Aromatherapy Diploma
International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) – RQF LEVEL 3

Validated by IPTI - (Independent Professional Therapists International)

Recognised by CThA (Complementary Therapists Association) and APNT (Association of Physical and Natur

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.

The healing art of Aromatherapy is the modern name for the age-old therapy of using essential oils to alleviate a wide range of physical and emotional disorders. It is a wonderful way of enhancing the therapeutic effects of massage.

Aromatherapy owes its incredible healing power to the dynamic and versatile therapeutic properties of essential oils; mankind’s first medicine. The medicinal activities of essential oils have an amazing capacity to positively influence both body and mind.

Aromatherapy is an ancient scientific art that has been practiced and perfected over centuries. Today, Aromatherapy is well respected and widely practiced as one of the most popular complementary medicine therapies due to the proven powerful, natural healing benefits of essential oils.

There is a growing interest in the science and art of aromatherapy and an increasing acceptance that aromatic compounds have an effect on our emotional, mental and physical well-being through their combined influences of fragrance, aromatic molecules and frequency.

When combined with a massage treatment, this amazing therapy creates a haven of peace and tranquillity to gently calm the body and mind enabling your client to melt into a blissful state of peace, joy and relaxation, while the essential oils and massage do their healing work.

Never underestimate the power and potential of essential oils! Aromatherapy is much more than just the smell.

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 84 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.

The syllabus for the course, as required by the CThA, ITEC and the AOC, includes the following subjects:

    The practice of Aromatherapy / History, definition & development of aromatherapy / Modern natural medicine / How & why it works / Olfactory system / Aromatherapy Research / Integral Biology

    Physiological and psychological effects / Main therapeutic effects / Recommended uses

    Methods of extraction / Professional Sources - Growers, Manufacturers, Wholesalers / Quality control / Adulteration or degradation / Storage / Related botanical products

    Key definitions / Botany and biogenesis / Plant identification / Taxonomy / Nomenclature and 31 plant families / Structure and function of plants / Chemical constituents & therapeutic properties / Essential oil safety and contraindications / Patch testing / Contra-indications / Toxic effects & overdose / Possible reactions to aromatherapy treatment and aftercare advice /

    A study of 60 essential oils / Base or carrier oils / Hydrosol / Floral water / Hydrolat

    Mechanisms of action / Various methods of applying essences, fixed oils and blends safely / Safe dosage and blending of essences and fixed oils / Synergy and the way in which the therapeutic effects of essences are strengthened when working together / Top, middle and base notes / Methods of manufacture of aromatherapy products

    Client care/preparation / Holistic approach / Consultation skills / Learning how to assess clients and design and manage clients’ treatments / How to keep clients records, respect the data protection law and maintain confidentiality of clients` details / Home care advice after treatment / Treatment approach / Aromatherapy massage techniques / Lymph Drainage techniques / Client referral / Reflective practice / Case studies / Therapeutic effects, recommended uses and safety precautions of fixed oils and other media / Aromatherapy for specific conditions / Aromatherapy and stress / Clinical contraindications / Psychological aromatherapy / Understanding the therapeutic relationship between clients` and therapists and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries

    Professionalism and knowledge of ethics and conduct with clients and other professionals / Liaison with health professionals / Referral procedures / Insurance & professional associations / Legislation and working practices / Treatment environment and working area / Practice promotion

    Producing the perfect Case Study / Practical Skills for forthcoming Examination / Mock Practical Examination / New Case Study requirements

This course is so much more than an ITEC Aromatherapy course!

In addition to the required syllabus, the `MSCM Aromatherapy Diploma` provides a detailed study of botany including a field trip to the wonderful Royal Botanic Kew Gardens where you will have an opportunity to see and touch the real herbs, allow you to have a first-hand experience of the aromatic plants in a natural environment.

Topics covered in the BOTANY MODULE include:
- Why plants produce essential and fixed oils
- The secret life of plants - photosynthesis, primary and secondary metabolism and its relevance to aromatherapy
- How oils are stored in plants – different structures dedicated to oil storage in plants.
- Through the peeping hole – plant tissues under the professional microscope - Seeing is believing!
- How do we know it is a plant? (plant cell vs animal cell)
- Plant anatomy, physiology and sex life – angiosperms and gymnosperms
- Plant classification – the past and the present - Carl Linneaus and binominal system
- Do we really need the ‘fancy’ Latin names? Oh, yes, we do!
- Who is who in the world of plants – meet botanical plant families.
- Chemotypes
- In search of the oils - seeds, rhizomes, flowers, etc
- General therapeutic properties of the essential oils of each botanical family
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:
- 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
- The climatic zones, regions and geographical (country) origins of relevant essential oils
- Physical characteristics of relevant botanical families
- Recognising the botanical families, mono- and di-cotyledons
- Meeting plants up and close - Through the magnifying glass
- A chance to take your own photos of plants for your essential oils bible/file
- The endangered species of the aromatherapy world
- Lunch at the Orangery or picnic (bring/buy your own)
- Q &A with all-important tea and a ‘compulsory’ cake

Another wonderful module, unique to MSCM and included in this diploma course, we’ve named ‘AROMATHERAPY REMEDIES AND NON-MASSAGE APPLICATIONS’. This two 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 emotional, mental and physical 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:
• Review of the anatomy and function of the skin
• Skin types
• The essentials of aromatic formulations – ratios, types, what to use and when
• Materials other than essential oils
• Hydrosols – what they are and how to use them in aromatherapy treatments and products
• Oil and water based products - methods of manufacturing of emulsions – lotions and creams
• How to make and use gels
• Clays – different types and their uses – i.e. face masks
• Butters (shea, coconut) – what to choose and how to use – i.e. balms
• Using commercial bases
• Inhalers – make your own
• Safe bathing – blends and products
• Compresses – different types, ‘how to’ and what can be used
• Diffusers – the good, the bad and the ugly
• Essential oils and emotions – the modern approach
• Essential oils and First Aid
• Essential oils for use in the home and clinic
• The equipment, hygiene, and general ‘how to’.
• Shelf life of aromatherapeutic remedies and preparations, labelling, etc.
• And lots more!
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.

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 QCF Level 3 examination which comprises coursework, case studies and a practical examination with an external ITEC examiner.

To achieve an ITEC Level 3 QCF 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).

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.

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)

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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.

Course fees include:

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

Course details


14 days

Sep 2018- Mar 2019-14 days-10am-5pm8 Sep 18, 9 Sep 18, 22 Sep 18, 23 Sep 18, 27 Oct 18, 28 Oct 18, 24 Nov 18, 25 Nov 18, 15 Dec 18, 16 Dec 18, 5 Jan 19, 6 Jan 19, 9 Feb 19, 17 Mar 19

Cost: £1,200.00 (+VAT)

£100.00 (+VAT) deposit, payable on booking.

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Sep 2019- Mar 2020-14 days-10am-5pm7 Sep 19, 8 Sep 19, 21 Sep 19, 22 Sep 19, 26 Oct 19, 27 Oct 19, 23 Nov 19, 24 Nov 19, 21 Dec 19, 22 Dec 19, 4 Jan 20, 5 Jan 20, 8 Feb 20, 7 Mar 20

Cost: £1,200.00 (+VAT)

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ITEC EXAM FEES: Aromatherapy Diploma - £95.00(+VAT) Payable at the start of the course Includes: Exam registration * Practical assessment by external ITEC examiner * Marking of course work * Marking of case studies * Issue of Diploma certificate * Postage of certificate by Registered Post.

If you would like to pay the balance by easy payment plan please enquire when booking.

Please note - all deposits and course fees are non-refundable.
All transfers are at the discretion of the school and would be subject to an administrative charge of £25.00 (+VAT)