BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma

TWISTT Diploma Syllabus

Theoretical Basis of Soft Tissue Therapy

  • Evidence Based Practice principles
  • Understanding Research & Statistics Easily
  • The Biopsychosocial Model and philosophy of care in the 21st Century
  • Pain neurophysiology current research
  • Functioning Anatomy
  • Musculoskeletal Physiology
  • Introductory Human Neurophysiology
  • Pathology of Injury
  • Contraindications, Red, Yellow and Blue Flags
  • Acute Injury Treatment – PEACE & LOVE
  • Case Studies
  • Human Anatomy (blood, circulation, skin, nervous system, respiration, digestion)
  • Business and practice development

Musculoskeletal Assessment

  • Comprehensive Consultation & Case History Biopsychosocial Approach
  • Objective & Subjective Assessment
  • Muscle, Tendon and Ligamentous Injuries Assessment
  • Joint  Assessments (Glenohumeral, Elbow, Wrist, Spine, Hip, Knee and Ankle)
  • Postural Assessment and Foot Mechanics
  • Clinical Reasoning Process

Treatment Techniques

  • Therapeutic and Relaxing Massage
  • Remedial Massage
  • Sports massage
  • Injury Treatment Strategies
  • Scar Tissue Management
  • Neuromuscular Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release Technique Prone, Supine, Sidelying & Standing
  • Muscle Energy Techniques – Post Isometric Relaxation and Reciprocal Inhibition & Gravity Assisted
  • Myofascial Technique
  • Positional Release Technique
  • Joint Articulation
  • Treatment for Medical Conditions
  • Principles of Rehabilitation
  • Management of Acute Injury
  • Post-Acute to return to activity rehabilitation
  • Remedial exercises
  • Mobility Exercises
  • Joint Stability Training – Open and Closed Chain
  • Exercise compliance
  • Training and Active lifestyle advice

Setting Up a Practice

  • Where to Practice
  • Working with Others, Referral letters
  • Social Media
  • Fees
  • Taxation
  • Time Management
  • Software
  • CPD
  • Emergency First Aid Course Qualification

  • BTEC registration, exam and certification fees all included
  • ISRM student membership
  • Long-term career support through our own professional association ISRM
  • FREE Premium membership at Kenhub – a superb Anatomy resource (via your ISRM Rembership).
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance (
  • Event work opportunities via the ISRM
  • Totum Card (optional) discount on a wide range of products and services
  • 10% discount on Marshcouch products (
  • 10% Discount on Physique products, (
  • 10% Rehab My Patient (

Course Details –  

Welcome to The Wales Institute of Soft Tissue Therapy.  We look forward to exchanging knowledge with you over the coming, year-long, part-time BTEC level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy.  Your success is our goal.  We will do everything we can to assist you in that success.

One weekend workshop a month over one year.


4 online written assignments, minimum 100 practice treatments required outside of workshops, 3 case studies, 1 written exam and 1 final practical exam followed by an Emergency First Aid Course Qualification .


Venue Bangor, North Wales.


Studying, additional learning needs / special educational needs and disabilities

We understand that part time courses can be tricky.  You have to divide your valuable time into your family, occupation and study time. You will need to be organised and disciplined to get the most out of your course.  Our TWISTT team of tutors will be there to support you all of the way, offering guidance and mentoring. Access to 21 CLD (21st Century Learning Design) TEAMS, Kahoot and other platforms.


Personal Hygiene

Substantial elements of the course require students to be treated by another student to practice soft tissue techniques, orthopaedic assessments and postural assessments amongst others. Please ensure you keep high standards of cleanliness, your fingernails are trimmed, clean and your breath fresh (particularly important as a Therapist).

Hand sanitiser and bacterial wipes will be provided.


Unless otherwise specified, all lecture days will start promptly at 10:00 am and finish at 5:00pm. There will be a 30 minute lunch break and 10 minute tea breaks at the discretion of your tutors for that particular day.  Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow you to settle in and get ready for the day of learning.



This is a year-long, part time BTEC level 5 vocational course in Soft Tissue Therapy.  To get the most out of it you need to attend all of the weekends and be open to learning.  If for some reason you do not feel up to a weekend or have an issue please let the course administration staff know and they will organise an alternative weekend, extra tutorials or agree another form of learning with you.  We want you to get the best out of the course and we understand if you sometimes have difficulties that prevent you from attending.  Do please let us know so that we are able to assist you.


If you have attended the course for more than 80 percent of the weekend workshops and completed the assignments within the allotted timeframes but do not pass the exams first time, we will get you onto the next available practical exam date free of charge, there will be a fee for the Theory exam as this has to go away to be marked independently.


We understand that sometimes there will be issues that you may not be completely satisfied with. In the first instance contact your tutor for the day to resolve any issues, and then the course director in writing only via email at

We endeavour to address complaints fully if we are able to and if it is appropriate.  Please let us know ANY problems that you encounter.  We can only develop and improve you’re experience with your constructive criticism and input.

Investment & Refunds

 Everyone deposit to secure a place (non-refundable) £500:00

Payment options;

Two payments;

Two further payments of £1400:00 = a total of £2800:00, first by start date of course and second to be paid by weekend 3 (3 months into the course). A total of £3300.00


Deposit of £500.00 (non refundable)

Then monthly for 10 months of 

£330.00 (inc admin surcharge) on or before the Friday before the first 10 weekend workshops.  A total of £3800.00

Return of Investment

As a therapist you should be charging between £40 to £60 per session so you will recoup the cost of your course and expenses within a year at most.


 Academic Requirements

No formal qualifications or experience required but we do advise doing an Introductin to Massage weekend to make sure you are happy being treated and to treat.

Minimum age 21. To complete the theoretical component of the training the student must be able to read and write in English and at least have a standard High School level of education.

 Other activities

Students need to get good quality practice away from the classroom, a minimum of 100 hours of person interaction and  hands on practice.   You must be physically fit to do this and have a positive attitude towards physical improvement. To help achieve all this, students should have an active involvement in some form of physical activity.

Equal opportunities

Wherever possible we operate an inclusive framework for diverse populations.

Any Questions?

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