Complementary Therapies Level 3

The Level 3 Diploma is for students who want to practice as a level 3 therapist in the Complementary Therapy sector. Candidates will gain an understanding of Body Massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology, as well as business practice, anatomy, physiology and pathology and integrate health and safety into all treatments. The candidate will study the theory of all treatments and complete a reflective journal for all practical case studies. You will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

What Will I Learn?

The course will be delivered through a variety of learning experiences, including practical case studies and full treatments conducted in a realistic working environment. Guided assignment work, lectures, group discussion, and tasks and individual study. In addition to your main programme, you will study English and maths. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study either Functional Skills or GCSEs English and Maths. At least 8-10 hours per week of additional home study and revision is recommended.

Course Content

Level 3 Complementary Therapies units may include:

  • Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies
  • Business Practice for Complementary Therapies
  • Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies
  • Provide Body,Massage Therapy for Complementary Therapies
  • Provide Aromatherapy for Complementary Therapies
  • Provide Reflexology,for Complementary Therapies
Entry Requirements

A keen interest in Complementary Therapies is essential, as well as an understanding of Anatomy and Physiology and a good standard of education. It is highly recommended that candidates should have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C / 9-4), including English and maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview. However exceptions may be made to adult returnees with experience in the workplace.

Kit Costs

Level 3 Complementary Therapies – Kit Costs*

Uniform: £40.00

Practical Kit (including text book): approx £200

*All prices indicated must be considered as estimated and prices may change without notice.

Career Opportunities

Many career paths will be opened through this course including work in salons, leisure centres, spas and health farms. This award qualifies candidates to operate their own clinic or home visiting practice.

Current students can participate in voluntary work at Healthcare facilities, working on the wards alongside current Practitioners and Ward sisters offering Complementary Therapies to patients and attending Health Care wellbeing events, which provides valuable work experience.

Course Progression

On completion of the course you will receive an award in Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies (City and Guilds).

Successful students could progress onto a Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapy.

Complementary Therapies Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2019
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £4,670


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