VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy course



VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy

Units covered within this qualification are:

If you consider a career as a Massage Therapist, this course is ideal for you. Upon qualifying, you want to work in a salon, spa, or cruise ship with the flexibility to operate from home and mobile. Our massage courses are ideal for massage business owners too.

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy course is designed to equip you with the practical skills, knowledge and industry-required qualifications to do this confidently. 

Students require access to a PC and an internet connection to complete coursework and online exams.

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy qualification can be completed in 24 weeks. However, with some flexibility, if required, you have up to 12 months to fully complete the course.

What VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy course covers

  • Privacy basics
  • Client Care
  • Health, safety & hygiene
  • Consultation techniques
  • Contraindications
  • Swedish Body Massage
  • Aromatherapy Massage (using Pre-Blended Oils)
  • Hot Stone Therapy Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Aftercare advice
  • Sports Massage
  • Massage Techniques
  • Complementary therapies
  • Practical Assessment
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Practical Hands-on training 

 VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy Course structure

Much of the vocational qualification is completed as home study, including written and practical coursework, making this ideal for students who wish to study flexibly around other commitments. 

The practical training days required for the course will run from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm.

First, you will learn the treatment theory and spend most of the training days acquiring and demonstrating your practical skills, with a 30-minute break for lunch.

Students will need access to a PC to complete the course work and online exams. Once you have completed training and coursework, you will arrange to attend assessment days to achieve your VTCT qualification.

How to book your course?

For more detailed information on this qualification, call to speak with one of our course advisors on 01293 553600 who can assist you in booking a course.

Through our website online payment system, you can book courses online anytime by:

  • Select the date required
  • Click buy button
  • Then complete the online checkout

When booking online, choose from secure payment options including PayPal, Stripe or Klarna. Premium Credit (Payment Plan) is also available on bookings allowing you to spread the cost over 6 or 12 months at a reasonable interest rate. To enquire, click ‘Apply for Payment Plan’ on the right-hand side or give us a call to learn more.

Methods to Pay options 

You can pay in full securely by telephone using a Debit / Credit Card or PayPal.

You can secure your course place and enjoy flexibility in booking your training days. The best way to suit you is by making payment in full. – whether that is a consecutive block (subject to availability) or taken at your own pace. 

Courses over £79 – Pay in three with Stripe – Spread the cost interest & fee free over three equal monthly payments.

Pick your courses & add them to the shopping basket; at checkout, select Klarna Pay in three and then enter your details to check if you are eligible. 

You will know if you are approved. Available to those over 18, resident in the UK & with a UK bank account. T&Cs do apply. Find out more about Klarna with Stripe FAQs

Disclosure: AHBT is not a lender and acts only as an introducer. The credit product is provided by Klarna Bank AB (publ). 

Klarna’s Pay in three instalments credit agreement is not regulated by the FCA.

Please spend responsibly. Borrowing more than you can afford may affect your financial status. Make sure you can afford to make your monthly repayments as they fall due. Missed payments may affect your ability to use Klarna in the future.

All Courses over £400

All Courses Over £400 – GoCardless Direct Debit Plan – Spread the cost interest-free over six months.

Spread the cost of your training over six more straightforward manage, interest-free instalments, paid through direct debit, while still being able to begin your learning straight away! Using GoCardless, our EasyPay Direct Debit plan allows you to enrol for your chosen training package and pay only £99 upfront. 

This will enable us to book your first course. You will then pay the remainder of the course fees split over five equal monthly instalments, taken through direct debit.

  • For a £400 (3-day package), pay £99 upfront & book one course. 5 x monthly instalments of £70 each, Book 1 additional training day after the third instalment & fifth instalment.
  • For a £400 (3-day package), pay £99 upfront & book one course. 5 x monthly instalments of £72 each, Book 1 additional training day after the third instalment & fifth instalment.
  • For a £699 (4-day package), pay £99 upfront & book one course. 5 x monthly instalments of £120 each, Book 1 additional training day after the 2nd, 3rd & 5th instalment.
  • For an £899 (6-day package), pay £99 upfront & book one course. 5 x monthly instalments of £160 each; book additional training days after the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th instalments.
  • For a £999 (8-day package), pay £99 upfront & book one course. 5 x monthly instalments of £180 each, Book 1 additional training day after the 1st, 2nd & 3rd instalment. Book 2 additional training days after the 4th & 5th instalments.

Our course team will then contact you to confirm your course and set up your payment plan through GoCardless.

VTCT Courses over £800 only – Premium Credit – Spread the cost over 12 months of finance with reasonable interest.

Our Payment Plan option is provided through Premium Credit Limited, an independent finance company. Available on all VTCT Courses over £800 (only).

(*Classroom and online courses and starter kits are excluded from finance, unfortunately. VTCT Qualification courses only. We have other payment options to spread the costs for all other courses, including PayPal Credit & Klarna. Enquire for more details or see Ways to Pay.)

Spread the cost via direct debit repayments over 12 months with just a 19% deposit upfront and reasonable interest (representative APR of 13.2% for 12 months*). We have a minimum repayment balance before diplomas can be issued; this is typically a minimum of £200 for two training days or longer courses. 

The first instalment will be taken around 28 days after the deposit. This makes it easy to spread the initial cost. In addition, you can choose your preferred payment date for the instalment direct debit payments, making it easy to plan repayments, e.g., taken on the 1st or 28th of each month.

It would help if you were 18+ with a UK address and held a UK bank/building society account.

How To Apply for course funding

Call us on 01293 553600 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.30 pm) or contact us through our website using this page. We can then chat, check if the course is right for you and calculate a quote for your payment plan. If happy to go ahead, arrange your application straight away! Contact form.

*One-off fixed £5 facility fee added to the first payment only. Representative APR examples above are based upon a £2500 loan.

We use Premium Credit Limited to provide finance. We may receive a commission for introducing customers to them. Your personal information and the bank detail you provide to us (if applying by telephone) will be passed to them, and they will contact you via email or text and send PDF or Word documents. 

Credit is subject to status, and the credit agency may leave a record of the search. This record will be visible to third parties. 

You will need to be aware of and consent to this before proceeding with an online application or telephone for finance with Premium Credit Limited.

Training Course benefits

A VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy is becoming the industry-required standard and is recognised in many sectors of the massage industry. 

This course will enable you to provide various massage treatments to your clients and work as a professional massage therapist, either self-employed or within a salon. 

You will learn a wide range of practical skills, including the relaxing Indian head massage treatment and the muscle-relieving Swedish body massage.

While you are perfecting your practical skills at the same time, you will also be consolidating your theoretical knowledge. With our comprehensive study material from home, answer written questions in your electronic workbooks to submit as coursework. 

You will also be practising the skills you have learnt at our training centre on models (friends/family) at home, gradually building a portfolio of treatments to submit as your practical coursework.

AHBT assessment process will ensure that your techniques, from hygiene requirements to attention to detail, are at a satisfactory industry level. Assessment will re-affirm the skills learnt during your practical training. 

This course is hands-on and provides you with in-depth detail on a range of massage treatments. This course is designed to prepare you to begin your career within the industry. 

The qualification provides you with extensive career opportunities and is also internationally recognised, and demonstrates your ability to work to an industry-standard level of practice.

What are the course entry requirements?

AHBT diploma courses are suitable for complete beginners and do not require any prior learning to be able to train with us. Most of our students are not from the beauty industry. However, they are generally looking to start up a new business in the beauty industry. 

AHBT welcome students of all background, whether you are looking to learn a new skill or currently working as a therapist and looking to refresh your knowledge of treatments.

Students will need to have previously achieved GCSE English or equivalent to ensure they have a good command of spoken and written English to succeed within the VTCT qualification. 

In addition, students will need access to a PC to complete coursework and online exams.

As part of your practical coursework, you will give and receive body massage treatments. Students work upon each other, so models are not required. 

Training sessions can be mixed-sex depending on bookings made. However, we use privacy screens which are used to ensure all student discretion. 

Should you wish to attend a training day with same-sex students only in attendance. Please get in touch with us prior to booking so we can look at the best training date for you. 

All products and tools are provided for the training days when you attend. No kit is required to complete the training days, nor included in the course fee.

On the training days, you only need to bring a hand and bath towel for your personal use, a completed enrolment form and cold food for your lunch (e.g., sandwich/salad).

We provide study materials to assist you in the completion of your written coursework & in preparation for your assessments. 

Students will require products/tools at home and arrange models to complete their coursework/assessments. We have a support team on hand to answer any of your questions via email. We usually will get back to you before the end of the working day. info@ahbt.co.uk.

What are the tutors like?

We are so proud at The AHBT to work with such a professional, passionate, and friendly team of tutors, all of which hold Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in their specialised sectors. 

Our tutors are also qualified with Level 4 PTTLS or equivalent teaching awards in education, with years of experience in beauty-related professional industries. Furthermore, our tutors involved in the assessment process hold an Assessors Award.

AHBT takes pride in the welcoming nature of our tutors and their ability to engage, educate and enrich students. 

AHBT tutors are committed to maintaining their knowledge and keeping up to date with the latest treatments and techniques in the beauty industry.

Who are the tutors?

Please look at our page if you would like to read more about our fantastic tutors individually. Meet the Tutors.

What qualification will I receive?

When you have completed your VTCT training course, you will receive a diploma certificate issued by The AHBT and accredited by AHBT. 

This demonstrates your commitment to the training and allows you to obtain Public Liability insurance to start offering treatments to paying clients from your clinic, salon, home or mobile.

Once you have completed your assessment, you will receive your qualification certificate (this can take up to 12 weeks to be released from the awarding body VTCT).

Additional work required to complete my qualification

Aside from your practical training, your course also involves home study and assessments as required by the awarding body VTCT. 

Our qualifications require both written and practical coursework to be submitted. An assessor marks them before you can be progressed to the assessment stage.

After booking your qualification, you will be sent your study materials which include workbooks, Student Study Guide, Practical Assignment document and our Student Handbook) to get you started with your coursework.

As you complete your practical training, you can begin working on your practical course assignment. 

You will require products/tools at home and models to enable you to complete the coursework/assessments needed to achieve the qualification. 

We have a support team on hand to answer any of your questions via email at info@ahbt.co.uk and will get back to you before the end of the working day.

Discounted Insurance 

All courses completed with The AHBT are accredited by AHBT, allowing you to receive a 5% discount off your policy with AHBT Insurance when you quote MC001.

The AHBT also offer a discounted insurance scheme with Balens, a Specialist Insurance Broker aimed at Health and Well-Being. 

Professionals, offering both Therapist and Student Therapist insurance for those who train with us. 

Benefits of the training course?

Completing this qualification will enable you to gain employment within a clinic, salon or spa, providing a range of holistic treatments. 

You can also obtain insurance to begin working from home or mobile to establish your own business. Holistic treatments are popular for all backgrounds, ages, and genders. 

Massage Therapy offers a solid foundation to build a regular client base providing treatments. Progression could be to move into a beauty salon management, work on a cruise liner or into holistic therapy, so opportunities are plentiful within this sector.

AHBTWhy choose the AHBT?

We offer high-quality ABT accredited training with experienced tutors, professional equipment, and a great training atmosphere. 

Our training is well-equipped, within easy reach of public transport and regularly inspected by the awarding body (VTCT). Which AHBT provide qualifications; to ensure we are giving you the very best service for your money. 

AHBT takes pride in working with qualified and industry experienced tutors who are friendly and welcoming. Our tutors will go the extra mile to deliver the best student experience possible.

All courses offered by us are run as smaller groups than most other providers. Each group consists of no more than six students. This allows ample opportunity to ask questions or seek further support if required. 

Our training is permanent and exclusive to us, and they are always set up ready to begin your training. In addition, we have the latest equipment and products required to adhere to industry standards. 

We have a support team on hand to answer any of your questions via email and will get back to you before the end of the working day. info@ahbt.co.uk

Follow-on Advanced Training

You may consider completing a further qualification to further your career opportunities within another specialised industry sector. This could be in beauty therapy or nail technology. To learn more about the qualifications that we offer, please contact us.


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