ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage Course starting on 2 May 2020 Course Fee £1,500

The ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the basics of massage and how the concept of holistic massage can help clients wellbeing.

The word holistic means that treatments take a ‘whole person’ approach, meaning that mental, physical and social elements of the client are taken into account rather than just symptoms that they present with.

Students will learn the importance of treating a person holistically and the factors that can cause illness. We will discuss the term integral biology and how every aspect of our lives can be affected by it.

The course is comprehensive and students will gain knowledge of the history of massage and when and where it came into being. In China as far back as 3000 BC massage was being used to treat people holistically, the same was happening in India with the development of Ayurvedic medicine and massage and in Japan with Shiatsu.


Knowing the importance of the legalities of setting up a massage business or working within the complementary therapy industry is essential and students are taught the most relevant up to date legal requirements and will complete an assignment to demonstrate their knowledge of that legislation.

Tuition is given on how to give a safe massage treatment, how to conduct a comprehensive consultation including: identifying precautions and contra-indications, setting up a massage area and aftercare and referral procedures.

The main skills that the learner will achieve are:

  • Consultation techniques- to include understanding the needs of the client and when and when not to treat them, contra-indications, referral procedures, explaining possible contra-indications and providing aftercare and homecare advice.
  • Health, safety and hygiene – contextualized to the environment in which the learner is working.
  • Holistic massage techniques – to include selecting a suitable massage medium for the client’s skin type, classical massage movements and adapting the treatment to the client’s specific needs.

Students will learn about which massage mediums to use and when and how and when to apply the specific massage techniques.

There is homework with this course and students will be given homework to complete before the next teaching sessions. Your tutor will give you a deadline for submission. It is strongly recommended that students participate in the homework requirement as this has been proven to aid in learning and will give your tutor an insight on their progress.


There is both a practical and theory examination for holistic massage and a theory examination for the anatomy, physiology and pathology which will include an assessment on holistic massage practice, an external theory examination for the holistic massage and an external theory examination for the anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Students are also required to submit a portfolio of evidence containing case studies. Students will provide 4 holistic massage treatments on 5 clients and submit all related documentation for examination.

Professional Conduct and Business Awareness – project and examination

Recommended Prior Learning

It is recommended that Learners have achieved a level of education equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A*-C prior to commencing the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage; however exemptions may be made for adult returners with experience of the workplace.


Students will be graded on pass mark and allocated the following grades for each unit:

Pass                                                     60% – 74%

Merit                                                   75% – 89%

Distinction                                           90% – 100%

Portfolio of Evidence                          Pass or Refer

The overall qualification will be graded pass, merit or distinction.

Anatomy and Physiology


Students are required to study anatomy, physiology and pathology as part of the course which is assessed by an external theory examination paper.

If a student holds the anatomy and physiology and pathology qualification from previous learning that qualification may be taken into account. If the qualification is deemed acceptable the student must still attend the anatomy, physiology and pathology lectures as part of the course requirement.

This qualification has mapped to National Occupational Standards where they exist and has ensured that best practice in the workplace has been reflected in the qualification. This qualification is linked to the relative job roles as well as ensuring that the qualification reflects the required level of knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for the complementary therapist at level 3.

Course Dates and Times:

All teaching days start at 9 am and finish at 5.30 pm

All teaching days are over weekends, Saturday and Sunday

2/3 May 2020

30/31 May 2020

6/7 June 2020

27/28 June 2020

18/19 July 2020

August no teaching sessions

12/13 September 2020

Sunday 27 September 2020 – Exam Day