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The aim of this course is to comprehensively cover all the requirements of three courses: the VTCT Holistic Diploma and the VTCT Complementary Diploma and the more modest needs of the City and Guilds Progress Award in Holistics. It will also support and cover the needs of a range of stand-alone qualifications in aromatherapy; reflexology; massage; Indian head massage etc.


Comprehensive course which covers every requirement of the VTCT and City & Guilds courses in Holistic and Complementary Therapy

Course syllabus:

 Module 1
  1. Health and safety legislation
  2. Personal Hygiene and appearance

Module 2 
Foundations of Chemistry

  1. Atoms and Molecules
  2. Elements
  3. Compounds
  4. Chemical reactions and chemical bonds
  5. Transfer of substances – how do molecules move?
  6. The pH scale – potential of hydrogen

Module 3 
Understanding Energy

  1. Yin and Yang
  2. Meridians
  3. Chakras
  4. Ayurvedic influences

Module 4 
Anatomy and Physiology

  1. Terminology
  2. Organization of the body
  3. The integumentary system
  4. The circulatory system
  5. The lymphatic/immune system
  6. The skeletal system
  7. The muscular system
  8. The respiratory system
  9. The digestive system
  10. The nervous System
  11. The special senses
  12. The Ear
  13. The endocrine system
  14. The genitor-urinary system

Module 5 
Client Care

  1. First Impressions
  2. Interpersonal skills
  3. Counselling skills and the therapist
  4. Protecting yourself
  5. Preparing for a treatment
  6. Consultation Techniques
  7. Contra indications
  8. After care advice

Module 6 

  1. The macro-nutrients – carbohydrate, proteins and lipids
  2. Anti-nutrients, enzymes and water
  3. The micro-nutrients – vitamins, minerals and trace minerals
  4. A balanced diet
  5. The nutrition consultation
  6. Contra indications for nutritional therapy
  7. Establishing weight parameters

Module 7 
Posture and figure analysis

  1. The process of figure analysis
  2. Body shapes
  3. Posture and postural faults/weaknesses
  4. Examination of muscular condition
  5. Simple postural exercises
  6. Concluding a figure analysis

Module 8 
Classification of massage techniques

  1. The benefits and effects of massage
  2. Classic massage techniques
  3. Preparation for massage
  4. Additional massage techniques
  5. Other massage therapies

Module 9 
Body Massage

  1. A brief overview of the history of massage
  2. Preparation for a massage treatment
  3. A sample massage routine
  4. Muscle stretching and energizing techniques
  5. After care for massage
  6. Adaptations to massage
  7. General adaptations
  8. Pre-heating treatments (heat therapy)

Module 10 

  1. A brief history of aromatherapy
  2. What is aromatherapy
  3. What is essential oil?
  4. The physiology of aromatherapy
  5. Safety Issues
  6. Clinical aromatherapy
  7. The aromatherapy treatment
  8. After care

Module 11 
Chemistry and essential oils directory

  1. Classification of essential oils
  2. Chemotypes
  3. Categories of essential oils
  4. Synergy
  5. Harmony
  6. Directory of Essential oils

Module 12 
Holistic Facial

  1. What is an holistic facial?
  2. Skin types
  3. Skin care products
  4. Preparing for an holistic facial
  5. Carrying out a skin analysis
  6. Basic face reading
  7. Cleansing
  8. Facial massage
  9. Adaptation to massage
  10. Masks
  11. Contra actions and after care

Module 13 

  1. Indian head massage
  2. A history of Indian head massage
  3. Contra indications to Indian head massage
  4. Preparation of therapist, client and treatment room
  5. Physical and psychological benefits of Indian head massage
  6. Oils used in Indian head massage
  7. The massage routine
  8. Adapting the massage for different individuals
  9. After care advice for Indian head massage

Module 14 

  1. A brief history of reflexology
  2. What is reflexology and how does it work?
  3. Mapping the feet
  4. Preparing for the treatment
  5. Contra indications to reflexology treatment
  6. Reading the feet
  7. A reflexology treatment
  8. Treatment techniques
  9. Treatment adaptations
  10. Contra actions and after care
  11. Working the hands

Module 15 
Stress management

  1. What is stress?
  2. Environmental, emotional, chemical and nutritional stress
  3. The causes of stress
  4. The symptoms of stress
  5. The stress response (stressed out/burnt out)
  6. How to reduce and/or manage stress

Module 16 
Crystal therapy

  1. A history of crystal therapy
  2. What are crystals?
  3. Grounding
  4. Recommendations for a basic set of crystals
  5. Types of crystals
  6. Self-treatment
  7. Chakra balancing
  8. Using crystals with other therapies
  9. Specific after care advice for crystal therapy

Module 17 
Colour Therapy

  1. A brief history of colour therapy
  2. The electromagnetic spectrum
  3. How colour therapy works
  4. Consultation for colour therapy
  5. Ascertaining colour needs
  6. Colour in our environment
  7. Colours used in colour therapy
  8. Contra indications to colour therapy



No examination is necessary

Assessment method:

This course is completed using continual assessment, allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress every step of the way. Therefore no examination is required.


All students will be assigned a personal tutor with whom they may correspond with via email. Tutors are assigned upon receipt of your first assignment


All students have one year to complete this course from date of enrolment. Average study of 125 hours. 


Certificate in Holistic and Complementary Therapies

Once completed successfully each student will receive their certificate from the college proving their skills and knowledge in this challenging field. Add this to your completed folder of courswork and impress any potential employer. Your certificate will give you the self belief and confidence to progress further with your studies or help make inroads to getting that job you have always wanted.

 There are no previous skills or qualifications required to register for this course. Ideal for total beginners.


  • Covers the ``new`` therapies: Hot Stone, Colour, Crystal and Thermal Aurricular

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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