The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) is at level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

Aim: To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Provide sports massage therapy to a range of clients who have dysfunctional tissue, without acute/postacute injuries or underlying pathological conditions.

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health.
  • There is an element of communication involved (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 3.
  • Performing sports massage is a physical activity and learners will need to be fit enough to carry this out.

Qualification structure and credit value

Learners must complete the five mandatory units (37 credits).

Level Credits
1. Anatomy and physiology for sports massage 3 10
2. Principles of health and fitness 2 3
3. Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction 3 3
4. Professional practice in sports massage 3 5
5. Sports massage treatments 3 16


  • Multiple Choice question paper
  • Worksheets
  • Practical Observation
  • Coursework/ portfolio of evidence