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Complementary Therapy - VTCT Diploma in Complementary Therapies Level 3

Course Code: FE056-1C Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: January 2019 Duration: 35 Weeks Entry requirements: See Entry requirements tab Assessment: Mixture of assignments and exams. Qualification: VTCT Diploma in Complementary Therapies Level 3 Awarding Body: VTCT

During this advanced course, you will learn how to professionally administer a range of therapies, including Swedish body massage, reflexology and aromatherapy. We will also cover theory related to anatomy and physiology; health and safety; maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and business practice. An ideal entry into the industry, or self-employment, as a therapist.

Entry requirements

A good standard of English (reading, writing, comprehension). Able to devote time to the course at home (4/5 hours per week plus approximately 200 hours of practical home case studies).

Interview required.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Health safety & hygiene for complementary therapies
  • Principles and practice of complementary therapies
  • Body massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Anatomy, physiology & pathology for complementary therapies
  • Introduction to healthy eating and well being
  • Introduction to clinic services & business awareness
  • Assessment of clients for holistic treatments

Why the MET?

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.


Our Beauty department benefits from several fantastic facilities that will provide you with a real-world training experience and a top education.

These include professional standard beauty and hairdressing salons that are open to the general public, providing a realistic working environment.

We also offer the use of high end, industry branded equipment and products, plus additional training from external companies, such as Eve Taylor.


Work experience

Our beauty & complementary therapies department has very strong links with local employers many of whom started their own careers at Brighton MET.

All of our students will have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position within that company.

We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will come and give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own businesses.

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up to date.

What's next?

Whilst this qualification’s primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a complementary therapist; learners may choose to complement their skills base by undertaking specialist qualifications in related therapies such as:

  • Indian head massage
  • Stone therapy (QCF)
  • Sports massage
  • Auricular therapies (ear candling)
  • Baby/Infant massage
  • Beauty therapy 

Additional Costs

You will also have to purchase a uniform and kits (costs TBC)

In addition to the above, you will be required to purchase a portfolio pack (approx £10) and to pay costs for any trips such as the Lavender Farm trip.

Additional Costs
  • student Views Jessica Yudilevich Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage Level 3

    “A very professional Course. Lots to learn and lovely teachers.”

  • student Views Monika Nemeth Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage Level 3

    “Lovely teachers who are showing us the principles of the complementary therapies.”

  • student Views Elzbieta Abel Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage Level 3

    “Great teachers - professional, friendly, understanding with a lot of patience.”

  • alumni Views Davide Cappelletto Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage Level 3

    “I started studying massage therapy with the idea to go back into sport as a holistic therapist and Brighton MET gave me the knowledge and skills which are now the base of my career.”

  • student Views Jake Nicol Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage Level 3

    “I feel that on this course I have gained the necessary skills with which to conduct myself as a skilled worker/therapist in a specialist area. I have learned much about Aromatherapy which I find useful in many areas of my life.”

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