Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: SP4C1 GLH: 128 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/4648/5 Units: 3 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 4 Minimum Credits: 19

Additional Information

Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 128 GLH.

Primary outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of sports massage as a sports massage practitioner working with injured clients. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a sports massage practitioner.


The VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is a vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a sports massage practitioner working with injured clients. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and 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 3 qualification in sports massage therapy or equivalent.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a sports massage practitioner including the units, conducting subjective and objective assessment, providing sports massage techniques to prevent and manage injury, and treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair.

Specifically, this qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology to work on post acute injury and pre existing conditions, dealing with musculo-skeletal and para-tendon injuries.

You will develop the skills to conduct subjective and objective assessments, which will cover active, passive and resisted range of movements, detailed postural analysis, functional testing and special tests. You will also develop the skills to work safely and effectively on muscle and para-tendon injuries using a variety of soft tissue techniques and will be able to advise on treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a sports massage practitioner working with injured clients. Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage practitioner. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of settings, including:

- Private health clubs and leisure centres
- Sports centres and clubs
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This qualifications is different from the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy since it qualifies you to work with injured clients. The Level 3 qualification is more concerned with pre and post event massage on 'non-injured' tissue.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the Sports Massage Association as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a sports massage practitioner. Further information on the Sports Massage Association can be found on their website.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 19 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
USP46 D/506/7501 Conducting Subjective and Objective Assessment 4 7 50
USP47 H/506/7502 Provide Sports Massage Techniques to Prevent and Manage Injury 4 9 58
USP48 K/506/7503 Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair 4 3 20

*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
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Cheshire College – South & West 01270 654654 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Cornwall College - Camborne Campus 01209 611611 Visit website Cornwall
Cornwall College - Saltash Campus 01752 850250 Visit website Cornwall
Cornwall College - St Austell Campus 01726 226746 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Kendal College 01539 814700 Visit website Cumbria
Buxton and Leek College - Buxton Campus 01298 330620 Visit website Derbyshire
Pressure Point - Infinity 01530 812609 Visit website Derbyshire
University of Derby Buxton 01298 330631 Visit website Derbyshire
Holistic Therapies Training 01237 426448 ext 237 Visit website Devon
Mayberry Centre Ltd 01548 853700 Visit website Devon
Petroc - Barnstaple Campus 01271 338157 Visit website Devon
School of Massage & Physical Performance 01323 736187 Visit website East Sussex
Sussex Coast College Hastings 01424 458395 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
Adult Community Learning - Brentwood 03330137602 Visit website Essex
Adult Community Learning - Witham 01376 516533 Visit website Essex
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
University of Salford 0161 295 5000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Salford
Tameside College 0161 908 6789 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
The Full Spectrum Centre Limited 0161 711 0658 / 07734 255 666 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Wigan and Leigh College - Leigh Campus 01942 761452 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
Jane Bryan Beauty Training 01962 736451 Visit website Hampshire
Herefordshire and Ludlow College 01432 352235 Visit website Herefordshire
Lynn Levick Training Provider 01432 760915 Visit website Herefordshire
Sports Therapy UK 01438 718755 Visit website Hertfordshire
Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
Accrington and Rossendale College 01254 389933 Visit website Lancashire
Burnley College 01282 733373 Visit website Lancashire
Heysham High School 01524 416830 Visit website Lancashire
Preston Therapy Centre 07796 297071 Visit website Lancashire
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
University of Central Lancashire 01772 895489 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
Acacia Training Limited - Lincolnshire Beauty Therapy and Make Up Academy 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North East Lincolnshire
Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education 01472 311222 Visit website Lincolnshire - North East Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Beauty Therapy and Make-up Academy Ltd 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
KSM Therapies 07931 231320 Visit website London - Bromley
Bromley College of Further & Higher Education (LSEC) - Greenwich Campus 0208 295 7000 Visit website London - Greenwich
West London College 020 7565 1200 Visit website London - Hammersmith and Fulham
London School of Massage - Harrow 020 7700 3777 Visit website London - Harrow
Handz-on-Training, Therapy & Education Ltd 01708 452752 Visit website London - Havering
London School of Massage - London 020 7700 3777 Visit website London - Islington
LionHeart In The Community (LITC) 020 3397 0303 Visit website London - Lambeth
Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service 020 8496 2974 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
St Helens College - Knowsley Campus 0151 477 5850 Visit website Merseyside - Knowsley
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Birkenhead Sixth Form College 0151 652 5575 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
City College Norwich 01603 773393 Visit website Norfolk
Surepass Beauty Academy 01603 360107 Visit website Norfolk
Selby College 01757 211000 Visit website North Yorkshire
Middlesbrough College 01642 333333 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
York College 01904 770200 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
Moulton College 01604 491131 Visit website Northamptonshire
Skills North East Limited 0191 250 4590 Visit website Northumberland
Pressure Point 07736 283257 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
West Park Leisure Centre 07901 826383 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning 01865 550550 Visit website Oxfordshire
Tonic School of Massage & Bodywork 07766 801939 Visit website Oxfordshire
Health Academics 01934 713625 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Balby Carr Community Academy 01302 312140 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
Lowestoft College 01502 525005 Visit website Suffolk
Omni Academy 01932 232322 Visit website Surrey
Gateshead College 0191 490 2495 Visit website Tyne and Wear - Gateshead
Tyne Metropolitan College 0191 229 5000 Visit website Tyne and Wear - North Tyneside
Leamington College, part of Warwickshire College Group 01926 318000 Visit website Warwickshire
The Academy Training Hair and Beauty Limited 024 7655 9559 Visit website West Midlands - Coventry
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Leeds City College - The Printworks Campus 0113 284 6362 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
The Central College of Health and Beauty - Leeds 0113 246 1966 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
The Holistic Academy 07762 845888 Visit website Wiltshire
Heart of Worcestershire College - Redditch 01527 572522 Visit website Worcestershire
JBH training Ltd 07712 649091 Visit website Worcestershire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Churchtown Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training Ltd +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Essentials Holistic Centre +353 85 730 6332 Visit website Ireland
Gorey Institute of Beauty +353 53 943 0338 Visit website Ireland
National Sports College +353 85 800 1221 Visit website Ireland
Sports Fitness Academy +353 876288724 Visit website Ireland
South Eastern Regional College - Bangor Campus 028 9127 6600 Visit website Ards and North Down
Alpha Training (N.I.) Ltd 028 9041 0040 Visit website Belfast
Belfast Metropolitan College - Titanic Quarter Campus 028 9026 5269 Visit website Belfast
North West Regional College - Londonderry Campus 028 7127 8000 Visit website Derry and Strabane
South West College - Enniskillen Campus 0845 603 1881 Visit website Fermanagh and Omagh
Belfast Metropolitan College - Castlereagh Campus 028 9026 3130 Visit website Lisburn and Castlereagh
South West College - Dungannon Campus 0845 603 1881 Visit website Mid-Ulster
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife
Cardiff and Vale College - City Centre Campus 029 2025 0450 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Sir Gar - Graig Campus 01554 748000 Visit website Carmarthenshire
West Shires School of Complementary Health 01267 231212 Visit website Carmarthenshire
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot 01639 648200 Visit website Neath Port Talbot
Pembrokeshire College 01437 753000 Visit website Pembrokeshire
LV Sports Massage 07866 511628 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Gower College Swansea 01792 284049 Visit website Swansea