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BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy

About the BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma

This qualification started as the Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage therapy around 20 years ago and evolved in what now 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" of the many elements which make up the sills of a soft tissue therapist. Student will learn different approaches and methodologies to fulfil clients' individual needs.

They will learn to utilise different massage techniques including deep tissue and remedial massage, fascial work strategies (incorrectly terms often as myofascial release), PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), MET (Muscle Energy Techniques), PRT (Positional Release Technique) just to name a few and all within a strong framework of clinical assessment. In order to ensure clients are empowered to be self-sufficient in their treatment and healing process students will be taught how to create a specific rehabilitation program which will cover the post-acute phase to return to play. 

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 minor and chronic soft tissue injuries irrelevant if they have been caused by a sporting activity, posture or day to day problems.

The Qualification is externally validated by BTEC which is the national awarding body for vocational education and training and given accreditation to a Level 5 which is considered to be a foundation degree level.

This qualification operates through the ISRM which has a 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 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.

What you will do on the course

To view the course syllabus - what you will be studying, see the Coursework and Modules page.

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 qualification exceeds the standards set by CNHC and graduates are eligible to register. To find out more about the CNHC go to: