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 a month or five days in total
  • 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 twelve 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 or 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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