Aromatherapy is a healing art and science using plant derived essential oils to alleviate a wide range of physical and emotional disorders.
Supported by an ever-growing body of research into the incredible healing power and versatile therapeutic properties of essential oils, Aromatherapy is much more than ‘just a smell’. In fact, any physical or emotional problem might be helped in some way by cleverly selected and skilfully blended essential oils – from colds and flu, insomnia and muscular aches and pains to hormonal issues, digestive problems, pain management and skin conditions.
With its great success rate and versatility no wonder that Aromatherapy is well respected and widely practiced as one of the most popular complementary medicine therapies today.
How does an aromatherapist work?
After a detailed consultation and depending on the client’s needs, aromatherapy practitioner will carefully select and blend a number of essential oils and other materials in order to create an individual, safe and beneficial treatment. No pre-blended products are being used. Even though many clients may present with similar issues, aromatherapy treatment – in truly holistic way - will be different for each of them. It also allows to ensure the safety of the client.
The treatment usually takes form of a massage. But while it is a well-known fact that combined with massage, Aromatherapy treatment can create a haven of peace and tranquillity, it is also true (and confirmed by various studies) that it can stimulate, invigorate, help us focus, improve memory recall and even help in smoking cessation. And should massage be contraindicated or simply not ‘doable’ for whatever reason, we can still employ various other methods to help our clients anyway. In fact, there is a lot we can do without massaging them! But the power and potential of essential oils must never be underestimated. They key to successful treatment is a good knowledge of the essential oils and safe application methods.
At MSCM we are fortunate to have several tutors who are passionate and dedicated aromatherapists. Our MSCM Aromatherapy Diploma Course is detailed, comprehensive training that reflect this passion. Not only is it carefully designed to provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to practice Aromatherapy safely and effectively but also to develop the same love for the subject. This course is truly a voyage of delight and discovery from start to finish.
The MSCM Aromatherapy Diploma course comprises 60 hours in-house training together with tutorials, supervised Aromatherapy practice, student testing and supervised home study, which includes 60 aromatherapy treatments to be written up and submitted to ITEC. Home-based learning is a vital part of the Diploma Course. A student will need to devote at least 6 to 8 hours per week to completing written assignments and case study work. All lectures are supported with course notes, overheads, charts and teaching aids. We will also give you details of other learning resources such as useful websites and suggested books to help you with your studying.
Evidenced Based Practice
Scientific research into the efficacy of essential oils is essential for our industry to develop and it is important for us as aromatherapists to understand its value and its findings. During the course you will be introduced to the importance of research into aromatherapy, essential oils and massage. We will also share with you many examples of discoveries of recent research into aromatherapy and essential oils. This will add substance to your studies and ensure that your knowledge is based on proven facts and most importantly is current.
In addition to the required syllabus, the `MSCM Aromatherapy Diploma` incudes a field trip to the wonderful Royal Botanic Kew Gardens where you will have an opportunity to have a first-hand experience of the aromatic plants in a natural environment. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is one of the world`s leading botanic gardens and during the field trip you will benefit from a number of carefully planned practical exercises (for essential oils and fixed oils) including:
o Plant anatomy and physiology – seeds, rhizomes, etc
o Why plants produce essential and fixed oils
o Plant classification – the past and the present - Carl Linneaus and binominal system
o - Do we really need the ‘fancy’ Latin names? Oh, yes, we do!
o Botanical families and oils of the various climatic zones and continents – ‘around the world trip’ through different parts of Kew – in search of common and uncommon
o The climatic zones, regions and geographical (country) origins of relevant essential oils
o Physical characteristics of relevant botanical families
o Recognising the botanical families, mono- and di-cotyledons
o Meeting plants up and close - Through the magnifying glass
o A chance to take your own photos of plants for your essential oils bible/file
o The endangered species of the aromatherapy world
o Lunch at the Orangery or picnic (bring/buy your own)
o Q &A with all-important tea and a ‘compulsory’ cake
Another wonderful module included in this diploma course, we’ve named ‘AROMATHERAPY REMEDIES AND NON-MASSAGE APPLICATIONS’. This one-day module will be filled up to its brim with both theoretical and practical information covering various methods of essential oils use in order to safely support clients with their physical, emotional, and mental needs.
The interactive demonstrations and hands on activities will allow you to experience the step-by-step processes of creating your own professional aromatherapy preparations suitable for a wide range of situations – from vapourisers and personal inhalers for emotional and respiratory issues, through gels, ointments and creams for different skin conditions, to First Aid as well as home & clinic use.
Get ready for demos and hands on fun! Make your own aromatherapeutic remedies and expand your practice beyond massage applications!
During this part of the course you will study the following:
o Skin types
o The essentials of aromatic formulations – ratios, types, what to use and when
o Materials other than essential oils
o Hydrosols – what they are and how to use them in aromatherapy treatments and products
o Oil and water-based products - methods of manufacturing of emulsions – lotions and creams
o The use of gels and methods of manufacture
o Clays – different types and their uses – i.e. face masks
o Butters (shea, coconut) – what to choose and how to use – i.e. balms
o Using commercial bases
o Inhalers – make your own
o Safe bathing – blends and products
o Compresses – different types, ‘how to’ and what can be used
o Diffusers – the good, the bad and the ugly
o Essential oils and First Aid
o The equipment, hygiene, and general ‘how to’.
o Shelf life of aromatherapeutic remedies and preparations, labelling, etc.
Once you have mastered the basics you will be able to apply your knowledge and imagination to add your own creative twist.
The course is primarily practical in content and you will be required to have access to a Massage Couch and a selection of essential oils during the course. Student insurance is mandatory for this course and is available through the IPTI or CThA or APNT and other Industry Associations who recognise ITEC qualifications. Full details will be sent to you with your joining details. If you would like further information before booking, please contact the office on 0208-429-2895.
Who Can Attend?
The entry requirement for the Aromatherapy Professional Practitioner Diploma Course is the successful completion of the Level 3 ITEC Anatomy & Physiology and Massage Diplomas or equivalent or the MSCM 4-day massage foundation.
During the course we will prepare you for your final exam and will conclude the course with a mock examination from which we will be able to offer you guidance. Upon satisfactory completion of this mock examination, you will be eligible to sit the ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy RQF Level 3 examination which comprises coursework, case studies and a practical examination with an external ITEC examiner.
To achieve an ITEC Level 3 RQF Diploma in Aromatherapy, you must pass (or hold) all of the following elements:
Unit 382 - Unit 382 Provide Aromatherapy for Complementary Therapies
Unit 383 - Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapists
Unit 384 - Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies
Unit 385 - Business Practice for Complementary Therapies.
For new therapists
If you are new to complementary therapies in addition to the anatomy, physiology and pathology (unit 383) and aromatherapy (unit 382), you will need to complete the ITEC Business Modules course – this is an on-line course and is assessed by two written assignments (Units 384/385). (Please note :You will also need to have completed some massage training prior to attending this course – you may either do the 4 day MSCM Massage Foundation Course or the ITEC Massage Diploma. )
For existing therapists
If you already hold a therapy qualification you may be exempt from some of these units if your previous qualification is accredited and on the OFQUAL register. If your qualification is more than 5 years old or has been issued by training providers, associations or manufacturer`s where there is no Government accreditation or external quality assurance involved although you will not be accepted for APL/RPL, we may be able to exempt you from attending additional training if the level and depth of any previous learning that has taken place is sufficient. In this case you would only have to complete the required elements such as assignments or multiple-choice question paper, as appropriate. If you are unsure and would like some guidance please contact us on 020-8429-2895
Once qualified, you will be awarded an ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy – a fully accredited, level 3 diploma linked to National Occupational Standards. ITEC qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally - UK, Ireland, Australia, Greece, South East Asia but to name a few. Successful completion of this diploma course will also provide you with the title of "Aromatherapist", and the knowledge and techniques needed to give a treatment at a professional level. Practitioner professional liability insurance is also available upon successful completion of the course.
Qualification Recognition by Professional Associations:
The ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy is one of the best recognised complementary therapy qualifications in the UK and across a range of countries.
It is widely accepted by most Professional Bodies including:
o IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International)
o CThA (Complementary Therapists Association)
o APNT (Association of Physical and Natural Therapists)
o FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)
o BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association)
o CNHC Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)
Course Fees: - £795.00 (+VAT)
o All class tuition
o A comprehensive course manual
o Entrance to Kew Gardens - on field trip
o Initial mock examination fees
o Initial marking of course assignments and case studies
Deposit - £100.00 (+VAT) – Payable on booking secures your place.
ITEC Exam Fees:
Aromatherapy Diploma - £95.00 (+VAT)
Payable prior to course commencement.
o Exam registration
o Practical assessment by external examiner
o Marking of assignments
o Marking of case studies
o Issue of Diploma certificate
o Postage of certificate by Registered Post
10 days in total (10.00am-5pm).
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If you would like to come and meet us for an informal chat to find out more about the course, attend an aromatherapy taster session or visit a class please call 0208-429-2895.