161 711 0658 / 07734 255 666 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
The Sun and Beauty Rooms Training Academy 01942 221511 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Calming Influences Ltd 023 8040 6672 Visit website Hampshire
FTT Beauty and Training Centre 01727 768559 Visit website Hertfordshire
Holistic and Beauty Training @ The Rooms 07946 521266 Visit website Hertfordshire
West Herts College 01923 812500 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Mid-Kent College - Maidstone Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent
Plena Holistic 07931526658 Visit website Kent
Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy 01634710227 Visit website Kent - Medway
Preston Therapy Centre 07796 297071 Visit website Lancashire
House of Halteres Training Academy 0333 200 1569 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - Wigston Campus 0116 264 3555 Visit website Leicestershire
Any Driver Leicester 07909 777775 Visit website Leicestershire - Leicester
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
The Therapy Centre LSTMB 020 8464 3116 Visit website London - Bromley
Beauty Training Harrow 020 8206 2930 Visit website London - Harrow
Sarahartistry 07903 864000 Visit website London - Redbridge
Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service 020 8496 2974 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
SkillFill Training 07734758183 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
North West Vocational College 07886942673 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Yve Holistic Training 07877 073 406 Visit website Norfolk
Central College of Health and Beauty Harrogate 01423 527994 Visit website North Yorkshire
Craven College 01756 791411 Visit website North Yorkshire
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
The York School of Holistic Therapies 01904 655550 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
York College 01904 770200 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
York Holistic Training 07565 708918 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
Any Driver Ltd Northampton 07741 642262 Visit website Northamptonshire
The Therapy Training Centre 07920 066112 Visit website Northamptonshire
Skills North East Limited 0191 250 4590 Visit website Northumberland
Essential Solutions School of Complementary Therapies 07910 332811 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Any Driver Ltd Nottingham 07989 777775 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College - Wheeler Gate Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Elite Beauty Academy 07729 633758 Visit website Somerset
Innovative Training 07710578989 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Health Academics 07956 371542 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
White Rose School of Health & Beauty - Barnsley 01226 786763 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
Any Driver Ltd Doncaster Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
White Rose School of Health and Beauty - Doncaster 01302 367434 Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
The Sheffield School of Health and Beauty 0114 275 0201 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
ATA Beauty - Advanced Training Academy Ltd 07040001234 Visit website Suffolk
Holistic Beauty Training 07927534829 Visit website Suffolk
Lowestoft College 01502 525005 Visit website Suffolk
West Suffolk College 01284 701301 Visit website Suffolk
Affable Therapy Training Limited 020 8338 1212 Visit website Surrey
Omni Academy 01932 232322 Visit website Surrey
The Amethyst Centre 02476440186 Visit website West Midlands - Coventry
Freedom Therapies Training 01243 841174 Visit website West Sussex
Northern Care Training Ltd - Bradford 0191 5874570 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Institute of Healing 01422 845866 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
The White Rose School of Health and Beauty 01484 510625 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The Central College of Health and Beauty - Leeds 0113 246 1966 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
Drift Away - Bewdley 07972 593065 Visit website Worcestershire
JBH training Ltd 07712 649091 Visit website Worcestershire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Churchtown Institute +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Elite Academy +353 868593695 Visit website Ireland
Elite Hair & Beauty Academy +353 86 859 3699 Visit website Ireland
Elizir Beauty School +356 9942 5563 Visit website Malta
Ocean Beauty Academy +356 7906 6243 Visit website Malta
Peach & Sorrel Beauty Academy +356 2144 6640 Visit website Malta
South Eastern Regional College - Bangor Campus 028 9127 6600 Visit website Ards and North Down
Southern Regional College - Lurgan Campus 0300 123 1223 Visit website Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon
South West College - Erne Campus 028 8225 0109 Visit website Fermanagh and Omagh
South West College - Omagh Campus 0845 603 1881 Visit website Fermanagh and Omagh
South Eastern Regional College - Lisburn Campus 028 9266 7725 Visit website Lisburn and Castlereagh
South West College - Dungannon Campus 0845 603 1881 Visit website Mid-Ulster
START with touch 07845 371927 Visit website Falkirk
Glasgow Clyde College - Cardonald Campus 0141 272 3333 Visit website Glasgow City
KZN Beauty Training Institute +27 31 8280464 Visit website South Africa
Coleg Sir Gar - Graig Campus 01554 748000 Visit website Carmarthenshire
West Shires School of Complementary Health 01267 231212 Visit website Carmarthenshire
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Menai 01248 370125 Visit website Gwynedd
Designed For Beauty 01600 719219 Visit website Monmouthshire