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Diploma in Aromatherapy

Level 3

Key Facts

Level:Level 3

Full-time/part-time:Part Time

Duration:This is a programme of 1 evening per week and 1 full weekend each month

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:TBC

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A relaxing and revitalizing massage, using essential oils, to relax, reduce muscular tension and improve circulation

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy (QCF) is a vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as an aromatherapist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 17 years or over and will support you to gain employment as an aromatherapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role This qualification is based on the complementary therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC), The Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC), The Federation of Holistic Therapist (FHT), The Aromatherapy Council (AC), International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA), as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as an aromatherapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Programme Content: This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as an aromatherapist including mandatory units covering the following: knowledge and understanding of complementary therapy concepts, business practice, anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies. You will also develop your understanding and practical skills to competently provide aromatherapy services, to include blending of essential oils to individually meet the clients needs. Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and essential oils. You will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to blend essential oils in a tailor-made fashion for each client and provide relaxing aromatherapy massage treatments using different massage techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients. The programme focuses on:
  • Business practice for complementary therapies
  • Principles and practice of complementary therapies
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies
  • Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies
  • Students must be aged 17 or over with a Level 2 in Beauty Therapy or equivalent practical experience and a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grades C or above to include English Language and a Science subject. Candidates who have less qualifications but appropriate knowledge and experience may be offered an advisory interview.
    This qualification will confirm your competence for employment as an aromatherapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as an aromatherapist. Career opportunities as an aromatherapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:
  • Working in the NHS in hospitals and care homes
  • Working in a commercial complementary therapy clinic, beauty salon or spa
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • These qualifications allow candidates to learn, develop and practice the skills required for progression into employment in the complementary therapies sector and/or onto an HE qualification. All work is assessed by on-line theory exams and practical assessments within a purpose built environment. Theory and practical work is to be collated in a portfolio as evidence of knowledge. Assessment will be via a portfolio of evidence and internal tests.

    Students aged 16-18
    The majority of courses are free for students aged 16-18 years.

    Students aged 19-23
    This course is subsidised by the government. You may be entitled to a discount dependent upon your circumstances.

    Students aged 24+
    This course is not subsidised by the government, so fees are payable in full. You may be eligible for a 24+ Learning Loan. For more information please visit

    Government funding is subject to some residency criteria. If you have not lived in the EU for three years please contact 01522 876274 or email for more details. You can find out more about the financial support available at the College at

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