|VTCT Product Code: CT3D1||GLH: 360||Age Restriction: 16|
|Qualification Number: 601/6989/8||Units: 9||Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2022|
Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020
Statement of purpose
Who is this qualification for?
The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed complementary therapist.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
What does this qualification cover?
This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for complementary therapies and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a complementary therapist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:
- Business practice for complementary therapies
- Principles and practice of complementary therapies
- Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies
- Provide body massage for complementary therapies
- Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies
- Provide reflexology for complementary therapies
Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, successfully set up a business and understands the principles and practices that influence complementary therapies, whilst providing a variety of massage and aromatherapy massage and reflexology therapies for complementary therapy. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.
Why is this qualification the most suitable?
This qualification is most suitable for 16-19 year old learners who wish to become a practicing complementary therapist, providing body massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments.
Which subjects might complement this qualification?
As a service-sector qualification, vocational subjects which may complement this qualification include, customer service, business studies and management, marketing and health and social care. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, biology and chemistry.
What could this qualification lead to?
Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC), Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) was established by the Department of Health as the voluntary regulator within the Complementary Therapies sector. As a complementary massage therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:
- commercial salons
- massage clinics
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- cruise liners
- care homes
- National Health Service (NHS)
- hospice or respite care
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home based settings
- product manufacturing and training
Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:
- Salon management
- Alexander technique
- Yoga therapy
- Craniosacral therapy
Who supports this qualification?
This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
This qualification has been submitted to the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2016, and will be first reported in the technical level category of the 2018 16-19 performance tables.
This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the complementary therapy sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.
This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:
|British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology||babtac.com|
|Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council||cnhc.org.uk|
|Federation of Holistic Therapists||fht.org.uk|
Components - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 units and earn a minimum of credits.
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|CT3D1.EX1||External Examination 1 CT3D1||3|
|CT3D1.EX2||External Examination 2 CT3D1||3|
|CT3D1.SYN||Graded Synoptic Assessment CT3D1||3|
Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 6 units and earn a minimum of credits.
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|UCT1M||K/507/5553||Business practice for complementary therapies||3||30|
|UCT2M||T/507/5555||Principles and practice of complementary therapies||3||30|
|UCT3M||F/507/5557||Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies||3||90|
|UCT4M||J/507/5558||Provide body massage for complementary therapies||3||50|
|UCT5M||F/507/5560||Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies||3||80|
|UCT6M||L/507/5562||Provide reflexology for complementary therapies||3||80|
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