Essential Massage Skills: Integrative Healthcare, Soft Tissue and Sports Therapy SCQF Level 5/6

What is special about this course?

The Essential Massage Skills course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for progression to further and higher academic qualifications in:

  • Integrative Healthcare
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Sport Therapy

This course is suitable if you have an interest in hands on therapies and/or integrative healthcare or if you are looking to enter the healthcare sector whether you:

  • are a school leaver
  • are returning to education
  • are looking for a career change
  • have an interest in hands on therapies
  • have an interest in Integrative Healthcare

Special features: 

  • You will study a variety of subjects preparing you for further study
  • You will gain practical skills in body massage treatments
  • You will gain knowledge in health, nutrition and anatomy of the body
  • An ideal starting point for returners to education.
  • There is an opportunity for volunteering during the time of study.

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4s OR
  • A SCQF Level 4 or 5 course or equivalent.
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes: 

A variety of units will be studied, providing you with underpinning knowledge of many aspects of

  • complementary therapies
  • soft tissue therapy
  • sports therapy
  • nutrition and wellbeing
  • academic and study skills
  • clinical skills, resilience, and self-awareness

The core units of this course link with the BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare degree, the HNC Soft Tissue Therapy, and the HND Sports Therapy programmes, enabling a smooth transition if you wish to progress into a higher education course.


You will be required to purchase a uniform for this course (Approx. £130). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This is a blended learning course with face-to-face practical classes on campus supplemented with our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

While we operate a commercial clinic, you are encouraged to find your own clients where possible to meet the specific requirements of the portfolio.

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of this course allows progression into the HNC Soft Tissue Therapy course or Year 1 of the BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare course. 

Alternatively, you can progress on to further and higher academic qualifications in: 

  • Integrative Healthcare 
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Sports Therapy

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.