Complementary Therapies L3 Diploma

Course code: BD3CT

What will you do on this course?

This one year course leads to a recognised qualification in complementary therapies and is suitable for students who wish to work in a complementary therapy environment such as cruise ships, spas, health farms or self employment.

You will study in-depth: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology; Aromatherapy; Reflexology; Body Massage; Principles and Practices for Complementary Therapy; Health, Safety and Hygiene; Reflective Practice; and Business Practise for the Complementary Therapist.

Work experience will be arranged by you and your tutor towards the end of the year. This is a valuable and important part of the course and you will be encouraged to go to health spas and complementary clinics both locally and nationally.

Special features

There will be guest speakers featuring topics such as alternative medicine to give you first hand industry experience. There will also be trips and visits including The Clothes Show Live. You will visit local care homes to provide complementary therapies to residents with a variety of conditions.

How is the course assessed?

You will be assessed through externally set written tests, practical observations over the year, extended assignment work and an extensive range of case studies over each of the three practical skills areas, many of which are required to be completed outside of college. You will also complete a reflective diary. VTCT Exam Board.

University and career progression

Completion of this course could lead to progression into employment in the complementary therapy field or onto higher education. Recent students have progressed into employment at local exclusive spas, self employment and higher education to study Sports Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Entry requirements

Students must be 17 years old with 5 GCSEs grade A-C. Alternatively

this course is an ideal progression route from Beauty Therapy Level 2 or Level 3, Health and Social Care Level 3 or Complementary Therapies Level 2.

Mature students who have a strong desire to work within complementary therapies may also be accepted with equivalent entry qualifications.

Recommended resources

Complementary Therapy kit including tunic £115.


Maia Pelham-GreeneStudent Profile: Maia Pelham-Greene

“This is a very interesting course with great teaching and great support. The facilities are good and there’s a friendly atmosphere.”

Maia, a former pupil of Crispin School, studied the Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies. She now runs her own business combining dance and complementary therapies and is also studying Indian Head Massage Level 3 Certfiicate part-time at Strode College.


Emily LakeStudent Profile: Emily Lake

"This is my third year at Strode. I've really enjoyed all of the courses I’ve taken and would recommend them to anybody. All the teachers are very helpful and supportive."

Emily, a former pupil of King Arthur's Community School, previously studied Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy and has just completed Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies. She plans to gain employment as a Beauty Therapist in a spa.


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