BTEC Level 5 Diploma 

in Soft Tissue Therapy 

in conjunction with ISRM -

The Institute of Soft Tissue Therapy

Diploma Course for Acupuncture students

and graduates

This course is specifically designed for students of acupuncture or graduates who have successfully completed at least the first year of their Acupuncture Degree or Licentiate and would like to add a reputable massage qualification to their repertoire.  Applicants must:

  • Have passed a level 4 examination/assessment in Anatomy & Physiology

  • Have a good working knowledge of functional musculoskeletal anatomy

The course is made up of 14 training days, running from 10:00am to 4:30pm.  It is essential that students practice the techniques between classes and for this reason the course is spread over two months.

There will be continuous assessment throughout, with a formal examination at the end of the course. There is also one written assignment and two case studies to complete.

On successful completion, students will receive the BTEC (level 5) Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy and will be eligible for full membership to the Institute of Soft Tissue Therapists (ISRM). As a full ISRM member, you can obtain professional indemnity insurance to practice as a Soft Tissue therapist and also register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).  


Once qualified you will be able to begin working as a soft tissue massage specialist


You will learn:

  • General Massage Techniques

  • Neuromuscular Techniques

  • Soft Tissue Release 

  • Muscle Energy Techniques

  • Common injuries

  • Postural Assessment

  • Joint Assessment

  • Myofascial Release Techniques

  • Case History taking & injury scenarios

  • Contraindications

  • Linking STR  & MET to acupuncture channels



The International College of Oriental Medicine

Weekday course: 


June 10 & 11           

June 24 & 25             

July 8 & 9            

July 22 & 23                 

Aug 5 & 6            

Aug 19 & 20               

Aug 26 & 27             


Course Fee:  £1545.00 (includes VAT & BTEC registration/certification)

Discounted Fee for early payment: £1395.00 (payment must be made 6 weeks prior to start date to take advantage of this offer)

Payment by instalment:

£500 on booking, plus

£500 on start date, and the 

remainder (either £545 or £395 depending on whether full or discounted) prior to certification

Please note: All bookings require a £500 (non-refundable) deposit in order to secure a place.  This will be deducted from the course fee

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