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Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology
& Therapeutic Massage
BTEC Professional Diploma Level 5
Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology
& Massage Courses
ITEC Holistic Massage Diploma Course Level 3 (QCF)
(Option to upgrade to Level 5 BTEC)

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This massage course includes solid grounding in anatomy and physiology and has been developed to teach any aspiring individual the fundamentals of therapeutic bodywork.

It forms the stepping stone and open's the door for many other body work and massage courses.

You now have the opportunity to choose one of three ways in which to study this course. Scroll down for further details.

We are now following our NEW BTEC Professional Level 5 Diploma syllabus which is the HIGHEST in the UK and by training in our unique method, you also have the opportunity to gain the ITEC qualification in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology & Massage Level 3 (QCF) at the same time.

You now have the opportunity to choose one of three ways in which to study this course. Scroll down for further details.

Successful completion of this course will also allow students to join the General Council for Massage Therapy & the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which is emerging as the lead body for massage therapy in the UK


The following are is a list of some of the topics which are covered in our BTEC Professional level 5 Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology & Therapeutic Massage course:

ITEC Massage Theory & Practice

  • The principles of Holistic Therapeutic Body Massage, and guidance on how to develop a massage routine for each individual client.
  • The benefits of massage and its contraindications
  • Supervised hands on approach to teaching practical massage skills
  • Be able to treat common complaints effectively using "Effective Therapeutic Massage Techniques"
  • Development of a holistic approach - treating the 'mind, body and spirit'.
  • The proper application of massage techniques and use of body posture.
  • Postural Observation and its importance
  • How to palpate structures and what to feel for.
  • Identification and location of body surface landmarks - including muscles and bones
  • Use of different massage mediums

BTEC Massage Theory & Practice (continued)

The BTEC program will continue on the above by further exploring:

  • How to take the body massage further and be able to to apply techniques beyond the routine to tailor them to an individual - make them "therapeutic".
  • How to palpate structures and what to feel for.
  • How to resolve tigtness and "knots" in tense muscles using soft tissue massage techniques
  • Postural Observation and its importance
  • Identification and location of body surface landmarks - including muscles and bones
ITEC Human Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology 
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology, covering all major systems and their functions:
    • Cell Structure and Skin Cellular Composition
    • Muscular and Skeletal Systems
    • Cardiovascular - Heart and Blood Circulation
    • Lymphatic System - Lymph glands and production of Tissue Fluid
    • Neurological System - Brain and Nervous Tissue
    • Endocrine System - Main endocrine organs and role of hormones
    • Respiratory System - Lungs and air pathways
    • Genito-Urinary System - Kidneys and water metabolism

BTEC Human Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology (continued)

The BTEC program will continue on the above and the explore the above body systems in greater detail

ITEC Professionalism& Business
  • Professionalism, Ethics
  • Concepts and practice of of hygiene
  • Forms of Marketing and how to get yourself noticed
  • UK Business Laws relevant to sound practice
  • Health & Safety related to clinical practice.

BTEC Professionalism& Business (continued)

The BTEC program will continue on the above by further exploring:

  • Setting up a successful massage practice
  • How to get clients
  • In class talks on key aspects and how to tap into the market

ITEC Exam & Pre-requirements

  • No formal training, just an genuine interest in massage, further study and helping people.
  • 1 Final Multiple Choice Papers - Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology
  • A practical examination lasting 1 hour.
  • Home study - leave ample time to do work at home.
  • 8 completed case studies (with minimum of 2 treatments each)
  • In addition to above, 20 further Massage treatments
  • Assignment relating to Business Practice

BTEC Exam & Pre-requirements

  • No formal training, just an genuine interest in massage, further study and helping people.
  • Completion of 36 case studies. Note: 36 case studies completed in the ITEC course work can be submitted as part of the BTEC assignments.
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Written Question Paper
  • Home Assignments
  • A practical examination lasting 1 hour
  • In class assessment and examinations
  • Pre Course Requirement: The level of English required for overseas students is IELTS level 6-7 or equivalent

You have a choice of either taking both courses and gaining a BTEC level 5 Professional diploma and ITEC level 3 diploma, or taking just the ITEC diploma by itself.

11 Day Fast track Intensive Course
18 Day Fast Track Intensive Course (BTEC & ITEC Combined course)

"Contact us if you are not sure which course to choose or would like further information"

You now have the choice of studying this course by THREE different methods to suite your work and lifestyle:

1. FAST TRACK INTENSIVE - You have to attend the school for ALL lectures & practical sessions.
Please refer to the current course timetable for details.

2. WEEKEND FAST TRACK INTENSIVE - You have to attend the school for ALL lectures & practical sessions. Please refer to the current course timetable for details.

3. MIXED MODE FAST TRACK - ALL Anatomy & Physiology theory is done at home via guided learning and you only attend the school for the practical massage lectures (which will include revision of Anatomy & Physiology). Please refer to the current course timetable for details.

For all three modes the syllabus and BTEC & ITEC exams are exactly the same.

You will / can then progress with the studies and continue onto the BTEC Professional Level 5 Diploma program.


Following successful completion, our students have progressed to go on and:

  • Work in Health Clubs, Hotels, Ski Resorts (abroad), do home visits as well as open their own practice where they treat their own clients
  • Join A Professional Organisation
    Students studying for ITEC qualifications can get FREE student membership of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) The CThA provides a complete range of services including:
    - Free membership magazine
    - Access to the members area on the website
    - Insurance covering you while you study
    - The chance to join local groups in your area

    If you are nearing the end of your course full members of the CThA also get:
    - Over 40% off insurance
    - Promotional opportunities
    - 24 hour legal helpline
    - Free listing on the Embody website, the largest online beauty, health and Wellness directory
    For more information on the Complementary Therapists Association Click Here
  • Study further courses such as Sports Massage, Lymphatic Massage , Deep Tissue Massage course, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology , Thai Yoga Massage, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Herbal Medicine etc.
  • Supplement their full time income by working part time
  • Help family and friends by providing regular massage treatments
  • Develop their Continual Professional Development (CPD) portfolio


BTEC (Edexcel) is an abbreviation of the Business and Technology Education Council. They are qualifications that are associated with actual jobs and are related to a working environment. In 1996, University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC) and BTEC merged to form Edexcel which now offer BTECs.

They are a helpful qualification if you want a mix of going out into the workplace whilst at the same time, spending some time at college, and gaining a qualification.

BTECs have been around for 25 years and their reputation is second to none. They're recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the UK and in over 100 countries worldwide.

They offer natural progression along a vocational path, from and to academic qualifications and university.

Many industry and professional bodies offer exemptions to successful BTEC students for their own accredited qualifications

The INTERNATIONAL THERAPY EXAMINATION COUNCIL (ITEC) is an awarding body offering vocational qualifications in Complementary Therapy and Bodywork. ITEC is recognised and regulated by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), and the Department of Education and Employment. ITEC is an independent examining body that offers impartiality and objectivity in its examinations.

ITEC is recognised by insurance companies for professional liability insurance.

Successful completion of this diploma course will provide you with the title of "Massage Therapist", and the knowledge and techniques needed to give a treatment.

Practitioner insurance is also available upon successful completion of the course.

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