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

Qualification Information

Sector: Sports, Active Health and Fitness Category: Sport Massage and Therapies
VTCT Product Code: AF30489 GLH: 408 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8635/X Units: 8 - 11 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 63

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure is an occupational 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
- VTCT Level 5 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Qualification Structure

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20316 J/600/0840 Understanding employment rights and responsibilities 2 2 15
UV30319 F/600/1758 Understanding the active leisure and learning sector 3 3 23
UV30378 H/600/8928 Functional anatomy, physiology and nutrition for sports therapies 3 12 90
UV30379 D/600/8930 Applying sports massage methods to non-pathological tissue 3 18 120
UV30577 H/601/7676 Customer service in the sport and active leisure industry 3 3 26
UV30578 Y/601/4998 Injuries in sport 3 5 42
UV50581 K/601/1877 Field-based fitness testing for sport and exercise 5 15 60

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30555 K/601/8909 Applying taping and strapping to support and limit specific movement in sport and active leisure 3 5 32
UV30570 R/602/1495 Applying hot and cold techniques in sport and active leisure 3 5 32
UV31541 F/600/0044 Applied sport and exercise psychology 3 10 60
UV31542 H/502/5640 Sports nutrition 3 10 60

*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

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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
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus 01582 477776 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
Petroc - Tiverton Campus 01271 852425 Visit website Devon
East Sussex College - Hastings 01424 458395 Visit website East Sussex
Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Havant & South Downs College 023 9279 7995 Visit website Hampshire
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
Bay Leadership Academy 01524 416830 Visit website Lancashire
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
Loughborough College 01509 215831 Visit website Leicestershire
Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education 01472 311222 Visit website Lincolnshire - North East Lincolnshire
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
City College Norwich 01603 773393 Visit website Norfolk
Middlesbrough College 01642 333333 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
Moulton College 01604 491131 Visit website Northamptonshire
Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Wakefield College - Lightwaves 01924 789800 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Bridgend College 01656 302302 Visit website Bridgend
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot 01639 648200 Visit website Neath Port Talbot