VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies (QCF)

Qualification Reference Number: 500/4770/X:
VTCT no: AC 30018


Open to both EU and International students

Study Modes - Full Time (1 or 2 years), or Part Time with some Distance Learning

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To be a Level 3 complementary therapist it is essential that you can demonstrate competence in dealing with clients, using information for planning treatments and providing such treatments safely and effectively.
This qualification will provide you with the skills to communicate with the client and plan and deliver complementary therapy treatments.
You will need knowledge of anatomy and physiology, consultation techniques and the common effects and techniques of massage, aromatherapy and reflexology in order to provide complementary therapy treatments.
This qualification is appropriate for learners seeking a career in the complementary therapy industry.

Course Content - What you will learn

The Diploma consists of the following Units:

T/501/9101 - Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Complementary Therapies
  • 01.Be able to identify the organisation of the body
    • 01.1 Describe, in relationship to the organisation of the body:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 02. Be able to identify the skin, hair and nails and common pathologies
    • 02.1 Describe, in relationship to the skin, hair and nails:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 03. Be able to identify the skeletal system and common pathologies
    • 03.1 Describe, in relationship to the skeletal system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 04. Be able to identify the muscular system and common pathologies
    • 04.1 Describe, in relationship to the muscular system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 05. Be able to identify the nervous system and common pathologies
    • 05.1 Describe, in relationship to the nervous system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 06. Be able to identify the endocrine system and common pathologies
    • 06.1 Describe, in relationship to the endocrine system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 07. Be able to identify the respiratory system and common pathologies
    • 07.1 Describe, in relationship to the respiratory system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 08. Be able to identify the cardiovascular system and common pathologies
    • 08.1 Describe, in relationship to the cardiovascular system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 09. Be able to identify the lymphatic system and common pathologies
    • 09.1 Describe, in relationship to the lymphatic system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 10. Be able to identify the digestive system and common pathologies
    • 10.1. Describe, in relationship to the digestive system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 11. Be able to identify the urinary system and common pathologies
    • 11.1 Describe, in relationship to the urinary system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologies
  • 12. Be able to identify the reproductive system and common pathologies
    • 12.1. Describe, in the relation to the reproductive system:
      - Type
      - Location
      - Structure
      - Function
      - Growth
      - Repair
      - pathologie
D/501/9111 - Knowledge of Less Common Pathology for Complementary Therapies
  • 1. Be able to identify the signs and symptoms of less common pathologies
    • 1.1 Describe, in relationship to the body the signs and symptoms of less common pathologies of:
      - the skin
      - skeletal system
      - muscular system
      - nervous system
      - respiratory system
      - cardiovascular system
      - lymphatic system
      - digestive system
      - urinary system
      - reproductive system
K/501/9256 - Health, Safety and Hygiene for Complementary Therapies
  • 1. Be able to understand the health and safety procedures and policies required for complementary therapy
    • 1.1 Evaluate the relevant health and safety legislation relating to complementary therapies
      1.2 Review methods of complying with health and safety legislation
      1.3 Explain the health, safety and security procedures and policies
      1.4 Examine the employers' and employees' health and safety responsibilities
  • 2. Be able to apply hygiene procedures for complementary therapy treatments
    • 2.1 Evaluate and use hygiene procedures required for a range of treatments
      2.2 Explain the professional standards of personal presentation required
  • 3. Be able to maintain a healthy and safe environment
    • 3.1 Follow procedures and policies to contribute to a healthy and safe working environment
      3.2 Assess any potential risks within own area of responsibility and report any hazards that need to be referred
      3.3 Demonstrate safe handling and use of products, materials, tools and equipment
      3.4 Demonstrate correct maintenance and storage of products, materials, tools and equipment
H/501/9255 - Business Practice for Complementary Therapies
  • 1. Understand the key business criteria required for complementary therapy
    • 1.1 Explain the legal requirements of running a business
      1.2 Explain how marketing and public relations are used in successful businesses
      1.3 Describe the employment opportunities within complementary therapies industries
      1.4 Evaluate communication techniques and describe how to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues
      1.5 Explain how to promote complementary therapies practices and produce promotional material
  • 2. Be able to research a business concept
    • 2.1 Compare and contrast different business types
      2.2 Design and research a potential business opportunity using a range of sources
      2.3 Research potential premises, staff, products and resource requirements
  • 3. Be able to plan, prepare and maintain a business plan
    • 3.1 Plan and prepare an appropriate business plan for a potential business
      3.2 Review premises, staff and resource requirements to maintain a business plan including professional services that may be required
      3.3 Calculate costs of treatments, products and services offered
      3.4 Estimate start up and running cost
Y/501/9253 - Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies
  • 1. Be able to understand the key historical factors and theoretical background for complementary therapies
    • 1.1 Examine the history and origins of complementary therapies
      1.2 Analyse definitions and theories of commonly available complementary therapies
      1.3 Evaluate the theory of techniques used in commonly available complementary therapies

  • 2. Know the main influences on working within the complementary therapy industry
    • 2.1 Describe legislative requirements and working practice within complementary therapies
      2.2 Summarise the legal obligations of working with clients and the general public
      2.3 Explain the codes of practice and ethics relating to complementary therapies
      2.4 Analyse the roles of professional associations and organisations relating to complementary therapies
      2.5 Evaluate the process of registration and regulation of complementary therapies
  • 3. Know the key aspects of good clinical practice
    • 3.1 Evaluate appropriate referral procedures and protocols to use with clients and others involved in integrated healthcare
      3.2 Identify effective communication skills when dealing with clients and colleagues in maintaining good practice
      3.3 Collate information from clients that is necessary for assessment and treatment planning
      3.4 Demonstrate how to accurately record information, store records and ensure confidentialit
L/501/9105 - Provide Body Massage for Complementary Therapies
  • 1. Be able to prepare for a body massage treatment
    • 1.1 Evaluate desirable characteristics of an appropriate treatment environment and prepare self, client and work area in accordance with current legislation and working practice requirements
      1.2 Consult with clients to clarify their requirements, summarise objectives and describe the contra-actions that may result from treatment and how to respond appropriately to contra actions, identify influencing factors and provide clear recommendations to the client.
      1.3 Evaluate known contraindications, local contraindications, or cautions that may restrict or prevent treatment, identify contraindications and take appropriate action. Refer the client to another healthcare practitioner if necessary or decide that the body massage treatment is not appropriate
  • 2. Be able to provide body massage treatment
    • 2.1 Perform and adapt the body massage treatment, where necessary, within a commercially acceptable time. Demonstrate how body massage techniques can be adapted to suit the physical characteristics of a client. Implement working methods that meet with professional and legal requirements. Perform the treatment to the satisfaction of the client.
      2.2 Summarise the history, philosophy and role of Swedish massage and other massage traditions; evaluate the uses of the five classical massage movements and the physiological and psychological effects of massage on the body systems. Explain the uses, application and origin of different massage media. Evaluate skin types, characteristics and general body types. Outline common postural faults and location of underlying body structures.
      2.3 Select, use and store materials and equipment effectively, correctly and safely
      2.4 Communicate and behave in a professional manner throughout treatment. Position self and client throughout the treatment to ensure privacy, comfort and well being
      2.5 Critically compare the methods of evaluating the effectiveness of a body massage treatment and evaluate the results of the treatment. Evaluate the philosophy of reflective practice and its relevance to the massage therapist
      2.6 Record treatment and store information securely in line with current legislation
      2.7 State and provide after and home care advice.
D/501/9108 - Reflective Practice for Body Massage
  • 1. Be able to apply and understand reflective practice
    • 1.1 Describe the basic elements of reflective practice and reflect on own attitudes, beliefs, interests, priorities and values in relation to personal growth as a massage therapist.
      1.2 Describe how own self-awareness impacts on personal and professional life and how to record evidence of own knowledge and practical experience.
      1.3 Evaluate own knowledge and practice in relation to professional codes of conduct and current working practices and identify strengths and remove limitations in order to best serve self and client
      1.4 Identify lifelong learning opportunities and describe how to plan for self development
F/501/9117 - Provide Reflexology
  • 1. be able to prepare a for reflexology treatment
    • 1.1 Describe and evaluate desirable characteristics of an appropriate treatment environment and
      prepare self, client and work area in accordance with current legislation and working practice requirements
      1.2 Consult with clients to confirm their requirements, state objectives and describe the contra actions that may result from treatment and how to respond appropriately to contra actions. Identify influencing factors and provide clear recommendations to the client .
      1.3 Describe and evaluate known contra-indications, local contra-indications, or cautions that may restrict or prevent treatment, identify contra-actions and take appropriate action. Refer the client to another healthcare practitioner if necessary or decide that the reflexology treatment is not appropriate.
  • 2. be able to Provide a reflexology treatment
    • 2.1 Perform and the adapt reflexology treatment within a commercially acceptable time. Describe and demonstrate how reflexology techniques can be adapted to suit the physical characteristics of a client. Use working methods that meet with professional and legal requirements. Perform the treatment to the satisfaction of the client.
      2.2 Explain the principles of reflexology relaxation treatments, reflexology theory and techniques. Identify skin types and characteristics and locate underlying body structures, reflex points, zones, transfer lines and cross reflexes on feet and hands. Describe the main functions of the supporting hand
      2.3 explain the uses of different medium and select, use and store materials and equipment effectively, correctly and safely,
      2.4 Communicate and behave in a professional manner throughout. Position self, client throughout the basic treatment techniques to ensure privacy, comfort and wellbeing
      2.5 Critically compare the methods of evaluating the effectiveness of reflexology and evaluate the results of the treatment. State the philosophy of reflective practice and its relevance to the reflexologist, record treatment and store information securely in line with current legislation
      2.6 Record treatment and store information securely in line with current legislation
      2.7 State the aftercare advice that should be provided. Provide suitable aftercare advice
A/501/9116 - Reflective Practice for Reflexology
  • 1. be able to apply and understand reflective practice
    • 1.1 Describe the basic elements of reflective practice and reflect on own attitudes, beliefs, interests, priorities and values in relation to personal growth as a reflexologist
      1.2 Describe how own self-awareness impacts on personal and professional life and how to record evidence of own knowledge and practical experience.
      1.3 Evaluate own knowledge and practice in relation to professional codes of conduct and current working practices and identify strengths and remove limitations in order to best serve self and client
      1.4 Identify lifelong learning opportunities and describe how to plan for self development
R/501/9624 - Provide Aromatherapy
  • 1 The learner will be able to prepare for an Aromatherapy treatment.
    • 1.1 Evaluate desirable characteristics of an appropiat treatment enviroment and prepare self, client and work area in accordance with current legslation and working practice requirements.
      1.2 Consult with clients to clarify their requirements, summarise objectives and describe the contra-actions that may result from treatment and how to respond appropriately to conta-actions, identify influencing factors and provide clear recommendations to the client.
      1.3 Evaluate known contra-incications, local contra-indications or cautions that may restrict or prevent treatment,identify contra-indications to take appropriate action. Refer the client to another healthcare practitioner if necessary or decide that the aromatherapy massage treatment is not appropriate.
  • 2 Be able to provide an Aromatherapy treatment.
    • 2.1 Perform and adapt the aromatherapy massage treatmentwhere necessary,within a commercially acceptable time. Demonstrate how aromatherapy massage techniques can be adapted to suit the physical characteristics of a client. Implement working methods that meet with professional and legal requirements. Perform the treatment to the satisfaction of the client.
      2.2 Explain the taxonomy, nomenclature, structure and function of plants in relation to the production of essences, fixed carrier oils and other media.
      2.3 Identify methods of extraction and sourcing of essences and fixed carrier oils. Identify significant chemical constituents of essences for blending purposes, describle percentage dilutions and blending techniques. State the causes and avoidance of degradation and spoilage. Apply correct legislative labelling requirements on blends created for clients.
      2.4 Summarise the history, philosophy and role of aromatherapy and other massage traditions. Evaluate the physiological and psychological effects of aromatherapy massage on the body systems. Explain the uses, application and origin of essences, fixed carrier oils and other media.
      2.5 Select, use and store materials and equipment effectively, correctly and safely.
      2.6 Communicate and behave in a professional manner throughtout treatment. Position self and client throughtout the teatment to ensure privacy, comfort and well being.
      2.7 Critically compare methods of evaluating the effectiveness of an aromatherapy treatment and evaluate the results. Evaluate the philosophy of reflective practice and its relevance to the aromatherapist.
      2.8 Record treatment and store information securely in line with current legislation.
      2.9 State and provide suitable after care and home care advice.

D/501/9626 - Reflective Practice for Aromatherapy
  • 1 Be able to apply and understand reflective practice
    • 1.1 Describe the elements of reflective practice and reflect on own attitudes, beliefs, interests, priorities and values in relation to personal growth as an Aromatherapist.
      1.2 Describe how own self-awareness impacts on personal and professional life and how to record evidence of own knowledge and practical experience.
      1.3 Evaluate own knowledge and practice in relation to professional codes of conduct and current working practices and identify strengths and remove limitations in order to best serve self and client.
      1.4 Identify life long learning opportunities and describe how to plan for self development.

Course Entry Requirements & Pre-requisites

No previous qualifications are required

Course Duration

This Diploma can be studied as a full time intensive course over one year, or full time over 2 years, it can also be completed part time by completing each subject separately.
The academic year is made up of three terms of 8 weeks, with an 8 week break between each term. Students are required to attend for final assessments after the third 8 week break.
Full time students intending to complete the course in one academic year will be expected to continue studying (at home or our centre) during their 8 week breaks. Students completing the course over 2 years will have more class time to finish their case studies, and hence will have less study to do during their 8 weeks breaks.
It is also possible to upgrade your existing qualifications. For example a practising Massage therapist may only need to complete the Aromatherapy & Reflexology Diplomas to be able to gain the Complementary Therapies Diploma.

Assessment

Coursework, E-assessment, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment, Practical Examination, Task-based Controlled Assessment

The Examination Body - VTCT

The VTCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust) has over 40 years experience as an awarding body, maintaining the highest standards in the practice of massage and holistic therapies. VTCT is approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) for inclusion in the National Qualifications Framework.

VTCT qualifications are recognised both nationally and internationally.

Further Study

This qualification is the perfect foundation for a career in Complementary Therapies or for further study onto Bachelor degree programme.