Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Diploma in Complementary Therapies

University Credit Rated


SCQF Level 8, EQF level 5, 120 credits

Available in our training centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London


About the Qualification

The Diploma in Complementary Therapies is at the highest level available within the UK.


We are very proud that we are the first and only private training provider in the UK that has been granted the status of offering university credit rated reflexology and massage qualifications. Anyone can accredit a course but only a higher education authority such as a university can credit rate a course.


For Scottish residents, a non-repayable grant for tuition fees is available from the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please see the grant section below.


We appreciate it is imperative that you find the best school for you, to enable you to become the most competent practitioner. The course has a strong practical emphasis and includes tailoring treatments for clients, acupressure reflexology, advanced techniques, counselling skills and more. A comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology is key to excelling as a therapist. Our modules are all at , SCQF level 8, EQF level 5.


For each year of study at a university, students are awarded 120 credits. An SCQF level 8, 120 credits qualification is equivalent to one full time year of study at second year degree level at a university.


Credits obtained from all of our university credit rated courses, can be used towards other courses, including at other learning providers. You may not have to repeat study that you have already conducted if you wish to transfer these credits to another course at the same level. It can become especially tricky if you study a course without a level and credits.The essence of studying a course with a level and credits enables you to adequately demonstrate to potential employers, clients, insurance companies and membership bodies the level and the depth of study that you have undergone.


The course can be recognised internationally as most countries have their own framework. The SCQF confirm the following, “Being registered on the SCQF lends both national and international recognition to credit rated qualifications and learning programmes. In order to be on the SCQF, all qualifications have to go through a rigorous, quality assured process of ‘credit rating’ by a Credit Rating Body (CRB)”.


This nationally recognised qualification is unique in the UK and enables graduates to become proficient practitioners in advanced techniques with a varied range of skills.

You will have the opportunity to become an exceptional therapist and successfully maintain clients.


Please see the benefits link at the bottom of the page to see the vital importance of studying this type of course.


We pride ourself on small classes which ensures an individual approach.



Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

Clinical Reflexology

Swedish Massage Therapy

This course consists of studying the three modules related to the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Reflexology and the Practitioner Diploma in Swedish Massage Therapy course. Successful completion of the three modules entitles you to hold not only the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Reflexology and the Practitioner Diploma in Swedish Massage Therapy but also the Diploma in Complementary Therapies.



This course can be studied over two years part time by studying two modules in year one and one module in year two. The Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology module has to be studied in year one.  You can choose which therapy module you would like to study in year one.

In year one and at your choice, you would either follow the dates of the clinical reflexology or Swedish massage therapy course. Please see the Reflexology and Swedish Massage Therapy page for further information about module content and for the course dates.



Students are assessed in the form of continuous assessment with no final theory exam.
There will be two practical assessments for each therapy module. Students complete case studies during the course. Case studies are an invaluable tool to assist you in becoming a professional therapist.



Graduates will be given formal recognition of their work.

As our course has a level and credits, it enables membership associations, employers etc. to understand the level and depth of the course. If you study a course without a level and credits, it will commonly mean you may be stuck with only be able to join one membership association throughout your whole career.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can join leading complementary therapy membership bodies such as the Complementary Therapists Association and the Association of Reflexologists as a full member. These organisations are the most respected membership organisations in the UK. Members can obtain support and have access to continually updated journals.

Graduates can also be registered on the The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. This is the voluntary regulator in the UK.

Very uniquely, we offer lifetime graduate support. Graduates are encouraged to contact the school with any therapy or business related query they may have.

Our in-house Graphic Designer, can give you advice on the optimum way to market your business. Our designer has specialised in providing design/marketing solutions to complementary therapy companies for thirteen years.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements. Students will be assessed on an individual basis to work within a caring profession.


Bridging Course

Students can study a bridging course when they hold a suitable, recognised qualification in anatomy and physiology or in another therapeutic discipline. The therapy qualification must include anatomy and physiology at a suitable content and be at an appropriate level. Please contact us to discuss suitability.



In the unfortunate event that students fall ill during the course, we can offer a flexible learning plan whereby you can come back on to the course the next year and at no extra charge. Missed days for whatever reason can be made up at another one of our venues.



For students resident in Scotland: The Complementary Therapy School has been approved by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This entitles eligible students to receive the part time fee grant. The non-repayable grant is awarded to students studying a higher education course and is worked out by how many credits you are studying. The main criteria for the grant: you have to be resident in Scotland and have a personal income of £25,000 or less. They do not take into account partner’s income.

If you receive the part time fee grant (Scottish residents), it will cost £1279 if paying in full or £1339 if paying by instalments.

If you are not eligible for the grant it will cost £2484 if paying in full or £2544 if paying in instalments.

The deposit is £250 if paying by instalments.


The fees include tuition fees, reflexology training DVD, reflexology hand and foot chart, handouts, Swedish massage DVD, if required support out with the teaching days and assessment fees.


Additional Costs

3 x books, Lafuma or treatment couch, dream cream, grapeseed oil and couch roll, Optional student membership of a complementary therapy association. If you want to become a successful practitioner, with the highest quality tuition, the most respected qualification and with the most professional up-to-date training in the UK, then this is the course for you.

Treatment couches are available for use on the training days within our London venue. 












Application Form - Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Please select the venue you wish to attend.

Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you with payment information and our terms and conditions. Thank you for your interest.