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Complementary and Spa Therapies NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Hair & Beauty, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    If you enjoy working with people and want to encourage them to take a positive approach to health and wellbeing, this could be the course for you. The course develops the skills involved in holistic and complementary therapies, including body and facial massage, healthy eating and wellbeing and techniques for managing stress. Through professional skills practice sessions, you'll gain experience and confidence working with clients.

    In recent years interest in holistic therapies has increased considerably; this is expected to continue, providing employment opportunities to meet the demand from those seeking alternative ways to reduce stress and enhance feelings of general well-being. 

    The course is delivered by our dedicated lecturing team, who have high-level skills and wide experience within the holistic and complementary therapies profession. 

    You'll be able to participate in volunteering opportunities throughout the year, offering treatments in a variety of settings. The course also provides you with the qualification you need for professional membership and insurance.

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit:

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Four National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.
    • Due to European Directive you require to be 16 years of age by 30 September 2021 to undertake this course.

    Additional selection requirements

    You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    Units on the course include:-

    • Body & Facial Massage.
    • Anatomy & Physiology (Body Structures and Systems).
    • Hot Stones.
    • Thai Foot Massage.
    • Healthy Eating and Wellbeing.

    After the course


    This course prepares you for a career in complementary or holistic therapy practices within health and leisure spas, or to become self-employed.

    Continuing Study

    Students are eligible to apply for HND Complementary Therapies (SCQF Level 8), HND Beauty Therapy (SCQF Level 8).


    How the course is taught

    A variety of learning and teaching methods are used to deliver practical and theory-based subjects, in fully equipped treatment rooms, and IT-enabled classrooms.  You'll carry out practical work on a diverse range of clients, and will also be required to model for treatments yourself.

    Assessment methods

    The course utilises a variety of assessment methods, including practical observation, case study compilation, research projects and closed book theory papers.

    Additional Information


    A kit is required for this course.  An order form will be supplied to those who accept a place.  All other materials for the course will be provided, and students may be given the option to purchase an additional College-approved kit for some specialist units.

    Dress code

    For practical class, the College approved uniform must be worn, with suitable footwear - details will be supplied.  Longer hair must be tied back, no jewellery on hands or arms, and nails must be short and unvarnished.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome