VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Providing Therapies for Clients with Cancer or other Life Limiting Conditions

Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: CT4D2 GLH: 186 Age Restriction: 18
Qualification Number: 601/8314/7 Units: 4 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2022
Level: 4

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Statement of Purpose

The VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Providing Therapies for Clients with Cancer or other Life Limiting Conditions qualification will prepare you to work within a healthcare setting providing complementary therapies for clients who are suffering life limiting conditions or who are critically frail. Complementary therapies are widely available to people with cancer and increasingly to patients with a range of long term medical and life limiting conditions. These therapies are delivered alongside orthodox treatments, often within the healthcare setting, with the aim of providing psychological and emotional support through the relief of symptoms.

Who is this qualification for?

VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Providing Therapies for Clients with Cancer or other Life Limiting Conditions qualification provides a specialised progression route with advanced technical knowledge and skills for Level 3 complementary therapists.

To be eligible for registration on this qualification, it is a requirement that you are a qualified complementary therapist holding a Level 3 (or equivalent) qualification in at least one of the three main disciplines of complementary therapies, namely - aromatherapy, reflexology and massage. Anatomy and physiology knowledge at Level 3 or equivalent is also a mandatory requirement.

What does this qualification cover?

Through this qualification you will develop your interpersonal skills while expanding your understanding of providing therapies to clients with cancer or other life limiting conditions. This qualification is designed to give you the essential knowledge to assist you to provide your therapeutic skills within a clinical setting. All units within this qualification are mandatory. Units in this qualification have been mapped to the relevant NOS (where applicable).

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification is designed to lead employment in a variety of roles, either self employed, in a complementary therapy clinic, beauty or spa facilities or private practice. This qualification may also lead to employment within a hospital, hospice or other healthcare environments.

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:

- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Complementary Therapies
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Aromatherapy for the Complementary Therapist
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Reflexology for the Complementary Therapist
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Massage for the Complementary Therapist
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Stress Management Strategies

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the massage 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:
- Federation of Holistic Therapists (Further information on FHT can be found on their website.)

Qualification Structure

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UCT10M T/507/8519 Principles of providing complementary therapies in a healthcare setting 4 130
UCT11M K/507/8520 Interpersonal skills for the complementary therapist 3 30
UCT13M H/507/9567 Provide complementary therapies for people with life limiting conditions 4
UCT14M R/507/9273 Working with healthcare professionals 4

*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

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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
Elysium Salon and Private Academy Limited 01763 449005 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Have Training 07787 532827 Visit website Cambridgeshire
White Rose Beauty College Chesterfield 01246 588773 Visit website Derbyshire
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
II Intuitive 01594 846293 Visit website Gloucestershire
International Beauty and Holistic Academy 01452 414770 Visit website Gloucestershire
AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
Prestige Beauty and Complementary Therapy Training 01795 533666 Visit website Kent
Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy 01634710227 Visit website Kent - Medway
Preston Therapy Centre 07796 297071 Visit website Lancashire
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
Elizir Beauty School +356 9942 5563 Visit website Malta
Energise Therapies Training Academy - Glasgow 07889 815165 Visit website Glasgow City
Erasure Skin LTD. 07444474030 Visit website Glasgow City
Glasgow Clyde College - Cardonald Campus 0141 272 3333 Visit website Glasgow City
Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus 01495 333460 Visit website Caerphilly
West Shires School of Complementary Health 01267 231212 Visit website Carmarthenshire
HB Training Wales Ltd 01437 765597 Visit website Pembrokeshire