Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies at White Rose (Central Manchester College of Health & Beauty)
The 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 association, The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and also the UK's second largest association representing complementary therapists; the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology
(BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a complementary therapist.
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.
This qualification has specifically been designed for the 16-19 age group and builds on existing knowledge and understanding of complementary therapies gained at Level 2, enabling learners to expand the scope of their technical skills to prepare learners for employment in the NHS or self-employment as a complementary therapist in private practice.
The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a complementary therapist: anatomy, physiology and pathology, principles
and practice of complementary therapies including health and safety, client care, client consultation; business principles, aromatherapy, massage and reflexology. The units which contain these areas are all mandatory.
Learners also have the opportunity to undertake an optional unit covering the principles of healthy eating and wellbeing for complementary therapy clients. This optional unit will help to enhance learners skills in providing after-care advice and recommendations to their clients.
It is recommended that learners have achieved a level of education equivalent to four GCSE’s at grades A*-C prior to commencing the programme, however, learners should discuss their own circumstances with the College as entry is based on qualifications, skills and experience as well as a keen interest in a career in the Beauty Therapy industry.
- Assessment is through portfolio building and continual assessment of practical skills, written work and assignments.
- Learner progress is monitored through regular tutorials and reviews.
- Support is provided by our expert team throughout the course
The cost will vary depending on age and current qualifications and need to be discussed with the College.
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
Further Learning Opportunities
Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a complementary therapist; learners may choose to complement their skills base by
undertaking specialist qualifications in related therapies such as:
- Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage (QCF)
- Level 3 Certificate in Stone Therapy (QCF)
Learners should contact the College to discuss/apply for this course and ensure it is appropriate for their needs.
The college is located in the centre of Manchester at:
The Central College of Health and Beauty, 2nd Floor, Colwyn Chambers, 19 York Street, Manchester, M2 3BQ
Tel: 0161 2367 181
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.