intensive courses

The SMA believes that a hands-on skill like ours is best taught over a long period of time, with lots of contact in person with a tutor in order to give your skills the chance to develop slowly.  Historically, we have not accepted applications from holders of qualifications gained intensively - you can read our historic position HERE.

We define an intensive Level 3 course as follows:

  • where the majority of teaching takes place as online modules for the student to work through at their own pace;
  • where the practical, hands-on teaching takes place over less than 8 weeks, with less than 48 hours contact time with a tutor
  • where there is a long gap between in-person attendance and sitting the final exam, in order to make it appear as if the course itself lasts 8 weeks
  • FOR LEVEL 4 QUALIFICATIONS: if the practical teaching for Levels 3 and 4 together takes place over less than 3 months then we define both as being studied for on an intensive basis
In order for your SMA grading to reflect the level of qualification achieved you can submit a logbook of 50 hours of treatments, using THIS TEMPLATE, within 6 months of joining.

*Please note that we do not accept under any circumstances courses that are online-only, where practical training takes place over two days or fewer or that are not externally assessed by an organisation such as the RQF or BTEC.  If you are in any doubt then please e-mail with a copy of your qualification certificate and details of the course.




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