ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage

This ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage is designed to teach a complete beginner up to professional level in Holistic/ Swedish style Massage.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be a professional massage therapist and will be able to gain insurance to practice upon the general public and gain membership of professional associations.
You will be able to practice massage professionally in the UK and other parts of the world, learning the skills to build a successful practice in a variety of environments, for example:

  • In your own private practice, as a self-employed practitioner.

  • In a salon, clinic, health club, spa or hotel.

  • In the NHS, hospice or other healthcare setting.


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Syllabus Details

Unit 380: Provide Body Massage for Complementary Therapies

Classes are taught in small groups, using talks, lectures, visuals and detailed practical demonstration. Students work closely with the tutor learning not only the techniques but also how to protect themselves from the strain and stress while carrying out body therapy.

You will learn

  • Full body massage using following techniques – effleurage, petrissage, percussions including hacking, cupping, beating, pounding, tapotement.

  • Treatment environment and working area

  • Therapist appearance and behaviour

  • Client care and preparation

  • Client consultations including contraindications and restrictions

  • Reflective practice


Assignment 1: Unit 384 Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies

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Identify and explain the origins and principles of 4 other complementary therapies.


Unit 383: Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies:

Class sessions are split between A&P theory and Practical work. You will spend the first part of your class lessons learning the following:

Knowledge of the structure & function of all systems of the body:

  • Organisation of the Body including Cells

  • Skin, Hair & Nails

  • Skeletal

  • Muscular

  • Nervous/ Neurological

  • Endocrine

  • Respiratory

  • Circulatory/Cardiovascular

  • Lymphatic

  • Digestive

  • Urinary

  • Reproductive

  • Diseases and Disorders of each system

Assignment 2: Unit 385 Business Practice for Complementary Therapies

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Plan and prepare an appropriate business plan for a potential complementary therapy practice

Assessment Criteria: 

You will be required to complete a number of treatments/case studies and assignments at home after/during your course and supply the evidences of these. You will then return to the Academy to sit your final exams usually 2-4 months after your course contact days. 

We recommend around 5-10 hours of home study a week to complete your case studies, theory study and assignments.

  • 16 x Case studies (Treatment Evidences: 8 people x 2 times )

  • Plus 20 massage treatments logged in consultation forms

  • 2 x Assignments (Unit 384 & 385)

  •  Anatomy & Physiology Theory paper- 50 questions multiple choice

  • Practical Exam (usually 2-4 months after the course contact days)

  • You will be required to sit a “mock” practical exam, usually 2-3 weeks before the “real” practical exam. This is to allow you a practice run, and for your tutor to give you feedback on areas to work on.

Entrance Requirements: 

No previous experience necessary.

Already have an Anatomy and Physiology qualification? 

If a student already holds a recognisable qualification in Anatomy & Physiology you can potentially join us just for the Massage part of the course (Afternoons) and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) for the A&P Unit 383. We may also be able to RPL for Unit 384 and 385 if these assignments have been completed as part of another Level 3 QCF qualification. The qualification must have been completed in the last 3 years and ITEC must give written confirmation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). There is a fee of £35+vat.  Please note, if you apply for a unit to be RPL'd, you will only be able to receive a Pass mark for your overal course mark. Please get in contact to begin the RPL process or check if your qualification is eligible.

Attendance class times are half of the day in this case i.e. 1pm – 4.00pm (or 7.30pm-9pm for evening course).

Course Dates

Please note: You will return after the course contact days to take your exams- usually 2-4 months later so as to give you time to complete your Case Studies and Assignment work.

Fast Track:

This course requires attendance Monday – Friday for two consecutive weeks.

Attendance: 9.30am-4pm

Tutor: Annette Stoker


9th-20th September 2019


18th-29th November 2019


24th Feb-6th March 2020

MAY 2020:

11th-22nd May 2020

JULY 2020:

6th-17th July 2020

(If you already hold a Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology, you will only be required to attend 1.30pm-4pm)


The course is run over ten Saturdays spread over five months. Attendance dates for each course can be found below

Attendance: 9.30am - 4pm

Tutor: Yvonne Lockhart

SEPTEMBER 2019: ***FULL***

September: 7th, 21st

October: 5th

November: 2nd, 16th, 30th

December: 7th

January 2020: 4th, 18th

February: 1st


February: 22nd

March: 7th, 21st

April: 4th, 25th

May: 16th

June: 6th, 20th

July: 4th, 18th

(If you already hold a Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology, you will only be required to attend 1.30pm-4pm)



ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage including Anatomy & Physiology:

Price: £1295.00 + VAT

Includes: towel bundletunic/polo shirt, tuition fees, exam fees, ITEC registration

Already hold A&P?

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage

Price: £895.00 + VAT

Includes: towel bundletunic/polo shirt, tuition fees, exam fees, ITEC registration

Please get in contact with us to confirm your A&P qualification is appropriate before enroling.

How do I pay?

A 25% deposit is payable immediately to secure your place on receipt of your invoice, with the remaining balance due at least 4 weeks prior to the start of your course.

Payment can be made via bank transfer or cheque. If you would like to pay via Credit Card, please let us know upon receiving your invoice and we will send through a link for payment.

In certain circumstances, we can offer an instalment plan to help spread to course cost. Fees apply. Please get in contact if this is something you would like to discuss.

Books Required for Study:

An Introductory Guide to Business                            


Business Book
Anatomy & Physiology Book

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