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Complementary Therapies Intensive Diploma Level 3 (QCF)

  • Overview of the course

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    Complementary Therapy has been a growing industry over the past 20 years being recognised for its involvement in maintaining good health and helping individuals with varied disorders and stresses of life.

    Complementary Therapies has been recognised by the National Health Service and a lot of the treatments are offered by NHS.

    The course is a recognised qualification and enables you to practice as a therapist and enables you to get public liability insurance. The course is comprehensive in its delivery of both theory and practical elements. Within the course you will need to complete case studies, assignments and exams.

    The course in run over two nights and a Saturday morning.
  • What you'll learn

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    - Anatomy, physiology and pathology
    - Body massage
    - Reflexology
    - Aromatherapy
    - Principles and practice of complementary therapies
    - Business practice for complementary therapists.
  • Entry requirements

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    You need to show good communication skills and life skills.

    A good general education is essential for this demanding course and an excellent level of English is required. You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English fluently.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed through assignment work, question papers and practical assessments
    The assessment process consists of Health & Safety/Anatomy & Physiology- external written exam.
    Your practical skills will be assessed within a salon environment.

    Each module requires you to complete differing amounts of case studies at home and within college. It is your responsibility to document, evidence and provide your own clients for these. Case studies are an invaluable way to see how each therapy works at aiding health & wellbeing. This course requirement needs to be completed during your course.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Additional costs to the course consist of professional uniform ( £29) and Aromatherapy Kit - Approx. £140

    Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include visits and extra external professional development courses, which are payable by all students.

    The Complementary Therapy industry has an accepted dress code and all students will be expected to comply with these standards of dress when working in the Salon and attending college.

    No jewellery or acrylic nails are allowed. Professional work wear will include a black tunic (approx. £29) and full smart full-length black trousers and black full shoes.

    You will purchase the stationary and Aromatherapy kit.

    As part of your practical assessments, you will perform practical treatments on clients. Learners will be equally responsible for providing clients and they will incur a college fee, with discounted rates for friends and family. You will be required to carry out treatments on clients, this is an awarding body requirement.

    You will be expected to have a minimum of 90% attendance and all absences must be explained to your tutor with medical evidence if there is more than one week of absence.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can contact a member of the team via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    If this course is for you, you will need to complete an interview form which can be obtained from Students Services or you can apply online by clicking here.
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £4670.00
  • Future opportunities

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    When you complete the Complementary Therapy Level 3, you have an opportunity to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapy, or a Sports Therapy Degree.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    17:00 - 21:30
    13.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    25 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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