Certificate Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy




1 year(s) Full Time

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Summary & Entry Requirements

Course Includes

Having completed a suitable Diploma in Sports Massage at Level 3 this course will further develop your understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological, psychological and pathological aspects of sports massage. In addition you will develop and apply advanced palpation skills for postural analysis and range of movement assessment. A log of a specified number of treatment hours is required for completion of the course.

You will take an active role in the monitoring of various injuries and how to rehabilitate and treat them. You will get involved in our sports therapy clinic to give you real commercial experience that can be vital in your career.

Principal Qualification

Certificate Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure or an equivalent Level 3 or apprenticeship qualification in massage.

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Facilities & Location

Course Facilities


All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

Fitness Suite

Our fully air conditioned fitness suite and studio contains 17 stations with cardio and resistance machines, free weights and a stretching area. It is also home to DanceScene, a dance school offering lessons in a variety of disciplines and the venue for our regular spinning classes.

Trained fitness instructors and personal trainers are on hand to help you achieve your goals, while full-time sports students and those living in halls of residence are offered membership as part of their course or residency. Membership is offered at competitive rates to other students and staff at the college.

John Ashby Sports Centre

Opened in 2000, this multi-purpose sports hall is used extensively for teaching purposes and is also available to hire commercially out of college hours. Clients that use the facility include Northampton Town FC, Kettering Town FC, Northampton Saints Rugby Club, Northampton Fencing Club and a number of other sports teams.

Sports catered for include badminton, basketball, volleyball, archery, fencing and karate, with all the associated equipment needed, while the hall is also used to host conferences and the annual college awards ceremony.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, and the East Northants vocational skills academy. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Sports Therapy

Since offering our first sports studies course in 1999 we have responded to the enormous growth in demand by investing heavily in new facilities.

The John Ashby Sports Hall, opened in 2000, contains a sports therapy clinic, while more recently our purpose-built Chris Moody Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation Centre was opened in 2012.

The first of its kind in the UK and only the second one in Europe, the centre aims to become a centre of excellence in the provision of neuromuscular rehabilitation. It provides a base for clinicians looking to build their own private practice and offers opportunity for established clinicians, athletes, sports clubs and other medical staff to access world-class rehabilitation facilities.

Facilities include:

  • A whole-body cryotherapy chamber (the only liquid nitrogen chamber in the UK not affiliated to a professional football club)
  • A hyperbaric chamber
  • Six thermal, infrared saunas
  • A water therapy pool
  • A hydrotherapy pool
  • A 25-metre swimming pool with moveable floor

Sitting alongside this clinical provision is our education provision, where students can learn about sports therapy and rehabilitation in the very best training environment.

Teaching areas include therapy suites, a biomechanics analysis laboratory and changing facilities for the pool and other sports facilities.

Students manage an in-house Sports Therapy Clinic which is open to fellow students.

Course Location

Moulton Campus
Moulton Campus

Moulton College is one of the longest established Colleges in the country. This history of providing education and training gives the campus a unique feel, combining tradition with the latest and most up to date resources.

Moulton now provides a wide range of courses specialising in the natural, built and recreational environment, which is not only spacious and attractive, but provides an ideal location in which to study.

The College is proud of its record since beoming an independent Further Education Corporation in 1992. The number of students has increased significantly, and the courses on offer now range from pre-entry through to degree and post-graduate level. Staffing breadth and expertise have increased, and the buildings and specialist resources are now amongst the best in Great Britain.

Moulton is situated close to major motorway networks and main railway lines, provising easy access from all parts of the country.

Study Progression & Careers

Progression Opportunities

What could I do after this course?

Successful completion of the courses will provide you with the knowledge, integrity, competency and proficiency to go into the industry as a Sports Massage Therapist. You could set up your own business, join a clinic, work with a sports team or go onto further education.

Students generally progress onto a higher level of Sports Studies course, move into a job with training (such as an apprenticeship) or move into full time employment.

This Course

Certificate Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy

Courses at a Lower Entry level Other Courses at This Level Courses at a Higher Entry Level
Diploma Level 3 Injury Prevention and Sports Massage MSc Sports Therapy
Diploma Level 3 Outdoor Adventure MSc Sports Therapy (Part Time)
Diploma Level 3 Personal Training BSc(Hons) Sports Performance and Coaching
Diploma Level 3 Sport BSc(Hons) Sports Performance and Coaching (Top Up)
Diploma Level 3 Sport (Academies) BSc(Hons) Sports Performance and Coaching (Top Up) (Part Time)
Diploma Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) Sports Therapy
Diploma Level 3 Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness (AASE Basketball) BSc(Hons) Sports Therapy (Part Time)
Extended Diploma Level 3 Outdoor Adventure BSc(Hons) Sports Therapy (Top Up)
Extended Diploma Level 3 Sport BSc(Hons) Sports Therapy (Top Up) (Part Time)
Extended Diploma Level 3 Sport (Academies) BSc(Hons) Strength and Conditioning
Extended Diploma Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) Strength and Conditioning (Part Time)
Extended Diploma Level 3 Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness (Triathlon) FdSc Sports Performance and Coaching
Level 3: Principles of Sports Coaching FdSc Sports Performance and Coaching (Part Time)
Award Level 2 Pool Lifeguarding, Supervision and Rescue FdSc Sports Therapy
BTEC First Diploma Level 2 Sport FdSc Sports Therapy (Part Time)
Certificate Level 2 Swimming Pool Supervision and Rescue
Diploma Level 2 Gym Instructing
BTEC Diploma Level 1 Sport and Active Leisure

Further Information

Course Overview

Modules you will study include:

Subjective and Objective Assessments
Sports Massage Methods
Treatment Modalities

Further opportunities include:

Management of an in-house Sports Therapy Clinic which is open to fellow students
A trip to London Marathon to provide massage to the runners
A portfolio of experience which will appeal to future employers

Learning & Assessment Methods

Qualifications are taught through college based theory and practical lessons with further learning and understanding developed via directed self-study. Assessment consists of internally set coursework and assignments, although some professional and vocational qualifications may require the achievement of externally set assessments.