BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy



Are you looking for a qualification in soft tissue therapy that will enable you to establish yourself as a professional soft tissue therapist? 

Whether you are leaving a military career, you’re an elite athlete looking to add a vocational skill, a working professional looking for a career change, or a student looking to gain a professional qualification, we offer a fully accredited course in a fun but professional learning environment.

On completion of this course our students are able to apply for full Level 4 membership of the Sports Massage Association and Level 5 membership of the ISRM (Institute for Soft Tissue Therapists), and can register with the CNHC (the government-backed regulatory body for complementary healthcare).

At OSSM we ensure that students not only gain a professional qualification, but also learn how to establish their own independent soft tissue therapy practices.

BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy

Our 10 month course provides students with the skills necessary to work independently as soft tissue therapists.  The diversity of the course will allow our graduates to work in many areas of sport at the highest level, as well as with the public in general.

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 – students learn general massage techniques, soft tissue release, muscle energy technique and neuromuscular techniques.  Level 5 provides the student with an 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.

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Entry Requirements:

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

Please get in touch if you’d like to talk through your eligibility for the course: we welcome students of all ages and abilities

Course Price

Payment in full:  £2,950

Instalments:  Pay a £600 deposit followed by 10 monthly payments of £239 (total cost £2,990)

Who is the course for?

This course appeals to students of all ages and from all walks of life.  Whether you are looking to gain your first professional qualification as a school-leaver, are a recent university graduate wanting vocational training, or are ready for a career change later in life, this diploma can enable you to achieve your goals.

Each course has one assigned tutor to support your personal development throughout, alongside other senior and assistant tutors, and we bring in additional specialists from a variety of professional fields to share their expertise too.

Many of our graduates work in multi-disciplinary clinics alongside other therapists, or set up their own clinics.  The diversity of this course will give you the skills to treat the general public suffering from musculoskeletal problems, as well as those with sports injuries – and working for yourself gives the freedom to fit work around your life instead of the other way round!

Principal Tutor

Adrian Edwards is our principal tutor – he joined OSSM in 2014.  He began his career in the Royal Navy and qualified as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist on leaving.  He was a sports massage therapy lecturer for Premier Training for a number of years and worked in professional rugby with the Cornish Pirates as Team Manager and Head Therapist for many years, then as Head Coach and Director of Rugby with Redruth RFC.  From 2009 he delivered the Level 2 Gym Instructor course to sixth formers at Redruth Academy as well as taking on the role of pastoral leader for students throughout the school.  From 2009-2011 Ady delivered Sports Massage Level 3 courses to graduate physiotherapists at Southampton University.

Throughout his career Ady has continued to see his own patients, either from his home practice or at local clinics, and has made a considerable voluntary contribution within his local community assisting rowing teams and school rugby teams in strength and conditioning and soft tissue therapy treatments.

In addition to learning with Ady and our other tutors, during the course we invite tutors from a variety of professional fields to come in. You can read more about them on our Tutors page.


  • 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
  • On completion of this course students will be able to apply for full membership of both the Sports Massage Association and the ISRM


What to expect on the course

Students on the BTEC Diploma Course learning about bony prominences

Student practicing Soft Tissue Release techniques 

Students learning about lower limb proprioception rehabilitation

Next Course Dates

Course Dates

 BTEC Diploma
Jan 2020-Oct 2020
BTEC Diploma
May 2020-Feb 2021
BTEC Diploma
Sep 2020-Jun 2021
Apologies - this course
has been cancelled
due to Coronavirus
Weekend 118/19 Jan 20209/10 May 202019/20 Sep 2020
Weekend 28/9 Feb 202030/31 May 202010/11 Oct 2020
Weekend 37/8 Mar 202020/21 Jun 20207/8 Nov 2020
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Weekend 623/24 May 202026/27 Sep 202016/17 Jan 2021
Weekend 713/14 Jun 202024/25 Oct 202020/21 Feb 2021
Weekend 84/5 Jul 202021/22 Nov 202020/21 Mar 2021
Weekend 925/26 Jul 20205/6 Dec 202017/18 Apr 2021
Weekend 1012/13 Sep 20209/10 Jan 202115/16 May 2021
Weekend 113/4 Oct 20206/7 Feb 20215/6 Jun 2021
Weekend 1231 Oct/1 Nov 202027/28 Feb 202126/27 Jun 2021
Tel: 01280 812340 or 07590 047076
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Office Address:
Oxford School of Sports Massage
Rutland House
22 Chandos Road
MK18 1AH 


Teaching Venue:
Oxford Academy
Sandy Lane West