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Diploma in Aromatherapy

Level 3

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Key Info

Learning Area   Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Delivery Mode   Part-time
Duration   36 weeks

Dates & Locations

Course Type   Adult
Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   08/09/2021

If you love promoting the health and wellbeing of others holistically, this is the course for you. This is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as an aromatherapist. This course encourages practical learning you will spend time in our treatment rooms working on clients, learning as you go and perfecting your skills in a supportive and knowledgeable environment. It will enable you to work in industry within a healthcare setting, for yourself, with in a spa, salon or wellbeing centre.

This course is made up of four units:

Principals and Practice of Complementary Therapies - The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the history and influences on the complementary therapy sector

Business Practice for Complementary Therapies - The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in researching, planning, maintaining and marketing a business in the complementary therapy industry. You will also learn to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues.

Anatomy and physiology for Complementary Therapies - The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Provide Aromatherapy for Complementary Therapies - The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in carrying out aromatherapy treatments, using the techniques of blending essences and fixed carrier oils. As part of this unit you will learn in detail 19 carrier oils and 42 essential oils to enable you to develop bespoke treatment plans.

These skills combined will give you the enthusiasm to work in a rapidly growing industry, for yourself or in a health care setting.

During you time with us at college we will also hope to take you into industry so you can see and experience for yourself different career options.

  What You Will Learn

You will learn what it is like to work in the complementary therapies industry and how to work professionally within it. You will also develop knowledge of business and marketing to help you succeed in your new career path.

You will learn the anatomy, physiology and pathologies in detail for each of the systems of the body.

As well as learning how to develop a bespoke treatment plan selecting from carrier oils and essential oils and using them within a massage, inhalations or compresses. By the end of the course you will feel confident to work with a wide range of clients situations.

  Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements are needed. However, good communication skills, good literacy and ICT ability is required, as well as being able to study independently and keep to deadlines.

  Work Experience

Following this course you may wish to progress onto Diploma in Reflexology, Certificate in Swedish Massage or study Body and Spa Therapy at Level 3. You may also want to progress straight into industry, a healthcare setting or become self-employed.


To gain this qualification, you must successfully achieve the following assessments:

Principals and practice of complementary therapies assignment, include three outcomes
Business practice of complementary therapies assignment, includes 3 outcomes
Anatomy and physiology includes twelve assignments and 2 hour exam
Aromatherapy includes completion of 60 treatments written up including reflection and three final observations.

You will be well supported whilst achieving this criteria.


Level 3 Diploma in Body and Spa Therapy
Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology
Level 3 Certificate in Swedish Massage
Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage.


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Wendy Rowe

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After having a relexology treatment herself, Wendy found it fascinating and decided to study our reflexology diploma. Now she has her own therapy business in Cornwall.

"I find my work very rewarding and I'm keen to learn even more about reflexology. My tutor at the college was amazing and so knowledgeable and was able to teach the subject in an easy to understand manner. I found the practical aspect so interesting and really enjoyed learning about foot reading too."

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