Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy

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The Oxford School of Sports Massage delivers the BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy (sport and remedial massage).  We provide students with the skills necessary to work as autonomous practitioners.

On completion of this course students will be able to apply for full membership of both the Sports Massage Association and the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage.

Soft tissue therapy/sports massage is the scientific manipulation of soft tissue for injury prevention and therapeutic purposes involving the restoration to normal functional activity of the various structures of the body. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activities and to maintain it in optimal condition. Massage can be used in the conditioning and training phases of sport: pre-, inter- and post-competition, and post travel.

This diploma course covers all the essential skills necessary to become competent at treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems ranging from common postural dysfunction to sports injuries - these include general massage techniques, soft tissue release, muscle energy technique and neuromuscular techniques. Level 5 provides the student with a greater understanding of the underpinning knowledge necessary to apply these techniques to the patient correctly. As part of the course students will cover postural assessment and joint assessments - both vital components in drawing up treatment plans.

OSSM understands the need for properly trained practitioners and our high quality diploma reflects this need.

We are accredited by the Sports Massage Association and the ISRM as a training provider. Our course is externally validated by BTEC through the ISRM and graduating students will be awarded the BTEC Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy.

The dates over which each course is run are shown below and a copy of our prospectus and an application form can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. Teaching times are 10 am - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Entry requirements

  • An acceptable basic massage qualification or an OSSM Introductory Massage Certificate
  • Ideally have 4 GCSEs and an A Level or equivalent 

Course fee

  • £2,850 (inclusive of VAT)

Upcoming courses


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Course PT36
21/22 Jan 2017
11/12 Feb 2017
4/5 Mar 2017
1/2 Apr 2017
29/30 Apr 2017
20/21 May 2017
10/11 Jun 2017
1/2 Jul 2017
22/23 July 2017
9/10 Sep 2017
30 Sep/1 Oct 2017
28/29 Oct 2017
Course PT37
6/7 May 2017
27/28 May 2017
17/18 Jun 2017
15/16 Jul 2017
2/3 Sep 2017
23/24 Sep 2017
14/15 Oct 2017
11/12 Nov 2017
9/10 Dec 2017
6/7 Jan 2018
3/4 Feb 2018
24/25 Feb 2018
Course PT38
16/17 Sep 2017
7/8 Oct 2017
4/5 Nov 2017
25/26 Nov 2017
16/17 Dec 2017
13/14 Jan 2018
17/18 Feb 2018
24/25 Mar 2018
21/22 Apr 2018
12/13 May 2018
2/3 Jun 2018
23/24 Jun 2018
Course PT39
20/21 Jan 2018
10/11 Feb 2018
10/11 Mar 2018
7/8 Apr 2018
28/29 Apr 2018
19/20 May 2018
9/10 Jun 2018
30 Jun/1 Jul 2018
21/22 Jul 2018
8/9 Sep 2018
29/30 Sep 2018
27/28 Oct 2018

 

Course venue

Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane, Oxford, OX4 6JZ 

This venue has FREE PARKING

 

Prospectus and Application Forms

Prospectus

Application form - PT37
Application form - PT38