Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status) at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS

Cardiff and Vale College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff Metropolitan University (Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd)

Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status)

Course summary

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

Assessment method

A mix of practical, written and work based assessments, presentations and some exams

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6No element lower than 5.5. IELTS test required
PTE Academic52No element lower than 51
TOEFL (iBT)72TOEFL Internet Required
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2Minimum of 169. No element lower than 162

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500* Year 1
Scotland £7500* Year 1
Wales £7500* Year 1
Channel Islands £7500* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7500* Year 1
EU £14500* Year 1
International £14500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the College library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the College website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, may be eligible for student finance and be designated as a home student for fees purposes. Irish nationals are eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Sponsorship 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.

Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status) at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS