Course Details

VTCT Level III Diploma in Complementary Therapies (QCF)

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies (QCF) is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as an employed and/or self-employed complementary therapist, either within the National Health Service or in private practice. This qualification is based on Skills for Health Complementary Therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Core Curricula published by lead bodies in the sector. This qualification is recognised by the UK's largest complementary therapy trade body/professional associations. Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which is the government backed voluntary regulator for the sector. CNHC registration is compulsory for all complementary therapists who work in the NHS.

Course content

  • UV31268 Principles and practice of complementary therapies
  • UV31267 Business practice for complementary therapies
  • UV31299 Knowledge of  anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies
  • UV31300 Provide body massage for complementary therapies
  • UV30301 Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies - 42 essential oils and 18 carrier oils covered
  • UV30302 Prepare for and provide reflexology for complementary therapies  
  • Optional unit

  • UV31303 Healthy eating and well being for the complementary therapy client

How long is the course

You will be required to come into the Academy for 5 days each, Body Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology. The days are totally flexible and can be done either in a block or individually, we can try and work around your timetable. This makes it useful for students travelling to the area.

After each unit you will work from home building up your case studies. 

Aromatherapy 60 treatments

Reflexology 100 treatments

Body Massage 30 treatments

We will support you at this point by phone or e mails. 

You will need to return to the Academy for practical assessments and to sit 2 test papers on all three units. You will need 70% to pass and you have 3 oppportunities to gain this.

You can complete the course at your own pace, but we do try and encourage you to set an action plan that suits you. This will be decided at the initial discussions.

Will there be home study

There will be home study and research for the principles and practice and business practice of complementary therapies. Anatomy and Physiology can either be home study or for an additional cost for extra days study. It would be realistic to allow at least 8 hours a week to complete this work.

How will I be assessed

Practical assessments/observations

Case studies


2 x Test papers on all 3 Body Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology

Portfolio of evidence and assessment book

Note that it is possible to do an online portfolio

What equipment will I need

All equipment will be provided in the Academy, however to be able to complete case studies at home you will need the following:

couch - essential

essential oils - we can suggest kits


You will need a uniform, again we can give you suggestions where to buy this.

We will provide all workbooks, pens, highlighters etc

Time: Generally 10 - 5, but can be flexible
Price: £2,200 +£150 registration and materials
25% non refundable deposit to secure course. Balance can be divided into monthly payments.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as a complementary therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Beauty salons

- Day spas

- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

- Product manufacturing and training

- Destination/hotel spas

- National Health Service

- HM Prison service

- Cruise liners

- Hospitals/care homes