ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Course Dates: 05/02/21 - 28/05/21
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
This specialist qualification will equip you with a range of advanced techniques required by sports massage practitioners. Recommended for practitioners who are currently working in sport and active leisure, including osteopaths, physiotherapists, sports therapists and massage therapists. You must have completed the ITEC level 3 diploma in Sports Massage or equivalent and be capable of working independently.
We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the latest lockdown measures. This course will now be delivered in mixed mode - covering the theory elements online and resuming the practical elements in class. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe.
This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £799.00 Senior fee £799.00 Concession £799.00

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Course Code: FRQ12

Started Fri, day, 05 Feb - 28 May '21

Duration: 15 sessions (over 17 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is designed to follow on from the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and aims to enable learners to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills of advanced anatomy, common injuries and suggested treatment management, palpation skills and those needed to analyse posture and range of movement. It will also provide practitioners with a range of advanced skills and massage techniques to prevent and manage injury in sport and active leisure.
Practitioners will learn to critically evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future treatments.

Practical exam date: TBC

- You should be aware that a minimum of 80% attendance is necessary to complete the course.
- You are also expected to participate to the best of your ability
- You are expected to adhere to the colleges Equal Opportunities Policy while undertaking the course.
- The policies of the college will be discussed during the first session.
- Students will be required to undertake 5 treatments
- Due to the nature of this course, you will not be entitled to transfer to a different course after the course has started.

Please note that as a Sports Massage Therapist you are required to obtain a First Aid Certificate:- City Lit offers one day Emergency First Aid at Work courses, awarding body Qualsafe which will suitable for your requirements.

This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

This course comprises of three units which build upon those covered in the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy:

Unit 456: Conducting Subjective and Objective Assessment
This unit will give the leaner insight into identifying bony structures associated with major joints, identifying soft tissue structures located at the major joints, joint end feels, pre-dispositions to injury and dysfunctions, factors that influence recovery from injury, treatment planning, postural types and deviations, pathophysiology of common injuries, methods and purpose of a range of objective assessment techniques and carrying out Subjective and Objective Assessments

Unit 457: Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair
This unit will look at aims of treatment and treatment options during acute, sub-acute and chronic stages of injury, treatment protocol, use of and adverse reactions to cryotherapy and thermotherapy.

Unit 458: Provide Sports Massage Treatments to Prevent and Manage Injury
This unit will cover a range of soft tissue techniques, protocols to follow for each technique, evaluating the effects of each technique, preparing clients, monitoring tissue response throughout treatments, adapting the techniques and treatment plan to meet the needs of each client, adapting own posture throughout the application to ensure safe and effective application and presenting aftercare advice to the client.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Below are the intended learning outcomes for each unit:

Unit 456:
Understand the anatomy and physiology of the major joints of the body
Understand the effects of anatomy, physiology and pathology on human function
Understand the principles and practice of objective assessment techniques
Be able to conduct subjective and objective assessment
Be able to devise a sport massage treatment plan

Unit 457
Understand treatments to support soft tissue repair
Understand the use of cryotherapy during soft tissue repair
Understand the use of heat treatments during soft tissue repair

Unit 458
Understand the principles of soft tissue techniques used in sports massage
Be able to apply soft tissue techniques in sports massage treatments

The following highlights how you will be assessed for each unit:

Unit 456
• Treatment evidence on a minimum of 5 clients to cover all joints of the body

Unit 457
• Assignment - Research and Critically Evaluate a Variety of Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair

Unit 458
• Treatment Evidence: Sports Massage should be carried out on a minimum of 5 different clients
• Practical examination.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Level 4 Certificate

- To have successfully completed the ITEC Level 3 sports massage or massage diploma
- You should have kept up to date on anatomy and physiology.


For a qualification to be considered an equivalent, it must be a level 3 diploma in sports massage and be registered under: The Qualifications and Credit Framework: QCF.

If you do not have a QCF qualification, it is YOUR responsibility to have the qualification validated by the appropriate awarding body. There may be charges associated with this which are not included in the course fees.

If you have an international qualification, then you can use the NARIC validation service,
There is a charge for this service and again, this is not included in the course fees.


You will also need to have sufficient literacy, numeracy and ICT skills to include:

Use different texts to obtain and summarise information
Detect opinion, meaning and bias in writing and respond to points made within a text

Use different styles format and structure, formal and informal for different purposes or audiences
Write complex sentences with few errors

Speaking and Listening:
Listen to information and respond appropriately
Present information clearly and persuasively
Adapt verbal contributions to suit the audience and situation
Make significant contributions in discussions

Extract information from lists, tables, and diagrams, graphs and charts

ICT (Information & communication technology):
-Using ICT systems – Windows, Microsoft Office
-Finding, selecting and exchanging information – (web, email)
-Working with word processing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course content will be both Theoretical and Practical.
The teaching methods used will include: Talk by tutor - Group work - Pair work - Massage work - Movement work - completing Case Histories - Videos - and much more.

- You will need to find clients to undertake case studies outside of the class time.
- It is essential that you have access to a massage couch outside of class.
- You will need to also have access to a computer and the internet in order to research project work.
(facilities are available at City Lit)

This is a professional practitioner course including business elements. The use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) skills is also required.


City Lit is committed to the delivery of functional skills, the supported learning centre has various resources for students without access to computers or the internet. Support in using these facilities is also available.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You must wear a professional uniform for the practical elements and exams of all ITEC courses. The cost of this uniform is included in the course fees. You will be provided with 1 set of (unisex) uniform, the trousers have an elasticated drawstring waist.

THE UNIFORM COSTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEES, THERE IS NO REDUCTION IN THE COURSE FEES FOR STUDENTS WISHING TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN UNIFORM. If students wish to provide their own uniform, it must meet the standards set by the institute.

- Two towels (any colour towel may be used during course, WHITE TOWELS MUST BE USED FOR FINAL EXAM)
- couch cover (any colour may be used during course, WHITE MUST BE USED FOR FINAL EXAM)
- Massage mediums
- plasters
- tissues
- two foolscap folders (one for course notes and one for case studies)
- some writing materials (note paper, pens, pencils, etc.)

COURSE BOOKS - tutor will provide a recommended reading list on commencement of the course

The exam fee is included in the course cost. This fee is non-refundable and the exams must be taken on the date set by the Institute.

As an accredited course you will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence. This may incur charges for printing, photocopying and stationary which is not included in the course fees.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Follow up with other professional practitioner courses such as Sports Massage Level 5
Advanced Massage (using sports techniques)
Deep Tissue Massage Techniques for Professionals.

Trevor England

Trevor is a registered and practising Osteopath, Complementary Therapist and Pilates instructor who has been working within the sector since 2004. He has a practice in Central London which enables him to share clinical experiences with his students. Trevor has had the opportunity to promote complementary medicine through interviews on BBC London and numerous magazine reviews. He has also written articles for industry and professional body magazines and presented at the CAM expo, London. Trevor began teaching Sports and Remedial Massage in 2007 and has since taught a variety of subjects for complementary therapy and fitness sectors throughout the UK. He is a fully qualified tutor, assessor and mentor/coach. Outside of complementary medicine, Trevor also works in teacher education at City Lit. Trevor began his Pilates journey from an early age as a part of dance training. He completed his Pilates qualification with STOTT PILATES and since qualifying, has taught at several Pilates studios and gyms. He enjoys delivering clinical Pilates which is ideal for the treatment of musculoskeletal problems. Website:

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.