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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage

A substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a massage therapist

About This Qualification

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a massage therapist.

The following mandatory units are included:

  • UV31268 Principles and practice of complementary therapies
  • UV31299 Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies
  • UV31300 Provide body massage for complementary therapies
  • UV31267 Business practice for complementary therapies

You may also choose to complete an optional additional unit which will develop your knowledge and understanding of healthy eating and wellbeing for the complementary therapy client:

  • UV31303 Healthy eating and wellbeing for the complementary therapy client

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage is to confirm your competence as a massage therapist in the complementary therapy sector. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a massage therapist.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a massage therapist including the mandatory units, knowledge and understanding the principles of complementary therapies and business practice, anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies. You will also develop your understanding and practical skills to competently provide massage services.

Throughout this qualification you develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, and client care. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide massage treatments using a variety of different techniques.

You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

This qualification will confirm your competence for employment as a massage therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a massage therapist. Career opportunities as a massage therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial a complementary therapy clinic, beauty salon or spa.
  • Working in the NHS in a hospital or care home.
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings.

This qualification is based on the complementary therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a reflexologist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC.

Units in this qualification have been mapped to the relevant NOS (where applicable).

This qualification is regulated on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

VTCT is a government approved awarding organisation, regulated by national organisations such as the OFQUAL (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations).

CPPD points: 20

Prerequisite: There are no formal prerequisite qualifications that you must have prior to undertaking this qualification. It is recommended that you have a level of general education comparable to GCSEs. You should have a caring disposition and be committed to fulfilling both Practical and Theory Elements. You must meet the required Guided Learning Hours (GLH) by attending our centre for the Practical Elements and by working through the Theory Elements, taking part in online discussions, assessments and reviews with your tutor and assessor via our Virtual Learning Environment. Practical elements may be of mixed sex and learners will be required to work on each other.

Duration: This qualification can be completed in a minimum of 6 months, on average it takes 12 months to complete the practical and theory elements.

Course Delivery: Theory elements are covered online in your own home, in your own time and at your own pace via self study using our Virtual Learning Environment. This theory elements are perfectly suited to online delivery therefore they can be delivered and learning assessed online. You will be fully supported by your course tutor who’s role it is to help and guide you through the process from beginning to end. Both your tutor and assessor will ensure that you not only reach your goals but maintain industry and awarding body standards.

Practical elements are brought to life in a treatment room environment which enhances the learning experience. Therefore Complusory Interactive Treatment room sessions will be accessed by attending sessions at our centre over a period of 7 days or 3 hours per week, evenings or weekends for 19 weeks with one of our massage tutors Joanne Lee and Cindy Vernon.

Case studies: You must carry out and document evidence for at least 30 treatments on a minimum of four clients to consolidate the learning and practice skills required. There must be a minimum of four treatments for at least two clients. Each case study must include a client questionnaire, lifestyle assessment, consent form, consultation record, treatment record, after care advice and client feedback.

Virtual Learning Resource: Upon enrolment you will be able to login and access your course content. Simply progress through each section and lecture, complete all your written assignments, email them to your tutor for marking and include the final drafts in your Portfolio of Evidence.

Upon completion you will be required to attend our Assessment centre here in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester to sit an external and invigilated multiple choice exam paper and internal observations as your final assessment.

Minimum System Requirement: As this course is delivered via our online Virtual Learning Resource there are some minimum system requirements including:

  • Laptop, PC or MAC
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Browsers IE9, IE10, IE11, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Microsoft Word (or equivalent)

Upon completion of both practical and theory elements, assessments and written papers a VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage will be awarded.

Additional information: All necessary materials and equipment will be provided for use during the practical elements and for final assessments however you will be required to ensure that you have the necessary materials and equipment to continue and complete this qualification.

Progression: On completion of this qualification you may choose to undertake further study; qualifications you could progress to include:

You can progress from the The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage directly into a Massage Therapist role as you will possess the skills to enable you to provide massage therapy treatments for clients via employment or self employment in the complementary and healthcare sector.

What do I do now?

Begin training for a new career or expand your current skill set, enroll on our VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage today..


Your Tutor


Joanne Lee M.I.C.H.T

Tutor, Assessor, Facilitator & Holistic Therapist

Joanne is a highly qualified and experienced holistic therapist, tutor and VTCT Assessor. She is a specialist with over 17 years experience in the field of Vibrational Therapy, Reiki, Fertility & Maternity Reflexology, Massage Therapy and Stress Management and is devoted to providing our learners with the very best service whilst upholding VTCT and industry standards.


Recent Graduates


One of our most recent graduates, Sara Mondaini qualified as a Massage Therapist and attended our Pregnancy Massage CPPD Workshop. Sara is currently updating her skills studying Reflexology.



One of our most recent graduates, Vicky Durward qualified as a Swedish Massage Therapist and attended our Pregnancy Massage CPPD Workshop. Vicky of Harmony Holistics by Vicky Durward is currently updating her skills studying Reiki Therapy and Indian Head Massage.

Frequently Asked Questions



+ When does the course start and finish?

Upon enrollment you will receive access to our Virtual Learning Resource where you can commence your study of the Theory Elements online. Practical elements and Assessments are covered onsite at The Full Spectrum Centre in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester. Dates for attendance will be arranged with your tutor after enrollment or you can choose prearranged dates subject to availability. This qualification can be completed in a minimum of 6 months, on average it takes 12 months to complete the practical and theory elements.

+ How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to the theory elements of the course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

+ Why should I choose The Full Spectrum Centre Limited?

We offer bespoke, flexible, blended learning with a learner centred centred approach and lifetime access to a comprehensive Virtual Learning Resource. Not only do our team of professionally qualified, experienced, passionate and practising holistic therapists/tutors provide dedicated student support, we provide learners with access to our training rooms subject to availability in order for them to have an appropriate space in which to carry out their case studies. When choosing a VTCT qualification you will gain skills and knowledge necessary for success in your chosen career, while gaining an industry-recognised qualification. VTCT is the specialist awarding organisation for the Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Hospitality and Catering and Sport and Active Leisure sectors, with over 50 years of experience. They are an awarding body regulated by national organisations including Ofqual, SQA, DfES and CCEA and a registered charity investing in education and skills but also giving to good causes in the area of facial disfigurement. Westminster Indemnity accept all our course and qualifications for insurance purposes on their policies and our graduates receive discounted rates.

+ What does the cost include?

The cost of this course includes Tuition Fees, VTCT Registration, Record of Assessment Book, Course Materials, Certificate and Assessment Fees.

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