The VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Massage for the Complementary Therapist has been designed to develop further the knowledge and understanding of advanced massage techniques and applications.

This qualification will enable you to add additional techniques for treatment application to your existing repertoire whilst further developing your knowledge of the theories and practices for advanced applications of massage.

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Massage for the Complementary Therapist qualification will provide a progression route with advanced technical skills for Level 3 massage therapists.

To be eligible for registration on this qualification, it is a requirement that you are a qualified complementary therapist holding a Level 3 (or equivalent) qualification in massage. Anatomy and physiology knowledge at Level 3 or equivalent is also a mandatory requirement.

What does this qualification cover?

Through this qualification you will develop your interpersonal skills while expanding your understanding of advanced massage techniques. This qualification is designed to give you the essential knowledge to assist you to provide advanced therapeutic skills within a clinical setting. All units within this qualification are mandatory. Units in this qualification have been mapped to the relevant NOS (where available). This qualification is designed to lead employment in a variety of roles, either self employed, in a complementary therapy clinic, beauty or spa facilities or private practice. This qualification may also lead to employment within a hospital, hospice or other healthcare environments. Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the massage therapy sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.


The following generic units must be completed for this qualification – see page 

UCT11M K/507/8520 Interpersonal skills for the complementary therapist 3 

UCT12M D/507/9566 Advanced anatomy and physiology for the complementary therapist 


UCT16M Advanced massage therapy for the complementary therapist 

Learning outcome 1 

Be able to conduct subjective and objective assessment 

Learning outcome 2 You can: Be able to devise treatment plans using advanced massage techniques 

Learning outcome 3 You can: Be able to prepare for advanced massage techniques 

Learning outcome 4 You can: Be able to apply advanced massage techniques 

Trigger points • Muscle energy techniques • Connective tissue • Soft tissue release 

Learning outcome 5 You can:  Be able to bring advanced massage treatments to a close

Learning outcome 6 Understand the influences and effects of client information on treatment planning 

Learning outcome 7 Understand the principles and practice of objective assessment techniques 

Learning outcome 8 Understand the principles and practice of advanced massage techniques You can: Portfolio reference a. Describe the range of advanced massage techniques: • 

Case studies You must carry out and document a minimum of 30 treatments on 15 clients, with a minimum of two treatments per client. 


Total cost of Massage qualification = £1800 

10% discount for GH students if they have completed the relevant Level 3 

10% discount for paying upfront.