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Level 3 Sports Massage Course

Whether you’re new to the fitness industry or want to expand your existing services, becoming a sports massage therapist is a highly lucrative and rewarding role.

With OriGym’s Ofqual-regulated Level 3 Sports Massage course, you'll acquire the essential skills, knowledge and practical experience needed to pursue this career. You will learn how to deliver sports massage treatments, aid injury management and help enhance your clients’ sporting performance. 

On completion of this course, you'll be able to pursue freelance and employed opportunites as a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist.

Entry Requirements:


Course Type:

Blended Learning

Course Length:

12 Weeks (Average)


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  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
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level 3 diploma in sports massage

Designed and taught by experts in the field, our Level 3 Sports Massage Qualification will teach you how to promote recovery, minimise discomfort and help clients with muscular tightness. You will also learn how to give post-event and restorative massage, as well as how to support your clients with the psychological aspects of pain. 

Studied via blended learning, our Level 3 Sports Massage Qualification is designed and delivered by experienced Sports Massage Practitioners. You'll study using OriGym’s e-learning platform and apply your learning at practical group workshops, providing hours of practice on the therapy table to ensure that you are fully prepared for your new career.

Course Length: Students can begin learning as soon as they complete the enrolment process and the average time to complete this course is 12 weeks.
Entry Requirements: There are no formal entry requirements, but student must be aged 16+ to enrol.
Cost: £1299 with no hidden fees for certifications or exams, and unlimited free examination re-sits.
Offer & Payment Options: Spread the cost with 0% interest payment plans. No guarantor required.
What You’ll Qualify With: On successful completion of this course, you will qualify with:

  • Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy(RQF)
  • Ofqual regulated and awarded by Focus Awards
Sports Massage therapist offering treatment to a client's injured knee

What You’ll learn

Our Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy Course is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to become a successful sports massage therapist. As well as developing a deep understanding of the principles of health, fitness and human anatomy, you'll gain the hands-on practical experience needed to fully prepare for the role.

Anatomy & Physiology for Sports Massage Therapy

Learn how the body works with specific emphasis on the lymphatic system, including the skin and muscular tissue. Study the science and practice of manual therapy and learn how to correct both posture and muscular imbalances with your clients.

The Principles of Exercise, Health and Fitness

Here you will gain an understanding of how the body reacts to different forms of exercise, including resistance training, cardiovascular activity and flexibility training. You will explore the physical and physiological effects of sports massage on the body. 

Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction

Gain knowledge and understanding of soft tissue injury and dysfunction, including the causes and symptoms. You will also explore how sports massage positively influences the healing process.

Professional Practice in Sports Massage

Learn functional stretching techniques, principles of injury management and rehabilitation as well as how to deal with soft tissue trauma.

Sports Massage Treatments

Explore, understand and apply the different types of sports massage including post-sporting event and restorative massage, learning when to apply them to promote recovery and support any injuries sustained.

Level 3 diploma in sports massage

How You’ll Be Assessed

To achieve your Level 3 Sports Massage course, you will be required to complete both theoretical and practical assessments.

As you progress through your modules, you’ll be invited to attend the required practical assessments. These are run every month from our training locations found in a growing number of cities nationwide, including London, Birmingham and Liverpool. 

Blended Learning Course Assessments

The following assessments must be completed to graduate from the Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy course:

  • Practical examination on Maintenance Massage in a Clinical Environment, including Pre and Post Event Massage - Pass required
  • Coursework and theoretical quizzes throughout the programme - 100% mark required

Throughout the course, you will receive the full support of our experienced and friendly tutors, who are here to ensure your assessments are stress-free and that you have you the best chance of passing first time.

Sports Massage therapist stretches injured clients knee

Study Options

The OriGym Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy course is studied via a blended learning method that combines both online and practical study. 

Students can begin studying the online course modules immediately after enrolment via OriGym’s multi-award nominated learning platform, called “Student Zone”. This includes videos, online lectures, interactive e-learning and more, so you can study at a pace that suits you and fits flexibly around your existing commitments. 

During the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, you will also attend compulsory practical workshops totalling 50 hours worth of direct contact time. Led by our team of expert tutors, this is where you will learn the physical aspects of sports massage.

These workshops take place on weekends and run from our training locations in London, Liverpool and Birmingham, with additional venues to follow soon.

You must also complete practical implementation outside of our workshops, which needs to be documented.

Throughout the course, you'll have access to the support of our dedicated sports massage tutors 7-days a week, via phone, email or chatbox.

Level 3 sports massage therapy course

Careers & Progression

On completion of your Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, you’ll have the knowledge and skills required to provide this treatment to new and existing clients, as well as the necessary qualification needed to secure a job.

OriGym are dedicated to helping you to reach your potential, and will provide you with unlimited career advice and support throughout their career!

Careers Support

After graduating, you will have access to OriGym’s industry-leading post-course career support. This includes general careers advice as well as CV distribution within your local area, and mock-interviews.

We also guarantee interviews with a network of leading health and fitness brands across the UK, helping you to secure your first role and kickstart your career as a sports massage therapist. Likewise, if you want to pursue the self-employed/freelance route, we also provide startup support and business advice to help you get set-up as an independent sports massage therapist.

Progression Routes

After completing your Level 3 Sports Massage qualification, there are many ways to progress in your career and increase your earning potential. Expanding your knowledge of exercise training and fitness instruction with our Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications will complement your sports massage expertise and unlock a whole new career pathway. 

Alumni Benefits

OriGym alumni also benefit from a huge number of exclusive deals and discounts of gym-wear, supplements, equipment and software, all essential for fitness professionals. We’re continuously adding new benefits to our list, so make sure to check back regularly.

If you’ve paid your course in full, your Level 3 Sports Massage certificate will be sent to you within 6-8 weeks. While you wait, we’ll also provide you with an internal certificate, which can be used for potential employers.

If you’re on a payment plan, your official certificates will only be sent when the balance for the course package has been cleared. However, you can do this earlier at no charge if you choose!

You don’t need to have completed any previous qualifications to be eligible for the Level 3 Sports Massage Course! 

The only stipulation is that you’ll need to be at least 16 years old. 

The Level 3 Sports Massage course is blended learning. This means you’ll have access to our unique online platform “Student Zone” where you can study with instructional videos, lectures, and our interactive e-learning. 

There are also practical workshops and an assessment you would have to attend with one of our team members.

You will then complete practical sessions outside of the workshop that will have to be documented.

The average time taken to finish the Level 3 Sports Massage Course is 12 weeks but this depends on your schedule and other commitments.

You can work at your own pace and find a timetable that suits you!

Yes - there’s mandatory practical workshops you’ll have to participate in as part of the course. You’ll also have to complete and record a certain number of practical hours outside of the workshops.

One of our experienced tutoring team will be on-hand 7 days a week to help you with any questions you might have!

You can contact them either by phone, email, or chatbox.

Our contacts throughout the industry allow us to guarantee job interviews for our alumni, giving you the best possible start to your new career.

Also, your access to our learning platform continues once you complete the Level 3 Sports Massage Course with bespoke content about business and career advancement.

These will help you with valuable business skills and marketing so that you can get started in the industry, especially if you’re looking to become self-employed!


Join other sports massage graduates working with leading UK and international health brands.

Guaranteed Interviews

OriGym guarantees post-course interviews with leading gyms and clinics helping you secure your dream job after graduation.

Professional Guidance

All students can benefit from free CV analysis, 1-to-1 interview preparation, marketing resources & business advice.

Alumni Benefits

Hundreds of exclusive discounts including supplements, clothing & insurance to help you excel as a Sports Massage Therapist.

  • Puregym
  • Virgin Active
  • Everlast Fitness Club
  • DW Fitness First
  • JD Gyms
  • Sport Direct Fitness


Dean Dallas, Qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer

Dean Dallas

Personal Trainer

Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Before OriGym Dean was pursuing a career in football. After setbacks due to injury, Dean developed an interest in strength and conditioning and injury prevention, pivoting his career into becoming a qualified personal trainer.

OriGym really stood out to me because I was able to complete my Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications in my own time without deadlines. This really took the stress off and allowed me to go about my daily schedule without interruption.

The tutors at OriGym created a great support network and provided us with practical workshops to further our development. I am now a certified personal trainer and can’t wait to help future clients in achieving their goals!

Sophie Longmire

Sophie Longmire

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Wonderful experience so far!

"It's been a really wonderful experience throughout with Origym. The courses are very informative with excellent teaching points - the tutors and assessors have been nothing shy of amazing and extremely helpful! Love it and fully recommend it to anyone looking for a fitness career!"


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