Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
7 September 202036 weeksDebbie Fruen

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


As a society we are becoming more aware of the need to take better care of ourselves. As a result there is an increasing demand for professional therapists. Complementary therapists are concerned with improving peoples well being, either through offering body treatments or recommending home care and life style advice.

The course is designed for dedicated students who wish to obtain nationally recognised practitioners qualification awarded by VTCT, covering a range of complementary therapies. The course has been designed in a module format, which means a high level of attendance and commitment is essential for successful completion. Students attend College 2.5 / 3 days per week, plus at least 10 hours per week at home to complete practical case study work, exam revision and theory.


The qualification gives the underpinning knowledge and practical skills required to carry out the technical services in aromatherapy, body massage and reflexology. The qualification is mapped to the national occupational standards by Skills for Health.


The Complementary Therapy course contains both theoretical and practical classes. Within these sessions your progress is continually assessed against the national standards. You will gain the necessary experience working with clients in our commercial salons, including reception and management skills.

In addition to this task based learning, client case studies, assignments, role plays, practical treatments and Information Technology (IT) skills will be gathered into a portfolio of evidence. Your skills and knowledge is finally tested via externally and internally set written independent assessment papers and a range of practical skills assessments to commercial standards.

All students are expected to wear a uniform in the salons, which will be purchased by themselves (pricing TBC).


Typical employment prospects in the holistic and complementary therapy Industry include:

  • Health care sector
  • Sports massage
  • Cruise ships
  • Health farms
  • Day spas
  • Holistic clinic
  • Leisure centre
  • Self employed practitioner.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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