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Complementary Therapies Diploma Level 4

  • Overview of the course

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    This course enables you as a therapist to explore advanced techniques that can be used with varied chronic and end of life situations. The course will expand your knowledge with specific pathology disorders and the affects these have on the body. This qualification will give you the skills necessary to offer advanced treatments within industry implementing the techniques with varied disorders. This qualification is validated with the VTCT awarding body.
    Complementary Therapy has been a growing industry over the past 20 years being recognised for its involvement in maintaining good health and helping individual with varied disorders and stresses of life.
    This course will provide you with knowledge of the principles of Advanced body/ aromatherapy/reflexology, and how to practice in a commercial setting. You'll learn the theory behind all three practical elements, and how to deal with clients and how to plan effective treatments. You will also learn how to reflect upon the outcomes of a treatment, provide aftercare and offer a series of treatments to achieve a desirable result. This in-depth Advanced massage study programme explores the techniques that can be applied to the Swedish massage/ aromatherapy and reflexology.
    Complementary has been recognised by the National Health Service and a lot of the treatments are offered by NHS. The course is a QCF recognised qualification. This Diploma enables you to practice as a therapist and supports the acquisition of 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, and assignments
  • What you'll learn

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    This course combines lectures, workshops, and independent research. Further areas of development consist of the following:

    Advanced Body Massage
    Interpersonal Skills for the Complementary Therapy
    Anatomy, physiology and pathology
    Palpate specific bony landmarks
    Neuromuscular Techniques
    Connective Tissue
    Muscle Energy Techniques
    Soft Tissue Release

    Advanced Aromatherapy
    Advance aromatherapy massage
    Principles of Yin and Yang
    Discuss 26 essential oils
    Discuss 10 carrier oils

    Advanced Reflexology
    Advanced Reflexology Techniques
    Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
    Hand Reflexology
    Auricular Reflexology
    Foot Reading
    Looking at reflex in pre and post pregnancy
    Endocrine balance Techniques
    Nerve Reflexology
    Colour Reflexology
  • 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 excellent level of English is required. You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English fluently.
    Additional supporting evidence will be taken into consideration. You will be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Your assessment will be through written assignments, practical assessments, presentations and case studies, along with your reflective logs. Extensive use of practical case studies carried out within clinical practice. You will also compile a Professional Development Portfolio.

    What qualification if I complete?
    The qualification you will achieve is a recognised level 4 qualification to practice and attain insurance

    What do I need to join the course?

    Completed the level 3 in Body Massage/ aromatherapy/reflexology.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Additional costs to the course consist of professional uniform and aromatherapy kit

    Although the college endeavour to supply clients for the case studies, it is also the responsibility of the therapist to make sure that he/she fulfil the required hours of case study set by the awarding body. This is a one year part time course that is run over one day and an evening.

    The course begins in September and finishes in July.
    Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old, however this may change. Related additional costs may include visits and extra external professional development courses, which are payable by all students.

    The Complementary 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 and full smart full-length black trousers and black full shoes.

    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 requirements.

    You will be expected to have a minimum of 92% 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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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Use the yellow 'enrol' button to request to join this course.
    Please note: if you enrol without meeting the course entry requirements your place may be cancelled and a refund provided.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: Activation. First class: 06 September 2022. Last class: 27 Jun 2023
    • Tuesday : 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tuesday : 13:30 - 17:00
    • Tuesday : 17:30 - 21:00
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £1417.00
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. However, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    When you complete the Complementary Therapy Level 4, you have an opportunity to progress onto Sports Therapy/ Beauty Therapy. This qualification will give you the skills necessary to pursue a career at supervisory or managerial level in a health spa, in teaching, or in a clinical hospice setting.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    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, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. 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 applies to the exams you took):


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    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided 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.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    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 the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom 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, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    9.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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