• Code:EF
  • Certification QQI Level 5 Award in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (5M5146)
                                            ITEC Level 3 in Sports Massage Therapy
                                            Life Guard Certificate (RLSS)
  • Duration One Year or Two Years


This is a one-year course designed to prepare students for a career in the treatment of Sports Injuries and Physical Therapy. The majority of students successfully completing this course progress onto Third Level Degree Programmes in Institutes of Technology nationwide. The main aim of the VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills in order to provide sports massage therapy treatments to the general public and to gain employment in the sports industry.

Programme of Study


  • Sport and Recreation Studies 
  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Sports Psychology  
  • Exercise and Fitness 
  • Nutrition  
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience 
  • Business Administration
  • First Aid


  • Professional practice in sports massage  
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage 
  • Principles of health and fitness
  • Sport Massage treatments 
  • Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • Full QQI Level 4 award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview. Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Sports Massage Therapist
  • Sports Injury Clinics
  • Health & Wellbeing Centres
  • Hotels
  • Leisure Centres
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

  • BIFE:

Professional Trainer, Strength & Conditioning

  • Carlow IT:

Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy (CW188) Physiology and Health Science (CW106)

  • Waterford IT:

Recreation & Sport Management (WD212)

  • Athlone IT:

Business, Sport & Recreation (AL663)

  • Salford University:

Physiotherapy (Specific conditions will have to be met)

Course Co-Ordinator

Ross Lee

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