Aromatherapy Diploma

Aromatherapy Diploma

Aromatherapy Diploma - International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)

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.

Course Details

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.

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

The Basics of Aromatherapy

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

Essential Oils

  • Physiological and psychological effects
  • Main therapeutic effects
  • Recommended uses

Essential Oil Production & Quality

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

Essential Oil Production & Quality

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

Essential Oil Science & Safety

  • 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

Individual Oils

  • A study of 60 essential oils
  • Fixed oils (also known as vegetable, base or carrier oils
  • Hydrosols : Floral waters : Hydrolats

Methods of Application & Blending

  • 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

Aromatherapy in Clinical Practice

  • 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

Professional Practice Management

  • 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

Exam Preparation

  • Producing the perfect Case Study
  • Case Study requirements
  • Practical skills for forthcoming Examination
  • Mock Practical Examination

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` includes 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:

    • Plant anatomy and physiology – seeds, rhizomes, etc
    • Why plants produce essential and fixed oils
    • Plant classification – the past and the present – Carl Linneaus and binominal system
    • Do we really need the ‘fancy’ Latin names? Oh, yes, we do!
    • 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 included in this diploma course,


How to Correctly Make and Preserve Your Own Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera has been used in cosmetics for as long as we can remember. It is one of those timeless cosmetic ingredients popularity of which does not seem to wane. Used for burns and itchy skin conditions, helpful for acne and psoriasis, the applications for Aloe Vera gel seem endless.

There are many Aloe Vera gels available on the market but sadly, just one look at the list of ingredients will make many of us shudder… carbomers, synthetic colours, harsh preservatives and more, can all be found in what could be a very simple product. No wonder that so many try to make their own!

There are endless DIY recipes on-line but how do we know what is a ‘good’ recipe and what is simply ‘wrong’? Worryingly, the World Wide Web is full of incorrect/misleading/confused information, so let’s learn how to make (and preserve) your very own, pure and natural, Aloe Vera Gel!

We will cover:

  • How to safely use Aloe Vera plant for home emergencies
  • Benefits and applications of Aloe Vera Gel – what research tells us
  • Aloe Vera’s skin benefits are well known but are there any negative effects?
  • Ingredients to avoid in high street Aloe Vera Gels
  • Aloe Vera Gel – how to make it correctly:
    –       professional cosmetic ingredients (aloe vera extracts, gelling agents, etc.)
    –        method of preparation
    –        equipment required
  • Do I need to preserve my gel? How to preserve Aloe Vera gel using natural preservative
  • Hands on: Aloe Vera Gel – Recipe and Preparation


How to Make a Natural and Pure Vegan Multipurpose Balm

Balms are truly versatile and so easy to use!  A good balm can be used as a lip protector, dry skin barrier, nappy rush soother, brow tamer, frizz fixer, cuticle softener and a cracked heal rescuer! A bit of a knight in shining armour, there should be one in every handbag!

Balms are also fun to make! But which recipe should we go for? If you have ever tried to follow one of the online recipes you might have been lucky or it could have been a disaster. We get asked all the time ‘Why did my balm end up with that gritty texture?’, ‘How do we make it glossier?’,  ‘And how do we make it vegan…? I’ve tried and it was very hard!’ It’s time to get it all sorted and for all the questions to be answered.

We will cover:

  • What are balms
  • Popular ingredients used in balms – what to choose and why and what to avoid
  • How to transform a  non-vegan recipe into a vegan one
  • How to make a good balm:
    –   professional cosmetic ingredients
    –   method of preparation
    –   equipment required
  • Shelf life of balms – do I need a ‘preservative’?
  • The SPF question

Course Requirements

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. You will be required to wear appropriate clinic workwear for the duration of the course. During the aromatherapy massage sessions you will practise on each other under the supervision of the tutor who will offer guidance and feedback. 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.

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:

  • IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International)
  • CThA (Complementary Therapists Association)
  • APNT (Association of Physical and Natural Therapists)
  • FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)
  • BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association)
  • CNHC Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)

More Information

Duration: 10 days in total (10.00am-5pm).

Course Fees Include:

  • All class tuition
  • A comprehensive course manual
  • Entrance to Kew Gardens – on field trip
  • Initial mock examination fees
  • 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.


  • Exam registration
  • Practical assessment by external examiner
  • Marking of assignments
  • Marking of case studies
  • Issue of Diploma certificate
  • Postage of certificate by Registered Post





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On-line Course

The Study of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin:

  • The structure of the skin
  • Functions of the skin
  • Skin types and skin care regime elements; racial variations
  • Ageing process, ageing factors, effects of ageing on skin, prevention
  • Skin permeability and absorbency
  • Skin sensitivity vs. allergy; cross-sensitisation
  • Raw ingredient and product patch testing

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