If you have decided to pursue a career in massage therapy, then congratulations are in order. It is a rewarding and exciting career path, with plenty of job opportunities.
One of the first choices you must make in your journey to becoming a massage therapist is deciding which massage school in London to attend. It’s not an easy choice, as there are several excellent massage courses in London.
To help make this choice easier, this guide will share a 30 point checklist for evaluating the many massage therapy courses in London. It will make it easier to choose a massage school which has a great curriculum, delivers a valuable qualification, and offers excellent value for money.
You can download a copy of this checklist as a part of our UK Guide To Complementary Training, which is available on our website.
30 Point Checklist to Evaluate The Best Massage Courses in London
Credentials of Qualification
1 Which syllabus are you going to be learning and when was it last revised?
Take a close look at the syllabus to ensure it covers all of the fundamental theoretical aspects of massage therapy and any specific skills you want to learn. Check that it is recently updated, which is a sign that the institution is continually making improvements to their courses.
2 Will you be examined by an independent examination board appointed examiner or by your teacher?
Having an independent examination board involved in the process gives the qualification you receive more credibility within the industry. It also gives you certainty that the training provider is delivering a curriculum which meets industry standards.
Course Structure & Support
3 Are there any modules taught online?
Many massage therapy courses London now offer a combination of online learning and real world learning. While incorporating online learning is useful, massage therapists benefit from hands-on training which can only be conducted face-to-face. Look for a school which provides plenty of opportunities to work in a classroom and perfect your massage technique.
4 What is the duration of the course and is it a realistic timeframe to complete your studies?
The duration of massage courses in London can vary anywhere from several weeks to many months. Check that the timeframe is suitable given your current work, study, and family obligations.
5 What additional resources are available to you outside your classes?
Some courses may offer additional one on one consultations, access to additional training material, lengthy Q & A sessions and so on.
6 How many different teachers teach on the professional diploma courses?
Knowing proportion of teachers to students can help you understand how much individual assistance you may receive.
7 Are your teachers available for you to contact outside of your classes?
Some massage courses will allow students to contact teachers via email, phone, or video chat with questions after class.
8 Is there a way of experiencing what the learning environment and course will be like before enrolling?
You may be able to sit-in on a training session at the school before you enrol. This will give you a chance to check out the classroom environment and the quality of the teachers. It’s a great way to assess the quality of a provider of massage training in London before stepping in the door.
9 How many ITEC examinations do they have scheduled for each exam in each academic year?
Larger schools may schedule in several ITEC examination throughout the year to accommodate their students.
10 How many courses do they run a year?
Schools often run a course several times over a year, with different start dates.
11 How far in advance do students enrol?
Most massage therapy courses in London take enrolments 2-3 months in advance. It’s important to check the enrolment dates that are available to see if they match your schedule.
12 Are there a minimum number of students required to be enrolled on a course before running it?
Some course provider require a certain number of students for the course to go ahead. This means your course may be cancelled if it is not reached.
13 How many students are already enrolled on the course you are looking at?
The number of enrolees will tell you how popular the course is and if it is likely to go ahead.
14 What happens if you miss a class or a weekend?
Check that the school you are considering lets you make up for any missed classes, so you won’t miss out on important information.
15 Are the ITEC examinations already booked for the course you are interested in and what are the dates?
When considering each school’s curriculum and itinerary, take a moment to see if examination dates are already locked in. This will help you understand if the exam dates work within your personal schedule.
16How long after the course finishes do the ITEC examinations take place?
It’s usually best to have your examination shortly after completing your course, so the information is fresh in your mind. Check that the exam is within 4-8 weeks of course completion.
Fees & What’s Included
17 Are there set books included in the course fees or do you have to buy them separately?
Massage training in London can be costly, so it’s worth checking that there aren’t any unexpected extra costs like books or equipment.
18 Do they a) allow you to pay your course fees over a period of time and b) do they make an additional charge for this?
Massage schools like Richdales Institute offer flexible payment arrangements to all students.
19 Are you allowed to pay your fees by credit card and are there any additional charges for this?
If you need to pay via credit card, it’s important to check if it is accepted by each school.
20 Do you have to wear a uniform and do you have to buy the training providers uniform?
Uniforms are another additional expense required by some massage schools in London.
21 Are they VAT registered?
VAT registration can affect how much you have to pay and what kind of expenses can be claimed on your tax return.
22 Do you have to attend exhibitions or man stands for the training provider under the guise of undertaking case studies?
Some massage schools in London ask their students to spend time promoting their school and suggest that it is part of their training.
23 How many students sat externally verified diploma examinations last year?
This number will give you an indication of how many students complete the course and sit for their final examination.
Scope of Service
24 Is there any on-going support provided after a student qualifies?
On-going support can include job and training opportunities.
25 Is there an office with an administration team that you can visit or call to help support you through the course?
When looking for a provider of massage training in London, it’s worth considering professionalism of their administration team. If they are friendly, organised and responsive to your requests it is a good sign.
26 How long have they been training people in Complementary Medicine to a professional standard?
Experience matters when it comes to massage therapy. A school that has been operating for many years is much more likely to deliver high quality training.
27 Can the latest copy of the ITEC Examiners report be provided to you?
This report will tell you how well the school’s students performed in their ITEC examination.
Tutor Qualifications & Experience
28 Do all the teachers on the diploma course hold an Adult Teaching Qualification?
If the instructors have an adult teaching qualification, they are more likely to teach at a professional standard.
29 Are all the teachers in professional practice and how long have the teachers been practicing the therapies they are teaching?
How experienced are the teaching staff?
30 Who teaches the Anatomy and Physiology modules?
It often helps to have a specialised teacher for these complex topics.
If you have any questions about the massage training provided by Richdales Institute, our Courses Director would be happy to answer them. Either give us a call on 020 8900 9005 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.