The main aim of the VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy for the Complementary Therapist is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills in order to provide aromatherapy treatments to the general public and to gain employment in the complementary therapy industry. This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and over and is designed to provide occupational competence at level 3. It also provides a sound platform into further training at level 3 and 4.

This qualification is for learners who want to work within the complementary therapy industry. The qualification consists of 4 mandatory units with a total of 296 hours of Guided Learning (GL) to achieve the full qualification and 1 additional optional elective unit.

The main skills the learner will perform are:

  • Consultation techniques – to include understanding the needs of clients and when and when not to treat them, carrying out visual analysis and identifying skin types, recognising contraindications, explaining possible contra-actions and providing aftercare and home care advice
  • Health, safety and hygiene – contextualised to the environment in which you are working
  • Aromatherapy techniques – to include safe blending using the correct dosage and blending of essences, carrier oils and other media, using and adapting the treatment method to meet the client’s specific needs such as massage, compresses and inhalation The learner will also learn about current legislation and working practice requirements and client care and communication which is essential to work and be successful in the industry. This qualification also provides:
  • The related knowledge and understanding required to perform the aromatherapy skills listed above effectively, in particular the anatomy and physiology of the body and common diseases and disorders that may affect when a client should or should not receive treatment
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of complementary therapies
  • Knowledge and understanding of business practice in a complementary therapies context
  • Opportunities for learners to focus on the development of their wider skills in an aromatherapy setting such as communicating with clients, working with others and problem solving
  • Opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment as an aroma therapist

Dates and Locations

Time and Dates

Start Date: 12.09.2023

End Date: 05.12.2023

Day: Tue

Beauty Swindon

80A Cricklade Road




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