Massage Diploma

Massage Diploma

Massage Diploma – RQF LEVEL 3 - International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)

Attending this Massage Diploma course and becoming a professional massage therapist is an exciting, fun, and rewarding challenge. One in which you will experience life changing personal growth while creating a great career for yourself helping and caring for others.


Today, there are more opportunities for massage therapists than ever before.

For instance:

  • sports massage
  • clinical massage
  • corporate massage
  • private practice
  • the medical field
  • baby and infant massage
  • Indian head massage
  • health centres
  • pregnancy massage
  • geriatric massage
  • spas
  • health clubs
  • cruise ships.

No matter which field you choose, the possibilities are endless.


If you`re serious about getting your dream job, this MSCM massage diploma course can help make it happen! Delivered by dedicated and experienced teaching staff, this course prepares you to become a successful practicing bodyworker. The course content exceeds standards set by national certification. It teaches the art and science of massage therapy. In addition you will learn sound business practices which prepare you for success in the marketplace.


The profession of massage therapy richly deserves the recognition and respect that it is gaining through;

  • National Certification
  • improved legislation
  • research
  • implementation into medical plans
  • increased acceptance by related professions and industries.

Furthermore, as more people seek to improve their health, the demand for highly qualified practitioners will continue to grow.


Benefits of Massage

The world can be a stressful place. Most of us feel like we’re living at the speed of light, running here, there, and everywhere. And to top it off, because of life’s pace, a lot of us have chronic pain, tight shoulders, aching necks and tired lower backs. And we seem to get sick more than we used to.


As a Massage Therapist, you can help others to:

  • overcome chronic pain
  • recover from injuries and illness
  • reduce stress
  • promote well-being and a higher quality of life
  • and just plain help them feel better.


Massage is a healing art as well as a science. It requires a balance of academic and technical knowledge, clinical skills, manual dexterity, sensitivity, and awareness. Nearly everyone has the innate resources to touch another with care and confidence. However, it takes a sincere desire to help others, along with a commitment to the time, energy, and focus necessary for the training process in order to become a solid practitioner.


Now is an exciting time in the field of massage therapy, which is expanding like never before. The public’s use of massage as a healthcare option has tripled in the last decade. This in turn has caused a tremendous increase in the demand for therapists.

Course Details

To sum up, the course consists of in-house training & assessment. Plus tutorials, student testing, supervised Massage practice and supervised home study. This includes 36 massage treatments made up of 16 Case Studies and 20 evidence treatments to be submitted to ITEC. During the course you will have access to course notes, overheads, anatomical charts and teaching aids such as skeletal models. We will also give you details of other learning resources such as useful websites and books.


The course will cover the following subjects:


The background

  • History of massage
  • Theory of massage
  • Philosophy of massage

The basics

  • Palpatory techniques
  • 6 classical massage movements
  • Connecting and completing strokes
  • A full body massage routine using oils
  • Physiological & psychological effects of massage
  • Contra-indications to massage

Developing your skills

  • How to develop a holistic and intuitive approach
  • Working with an awareness of pacing, fluidity, continuity and rhythm
  • Sensitivity, adaptability and creativity in applying techniques
  • Working at a range of depths and pressures
  • How to look after yourself and your posture as a therapist
  • The use of preparatory exercises to centre and ground yourself
  • Carrier oils and their properties

Working with clients

  • Appropriate conditions for massage: for instance, Temperature –  Décor –  Ventilation –  Privacy – Hygiene
  • Patient care and modesty
  • Towel management and supports
  • Consultations & patient note taking
  • Effective listening and communication skills
  • Awareness of non-verbal signals
  • After-care advice
  • Self-massage skills for clients
  • Relaxation, breathing and stress management
  • Holistic approach

Underpinning Knowledge

  • Professionalism & ethics
  • Health & safety
  • Professional associations
  • Hygiene
  • Basic first aid
  • An introduction to other natural therapies

Course Requirements

The course is primarily practical in content. You will need to have access to a Massage Couch and have appropriate workwear (white polo shirt, navy trousers and black shoes) during the course. Please note, you must purchase some equipment for this course, such as couch covers, massage oil and holster and so on. Student insurance is also mandatory for this course. This is available through the ICGT or CThA and other Industry Associations who recognise ITEC qualifications. Once you have booked on to the course, full details will be sent to you with your joining details. If you would like further information before booking, please contact us on 0208-429-2895.

Who Can Attend?


The entry requirement for this Massage Diploma course is the successful completion of the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Course or previous relevant qualification in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. You are able to book your place and start this course before you have the results of your Anatomy and Physiology exam.


There are no other academic prerequisites for enrolling on our ITEC RQF Diploma in Massage. However, you must have fluency in written and spoken English and be a minimum of 18 years of age


Please note: New requirement – Learners who wish to undertake this qualification must also achieve the ITEC Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage qualification.



During the course we will prepare you for your final examinations. Subsequently, we will conclude the course with a mock examination from which we will be able to offer you guidance. Upon satisfactory completion of this mock examination, you will be eligible to sit the ITEC Level 3 RQF Diploma in Massage practical examination (Unit iCT3D3). Your technical skills and treatment techniques will be assessed via a practical examination with an external ITEC examiner.


Documentary evidence of case studies/treatments will also be required. This will consist of 36 massage treatments to be performed on a minimum of 15 clients and the outcomes documented. These must include 16 case studies – specifically, a minimum of 8 clients treated twice each plus evidence of an additional 20 treatments.

ITEC Exam Fees:  Massage Diploma – £97.50 (+VAT)


    • Exam registration
    • Practical assessment by external examiner
    • Marking of assignments
    • Marking of case studies
    • Marking of evidenced treatments
    • Issue of Diploma certificate
    • Postage of certificate by Registered Post


Exam (Provide body massage for complementary therapies – Unit iCT3D3) can be booked here –Massage – ITEC Practical Examination



Your qualification will be the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage and to achieve an ITEC Level 3 RQF Diploma in Massage, you must pass all of the following elements:

  • Provide body massage for complementary therapies – Unit iCT3D3
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies – Unit iCT3C6
  • Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies – Unit iUCT21
  • Business Practice for Complementary Therapies – Unit iUCT34

For new therapists

If you are new to complementary therapies in addition to the anatomy and physiology and massage, you must complete the ITEC Business Modules course. This an on-line course and is assessed by two written assignments.this is an on-line course and is assessed by two written assignments (Units iUCT21/iUCT34).

For existing therapists

To clarify, if you already hold a therapy qualification you may be exempt from some of these units if your previous qualification is accredited and on the OFQUAL register. Although you  may still be required to sit a multiple choice question paper for Anatomy & Physiology on the day of the practical exam. In other words,this is dependent on the date of your qualification.  However, there is no requirement to attend any training for this. The regulations for this keep changing from year to year. Therefore, if you wish to discuss the current requirements at time of booking please call us 0208-429-2895.


On the other hand, if your qualification was issued by training providers, associations or manufacturer’s where there is no Government accreditation you will not be accepted for APL/RPL. We may, however,  be able to exempt you from attending additional training if the level and depth of any previous learning that has taken place is sufficient.


In this case you would only have to complete the required elements such as:

Usual exam fees apply.  As before, if you are unsure and would like some guidance please contact us on 020-8429-2895.


Following Qualification


Once qualified, you will attain an ITEC Level 3 RQF Diploma in Massage – a fully accredited, level 3 diploma linked to National Occupational Standards.


The ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage also enables you to apply for membership of the National Register for Complementary Therapists maintained by the CNHC.


ITEC qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally –  for instance,UK, Ireland, Australia, Greece, South East Asia. Successful completion of this diploma course will also provide you with the title of “Massage Therapist”. In addition, you will have the knowledge and techniques needed to give a treatment. Practitioner professional liability insurance is also available upon successful completion of the course.

Recognition by Professional Associations


The ITEC Diploma in Massage –RQF Level 3 is one of the best recognised complementary therapy qualifications in the UK and across a range of countries.

Certainly, it is  widely accepted by most Professional Bodies including:

  • ICGT (International Guild of Therapists)
  • CThA (Complementary Therapists Association)
  • FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)
  • BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association)
  • CNHC Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)

More Information


Massage is one of the most useful therapies you can train in as it leads the way to so many more options:


Above all, it is important that the school and course you choose is the right one for you. We`re proud of the quality of our training and would love you to visit us teaching any of our courses. Here you will be able to talk with the staff and tutors and also observe the facilities at MSCM. In other words, one of the best things you can do is to talk to past or present students. Above all, ask them what they think about the school and the course you are considering.


Certainly, being an informed consumer can make a significant difference in the kind, quality, and extent of the education you obtain. In addition, it can make the difference in attaining the level of success you desire.


In conclusion, if you would like to arrange an informal chat, attend a taster session or visit a class please call 0208-429-2895. We’ll be happy to help you.


Tutor: Anita Snowball – see our MSCM Tutor Page

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Course Dates

September 2022 - January 2023 - 6 weekend days - Starting 10th September - 10am - 5pm

Cost: £465.00 (+VAT)

Interest-free Easy Payment Plan available upon request.£75.00 (+VAT) deposit, payable on booking.
Class Dates
October 8,9
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