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QCF Level 3

How Long Is The Course?

The course is spread over 21 levels and is run one day a  week. The complete course including exams takes around 8 months.

How Is The Course Taught?

Visual learning aids, lectures and tutorials are used to teach  the theory side of the course.  For the practical work students learn by giving treatments to each other.

Course Requirements

Students need to bring with them pens, paper, coloured pencils and an A4 book binder with plastic folders to put notes in. Neat and tidy notes are mandatory and are counted towards the final mark.   A course uniform is required. This consists of a white tunic  top and black trousers, with flat therapy shoes.


At the end of the course students sit a one hour  Anatomy & Physiology paper, plus a 1 hour practical exam, where massage techniques as well as client care and standards of hygiene  are assessed. Students also need to submit written evidence of massaging    5 people a total of 4 times each.


On satisfactory completion of the course, students are presented with an ITEC Diploma in Massage.

Governing Bodies

You can apply to join The Complementary Therapist Association CThA


The cost of the course, including handouts and student workbook  and examination fees is £1650.00. For your convenience this can be paid for by instalments.

Massage Syllabus

Body Massage

  • History of massage
  • The holistic approach to massage
  • Classical massage movements
  • Physiological and psychological benefits of massage
  • Appropriate mediums for massage (oil, talc cream)
  • Professionalism ethics and client care
  • Contra-indications to massage
  • A look at other complementary therapies

Anatomy & Physiology

(For a more in-depth look at this syllabus see Anatomy and Physiology Diploma)

  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • The Skin
  • Histology
  • Vascular System
  • Lymphatic system
  • Neurological System
  • Endocrine System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Genito-Urinary System
  • Reproductive System

Students must also study the following core subjects:

  • Operating within professional boundaries
  • Contra-indications to treatment
  • Building rapport with the medical profession
  • Designing a consultation form
  • Professionalism ethics and client care
  • First aid
  • Contents of a first aid box
  • Health and Safety Laws
  • Hygiene and sterilisation
  • Personal hygiene for the therapist
  • Cross infection
  • Methods of sterilisation
  • Insurance cover
  • Advertising
  • Business plan
  • Study of other complementary therapies

(for a more in-depth look at the syllabus visit www.itecworld.co.uk)

For course dates please see the relevant link

Course Tutor: Sylvia Brearley
Contact: 01423 505707