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Com­ple­men­tary Ther­a­pies (Lev­el 3 VTCT Diplo­ma) — Part-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+, have an interest in natural therapies and would like a career pathway in the complementary therapy sector or would like to progress further onto specialist complementary therapy courses.

Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, and client care.

You will develop a range of practical and technical skills enabling you to use body massage, aromatherapy and reflexology techniques to help promote relaxation, rejuvenation, stress relief and self-healing.

You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

The qualification has been designed to prepare and support you to help you gain a career as a complementary therapist as the units relate directly to the specific job role as a complementary therapist which will prepare you for the industry.

Units include:

  • Principles and practice of complementary therapies
  • Business practice for complementary therapies
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies
  • Provide body massage for complementary therapies
  • Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies
  • Provide reflexology for complementary therapies

You will study both in the classroom and online.

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Consent details

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You must be aged 19+ have an interview to secure your place. You must also have ability and resources to study online at home.

Teaching & assessment

All of your work must be collated in a portfolio of evidence which may include:

  • Observed work
  • Witness statements
  • Audio-visual media
  • Evidence of prior learning or attainment
  • Written questions
  • Oral questions/discussions
  • Assignments/projects
  • Case studies/reflective journal

There are also two external exams in anatomy and physiology.


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies provides progression opportunities to specialist complementary therapy qualifications at Level 4.

Alternatively, you may wish to seek employment or self-employment as a:

  • Complementary therapist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Reflexologist
  • Massage therapist/practitioner

Job opportunities may include:

  • Working in commercial complementary therapy clinics
  • Working in a commercial spa or salon
  • Working in the NHS in hospitals and care homes
  • Working independently/ self-employed/ mobile/ home-based settings
Additional information

Fees for 2022/23 are yet to be confirmed, but you may be able to pay using an Advanced Learner Loan.

Units in this qualification have been mapped to the relevant complementary therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) (where applicable). This qualification is regulated on the Regulated Qualifications Framework and is approved and supported by Skills for Health, the sector skills council for health.