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Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies Level 3

Programme Description



The level three complementary therapies qualification provides the practical skills and internationally recognised qualifications to gain employment in a variety of roles.

These include  self-employment, complementary therapy clinics, beauty or spa facilities and private practice. 

 The course is designed to give you the essential knowledge to assist in providing therapeutic skills within a clinical setting. 

 Throughout the qualification, you will be supported to develop treatment plans and assessment techniques as well as developing your technical skills.  There will also be the opportunity to develop your research and evaluation skills. 


Programme Features



The college has a commercial training salon open to the public which will provide you with a real working environment. 

We are fortunate to have strong links with local and national industry specialists who share their experience with students and you will be as being taught by industry-experienced staff. 

Visiting speakers from industry enhance the learning programme and provide students with enrichment opportunities in workshop seminars.

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 course will be delivered over two days a week which includes one evening working in the commercial salon. 


Progression & Employment



This qualification is designed to lead to employment in a number of exciting career paths which include the roles of masseur, complementary therapist, reflexologist, aromatherapist, naturopath and beauty therapist.

This qualification may also lead to employment within a hospital, hospice or other health-care environment.  

You will be involved in a thriving programme of activities and given an insight into career prospects in the industry which are gained through trips and events. You will also have the opportunity to apply for work experience and many previous students have found employment during their course as a result.


Programme Content



The content of the qualification is comprised of the following mandatory units:

  • Business practice for complementary therapies
  • Principles and practice of complementary therapies
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies
  • Provide body massage for complementary therapies
  • Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies
  • Provide reflexology for complementary therapies

Programme Assessment



As part of this programme the following methods of assessment will be used:

  • Practical examination
  • Continuous assessments
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Written assessments 

Programme Entry Requirements



Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview however a positive attitude to learning a vocational skill is required. 

An applicant for a level three course will need:  

Five GCSEs at grades A* to C, which includes either English language or Welsh (first language) and maths, or a level two vocational qualification in a relevant subject area. 

 Potential candidates need to be aware that excellent attendance and punctuality is essential.


Additional Costs



This part time course fee is currently £254.   

You will have access to a range of equipment and resources and in addition, consumable products and a uniform will need to be purchased. This information will be given prior to your start date.

Various trips are organised throughout the academic year relating to the beauty industry and your learning experience, of which you will be required to pay a contribution towards.