Qualification Information

Sector: Complementary Therapy Category: Complementary Therapy
VTCT Product Code: AC30404 GLH: 296 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/4843/8 Units: 4 - 5 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 59

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Guided Learning Hours

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 266 GLH.

Primary Outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy is to confirm your competence as an aromatherapist within the complementary therapy sector. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of an aromatherapist.


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as an aromatherapist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as an aromatherapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in complementary therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as an aromatherapist including mandatory units covering the following: knowledge and understanding of complementary therapy concepts, business practice, anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies. You will also develop your understanding and practical skills to competently provide aromatherapy services.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and essential oils. You will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to blend essential oils in a tailor-made fashion for each client and provide relaxing aromatherapy massage treatments using different massage techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will confirm your competence for employment as an aromatherapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as an aromatherapist.. Career opportunities as an aromatherapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working in the NHS in hospitals and care homes
- Working in a commercial complementary therapy clinic, beauty salon or spa
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is the only VTCT qualification in aromatherapy at level 3.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the complementary therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as an aromatherapist.. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found here.

Qualification Structure

Additional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 0 components and earn a minimum of 0 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV31303 J/503/7747 Healthy eating and well being for the complementary therapy client 3 6 30

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 59 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV31267 L/503/7779 Business practice for complementary therapies 3 12 60
UV31268 A/503/7776 Principles and practice of complementary therapies 3 13 30
UV31299 R/503/7640 Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies 3 13 94
UV31301 T/503/7744 Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies 3 21 112

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
The Holistic Academy (Bedfordshire) 07501 111758 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Mendip School of Mind and Body Work 01225 753061 Visit website Bristol, City of
The Beauty Training Academy 01753886060 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Burghley Academy 01733 341878 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Cheshire College - South & West 01270 654654 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Advanced Aesthetics Training Centre 07949 240852 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire West and Chester
Greenhouse Therapies 01244 637851 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire West and Chester
CTIA Ltd 01925 242814 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Cornwall Adult Education 01872 323033 Visit website Cornwall
Cornwall Adult Education - Camelford 01288 356629 Visit website Cornwall
Cornwall College - St Austell Campus 01726 226746 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College - Tregye Campus 01872 267156 Visit website Cornwall
Kendal College 01539 814700 Visit website Cumbria
Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
Nottingham College - Chesterfield 0115 884 2402 Visit website Derbyshire
White Rose Beauty College Chesterfield 01246 588773 Visit website Derbyshire
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
Petroc - Barnstaple Campus 01271 338157 Visit website Devon
Eastern Shimmer Ltd 07736636007 Visit website Dorset - Bournemouth
Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
Brighton Holistics 01273 672690 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 01273 667788 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Sussex School of Natural Therapies 07906 140674 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Adult Community Learning - Brentwood 03330137602 Visit website Essex
Adult Community Learning - Maldon 0333 013 2183 Visit website Essex
UK Beauty Schools Ltd - Essex 01634 827677 or 0345 0522899 Visit website Essex
Any Driver Ltd Gloucester Visit website Gloucestershire
Cheltenham School of Complementary Therapy & Beauty 01242 255440 Visit website Gloucestershire
Forest Oasis 07909 766542 Visit website Gloucestershire
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
International Beauty and Holistic Academy 01452 414770 Visit website Gloucestershire
Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Manchester School of Massage 0161 881 7171 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty 0161 236 7181 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Full Spectrum Centre Limited 0161 711 0658 / 07734 255 666 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
The Sun and Beauty Rooms Training Academy 01942 221511 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Calming Influences Ltd 023 8040 6672 Visit website Hampshire
Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
The Academy of Beauty Therapy 01962 733352 Visit website Hampshire
The Academy of Beauty Therapy - Portsmouth 023 9207 0949 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
The Clinical Academy 03337777689 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
West London School of Beauty - South 020 8755 4855 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Lynn Levick Training Provider 01432 760915 Visit website Herefordshire
FTT Beauty and Training Centre 01727 768559 Visit website Hertfordshire
Holistic and Beauty Training @ The Rooms 07946 521266 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Beauty Academy Sevenoaks 07851 296649 Visit website Kent
Beauty Spot Training 01795 534989 Visit website Kent
New Skills for Change 01732 220134 Visit website Kent
Prestige Beauty and Complementary Therapy Training 01795 533666 Visit website Kent
Whitstable Beauty School 07851 996 952 Visit website Kent
Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy 01634710227 Visit website Kent - Medway
UK Beauty Schools Ltd - Kent 01634 827677 Visit website Kent - Medway
Deep Training Academy 01254 822832 Visit website Lancashire
Preston Therapy Centre 07796 297071 Visit website Lancashire
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - Wigston Campus 0116 264 3555 Visit website Leicestershire
Any Driver Leicester 07909 777775 Visit website Leicestershire - Leicester
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Vocational Training Academy 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
The Therapy Centre LSTMB 020 8464 3116 Visit website London - Bromley
Alison Angold Academy 07572 617340 Visit website London - Harrow
Therapy Learning Centre 07956 539922 Visit website London - Havering
London School of Massage - London 020 7700 3777 Visit website London - Islington
Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service 020 8496 2974 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
The London School of Beauty and Make-up 02077769766 Visit website London, City of
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Yve Holistic Training 07877 073 406 Visit website Norfolk
Central College of Health and Beauty Harrogate 01423 527994 Visit website North Yorkshire
Craven College 01756 791411 Visit website North Yorkshire
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
The Powder Rooms Beauty Academy 07799730354 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
The York School of Holistic Therapies 01904 655550 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
Any Driver Ltd Northampton 07741 642262 Visit website Northamptonshire
Skills North East Limited 0191 250 4590 Visit website Northumberland
Essential Solutions School of Complementary Therapies 07910 332811 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Any Driver Ltd Nottingham 07989 777775 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College - Wheeler Gate Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Telford College 01952 642200 Visit website Shropshire - Telford and Wrekin
Elite Beauty Academy 07729 633758 Visit website Somerset
The Zahara College 07595 752704 Visit website Somerset
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
White Rose School of Health & Beauty - Barnsley 01226 786763 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
Any Driver Ltd Doncaster Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
White Rose School of Health and Beauty - Doncaster 01302 367434 Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
The Sheffield School of Health and Beauty 0114 275 0201 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Hart Training 07825 285688 Visit website Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
ATA Beauty - Advanced Training Academy Ltd 07040001234 Visit website Suffolk
Holistic Beauty Training 07927534829 Visit website Suffolk
Lowestoft College 01502 525005 Visit website Suffolk
Brooklands College - Omni Academy of Beauty Ltd 01932 23 23 22 Visit website Surrey
Omni Academy 01932 232322 Visit website Surrey
HHBTA Academy Birmingham 01452 729082 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
West Midlands Nail and Beauty Academy 0121 794 0612 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
The Amethyst Centre 02476440186 Visit website West Midlands - Coventry
Dudley College of Technology 01384 363000 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Aspire Sussex Ltd - Burgess Hill 01444 810710 Visit website West Sussex
Chichester College - Chichester Campus 01243 786321 Visit website West Sussex
Freedom Therapies Training 01243 841174 Visit website West Sussex
Institute of Healing 01422 845866 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
The White Rose School of Health and Beauty 01484 510625 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The Central College of Health and Beauty - Leeds 0113 246 1966 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
Green Labyrinth Training 01793 236245 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Green Labyrinth Training - Swindon 01793 236245 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Wiltshire School of Beauty and Holistic Therapy 01793 737733 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Drift Away - Bewdley 07972 593065 Visit website Worcestershire
Platinum Hair & Beauty Academy 01527350445 Visit website Worcestershire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
ISAS International Beauty School +91 7507985007 Visit website India
Laurus Edutech Life Skills Private Limited +91 9790927896 Visit website India
The Beauty Lounge +91 8146422355 Visit website India
Bali BISA (Bali International Spa Academy) +62 361 281 289 Visit website Indonesia
University College Isle of Man 01624 648208 Visit website Isle of Man
Elizir Beauty School +356 9942 5563 Visit website Malta
Ocean Beauty Academy +356 7906 6243 Visit website Malta
Peach & Sorrel Beauty Academy +356 2144 6640 Visit website Malta
South Eastern Regional College - Bangor Campus 028 9127 6600 Visit website Ards and North Down
Southern Regional College - Lurgan Campus 0300 123 1223 Visit website Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon
Conway Education Centre 028 9024 8543 Visit website Belfast
South Eastern Regional College - Lisburn Campus 028 9266 7725 Visit website Lisburn and Castlereagh
START with touch 07845 371927 Visit website Falkirk
Erasure Skin LTD. 07444474030 Visit website Glasgow City
Glasgow Clyde College - Cardonald Campus 0141 272 3333 Visit website Glasgow City
KZN Beauty Training Institute +27 31 8280464 Visit website South Africa
Bridgend College 01656 302302 Visit website Bridgend
In The Pink Therapies And Training 07740 774590 Visit website Caerphilly
Coleg Sir Gar - Graig Campus 01554 748000 Visit website Carmarthenshire
West Shires School of Complementary Health 01267 231212 Visit website Carmarthenshire
Designed For Beauty 01600 719219 Visit website Monmouthshire
In The Pink Therapies And Training (Risca) 07740774590 Visit website Newport
HB Training Wales Ltd 01437 765597 Visit website Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire College 01437 753000 Visit website Pembrokeshire
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
The College Merthyr Tydfil 01685 726000 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Gower College Swansea 01792 284049 Visit website Swansea
Cardiff and Vale College - Barry Campus 01446 725000 Visit website Vale of Glamorgan
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus 0300 30 30 007 Visit website Wrexham