BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy


This qualification started as the Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage therapy and evolved in what now it is called Soft Tissue Therapy Diploma. The new name and accreditation from BTEC has been an organic evolution to represent a training that cannot be limited to the term Massage Training. Although massage is a big part of our intervention it is only "one" element, as soft tissue therapists students you will learn different approaches and methodologies to suit your clients' individual needs. You will learn to utilize different massage techniqus , fascial strategies, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), MET (Muscle Energy Techniques), PRT (Positional Release Technique) to name a few and all within a strong framework of clinical assessment. In Order ensure clients are empowered to be self sufficient in their treatment process students will be introduced to home care rehabilitative advice which involves movement and rehabilitation strategies. 

 The BTEC Professional Diploma (Level 5) in Soft Tissue Therapy's main objective is to enable successful candidates to be fully competent in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries irrelevant if they have been caused by a sporting activity or by postural and occupational origins.

The Qualification is externally validated by Edexcel/BTEC which is the national awarding body for vocational education and training.

This qualification operates through the ISRM whch has specifically selected a network of schools and training centres all over the country, enabling an otherwise fragmented profession to unite and grow under a single qualification.

The Massage Training School is honoured to be one of those selected centres which are raising the standards of practice and training.

Successful candidates will be able to get full membership of ISRM

A bridging programme for qualified therapists with experience wishing to upgrade to the new ISRM BTEC Level 5 qualification and join the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage is available.

Why train with us?

StudentPast students of the Level 5 BTEC Diploma at The Massage Training School, explain their experience and reasons to study.

Read Student Testimonials here

Contact us

For more information or any questions please email Tracey, BTEC co-ordinator at - Tracey

Course Details

Course Qualification successful candidates will be issued with the nationally recognised BTEC/EDEXEL Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy

Course Length 26 tutorial days, 13 weekends, spread over a 12 months period, approximately one weekend a month, contact tutorial hours 182 Hrs

Course times are 9.30 to 5.30 on Saturdays and 9.30 to 4.30 on Sundays

Professional Association Graduates can apply for the Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage membership (ISRM) and register with the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC) which is the only Governement backed Voluntary Regulator for our industry, however successfull graduates are able to apply to join any other Professional Association. 

Entry requirements

  • Ideally 4 GCSE's and 1 "A" Level or similar academic qualification
  • An acceptable Massage Qualification OR
  • The Massage Training School Introductory Course

Previous Qualifications are desirable but not necessary, we will consider applicants without qualification on discredtion of our Principla, senior tutors after the Introductory course.

Minimum age for enrolment is 21.


Home study is structured by 4 written assignments which form part of the integrated course learning and require no less than 100 hours home study and research to complete. Practical coursework requires to complete a 100 hours practice treatments and to provide evidence in the form of a logbook. This is part of course assessment.

Examination and assessments The final examination takes place two weeks after the final weekend. It consists of one theory paper and one externally assessed practical examination, this is supported by 3 practical assessments taken during the course.

The course syllabus includes;


  • Anatomy & Physiology (through home assignment)
  • Functional Anatomy (How we do move)
  • Role and Ethics of Soft Tissue Therapist
  • Exercise physiology (through home assignment)
  • Consultation Process, notes taking
  • Classical Massage Techniques
  • Environment set up (clinical and sporting)
  • Postural Analysis (evidence informed approach)
  • Pain science 


  • Sports events specific massage strategies
  • Soft Tissue Release (STR)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
  • Advanced Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Fascial Approaches 
  • Positional Release Technique 


  • Tissue Repair and treatment interventions
  • Physiology of sporting and common soft tissue injuries and their treatment protocols
  • Assessment protocol (incl. Range of Motion, Muscle Length Tests and Functional Tests)
  • Joint Assessment of Shoulder, elbow and wrist 
  • Joint Assessment of Hip, Knee and Ankle
  • Assessment of Cervical Area
  • Assessment of Lumbar Area
  • Breathing Patterns and their link to biomechanical dysfunctions


  • Injury rehabilitation specific to our role as soft tissue therapists 
  • Gait analysis 


  • Professional Conduct and Business Awareness


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16th/17th February 2019 7th/8th September 2019
16th/17th March 2019 5th/6th October 2019
13th/14th April 2019 Exam to be confirmed


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3rd/4th November 2018 Exam to be confirmed


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9th/10th March 2019 Exam to be confirmed


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13th/14th January 2018 28th/29th July 2018
24th/25th February 2018 15th/16th September 2018
10th/11th March 2018 Exam to be confirmed




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16th/17th December 2017 9th/10th June 2018
20th/21st January 2018 7th/8th July 2018
3rd/4th February 2018 1st/2nd September 2018
3rd/4th March 2018 Exam to be confirmed




4th/5th February 2017 7th/8th October 2017
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1st/2nd April 2017 2nd/3rd December 2017
13th/14th May 2017 6th/7th January 2018
10th/11th June 2017 27th/28th January 2018
15th/16th July 2017 10th/11th February 2018
9th/10th September 2017 Exam to be confirmed




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26th/27th November 2016 3rd/4th June 2017
10th/11th December 2016 1st/2nd July 2017
14th/15th January 2017 2nd/3rd September 2017
25th/26th February 2017 30th Sept/1st Oct 2017
11th/12th March 2017 Exam to be confirmed




Course Fees

£3000.00 inclusive of examination fees

to be paid as follows;

£500 deposit with enrolment (non-refundable)

then 10 continuous monthly installments of £250


If the full course payment is made on the first day via BACS Payment, you can save £100 - making the course total £2900.

If you attend an 'Introduction to Massage' weekend with us, the course cost of £150 is deducted from the BTEC course fees, so a deposit of £350 rather than £500 is required to secure your place.

Cancellations Policy 

Cancellations made 4 weeks prior to the start of the course will receive a refund of fees paid, less the £500 non-refundable deposit. After this date, an agreement to attend the course is assumed and payment in full will become due on the first day of the course. Students cancelling less than 4 weeks prior to the start of the course will be liable for the full course fee.

How to enrol

Download the enrolment form from the link below and send it with a cheque made out to 'The Massage Clinic' for £500 (or £350 if you attended an 'Introduction to Massage' Course with us)


The Massage Clinic & Training School

51, Imperial Road, Exmouth EX8 1DQ

or call us on 01395 271610 mon to fri 9am to 1 pm



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For more information or any questions please email Elly, BTEC co-ordinator at - Elly is part-time but will respond to you as soon as possible.

CNHC Quality Standards Registration

with our ISRM accredited course our graduates are eligible to register with CNHC.

CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration with CNHC. The CNHC quality mark (above) is being recognised as the hallmark of quality for the sector. This means that the general public, and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners, will be able to choose with confidence by looking for the CNHC quality mark.

The Department of Health in November 2009 stated: "CNHC is the only voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare which has official government backing. No other organisation has the same exacting criteria or focus on safety and quality."

CNHC Registration

The ISRM has been approved by the CNHC to verify applications for registration and encourages its members to register in order to gain the quality mark. The ISRM/BTEC qulification exceeds the standards set by CNHC and graduates are eligible to register. To find out more about the CNHC go to:

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