Certificate in Complementary Therapies (CertHE) / Diploma in Complementary Therapies (DipHE)  

Course Overview

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Course Content

Certificate in Complementary Therapies (CertHE):

All HE level 1 modules of the BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies programme are successfully completed for the award of the CertHE.

The CertHE provides foundation skills and knowledge by developing a range of massage skills and techniques to a professional standard (you will also be awarded a professional diploma by the Massage Training Institute) . Reflexology is introduced in the first year (a professional qualification for reflexology can be obtained by completing an additional course). The body work therapies are supported by biomedical learning in anatomy, physiology and nutrition. You will familiarise yourself with other types of complementary and alternative therapies and examine the importance of issues such as regulation and evidence-based medicine. Qualitative research methods will be introduced.

On successful completion of the CertHE you will be able to work as a professionally qualified massage therapist and will have a basic knowledge of research methods.

Diploma in Complementary Therapies (DipHE): All HE level 1 modules and HE level 2 modules of the BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies programme are successfully completed for the award of the DipHE.

In addition to completing all level 1 modules and acquiring the skills and knowledge described above for the CertHE, Diploma students will learn the skills of aromatherapy and complete training in reflexology both to a professional standard. The biomedical theme will continue by developing your understanding of patho-physiology and mechanisms of disease. You will further develop your communication and listening skills. You will also develop skills in quantitative research methods including the use of statistical software, and learn about the use of audit. The business module will enable you to develop your business skills.

On successful completion of the DipHE you will be able to work as a professionally qualified therapist in massage th reflexology, and aromatherapy and will have a more advanced knowledge of research methods.

Both the CertHE and the DipHE can be credited towards obtaining the BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies.

Career Potential

Successful completion of the CertHE enables Certificate holders to work as professionally qualified complementary therapist in holistic massage with some basic knowledge of research methods.

Successful completion of the DipHE enables Diploma holders to work as professionally qualified complementary therapists in massage, reflexology, and aromatherapy with further knowledge of research methods.

Entry Requirements

Applicants wishing to enter the CertHE or the DipHE should have five GCSE passes incl. English, Maths and Science plus one of the following:

  • 240 points from at least 2 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CC, one to be in Biology
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma 240 points in Science subject preferably Biological Science
  • 240 points within the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include Science preferably Biological Science (C2 minimum grade considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 Merits in a Biological Science
  • 240 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A Level or equivalent within a Science subject preferably a Biological Science, Core considered as 3rd subject
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

Or ’Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.

Candidates with relevant work experience e.g. in health or social care but without the above qualifications are considered on an individual basis. Evidence of academic study in the past five years is normally required.

Entry onto the courses is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about Cardiff Met's criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.

Key Facts

UCAS Codes, course length, and accreditation::
Certificate in Complementary Therapies (CertHE): B301; one year full-time (accredited by the Massage Training Institute)

Diploma in Complementary Therapies (DipHE): B302 (accredited by the Massage Training Institute; the Association of Reflexologists; and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists)

The CertHE and Dip HE are also available part-time contact the programme leader for further details.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and interview.

Additional Costs:
For information on additional costs relating to this programme please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts .

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Cardiff Met Enquiry Team on 029 2041 6010 or email courses@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Julie Duffy:
Email: jduffy@cardiffmet.ac.uk  
Tel: 029 2020 5612

See Also:
Complementary Therapies at Cardiff Met


Diploma in Complementary Therapies: