Qualification Information

Sector: Sports, Active Health and Fitness Category: Sport Massage and Therapies
VTCT Product Code: SP4C1 GLH: 128 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/4648/5 Units: 3 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 4 Minimum Credits: 19

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

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
    Cheshire College - South & West 01270 654654 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
    Greenhouse Therapies 01244 637851 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire West and Chester
    Warrington & Vale Royal College 01925 494494 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
    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
    Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
    Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
    Petroc - Barnstaple Campus 01271 338157 Visit website Devon
    Petroc - Tiverton Campus 01271 852425 Visit website Devon
    Enabling Development Opportunities Ltd - Plymouth 01543 458580 Visit website Devon - Plymouth
    East Sussex College - Hastings 01424 458395 Visit website East Sussex
    School of Massage & Physical Performance 01323 736187 Visit website East Sussex
    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
    Adult Community Learning - Brentwood 03330137602 Visit website Essex
    Adult Community Learning - Witham 01376 516533 Visit website Essex
    Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Limited 01245505667 Visit website Essex
    Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 07563138448 Visit website Gloucestershire
    Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
    Active Health Group 0161 235 5306 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
    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
    Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
    Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
    Totton College 023 8087 4874 Visit website Hampshire
    Lynn Levick Training Provider 01432 760915 Visit website Herefordshire
    Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
    New Skills for Change 01732 220134 Visit website Kent
    Preston Therapy Centre 07796 297071 Visit website Lancashire
    Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
    Pro Performance Training Ltd 07563 152838/07825 728770 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
    Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education 01472 311222 Visit website Lincolnshire - North East Lincolnshire
    Lincolnshire Vocational Training Academy 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
    KSM Therapies 07931 231320 Visit website London - Bromley
    Shooters Hill Sixth Form College 0208 319 9700 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
    London School of Massage - London 020 7700 3777 Visit website London - Islington
    LionHeart In The Community (LITC) 020 3397 0303 Visit website London - Lambeth
    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
    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
    Yve Holistic Training 07877 073 406 Visit website Norfolk
    Central College of Health and Beauty Harrogate 01423 527994 Visit website North Yorkshire
    Middlesbrough College 01642 333333 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
    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
    Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
    Nottingham College - Wheeler Gate Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
    Pressure Point 07736 283257 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
    West Park Leisure Centre 07901 826383 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
    Bridgwater and Taunton College 01278 441234 Visit website Somerset
    Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
    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
    Lowestoft College 01502 525005 Visit website Suffolk
    Brooklands College - Omni Academy of Beauty Ltd 01932 23 23 22 Visit website Surrey
    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
    The Academy Training Hair and Beauty Limited 024 7655 9559 Visit website West Midlands - Coventry
    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
    Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
    Wakefield College - Lightwaves 01924 789800 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
    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
    Gorey Institute of Beauty +353 53 943 0338 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
    Kaizen Training Academy 07976006070 Visit website Belfast
    Uni Learning 028 9590 2890 Visit website Belfast
    North West Regional College - Limavady Campus 028 7127 8000 Visit website Causeway Coast and Glens
    North West Regional College - Londonderry Campus 028 7127 8000 Visit website Derry and Strabane
    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
    Bridgend College 01656 302302 Visit website Bridgend
    Cardiff and Vale College - City Centre Campus 029 2025 0450 Visit website Cardiff
    West Shires School of Complementary Health 01267 231212 Visit website Carmarthenshire
    Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Llandrillo 01492 546666 Visit website Conwy
    Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot 01639 648200 Visit website Neath Port Talbot
    LV Sports Massage 07866 511628 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
    Gower College Swansea 01792 284049 Visit website Swansea