What You Should Ask A Massage Training Provider Before Enrolling On A Massage Course In London

If you are looking for a massage school in London, you are spoilt for choice. There are several massage training providers operating in the city, offering a wide range of courses that are taught by experienced massage therapists.

Unfortunately, the sheer number of schools does come with one drawback — it can be difficult to find massage training in London that perfectly matches your requirements.

The easiest way to identify the best option is to ask questions about the training and support each school provides. In this guide, we’ll share the most important questions to ask a massage training provider.

If you would like our answers to these questions, or you have additional questions, give Richdales Institute a call on 020 8900 9005, or email us at info@richdales.co.uk.


Questions To Ask When Choosing A Massage School In London

#1 What is the syllabus like?

All reputable providers of massage courses in London will be more than happy to share details of their course syllabus. You will be able to learn precisely what is taught during the course and compare the syllabus to other massage schools.


#2 Who performs examinations?

Examinations can be performed by an independent examination board, appointed examiner or one of your teachers. If an independent or appointed examiner is used, it confirms that the course is taught to a very high standard, with students capable of passing exams conducted by a third party provider.


#3 What is the course structure?

The massage courses in London that are currently available come in all shapes and sizes. Some classes are 100% in-person and take a very hands on approach, while others involve a substantial amount of online learning.

You will need to decide which learning style you prefer and which one will deliver better educational value. At Richdales Institute, we take a very hands on approach for real world aspects of massage training, with the external learning only used for purely academic subjects like human anatomy.

It’s also important to consider course duration and scheduling. Massage courses can range from a couple of weeks through to a several months in duration. They can also be part time or full time. Consider your current work and study schedules before committing to a course.


#4 What are teachers like and what additional support is available?

It is a good idea to take a close look at the quality of the teaching staff before enrolling in a massage school in London. Check that they are experienced therapists with the appropriate qualifications and professional experience.

If you can, find out how much support the teaching staff will provide. Are they available for questions outside of class? Does the school have a large administration team dedicated to providing support to students? Can you sit in on classes you previously took for a refresher?


#5 Is the qualification ITEC approved?

The International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) is an English-based therapy examination board that is registered with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

ITEC qualifications are industry recognised, so employers, schools, and clients in the industry see this type of qualification as being highly valuable. Check that the massage courses you are considering will give you an ITEC qualification upon graduation.

If the course is ITEC approved, ask when the examinations will occur. There might be limited availability or the exam could be several weeks after the course finishes.

At Richdales Institute, all massage qualifications are ITEC approved. Our qualifications are also recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT), Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) and Sports Massage Association (SMA).


#6 How many students are usually in the class?

Knowing how many students take the class each semester will help you gauge its popularity. You may also be able to learn how many students there are for each teacher, which will help you understand how personalised classroom learning will be.

Finally, ask how many students need to be enrolled to guarantee the class will proceed.


#7 How much does it cost and what is included?

Here are a few important questions if you are interested in finding the course that offers the most value for money:

  • What the total course fees and what is included for that price?
  • Will you need to pay for your textbooks or are they included?
  • Are there any discounts for paying early?
  • If you pay by credit card, will there be an additional fee?
  • Do you need to wear and uniform and if you do, how much does it cost?


#8 Post-graduate support

Some massage schools will provide additional support to students after they have graduated. This can include post-graduate newsletters, refresher courses, and job opportunities.


Wrapping up

By asking a few questions, you can learn how much value each massage course provides, what you will learn, what the qualification is worth, and much more. Any reputable massage school in London will be more than happy to answer all of your questions with detailed answers. If you have some questions you wish to ask of Richdales Institute, give us a call on 020 8900 9005, or email us at info@richdales.co.uk.