The programme is designed to enable students to graduate as highly skilled, professionally accredited therapists who are able to apply their critical appreciation of the evidence base to the development of complementary healthcare provision and research. The strong emphasis on clinical work based learning opportunities, entrepreneurship, employability skills and higher education core skills prepares students for progression to study at Level 6, self-employment or employment in a clinical healthcare setting whilst also laying the foundations for life-long learning and continuing professional development. The HND will focus on progressing students’ therapy skills and allow them to gain two Professional qualifications, in holistic massage (MTI) and clinical aromatherapy (IFPA). Students also develop their skills in clinical reflexology and by gaining the HND qualification, students are eligible for Association of Reflexologists (AoR) membership. Students will undertake a well-balanced mix of theory and practice delivered via a range of teaching methods across the programme including lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical classes, supervised clinics, group tasks and presentations. The programme helps to prepare students for employment in a number of different areas such as; complementary healthcare clinics, private practice as self-employed practitioners, the NHS and management of the complementary therapy provision at hospices or in the community. Students who successfully complete the HND programme can progress onto Year 3 of the BSc(Hons) in Complementary Healthcare with Practitioner Status at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Year 1: Human Anatomy & Physiology Holistic Massage 1 Holistic Massage 2 Clinical Reflexology 1 Introduction to Key Skills Professional and Interprofessional Development Year 2: Clinical reflexology 2 Research methods Clinical aromatherapy 1 Clinical aromatherapy 2 Professional and clinical practice Health Psychology and Wellbeing
A mix of practical, written and work based assessments, presentations and some exams
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
A level three qualification in Complementary Therapy or a related subject. Additionally applicants should have five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above. A successful interview demonstrating commitment to study and academic potential may also be required.
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||No element lower than 5.5. IELTS test required|
|PTE Academic||52||No element lower than 51|
|TOEFL (iBT)||72||TOEFL Internet Required|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||Minimum of 169. No element lower than 162|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7500*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£7500*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£7500*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
CAVC has a range of bursaries and scholarships that students on undergraduate, higher education programmes can apply for to support their studies. Applicants can find more information by visiting the college website.
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