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How Long is the Course?

This 10 day programme is delivered in two modules with a gap of three months between the two, the course usually takes 6 months to complete.

How is the Course Taught?

Visual learning aids, lectures and tutorials are used to teach the theory side of Massage.

Prerequisite for Course

Students must hold a recognised Anatomy and Physiology Certificate or work towards the IEB Anatomy & Physiology Certificate in conjunction with taking the Massage Diploma.

Course Requirements

Students need to bring with them pens, paper, coloured pencils and clear punched plastic folders for course notes. Neat and tidy notes are mandatory and are counted towards the final mark.  A white tunic, black or dark blue trousers with flat black or dark blue shoes (no open toes) are also required.

The course is assessed by:

  • Full attendance of the course 60 hours tutor contact
  • Completed case studies 36 hours
  • Theoretical examination 3 hour duration
  • Practical examination 1 ½ hour duration
  • Background reading is expected throughout the course
  • Continual assessment through assignment work

Home Study

An integral part of the course is time spent in home study, of both theory and practice. An important feature of this Diploma course is the continuous assessment and support of the students. The school expects a high level of student commitment throughout the course, both in and out of school.


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At the end of the course students sit a 3 hour Massage theory examination paper, plus a 90 minute practical exam, where massage techniques as well as client care and standards of Health, Safety and Hygiene are assessed. Students also need to submit written evidence of massaging 6 people for 6 treatments each, a total of 36 hours of massage.


On satisfactory completion of the course, candidates are awarded the (IEB) International Examination Board Practitioner's Diploma in Massage, as well as a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage from The Sue Lincoln School of Holistic Therapies.

Governing Bodies

You may apply to join Aromatherapy and Allied Practitioners Association, the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA).   Members of these organisations may then use these designations after their name.

Course Fees


The cost of the course, including handouts, student workbook and exam fees is £695.00 (Deposit £100). For your convenience this can be paid for by instalments. Students requiring financial assistance can apply for a Career Development Loan (a deferred repayment loan with low interest rates).



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