Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AC30406 GLH: 266 - 296 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/4841/4 Units: 4 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 57

Additional Information

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
Positive Living School of Natural Therapies 01761 411043 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
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College - Tregye Campus 01872 267156 Visit website Cornwall
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Professional Therapy Training 01539 592963 Visit website Cumbria
Infinity Training Academy 01530 812609 Visit website Derbyshire
Derby College 0800 028 0289 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Absolutebeaut Training Academy North Devon 07989 777775 Visit website Devon
Holistic Therapies Training 01237 423006 Visit website Devon
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
K2U Therapies Clinic & Training Academy 07855 175726 Visit website Durham - Darlington
School of Massage & Physical Performance 01323 736187 Visit website East Sussex
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 01273 667788 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Purple Turtle Academy 01273 447891 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
SW Holistic Training 01702 520539 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
SW Holistic Training LOS 01702 520539 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
Absolutebeaut Training Academy Gloucester 07989 777775 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
II Intuitive 01594 846293 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
Newall Green High School - Sixth Form Centre 0161 413 8839 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Beauty Academy - Manchester 0845 601 8272 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty 0161 236 7181 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Orchid Massage Academy 07903 835898 Visit website Greater Manchester - Rochdale
The Full Spectrum Centre Limited 0161 711 0658 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
The Beauty Room 01257 400080 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Calming Influences Ltd 023 8040 6672 Visit website Hampshire
Jane Bryan Beauty Training 01962 736451 Visit website Hampshire
The Southern School of Beauty Therapy 023 9225 6375/ 077 9509 6825 Visit website Hampshire
Bee Zee Institute of Beauty Therapy - Watford 01923 249990 Visit website Hertfordshire
FTT Beauty and Training Centre 01727 768559 Visit website Hertfordshire
West Herts College 01923 812500 Visit website Hertfordshire
Reynolds Training Academy 01322 275807 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
Lumière College 07541 127326 Visit website Leicestershire
South Leicestershire College 0116 264 3555 Visit website Leicestershire
Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
City and Islington College 020 7700 9200 Visit website London - Haringey
Handz-on-Training, Therapy & Education Ltd 01708 452752 Visit website London - Havering
West London School of Beauty 020 8755 4855 Visit website London - Hounslow
South Thames College - Merton Campus 020 8918 7272 Visit website London - Merton
Paragon Nail and Beauty Training Academy - London 07561 012106 Visit website London - Newham
S W Training Academy 07522 794 404 Visit website London - Newham
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
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Central College of Health and Beauty Harrogate 01423 527994 Visit website North Yorkshire
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Medicare Cosmetics LTD 01642 481734 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
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
Skills North East Limited 0191 250 4590 Visit website Northumberland
Essential Solutions School of Complementary Therapies 07910 332811 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Elite Beauty Academy 07729 633758 Visit website Somerset
Strode College 01458 844400 Visit website Somerset
Health Academics 01934 713625 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
White Rose School of Health & Beauty - Barnsley 01226 786763 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
White Rose School of Health and Beauty - Doncaster 01302 367434 Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
Aries Academy of Holistic Therapies 07936 506012 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
The Sheffield School of Health and Beauty 0114 275 0201 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
ATA Beauty - Advanced Training Academy Ltd 07572 268543 Visit website Suffolk
Industry Hair and Beauty Academy 01502 587219 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
Northern Care Training Ltd - Bradford 0191 5874570 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Absolutebeaut Training Academy Halifax 07989 777775 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy - Halifax 01422 242421 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
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
Sidri International Academy for Beauty and Health Sciences +91 8860333825 Visit website India
Sidri International Academy for Skin, Hair and Nutrition +91 7838963383 Visit website India
Churchtown Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training Ltd +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
Essentials Holistic Centre +353 85 730 6332 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 Eastern Regional College - Lisburn Campus 028 9266 7725 Visit website Lisburn and Castlereagh
South Eastern Regional College - Downpatrick Campus 028 4461 5815 Visit website Newry, Mourne and Down
Academia de masaj - Kineto Didactica +40 7 40097933 Visit website Romania
Glasgow Clyde College - Cardonald Campus 0141 272 3333 Visit website Glasgow City
Kzn Beauty Training Institute +27 31 8280464 Visit website South Africa
Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus 01495 333460 Visit website Caerphilly
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
Coleg Gwent - Newport Campus 01633 466000 Visit website Newport
NPTC Group - Brecon 0845 408 6400 Visit website Powys
NPTC Group - Newtown 0845 408 6200 Visit website Powys
Coleg Gwent - Pontypool Campus 01495 333100 Visit website Torfaen