Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 3
Start Date:
36 weeks

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4/C or above normally including Maths and English language; grade 4/C or above in a relevant subject qualification is sometimes required. 

For progressing students, a minimum of Level 2 course in your chosen subject at Merit or above and English language and Maths at level 2. Progressing students without English or Maths at GCSE grade 4/C will be required to study these as part of their programme of study.? 

Applications which do not meet the stated entry criteria in full may be approved as an exceptional entry, based on a review by the Assistant Principal.? 

Who the course is for
This course is designed for dedicated students who wish to obtain a nationally recognised practitioners qualification awarded by VTCT. Please note a minimum of 10 hours a week will need to be set aside from your college timetable to complete case studies, revision and assignments.
What the interview will involve

You will be sent a career plan prior to your interview date to complete and bring along with you on the day. The interview is a two-way process which will give you the opportunity to discuss the course and suitability with the subject tutor.

What you will learn
  • 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  


Please note that you will have to complete the following practical and written case studies on external clients in and away from college.   


  • 100 Reflexology Treatments 
  • 30 Body massage Treatments 
  • 60 Aromatherapy Treatments 
How you will learn

Theory/ Workshop sessions- Here you will receive all the essential underpinning knowledge related to the subject area. These sessions are for delivery and demonstration of the practical skills of your qualification? 

Salon practical sessions- These are designed salon sessions in which you will gain confidence in working in a real salon environment, working on peers, family and friends? 

Practical- As an essential part of learning all students will be expected to receive and complete treatments (unless medically exempt) within the practical sessions from peers.?? 

E-Learning- This session is a computer based class where you will use technology to produce work and study independently, with the support and guidance from your tutor. Please note E-learning will be competed at college.?? 

Tutorial Sessions- These are designed to support your individual academic progress, and to monitor your course progression by way of action planning and review.?? 

Work placement
  • Employment in the health care sector 
  • Employment on cruise liners 
  • Self-employment in Complementary therapies 
  • Employment at day spas/holistic clinics.  

If you are taking a full-time course, you will be charged a Central Admin Fee of up to £40 at the start of your course. In addition to this there will be a cost involved for purchasing any essential equipment or uniform for your course; you may be eligible for financial support from the college Bursary team, please ask your tutor for more information.

Qualifications you will get
VTCT level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies
Additional information

Professional presentation? 

All students are required to:? 

  • Wear a course uniform (purchased by yourself via the college)? 
  • Wear full black covered shoes? 
  • Present yourself in a professional capacity, relating to industry standards? 
  • Have hair fully up and off the face for all sessions within the salons? 
  • Wear no jewellery (a wedding band can be worn)? 
  • No nail extensions or nail polish.?? 
Alternatively, email with the subject title of your chosen course, followed by ‘info’ to receive further information. i.e. ‘Science T Level info’.

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