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Soft Tissue Therapy HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Sport & Fitness, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    This brand new course will award successful participants with an SMA level 4 qualification. The knowledge and skills taught on the course will advance your knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and management of sports injury.

    The course design focuses heavily on sports massage, with the same structure as the first year of HND Sports Therapy.

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Two Highers at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject; OR
    • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a Sports related subject; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    * relevant subjects include: English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, P.E, Mathematics and Geography.

    Additional selection requirements

    You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    You'll study:

    • Functional Anatomy.
    • Clinical Sports Massage.
    • Pathology and Aetiology of Sports Injury.
    • Prevention and Management of Sports Injury.
    • Clinical Team Experience.

    After the course


    On successful completion, you'll be qualified to work as a Soft Tissue Therapist.

    Continuing Study

    Successful students may progress on to HND Sports Therapy, or potentially the first year of a BSc in Sports Therapy.


    How the course is taught

    The course is taught over 2 x 18-week blocks with 2 exceptions which are 9 weeks long, using a variety of different teaching approaches.  

    You are required to attend college for 16 hours per week however it is expected that students will devote another 16 + hours per week to their studies off-site.

    Assessment methods

    There are various ways to assess your knowledge & skills, including class-based exams, completion of coursework, such as handing in reports/essays and practical assessments, including working with real clients. A maximum of TWO attempts are allowed for each assessment.

    Additional Information

    Dress code

    You'll be required to buy college uniform which must be worn in all practical classes.  In non practical subjects, students may wear smart but casual clothes but no football colours are permitted in any environment.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome