VTCT/ITEC Diploma in Massage, Brighton

Tutor: Michael Gibbons

Start date: Saturday 30th January 2021

Course length: 6 months

Venue: Brighton

Course Fees: £1950 inc.

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Why train in massage?

There are many reasons why people decide to train in massage.  Many choose to train to embark on a whole new and exciting career as a Massage Practitioner and Bodyworker.  Some train for their own professional development, others to provide a wonderful service to family and friends. Whatever your personal reason for training, the VTCT/ITEC Diploma is the essential qualifying course designed to take the student from complete novice to professional practitioner.  On completion of this all-encompassing course, you will gain the nationally recognised VTCT/ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage, and the VTCT/ITEC  Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. You will qualify for professional insurance so you can go straight to work!

Once completed, where can you work?

The Level 3 Diploma qualifies you to work independently and start your own practice, empowering you to select your own hours and be in control of your work/life balance.  Alternatively, you can be employed by a salon, clinic, health club or spa.  You may also find work in the NHS, hospice or other healthcare setting.

Why train with the College of Classical Massage?

  • The College Principal,  Michael Gibbons, is the main tutor on this course.  Michael Gibbons has over 27 years of continuing professional practice in bodywork and is highly regarded in the industry.  He shares his expertise teaching not only basic massage techniques but extra skills and training that will expand your skill-set way beyond a regular “Level 3” body massage course.  This will give you extra self-confidence and a high quality massage repertoire to take with you into your professional massage practice.
  • The College of Classical Massage exclusively provides massage training.
  • The College of Classical Massage was established in 1999 and has  a 100% pass rate.
  • All teachers and teaching assistants at the college have been hand-picked for their experience, passion and professionalism.  They all have successful massage practices.
  • You receive a full 16 days classroom based hands-on tuition to ensure you have the highest skill-set level and self-confidence to start your massage career.
  • Career longevity is at the heart of our training.  As practitioners, we understand the importance of protecting yourself : the practitioner – you will learn how to adjust your stance and posture to avoid stress to your body.  We will teach you how to work using your forearms and specific deep tissue techniques to save your fingers and thumbs!
  • You will cover all the basic techniques covered on a “usual Level 3 course” PLUS additional content on deep tissue and therapeutic massage.
  • We teach you to recognise contraindications and give you the confidence to adapt your routines and practice according to individual client’s needs.
  • We are here to support you as a bodyworker and committed to your on-going professional development.  In addition to the very best qualifying course, we also offer : post-graduate support, further training, 1-2-1 guidance on career development, social networking and professional practice events.
  • The College of Classical Massage is, in short, here to support you throughout your career right from the start!

Quite simply, we are a leading provider of Professional Diploma level Massage Training in the UK.  Come and join us to learn the highest level of professional massage training!

Course Tutor and College Principal, Michael Gibbons

This course is taught predominantly by Michael Gibbons, with highly experienced assistants for practical sessions, where necessary.

Michael Gibbons is an exceptional and highly experienced Bodywork Practitioner and Teacher.  He has gained extensive knowledge over his 27 years in the Bodywork Industry.  Originally training in Body Massage and Sports Massage, he has further developed his skills and experience with his 4 year training at the Mc Timoney College in Oxford , gaining a Diploma in 1999.  He has also trained in Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage and Aromatherapy.

Michael is passionate about his clinic work and his teaching.  It gives him great pleasure to be able to impart his knowledge to others and to play an important part in the development of their skills.

What is included in the course fee?

  • All hands-on massage tuition at the College of Classical Massage
  • All classroom-based VTCT/ITEC Diploma tuition in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • The VTCT/ITEC examination fee
  • The College of Classical Massage high quality training DVD
  • The College of Classical Massage polo shirt.

Body Massage is a fantastic skill to learn and it offers an immensely satisfying and enjoyable career.  Body Massage is also known as Holistic or Swedish Massage.  We teach this massage course with a holistic approach.

Yes please! I would like to train as a massage therapist – what do I do next?

Please contact us by phone on 01273 758424 or 0749 674524 or email: classicalmassage@gmail.com to discuss your next stage, and if you wish, to arrange a meet-up with the College Principal, to see the venue and have your questions answered.

Or send us your booking form and your registration fee – we will then send your receipt and full course information.

Body Massage

Classes are taught in a relaxed environment using talks, lectures, visuals and detailed practical demonstration. Students work closely with the tutor learning not only the techniques but also how to protect themselves from the strain and stress while carrying out body therapy. You will learn the classic techniques of massage – effleurage; petrissage and the percussions including hacking, cupping, beating, pounding, tapotement.  You will also learn frictions and vibrations and deeper massage techniques using forearms and elbows. An important part of training with the college is to trust and develop your intuition and blend massage techniques to suit each individual. Click here for the full VTCT/ITEC syllabus and sample papers.

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

It is important for therapists to understand how the body functions and heals itself. This is a fascinating subject to study. You will learn about the cell, skin, skeletal, muscular, vascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems. Students learn through classroom-based tuition and active participation. Regular homestudy is carefully designed to prepare our students for their examinations.  We find that the classroom-based tuition is the easiest and most effective way to learn Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology effectively. You will also learn about professional conduct, ethics, client management, setting up a business and contraindications. Please follow this link to the VTCT/ITEC syllabus.


“This is such a fantastic course. The learning of the anatomy & physiology is perfectly balanced with the hands-on, practical massage tuition. Michael is extremely knowledgeable and explains everything so clearly, always ensuring that when working practically you are taking care of your own body too, with correct stance and posture. You will find that your fellow students soon become friends and are a constant source of support. I worked full time during the whole of this diploma course, yet even when I was at college for the whole of Saturday and Sunday before returning to work on Monday, I felt like I’d been having such a good time I’d had a proper weekend. It helps that for some of that time, you’re getting a great massage! By the time you finish this course, you will be able to work confidently as a massage therapist.”  Beth Dabbs

“Experienced, knowledgable, grounded, compassionate, and empowering; Michael Gibbons’s teaching is exactly what I  had been looking for in a massage diploma. Calm and confident practical massage teaching demonstrations alongside a thorough and indepth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and all types of bodywork, delivered with a kind, cheerful and confident style makes this course a success. the organisation of the course structure was thorough, opportunity to learn beyond the scope of ITEC requirements was truly inspiring, being able to access  support both during and following the course was both reassuring and truly facilitating to individual development. I am so glad that I chose to learn at the College of Classical Massage. ”  Gaynor Shephard R.M.

‘I enrolled in the College of Classical Massage’s ITEC Diploma in Massage course after receiving the best massage of my life from a therapist who studied there.  The course did not disappoint, from the location to convenient class times, to Michael’s excellent knowledge and obvious passion for massage.  After completing the course I felt confident and motivated to make the career change and become a part-time massage therapist.

I cannot recommend this course highly enough for anyone looking for a fun, informative and friendly Diploma in massage therapy… not to mention all the free massages you get during the course!’ Anna, Brighton.

“The College of Classical Massage is like a home from home, a place full of warmth and togetherness. A wonderful antidote for those looking for something a little more than a stale college classroom for their learning environment.   I’m going to miss my regular weekly full body massage when the course finishes in a few weeks time. Through the miracle of mitosis one tutor becomes two when the lovely Anna arrives in the afternoon. Anna did the course with Michael many moons ago so knows what you’re going through. Both Michael and Anna are never far away if you need some advice during the massage and they are always there to offer a good dose of encouragement when it feels most needed. So if you’re thinking of taking this course. All the best to you. I can’t think of a better place to learn massage in the Sussex area. ”  Simon Thorn

“The training with the College of Classical Massage is excellent and I found it very professional and thorough within a relaxed and calming environment. My friends were amazed at how much I learnt and the different techniques that I was using in such a short space of time. The training was invaluable and the tutors inspiring and it has definitely set the foundation for my career in massage, thank you.”  Jade Maloney

“I had been wanting to attend a Massage course for years and it turned out i waited for the right one! Michael and Elaine have together whole heartedly and passionately dedicated them selves to providing an amazing learning experience. Well structured, thorough with a perfect balance of practical and theory based classes. Michael is highly knowledgeable, skilled and provides a safe, fun and energised learning environment. Having qualified with merit i left the course feeling very prepared to take my newly acquired skill out into the community. Highly recommended!” Nathan Synge

“Studying for the ITEC Diploma in Massage at the College of Classical Massage in Brighton was a thoroughly enjoyable and positive experience. Michael has created a relaxed, fun and nurturing learning environment and provides all the encouragement and support needed on what is an intensive but rewarding course. Michael and the other college tutors are all extremely knowledgeable and taught far more than was needed to prepare for the exam, giving me confidence in my practice from day one. I would highly recommend the College of Classical Massage!” Joanna Lines

“The ITEC Diploma in Massage was something that I really wanted to do as I’ve always been interested in massage and the holistic side of things. For such an intensive course, we covered topics on the anatomy and physiology and the practical emphasis of giving a treatment to a client. There is a lot to learn when studying, it tests your ability to absorb information quickly and finding the time to be a therapist in training, with other commitments on the go. The knowledge I’ve gained and the confidence as a therapist is immense. It is a transferable skill that I can use abroad or within the UK.  Michael’s enthusiasm for body massage really came across. It is a stepping stone to further my career and to be amongst others who share a similar passion.  Thank you Michael.”  Isobel Street

“Since joining the ITEC Diploma in Massage class at the beginning of this year, I have been astounded how much I have learned about the human body and systems and energy fields in relation to massage therapy, and all thanks to Michael and Anna (his assistant) who are both experts in their field.  Every single lesson I found to be both enjoyable and instructive.  I recommend Michael and Anna highly as massage therapy tutors.”  Kim Duke

“I qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist in 2012 following the intensive ITEC Diploma course run by Michael Gibbons. From day one the course was relaxed and informal but with a very professional approach to the learning required. The course is broken into both practical and theory with ample opportunity to be “hands-on” at the start of the course. Michael had the patience of a saint with us all, as we sometimes took a while to grasp what was required of us but he always maintained a great sense of humour! As a result of Michael and the College, I was able to achieve what I believed at the beginning would be the impossible, and am now the proud owner of my own massage business, The Therapy Room. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone.”    Rachel Gosling

“Although very intensive, the ITEC level 3 course in holistic massage was well prepared and thorough, allowing me to start feeling quite confident after only a couple weekends of practice. Michael’s easy-going approach to teaching and his extensive experience, allowed us to learn more than the course requirements in a friendly, family-like atmosphere. As well as practicing a vast number of techniques, we learned the appropriate postures and methods to prevent injury to ourselves. Michael focused our learning on making the techniques our own to each create an individual and unique style of massage. Michael is also full of knowledge and advice about starting up a massage business, which has been invaluable to me as a complete business beginner.” Naomi Pauling

Course Dates and Times

Weekends from January 2021

January 30th/31st

February 20th/21st

March 20th/21st

April 24th/25th

May 22nd/23rd

June 12th/13th

July 10th/11th

July 24th

Exam date 25th July (to be confirmed)

Times: 8.45am – 6pm

Have you missed the start date?   Don’t worry – its not too late!   We may be able to offer catch up sessions – contact us for details.


Course Fees and Booking


Fees (including VTCT/ITEC exam):
Registration Fee (non-refundable): £300
Course Fee (payable 6 weeks before course start date): £1650
Total  £1950

If you would like to book a place on this course please send us your booking form.

Payment can be made by bank transfer, cash or paypal.*

To pay by bank transfer, the details are:

Account number: 40714701.  Sort code: 09 06 66.  Bank: Santander  Account name: College of Classical Massage Ltd.  Please reference the payment with your surname and send us an email to let us know you have made payment.  We will then send your receipt and course information.

To pay by cash, please contact us to arrange a convenient time.

*Paypal:  please note if paying by paypal there is a 3.5% surcharge.

If you have any queries regarding payment, please contact us.

Instalments – there is an option to pay the course fees over 4 equal monthly instalments.  Please contact us for further details on info@collegeofclassicalmassage.com  Please note, there is an administrative surcharge of £50 for instalment payment plans.

ITEC Diploma in Massage

These fees include

  • massage therapy tuition;
  • anatomy, physiology and pathology classroom-based tuition;
  • a copy of our high quality instructional massage DVD (RRP £20)
  • professional conduct and business awareness tuition
  • VTCT/ITEC exam fee
  • a complimentary college polo shirt
  • massage course materials and complimentary refreshments also provided. 

You will need to purchase the course text book: Anatomy and Physiology for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals by Ruth Hull et al, approximately £18.  During the course, you will also need to purchase a massage couch which can range from £60 to over £500.  You will see a variety of couches on the course to help you make your decision.

Please note, this price does not include any exam resits fees.

Course Requirements

No previous experience is necessary to attend this course.  It is recommended that candidates should have achieved a level of education equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* – C prior to commencing the VTCT/ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage, however exemptions may be made for adult returners with experience of the work place.

If you don’t already have one, you will need to undertake an Emergency First aid course before the end of the training period.

You will need to bring 2 large bath towels all other equipment is provided. You will need to purchase the course text book: Anatomy and Physiology for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals by Ruth Hull et al, approximately £18. You should bring soft shoes/slippers or can work in bare feet. You should be of reasonably good health and not suffering from any current medical conditions which would hinder your ability to give and receive a treatment.  Please let us know if you have any medical conditions you feel we should be aware of.

RQF and Ofqual

Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. The QCF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) is a new way of recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for units (small steps of learning) and enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes.

The RQF has four main aims: 1. To ensure a wider range of achievements can be recognised within a more inclusive qualifications framework 2. To establish a qualifications system that is more responsive to individual and employer needs 3. To establish a simpler qualifications framework that is easier for all users to understand 4. To reduce the burden of bureaucracy in the accreditation and assessment of qualifications.

Qualifications that use the RQF rules are made up of units. This provides flexible ways to get a qualification. Each unit has a credit value which tells you how many credits are awarded when a unit is completed. The credit value also gives an indication of how long it will normally take you to prepare for a unit or qualification. One credit will usually take you 10 hours of learning. Units build up to qualifications.

There are three different types of qualification in the RQF: Award, Certificate and Diploma. The title of a qualification will tell you its size and level. If a qualification includes a unit that you have already been awarded, you can use the unit you have already taken towards that qualification. Units awarded by different awarding organisations can be combined to build up qualifications.

This course is accredited by VTCT/ITEC (International Therapy Examination council – www.itecworld.co.uk).  Practitioners can also join IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International -www.iptiuk.com); BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association – www.bcma.co.uk) and CThA (Complementary Therapy Association) on graduation.

Course Contract Terms and Conditions

VTCT/ITEC Diploma in Massage – Student Contract 2020

Covid 19 update:  Please note that due to the health concern of Covid 19, we may need to delay some or part of our courses; or transfer some of the teaching to an online capacity; or we may need to implement the wearing of appropriate PPE according to latest government guidance.

We are committed to minimising the delay and disruption to any of your learning to the best of our ability.  Our examiners, VTCT/ITEC, are also committed to this, and have a lot of online options and resources available to us.

Before your course commences and if necessary during your course, we will advise you as to any measures that need to be undertaken to abide by latest government advice as the health and well-being of our staff and students is our highest priority.

We are unable to offer any refunds due to Covid disruption, outside of our normal terms and conditions of our contract.  Please ensure you read our cancellation policy before applying for our courses and workshops.

Aims of the College

To provide a friendly and secure environment where students can learn the art of classical massage techniques with the support and guidance of experienced tutors.

Session format

Classes will involve lectures, demonstration and students working in pairs under close supervision.  Please arrive promptly.

Uniform – students should wear navy blue/grey/white or black joggers/bottoms and tunic/polo shirt when doing practical work. Trainers may be worn within the college practical session.

We will be providing you with a complimentary College polo shirt once the course starts.

Please note for VTCT/ITEC exams you will need to adhere to the strict dress code for the practical exam which has some adaptions from what we recommend above.  You will be informed of this nearer the time.

All jewellery to be removed during massage sessions, long nails should be cut short.

What you need to bring/purchase

Two extra large towels.  We recommend a dark colour, which doesn’t show oil marks too much.  You must bring your freshly laundered towels to each session.

You will need to purchase the course text book: Anatomy and Physiology for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals by Ruth Hull et al, approximately £18.

A pen and notepad/ course text books should be brought to each session.

Course information

Absences – Students will be allowed to miss a maximum of two days course time.  Students will have to make efforts to catch up on any areas they have missed.  If you require extra tuition, this will be available at £40 per hour.

Students who are unable to complete the course due to illness, or any other circumstances, may, on the production of a doctor’s certificate, transfer onto the next available course   – however, this will be at the discretion of the college and a supplementary fee may be applicable.

Please note, if you choose to defer your place and a course is no longer taught at the College, you will not be eligible for any refund, and the college holds no responsibility for any financial losses.

All course work and case studies will have to be completed before you take the ITEC exam.  If work is not completed under ITEC regulations, you will not be able to be entered for the exam.  If students do not wish to take the exam, a certificate of attendance will be awarded, which will not qualify the holder for professional practice.  There is no reduction on course fees even if you do not wish to sit the exam.

College Conditions

All students should treat each other with due care and respect.  A member of staff will deal with any abusive, threatening or derogatory behaviour.  If the matter cannot be resolved, the student will be asked to leave the course.  In this circumstance, no refund will be available.

Students should respect all property and equipment.  Students found causing damage to property or equipment through negligence or intent, will be liable to costs.

Before the end of the course, you will need to complete a one day first aid course, for which you will need to provide evidence.  This is called an Emergency First Aid course and is valid for 3 years.  We will try and arrange a convenient day during your massage course with our recommended first aid tutor, the cost is £75  – or you can also do this with a different provider.  You would book this via our website.  More information on this will be given once your course starts.

Course fees

The registration fee is non-refundable.  No refunds will be given on course fees from six weeks before the course commences.  Payments of fees should be made in full on the dates specified by the college on its website or given in writing.  Failure to do so will result in the student being removed from the course and action taken to recover the outstanding amount.


All coursework has to be completed before you take the exam no exceptions. The date for the exam will be organised with the ITEC board.  Students will be informed of examination regulations and procedures.  Any student failing an exam, or unable to attend will be given the opportunity to resit the exam only if we are able to accommodate this with a later exam that is already booked or scheduled to be booked. Please note we normally have practical exams booked several times a year but transferring to another exam booking will incur a supplementary fee and is normally at the discretion of the college.

Appeals and Complaints

Should you wish to address an appeal or complaint to the college, please do so as soon as possible, and in the first instance to the course tutor.  Alternatively, please do so in writing/email.  We will try to respond to your request as quickly as we can within normal office hours.

Should you feel we have been unable to help you with your appeal or complaint you may contact ITEC through the student page on their website www.itecworld.co.uk.

Equal Opportunities

The College of Classical Massage is an equal opportunity employer and education provider. We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities, fairness of treatment, dignity, work-life balance and the elimination of all forms of discrimination in the workplace for all staff and students. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We have adopted this policy as a means of helping to achieve these aims.

By booking on to this course and sending your registration fee you agree to abide by our terms and conditions in this contract.

Please view our cancellation policy before booking your course.

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