SPS Sports Performance Services

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQS)

1 - Are the SPS courses recognised?
2 - What level are your courses?
3 - I have seen Level 5 & 6 courses in remedial massage and/or sports therapy. Are they higher qualifications than yours?
4 - What qualification will I get at the end of each course?
5 - Will I be able to set up in practice on my own?
6 - What's the difference between your diploma course and other massage courses?
7 - When and where are the courses?
8 - How much do they cost?
9 - Can I pay in installments?
10 - What qualifications/experience do I need to come on SPS courses?
11 - Can I complete the course any more quickly?


1 - Are the SPS courses recognised?
Yes.  All SPS courses are recognised and approved for membership of a variety of industry associations/organisations. This is important when searching for a course, as some employers may only accept membership of one organisations or Professional Association.
They are also recognised by the professional bodies and the sports, health and fitness industries.

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2 - What level are your courses?
SPS Diploma in Sports Massge -  Level 4/5 (600 hours)
The SPS course is a 'stand-alone' course and is the only Level 4/5 award in the UK to have been previously validated by a university and included in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). 

SPS Diploma  - Customer specific scheme - Level 4 (600 hours)

Advanced Soft Tissue Therapies/CPD -  Level 4/5/6 (1200 hours)
These are the next step in the SPS educational pathway. 

The SPS advanced course is the only stand-alone course in the UK to have been previously validated by a University and included in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).  

The advanced course consists of one 60 credit module 

The course is delivered in a number of venues around the country and normally runs alongside the academic year.  The mode of delivery is 7 weekends or a concentrated week block format spread over approximately a 9 month period.  Successful completion of the module results in the award SPS Advanced Diploma in Masssage & Soft Tissue Skills.

The programme builds on the SPS Diploma in Sports Massage, OCR award in Sports Massage or University Certificate of Advanced Professional Development (UCAPD).  Either the SPS Diploma or UCAPD or equivalent is a prerequisite to attending this module.  The module explores more advanced soft tissue techniques including Specific Stretch/STR, Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Techniques both direct and indirect and in addition includes experience of a professional working environment during a practice placement.  This programme of education has been mapped to National Occupational Standards (NOS)

For further information on our courses, please click here.

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3 - I have seen Level 5 & 6 courses in remedial massage and/or sports therapy. Are they higher qualifications than yours?
No. Many of these courses are not included in either of the regulated frameworks and could represent as little as 370 hours.
Please note, the courses you have seen are probably outside of the regulated frameworks and will not have been subject to quality assurance or Sector Skills Councils evaluation.
You should check with the provider of these courses, as they may not enable you to progress/enhance your education.
For further information, you should check the National Database of Accredited Qualifications.

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4 - What qualification will I get at the end of each course?
On successfully completing the course with SPS at Cardiff, Burgess Hill or Nottingham you will be eligible for the SPS Diploma in Sports Massage 
If you complete the advanced course with SPS in Cardiff, you will be eligible for the advanced diploma in Massage & Soft Tissue Skills.  The advanced programme represents 1200 hours of education at levels 4, 5 & 6.

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5 - Will I be able to set up in practice on my own?
Yes. All SPS courses permit autonomous practice.

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6 - What's the difference between your Diploma in Sports Massage course and other massage courses?
The essential difference is that the Diploma course has previously been placed in the Framework of Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).  . The course is equivalent to a university qualification.  Students who successfully complete this, will be able to progress along the SPS educational pathway in order to advance their skills and qualifications.  

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7 - When and where are the courses?
The Diploma in Sports Massage and advanced soft tissue courses are available at venues in Cardiff and Nottingham as well as available through 'customer specific' venues - for details contact admin@spslearn.co.uk.  Courses run throughout the year but most are tailored to coincide with the academic year.

For specific information about these courses as well as dates and application forms etc, see the courses page and click on the course you are interested in.

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8 - How much do they cost?
Course(s) are typically between £1000 - £3900 incl VAT. SPS offers very flexible payment terms to suit your individual circumstance so please enquire admin@spslearn.co.uk For full details please see the news or course sections of this website.

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9 - Can I pay in installments?
The Diploma, CPD & advanced soft tissue courses can be paid for in installments - see the courses page for further information. There is also the provision to pay for our other courses in installments too. Please contact the office directly should you wish to discuss this further.

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10 - What qualifications/experience do I need to come on SPS courses?
No previous massage experience is required:  Be prepared to work hard!

The minimum educational entry requirements are:

Age:                     Aged 18 years or over at course commencement

Qualifications:        5 GCSE's to include English, Maths and Science

Mature students:   Mature applicants ( a) Evidence of recent study or employment
b) Evidence of a commitment to study in this area
c) Evidence of practical/academic potential

English language:   All courses are delivered and assessed in English.  You must have sufficient command of the English language to complete your studies satisfactorily.  The minimum entry level is as follows:

IELTS                    6.0-7.0
TOEFL                   550-600       paper based test
TOEFL                   213-250       computer based test
TOEFL                   79-100         internet based

IT skills:                All students must have computer access and be able to word process and send/receive emails.

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11 - Can I complete the course any more quickly?
No, it is part of the external verification that the course is completed over a minimum period of 6 months.

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