Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Diploma in Complementary Therapies

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The highest level and the only qualification of its kind in the UK


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


Funding for tuition fees is available from SAAS


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About the Qualification

The Diploma in Complementary Therapies is at the highest level available within the UK (SCQF level 8 and EQF Level 5).


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.


Graduates can join all of the leading membership associations as a full member following our qualification such as the Association of ReflexologistsFederation of Holistic Therapists and the CTHA.


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.


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


“One of the top reflexology tutors in the UK”. The Evening Telegraph 


Train with a multi award winning tutor with 25 years experience as a reflexologist, 27 years as a massage therapist, 30 years experience of working within the health and fitness industry, been featured in leading newspapers, been on television and on national radio. Melanie also studied Biomedical Sciences at university with the intention of becoming a GP and won the Young Award for outstanding academic achievement in Biomedical Science. She returned to the complementary therapy profession as this is where her focus is.


Stand out from the crowd with training at the highest level from any private training provider in the UK.


Complementary therapies are our passion and we love sharing our knowledge with students all over the UK. We want to make the course as accessible to everyone as possible to enable them to share these wonderful therapies and promote a high calibre of treatments.


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.


Course Content


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.


We have many success stories from our graduates from all over the UK and other countries, who have set up their own very successful business.

As our courses have a university association and are very recognised, you can progress to further university study without having to repeat study that you have already done with us. Accelerated entry is available for degrees in acupuncture, herbal medicine and integrated medicine for example. This means you may be able to miss the first year(s) of study.

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 Federation of Holistic Therapists 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 15 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.

Course Fees

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 £1525 if paying in full or £1590 if paying by instalments.

If you are not eligible for the grant it will cost £2730 if paying in full or £2795 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. 

Course Dates

In year one and at your choice you would either follow the dates of the Clinical Reflexology or the Swedish Massage course.

Course Dates Reflex Course Dates Swed




The Complementary Therapy Schools Data Privacy Policy


GDPR is bringing in new legal protection for personal information from May 2018.

This tells you what personal information I gather via my website, and why, and what your rights are.

The Complementary Therapy School

Address: Barry Business Centre, Main Street, Barry, Scotland, DD7 7RP.

Telephone No: 07961118183

Email address: melanie@thects.co.uk

Data Controller Contact Details: Melanie Bell - melanie@thects.co.uk

Purpose of processing Client Data

We hold and use client data in order to provide you with the best possible learning experience, support and advice.

We take information via our application form to allow us to make a decision on your suitability for the course. We also ask limited health information to ensure we can offer you the best learning experience.

Lawful Basis for holding and using case study Information

The lawful basis under which I hold and use your information is my legitimate interests i.e.my requirement to retain the information in order to provide you with the most appropriate training, follow up support, and advice

When you submit case studies as part of our therapy training course, the client cannot be identified. i.e. you cannot put on the consultation form the client’s name and contact details.

You are required to get signed privacy statements from any person you keep records on, including case studies. You will be required to submit a copy of this privacy statement along with any case study submitted to your tutor. A copy of this must be produced to the tutor during one of the teaching days.

As we may hold special category data (i.e. health related information) about you, the Additional Condition under which I hold and use this information is for us to fulfil our role as a Complementary Therapy trainer.

What information I hold and what I do with it

In order to give professional learning opportunities and follow up support to students the following information will be held:

• Your contact details

• Application forms

• Case studies submitted

• Course assignments

• Copies of certificates issued and records of students’ progress. I will NOT share your information with anyone else (other than with:

• An internal verifier

• An external verifier

• The Awarding body

• Students Awards Agency for Scotland

Occasionally, we take pictures of our students in class and share these pictures on social media and other forms of advertising. If you do not want to take part in these pictures, you can opt out of these pictures at any time. It is not compulsory to take part in the pictures.

I may contact you using the contact preferences you give me in relation to:

• Providing you with additional supporting material for the course

• Other information relevant to the course

• Therapy information or information related to health

• Future training events, special offers and promotions (you may unsubscribe from this at any time)

Your data will not be transferred outside the EU without your consent.

How Long I Retain Your Information for

I will keep your personal information for 3 Years.

Protecting Your Personal Data

I am committed to ensuring that your personal data is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, I have put in place appropriate technical, physical and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect from you.

Your Rights

GDPR gives you the following rights:

The right to be informed: To know how your information will be held and used (this notice).

The right of access: To see your tutor’s records of your personal information, so you know what is held about you and can verify it.

The right to rectification: To tell your tutor to make changes to your personal information if it is incorrect or incomplete.

The right to erasure (also called “the right to be forgotten”): For you to request your tutor to erase any information they hold about you

The right to restrict processing of personal data: You have the right to request limits on how your tutor uses your personal information

The right to data portability: under certain circumstances you can request a copy of personal information held electronically so you can reuse it in other systems.

The right to object: To be able to tell your tutor you don’t want them to use certain parts of your information, or only to use it for certain purposes.

Rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling.

The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office: To be able to complain to the ICO if you feel your details are not correct, if they are not being used in a way that you have given permission for, or if they are being stored when they don’t have to be.

Full details of your rights can be found at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/.

If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please use the contact details given above.

If you are dissatisfied with the response you can complain to the Information Commissioner's Office; their contact details are at: www.ico.org.uk

(Please note the above Privacy Policy must be read and understood before submitting an Application)

Application Form - Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Please select the venue you wish to attend.

(The Complementary Therapy Schools Data Privacy Policy can be found just above the application form and must be read and consented to before submitting an application.)

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