VRQ Level 2 Diploma in
Complementary Therapies SCQF Level 5

Explore important complementary therapy techniques and approaches.


Why take this course?

This course is primarily aimed at those who would like an introduction to the complementary therapy sector in order to build a good level of knowledge and understanding whilst developing basic practical skills.

On successful completion of the course you may progress to the VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies so that you can develop essential skills suitable for working in the industry.

What you will experience

This course will provide you with an introduction to the principles and practices of complementary therapy, focusing on basic massage, aromatherapy and reflexology techniques. You will also learn the theoretical aspects of complementary therapies including anatomy and physiology, healthy eating and the wellbeing of clients, operational knowledge relating to clinic services and business awareness.

The core skills included in the course are Communication, ITC, Numeracy and First Aid.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have a minimum of three National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications, or appropriate life/work experience in healthcare or nursing.

Good communication skills, a willingness to learn new practical skills and working with the general public are essential qualities for working towards attainment of this qualification. Essential skills are developed throughout the programme.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you will need

You will be required to purchase the designated kit, textbook(s) and uniform.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College: 


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