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Complementary Therapies HNC

(SCQF level 7)

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2019, 1 year

26th Aug 2019, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


Do you have a keen interest in therapy treatments, combined with the holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and enjoy working with people? If so, this could be the course for you.

In recent years there has been a considerable increase in interest and demand for complementary and holistic therapies; growth is expected to continue, providing employment opportunities to meet the demand from those seeking alternative ways to reduce stress and enhance feelings of general well-being. 

This advanced level course develops skills involved in complementary therapies, including a variety of massage techniques, stress management and health and wellbeing. It will encourage you to examine alternative methods of enhancing general health and allow you to gain experience and confidence in working with clients. The course is delivered by our dedicated lecturing team, who have high-level skills and wide experience within the holistic and complementary therapies profession. 

You'll be able to participate in volunteering opportunities throughout the year, offering treatments in a variety of settings.

The course aim is to produce qualified practitioners, eligible for professional membership and insurance as a Complementary Therapist. The qualification will also provide possible entry to HND, and then progression to degree level courses.

We also offer the NC Holistic Therapies courses at the college.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above preferably English and a Science subject; OR
  • NC Wellness Therapies; OR
  • NC Level 6 in Beauty Care; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

Entry to the course is based on you:-

  • Meeting the entry requirements of your course and
  • Attending a course information session.

What you study

Units you'll study on the course include:-

  • Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Body Massage Treatments.
  • Aromatherapy.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Reflexology.
  • Perspectives of Health.
  • Graded Unit 1.
  • Research and Methodology.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in the field of complementary therapies, working in healthcare services, eg palliative care, therapy clinics, or within the spa industry. There are also opportunities for self-employment, eg providing a mobile therapy service.

Continuing study

If you're successful in achieving the HNC qualification, you're eligible to apply for HND Complementary Therapies (year 2).  Successful HND students may then progress to degree courses in related areas, eg Professional Health Studies.


How the course is taught

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used to deliver practical and theory-based subjects, in fully equipped treatment rooms, and IT enabled classrooms.  You'll carry out practical work on College clients, and will be required to model for treatments.

Assessment methods

The course utilises a variety of assessment methods, including practical observation, case study compilation, research projects and closed book theory papers.

Additional Information


Materials for the course will be provided, and you may be given the option to purchase a College-approved kit for some specialist units.

Dress code

For practical class, the College approved uniform must be worn, with suitable footwear - details will be supplied.

Longer hair must be tied back, no jewellery on hands or arms, and nails must be short and unvarnished.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome