Accessibility links

Complementary Therapies Level 3 Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

As a society we are becoming more aware of the need to take better care of ourselves. As a result there is an increasing demand for professional therapists. Complementary therapists are concerned with improving peoples well being, either through offering body treatments or recommending home care and life style advice.

The course is designed for dedicated students who wish to obtain nationally recognised practitioners qualification awarded by City & Guilds, covering a range of Complementary Therapies. The course has been designed in a module format, which means a high level of attendance and commitment is essential for successful completion. Students attend College 2.5 / 3 days per week, plus at least 10 hours per week of home and case study work.

Course content

The qualification gives the underpinning knowledge and practical skills required to carry out the technical services in aromatherapy, body massage and reflexology. The qualification is mapped to the national occupational standards by Skills for Health.

Entry requirements

Students should have/be the following:

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above including English
  • Minimum of 17 years of age
  • Applications from mature students who do not hold the above entry criteria, but possess GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent) will be considered.


  • Current college students should have completed their main qualification including Functional Skills with an attendance above 88%
  • Consistent good commitment, attendance, punctuality and reports from previous courses studied
  • 10 hours per week outside of class in which to complete research, assignment and case study work

Applications from mature students without the above entry criteria, who do possess GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent) will be considered.


The Complementary Therapy course contains both theoretical and practical classes. Within these sessions your progress is continually assessed against the national standards. You will gain the necessary experience working with clients in our commercial salons, including reception and management skills. In addition to this Task based learning, client case studies, assignments, role plays, practical treatments and Information Technology (IT) skills will be gathered into a portfolio of evidence. Your skills and knowledge is finally tested via externally and internally set written independent assessment papers and a range of practical skills assessments to commercial standards.

Future opportunities

Typical employment prospects in the Holistic and Complementary Therapy Industry include: Health Care Sector, Cruise Ships, Health Farms, Day Spas, Holistic Clinic, Leisure Centre or Self Employed Practitioner.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
Provider logo

Key information